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Bill Patterson receiving Heinlein Retro-Hugo

William H. Patterson, Jr., 1951-2014

Accepting Robert A. Heinlein's
1951 Retro-Hugo for Farmer In the Sky

With sorrow, we announce the passing of William H. Patterson, Jr. on April 21st, 2014.

The author of the two volume Heinlein biography, and first official Heinlein Scholar, Bill Patterson was a personal friend to many in the Heinlein literary and science fiction world. Bill was only a month away from seeing the completed publication of the final volume of his master-work, the comprehensive biography of Robert A. Heinlein, In Dialogue with His Century: Volume 2, 1948-1988: The Man Who Learned Better, being released in June 2014 from Tor.

With Virginia Heinlein, Bill Patterson was one of the founders of the Heinlein Society (read the Heinlein Society page of memorial tributes and remembrances), and served as first president. He also published the outstanding magazine of Heinlein scholarship, the Heinlein Journal. Though we will miss him, we are grateful Bill’s legacy will last far into the future.

Look for Volume 2 of the biography of Robert A. Heinlein by William H. Patterson, Jr., and please remember Bill and this bio when making your Hugo nominations.

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Robert A. Heinlein: In Dialogue with His Century: Volume 1 (1907-1948): Learning Curve

Nominated for a
Hugo Award
and a
Locus Award

Hugo and Locus Award Nominated...

Robert A. Heinlein: In Dialogue with His Century: Volume 1 (1907-1948): Learning Curve

Release date August 17, 2010

Robert A. Heinlein (1907-1988) is generally considered the greatest American SF writer of the 20th century. A famous and bestselling author in later life, he started as a Navy man and graduate of Annapolis who was forced to retire because of tuberculosis.

Given his desire for privacy in the later decades of his life, he was both stranger and more interesting than one could ever have known. This is the first of two volumes of a major American biography. This volume is about Robert A. Heinlein's life up to the end of the 1940s and the mid-life crisis that changed him forever.

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