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  •  Check out the new bio (5+ / 0-)

    The first volume of the Heinlein biography is out. Written by William Patterson, it covers the period from Heinlein's birth, time at Annapolis and military service, through the end of WWII and his marriage to Virginia. Volume II is in the editing stage and is expected next year (I hope).

    Another source for more information is the Heinlein archives. That site also has link to the Heinlein Prize/Trust. Yet another site for Heinlein fans is the page for The Heinlein Society.

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

    by Maggie Pax on Mon Aug 08, 2011 at 12:15:26 PM PDT

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    •  Heinlein's family was not wealthy (3+ / 0-)

      Business setbacks, the death of a sibling and the psychological toll it took on his parents meant that Heinlein's childhood was--in a financial sense--poor. He slept on the floor on a bedroll he had to put away each morning. He took after school jobs and and early morning paper route to help the family make ends meet. He worked his butt off. He was remarkable, but it was hard work and not privilege that made him successful.

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

      by Maggie Pax on Mon Aug 08, 2011 at 12:19:31 PM PDT

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      •  So it might be understandable that inheritance... (3+ / 0-)

        ...was not on the top of RAH's list of priorities. Unfamiliar as I am with doctrinal libertarianism or Randism, anybody care to speculate if the three differ?

        "Always remember this: They fight with money and we resist with time, and they’re going to run out of money before we run out of time." -Utah Philips

        by TerryDarc on Mon Aug 08, 2011 at 12:56:45 PM PDT

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        •  Heinlein's estate (2+ / 0-)
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          A good deal of Heinlein's estate went to fund the Heinlein Trust. "The purpose of the Heinlein Prize is to encourage and reward progress in commercial space activities that advances Robert and his wife Virginia’s dream of humanity’s future in space. Efforts include: the Heinlein Prize for Accomplishments in Commercial Space Activities, the Microgravity Research Competition, the  Heinlein Commercial Space Activity Prize, the “Flight Into the Future” international contests, the Have Spacesuit — Will Travel educational program, and the online Heinlein Archives." via the Heinlein Trust website (see above).

          There were also some sentimental bequests, but I am not privy to all of the details.

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

          by Maggie Pax on Mon Aug 08, 2011 at 04:27:56 PM PDT

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    •  yikes! first I've heard of a new bio - (3+ / 0-)
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      many thanks for mentioning it!

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