04/09/2003. Contributed by Jessica Martin
Author Michael Flynn scoops the very first Heinlein Award at the 2003 World Science Fiction Convention.
On August 30th 2003, the Heinlein Society presented the inaugural Heinlein Awards at TorCon, the 53rd World Science Fiction Convention.
This year there were two awards.
The latter Heinlein Award presented was for "Outstanding published work in hard science fiction or technical writings inspiring the human exploration of space."
This was given to author Michael Flynn by the rather distinguished panel of judges including the likes of Greg Bear, Joe Haldeman, Elizabeth Moon, Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, Spider Robinson and Stanley Schmidt.
Flynn's novels include: Fallen Angels, Firestar, In the Country of the Blind, The Nanotech Chronicles, Rogue Star, Lodestar, Falling Stars, and The Wreck of the River of Stars.
Their first award was presented posthumously to Virginia Gerstenfeld Heinlein in recognition of her contribution to the science fiction field. Not only did she work with her husband in the idea creation phase of his books, but also she was technical consultant for many of the scientific aspects of his novels (the horticultural and terraforming information in the novel "Farmer in the Sky" came from Ginny - she was both a chemist and a horticulturalist).
In addition to making a multi-million dollar contribution to the Naval Academy for the Heinlein Chair, Ginny managed Heinlein's large literary estate, leaving behind yet more millions to be used to promote our space-faring future. To those who knew her, she is regarded as having been a grand lady and well deserving of the award.
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