I just made my reservations for the Robert A. Heinlein Centennial, July 7, in Kansas City Missouri. It’s going to be a whirlwind visit; flying in early the morning of the main event and flying out early the next day. I would like to stay longer, but I’m stretching my funds as it is, and I doubt Bob would have approved of someone bankrupting themselves in order to fête a dead guy.
Speakers are going to include Buzz Aldrin, Arthur C. Clark, Spider Robinson, John Scalzi, and many others. I can’t wait.
If anyone is fuzzy on why Heinlein matters, here’s a good primer. In a nutshell, he more or less created science fiction as we know it, and he is frequently cited by astronauts, pilots, engineers, and leaders in the aerospace field as their inspiration for doing what they do.
Is anyone else going?