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May 08, 2006

Heinlein Centennial

Some appearance news:

I have been offered and have very happily accepted an invitation to be an honored guest at the Robert A. Heinlein Centennial, which will take place July 6 - 8, 2007 in Kansas City. As the title of the event suggests, it is a celebration of RAH's 100th birthday (which falls on July 7); Kansas City is where he spent his childhood. To the surprise of none, I'm delighted to be on board for this.

Now, I am supposed to come up with some sort of programming, which I will certainly do. I could do a talk... or I could do one of these:

[poll temporarily removed -- it's causing some problems. You can see it here]

Hmmmm. Maybe I'll just do a talk instead.

In all seriousness, this looks like it's going to be a lot of fun, and I hope to see some of you there. I mean, come on. It's a year out. You've got time to prepare.

Posted by john at May 8, 2006 07:03 PM

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AliceB | May 8, 2006 08:04 PM

What's TANSTAALFL?

(Yeah, I'm clueless...)

Gabe | May 8, 2006 08:13 PM

Moon is one of my VERY favorites and I nearly voted in that direction. That said, 16 minute Heinlein got my vote out of shear curiosity.

Timothy McClanahan | May 8, 2006 08:27 PM

No huhu, AliceB. You have a treat in store for you.

TANSTAAFL = There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch

A saying in "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress," which many RAH fans, including myself, consider his best work. (Be suspect of people who consider Stranger in a Strange Land his best -- they're a little ... erm, 'different'. :)

JimW | May 8, 2006 08:51 PM

Mocking the "Starship Troopers" movie would, I think, be fun, but it might be too easy a target.

Oh, and as my humanitarian act for today, I issue this warning: DO NOT, under ANY circumstances, watch Starship Troopers 2! Trust me on this - your life will better for skipping it. I'm certain I heard RAH spinning in his grave...

John Scalzi | May 8, 2006 08:53 PM

Too late.

Jim Winter | May 8, 2006 09:03 PM

The STARSHIP TROOPERS movie: Yeah, right. Doogie Houser as a fascist colonel.

Didn't I hear a spinning sound the night it came out?

Gabe | May 8, 2006 09:05 PM

Hey, Starship Troopers was stupid but the more often I watch it the more convinced I am that the director wanted it every bit as stupid as he could make it. I can appreciate it on that level.

AliceB | May 8, 2006 09:34 PM

Thank you Timothy. (Adds another book to the every growing "to read" pile.)

Anne C. | May 8, 2006 10:01 PM

Oooh, you'll only be an eight hour drive away! That's exciting. I thought I'd never make one of your cons, but hey, never say never. I might just make an effort to get to this one. Congratulations on the honor.

And The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress *is* his best work. I've heard a really good audiobooks version of it too -- performer did great with the accents.

Dave Schaefer | May 8, 2006 11:18 PM

Boy John, the decision between the "seduce redhead" option and the "16-minute Heinlein" option is one of the toughest things I've considered all week...

Ann Vallier | May 8, 2006 11:47 PM

I was going to vote for the Super Soaker water brother ceremony but instead went for the drunken agrument between Jubal and Lazarus. But heck, you could do that one sober and still get a full house.

Bobarino | May 9, 2006 12:39 AM

Mess with people's heads: sponsor a free lunch.

Mark Ensley | May 9, 2006 01:10 AM

You and Spider riffing off each other? Sign me up!

Stan | May 9, 2006 08:38 AM

As much as I love hot red head mathematicians, I'd have to go for the musical.

But Bobarinio's free lunch idea intrigues me. How about you offer a free lunch, but exiting the room requires participating in the musical. It will really drive home the idea of TANSTAALFL.

John H | May 9, 2006 08:48 AM

You could offer a free lunch, but charge people an exit fee.

Smurf | May 9, 2006 09:28 AM

Am I your only visitor here who doesn't read any sci-fi, which is what I assume RAH did/does?

Dave Schaefer | May 9, 2006 10:45 AM

Hey John, how about instead of doing a "16-minute Heinlein" routine at the centennial you could do a "96 sentence Heinlein" routine on your blog? Each novel in three sentences or less!

fuz | May 9, 2006 10:46 AM

Very difficult to decide between the drunken argument and the 16-minute Heinlein. Could you do both maybe? Perhaps with Spider Robinson, do an in-character drunken version of the 16-minute Heinlein? I'm just saying.

kitten trumpinski-roberts | May 9, 2006 10:57 AM

damn...i'm supposed to be working and i just *kittened* soda all over the screen and scared the reference librarian.

i'm working on programming...i hope you don't mind if i steal (that is, appropriate with the proper permission) some of these ideas.

you disappointed me, though, by not suggesting a tea party.

John Scalzi | May 9, 2006 11:31 AM

Kitten Trumpinski-Roberts:

"you disappointed me, though, by not suggesting a tea party."

I don't think we'd prepared for the carnage.

Feel free to steal any of these, with my blessing.

Erbo | May 9, 2006 01:50 PM

Shouldn't that poll option about Starship Troopers call the mocking a "Mystery Science Theater 3000-style mocking"? Where are Tom Servo and Crow T. Robot when you need 'em, anyhow?

And where's the "All of the above" poll option? (Though to accomplish all of that in three days, you'd probably need to be a time traveler...)

Oh, and I agree with Timothy; AliceB, you don't know how lucky you are to have that still in front of you...

Djscman | May 9, 2006 02:55 PM

I would love to hear TANSTAAFL! With the right performers, "Boot It Up, Mike", "Line Marriage, Line Marriage" and the showstopping "Skipping Stones (The Moon Is Such A Bitch)" would bring down the house.


Skipping stones, shooting stars, one day soon the Moon is ours. This passion driiiives me like these masses of stone. De la Paz, will they leave us alone?
Of course, my dear Wyoh, we'll live free or die. Mankind will sigh as they can't scratch this iiiiitch: they find that the Moon! This wonderful Moon! The Moon is such a bitch!


Hey Scalzi, when I voted in the poll, I couldn't see all the results. The window only showed the top few responses and there was no way to scroll down.

Randy | May 9, 2006 02:56 PM

On 07/07/07......WHOA!

John H | May 9, 2006 10:37 PM

Too bad the Rapture™ is going to happen on 06/06/06!

Clearmoon | May 9, 2006 10:47 PM

Sweet. KC is only 2 hrs north of me. (Yes, I've been to the RAH birthplace in Butler, and pass the town on every visit to KC!)

This is exciting as hell... I can't wait! Congrats on the honor.

PS: I agree whole-heartedly -- Moon is the best of the best. Somewhere deep down, I will always wonder what happened to Mike.

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