Many of us were first interested in space by the novels and writings of Robert Heinlein. Now, the 100th anniversary of Heinlein's birth gives us all a chance to reflect on the influence of this great author.
The Heinlein Centennial will be held July 6-8 in the honoree's hometown of Kansas City, MO, and will recognize the influence that Heinlein's writings have had, from The Man Who Sold the Moon to Stranger in a Strange Land to The Moon is a Harsh Mistress. Hundreds of presentations, panels, and debates will allow attendees to discuss the ins and outs of Heinlein's work and its influence on life today and in the future.
Planning to attend the convention are Apollo 11 moonwalker Dr. Buzz Aldrin; NASA Administrator Mike Griffin; the first winner of the $500,000 Heinlein Prize for Accomplishments in Commercial Space Activities, Dr. Peter Diamandis; X PRIZE winner Brian Binnie; and other science fiction writers who have been inspired by Heinlein's work, such as Sir Arthur C. Clarke, author of 2001: A Space Odyssey and Ray Bradbury of The Martian Chronicles.
Read more at the centennial website.