Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Excerpt from Virginia Edition Vol. 42

Farnham's Freehold
The following was taken from the introduction to Virginia Edition Volume No. 42.  The excerpt is from a letter Heinlein wrote to his editor after the book was published in 1964.

This story is not properly science-fiction at all; the science-fictional aspects are mere devices and decoration. The story is an investigation of the nature of self-control and self-responsibility in a man who thinks of himself as “free,” and the nature of right conduct on the part of such a free individual in dealing with other individuals—when his own inner-directed nature requires that he extend to every individual (even his enemies) the same dignity and freedom that he demands for himself. One might say that the story is an investigation into the subtle but sharp distinction between “liberty” and “license.” Hugh Farnham is the archetype of the former, his son Duke is the archetype of the latter—yet each describes himself as a “free man.”

Monday, January 6, 2014

Excerpt from Virginia Edition Vol. 37

The Nonfiction of Robert Heinlein Volume I.
The excerpt is from 1952 and it was for Edward R. Murrow's radio show "This I Believe".

"...I believe that for every coward there are countless unknown heroes. I believe in Rodger Young. I am safe today because of endless, unnamed heroes from Valley Forge to the Yalu River.
I believe in—I am proud to belong to—the United States. Despite its shortcomings, from lynchings to bad faith in high places, I believe that this our nation has and has had the most decent and kindly internal practices and foreign policies to be found anywhere in history.
And finally, I believe in my whole race, yellow, white, black, red, brown—in the honesty, courage, intelligence, durability ...and goodness...of the overwhelming majority of my brothers and sisters everywhere on this planet. I am proud to be a human being. I believe that we have come this far by
the skin of our teeth, that we will always make it just by the skin of our teeth—but that we will always make it, survive...endure. I believe that this hairless embryo with the aching, oversize braincase and the opposable thumb, this animal barely up from the apes, will endure—will endure longer than his home planet, will spread out to the other planets, to the stars, and beyond, carrying with him his honesty, his unlimited courage—and his noble essential decency. This I believe with all my heart."

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

VE Freedom Fest Award Winners

Congratulations to all the award winners and a big thanks to everyone who participated. Also a special shout out to our friends at the Heinlein Society for making our appearance at Freedom Fest a memorable experience!

Monday, June 3, 2013

On the Road with VE

May 23rd through the 27th The Virginia Edition was represented at the ISDC Conference in San Diego, CA.

This coming July 10th through the 13th the Virginia Edition will be in Las Vegas in cooperation with the Heinlein Society attending the Freedom Fest convention at Caesars Palace. Among those representing the Virginia Edition will be William H. Patterson, Jr., noted Heinlein Scholar.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Citizen of the Galaxy Blog Site

The Citizen of the Galaxy blog is now on line. Visitors can now monitor the progress of the graphic novel and see the latest art concepts. Our Kick Start supporters can view their names in a special section of the blog. Viewers can also link back to the Virginia Edition blog site and also link to the Virginia Edition page. 
Since the Kick Starter site has been live we've received several inquiries about the Virginia Edition which has resulted in at least one sale. Not a bad start!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Citizen of the Galaxy Graphic Novel

Citizen of the Galaxy will be the first graphic novel adapted from Robert A. Heinlein's Virginia Edition which is the complete and definitive 46 volume collector's set of all of Heinlein's works. This project is approved by the copyright owner, the Heinlein Prize Trust and will be produced with the support of the Virginia Edition Publishing Company. The purpose of the Heinlein Prize is to encourage and reward progress in commercial space activities that advances Robert and his wife Virginia's dream of humanity's future in space. The Virginia Edition Publishing Company is responsible for the production and distribution of the authoritative text of all of Robert Heinlein's published fiction and non-fiction - The Robert A. Heinlein: Virginia Edition Collection.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

As it was in the beginning...

To all Virginia Edition subscribers, prospectives, and general belligerents, It gives me great pleasure to announce that the final volumes of the Virginia Edition have finished printing and arrived at the fulfillment center to be shipped to customers over the next week. We will be making a formal announcement on May 25th at the National Space Society's 30th International Space Development Conference. For those that don't know, the National Space Society was formed from a merger of the National Space Institute and the L5 Society. Mr. Heinlein was director of the L5 society for a decade prior to the merger and so we are especially excited to be able to announce his complete works at ISDC. That has been a long project--longer than we anticipated though I casually note that we are still ahead of the original project's completion date--and rather than belabor the point and bore us all to death, I will simply say my thank you's and be done. Thank you to Bill Patterson and Robert James for helping with volume notes and correspondence. Thanks as well to Robert Gorsch, David Wright, Sr., Geo Rule, and Perry Chapedelaine for their help with the Heinlein-Campbell correspondence. Thank you to Windhaven Press for their editorial and layout work in the face of remarkable hardship. Thank you to the Robert A. and Virginia Heinlein Prize Trust for supporting this project and for vigorously supporting Robert and Virginia's vision of humanity's future in space. And, of course, thank you to all of our subscribers who bore with us over the last several years with remarkably good grace. Your support and kind words have made this experience enormously more bearable than otherwise. Never forget to pay it forward, Simon Jester