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  •  Fascinating. Did they publish the critique? Or is (2+ / 0-)
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    Catskill Julie, quarkstomper

    it something you were able to look at when researching your -- thesis? dissertation?

    WHat book of Niven's and Pournelle's was it that they sent him?  

    THat was a very generous response from an established writer.  But I guess he saw some real potential there.

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      Virginia Heinlein gave me a copy to read when I was staying with her for a week during my dissertation research. Wow. What a week! This was for their first novel together, The Mote in God's Eye.

      I don't think those letters have been published yet, but you may be able to read them at the Heinlein archives, an online archive of all of Heinlein's papers, letters, books, articles, scripts, screenplays, photos, notes--the works. (I know they are there, but since Niven and Pournelle are still alive, the letters may still be sealed for privacy).

      Did you hear about how it happened? While writing his masterful Heinlein biography, Bill Patterson learned that Heinlein's papers were about to go into long term, cold storage, and that they would be inaccessible for some time (the library was undergoing extensive renovations). As the authorized biographer, Patterson had rights to see everything. Working with a hand-picked special-ops team, Patterson managed to make a digital scan of every single photograph, letter, paper, and notecard. It was a caper worthy of Lazarus Long himself, who copied the complete Howard Family archives before fleeing from Secundus! That team then posted everything online. It is fitting that Heinlein is one of the first modern authors to have his archives available online to the general public (for a small fee).

      The fee goes to support the work of the archivists and the Heinlein Prize Trust. Fans may also want to join the  Heinlein Society or purchase The Virginia Edition. These definitive editions of Heinlein's complete works include photos, letters, and guest introductions by major sf authors and scholars. I'm saving up, and I've written my local library encouraging them to buy a set.

      "Shared pain is pain lessened; shared joy is joy increased."--Spider Robinson

      by Maggie Pax on Tue Aug 02, 2011 at 05:03:32 PM PDT

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