On July 7th we always pause to note the anniversary of the birth of Robert A. Heinlein™. Though he passed away in 1988, Robert Heinlein continues to be an enduring and influential American writer of speculative fiction. Most of his books are still in print in many languages, and his influence can be seen in the writings of authors today.
Many of those who grew up reading his stories have gone on to make significant progress toward man’s expansion into space. Many throughout the aerospace industry worldwide testify that they were first inspired by Heinlein to pursue careers connected to space.
Among these is Heinlein Prize Trust trustee Arthur M. Dula. Recently, Mr. Dula was honored with the NSS Space Pioneer Award at the International Space Development Conference. Art Dula, who is also CEO and founder of Excalibur Almaz, a private spaceflight company, chose the ISDC conference to announce that company’s extraordinary space flight intentions.
In other Heinlein Prize Trust news, we are pleased to see several movies based on Heinlein short stories going into production.
The very successful Have Space Suit – Will Travel educational program continued to expand with a visit to Paideia School in Atlanta, and the Royal Aeronautical Society in London. “It was a magical time for everyone,” said one participant.
One hundred and five years after his birth, it’s pleasing to see the many ways Robert Heinlein’s positive and forward-looking vision of the future continues to inspire.