Virginia Edition Complete

The Robert A. and Virginia Heinlein Prize Trust is proud to announce the completion of the Virginia Edition, the complete works of Robert A. Heinlein.

Robert Heinlein was one of the preeminent writers of the last century. His work was among the first to address issues of technological change and their effect on society and individuals in a mature, character-driven way. The range of his accomplishments and influence on literature and the space program is difficult to overstate.

Robert A. Heinlein’s fiction continues to inspire and delight readers to this day. The New York Times Book Review called Heinlein “One of the most influential writers in American literature.” Dean Koontz wrote, “There is no other writer whose work has exhilarated me as often and to such an extent as Heinlein.” Stephen King has called Heinlein “Not only America’s premier writer of speculative fiction, but the greatest writer of such fiction in the world.”

The Robert A. and Virginia Heinlein Prize Trust, in cooperation with The Robert A. and Virginia Heinlein Library Foundation, oversaw all aspects of The Virginia Edition – named for Heinlein’s wife Virginia who was a vital part of both his life and writing career. “She is my best friend and my severest critic,” Heinlein wrote.

“If Virginia were here and I could tell her about all the things the Trust has done,” said Arthur Dula, Trustee and Literary Executor, “I would begin with the Virginia Edition. We believe that Mr. Heinlein was not just a great science-fiction author or a great American author but that he was a great author. His books are available in more languages and there are more movie options on his work than there were while he was alive and I believe that speaks to the enduring quality of his work.

This collection is one of the largest and most significant publishing events in the last century. By making Heinlein’s work available to the world I believe we have made a big step in satisfying the trust placed in us by—the debt we owe to—Robert and Virginia.”

The Virginia Edition is a leather-bound 46-volume collection of 2,000 sets printed on 50-pound acid-free and buffered paper that meets all US archival standards. In addition to all of Heinlein’s works of short fiction, long fiction, and nonfiction, the Virginia Edition includes 450,000 words of almost entirely unpublished correspondence and each volume is contextualized by an article from William H. Patterson, Jr., Heinlein biographer, and Dr. Robert James, Heinlein Scholar.

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