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Virginia Heinlein

Virginia "Ginny" Heinlein (April 22, 1916 – January 18, 2003), born Virginia Doris Gerstenfeld, was an American chemist, biochemist, engineer, and the third wife and muse of Robert A. Heinlein, a prominent and successful author often considered one of the "Big Three" of science fiction (along with Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke).

Virginia Heinlein
Robert and Virginia Heinlein in Tahiti, 1980.
Born
Virginia Doris Gerstenfeld

(1916-04-22)April 22, 1916
Brooklyn, New York, United States
DiedJanuary 18, 2003(2003-01-18) (aged 86)
Florida, United States
NationalityAmerican
EducationNew York University
OccupationChemist, biochemist, lieutenant commander USN
Known forFounder of The Heinlein Society
Spouse(s)
(m. 1948⁠–⁠1988)​

Born to George Joseph and Jeanne D Gerstenfeld (nee Rosenthal)', Virginia was raised in Brooklyn with her brother Leon. A redheaded organic chemist and biochemist, she served as an inspiration for many of the active and talented red-haired women in Heinlein's stories. She met Robert when they both worked at the Naval Air Experimental Station in Philadelphia when she was a lieutenant in the WAVES in the U.S. Navy in World War II. She moved to Los Angeles in 1946 to take an advanced degree, where Heinlein had already relocated after the war. They married on October 21, 1948, in Raton, New Mexico. Shortly thereafter they moved to Colorado, but in 1965 her health was chronically affected by the altitude, so the couple moved to Bonny Doon, California.

Prior to a trip to the Soviet Union, where they happened to be when Francis Gary Powers was shot down, Virginia learned to speak Russian, which proved invaluable in talking with local citizens. She was highly esteemed among her husband's fans for her exceptional willingness to correspond with them, a practice that continued until her last days, with activity in a Usenet newsgroup devoted to Heinlein fans. She was touched when other users sent her Mother's Day greetings as an homage to her bestowing the title of "Heinlein's Children" on Robert's fans worldwide.

After Robert's death in 1988, she moved from California to Florida, where she edited a collection of his letters and writings, published in 1989 as Grumbles from the Grave. She authorised the publication of Tramp Royale and longer editions of previously published works Stranger in a Strange Land, The Puppet Masters, and Red Planet. In 1997 she established a literary society in her husband's name, the Heinlein Society.

  1. James, PhD., Robert (2001–2007). "Biographies of Robert and Virginia Heinlein". The Heinlein Society. RetrievedOctober 18, 2007.
  2. Woo, Elaine (January 26, 2003). "Virginia Heinlein, 86; Wife, Muse and Literary Guardian of Celebrated Science Fiction Writer". Los Angeles Times. RetrievedJune 4, 2018.
  3. Marriage Announcement March 1, 1915, New York Times'
  4. Woo, Elaine (January 26, 2003), "Virginia Heinlein, 86; Wife, Muse and Literary Guardian of Celebrated Science Fiction Writer (free abstract)", Los Angeles Times, pp. B14
  5. Heinlein, Virginia (November 26, 2002). "A letter to Virginia Heinlein - response". alt.fan.heinlein. RetrievedOctober 31, 2021.
  6. Drum, Kevin (January 20, 2003), "Virginia Heinlein", The Washington Monthly
  7. "BOOK REVIEW : A Shallow Peek Into a Sci-Fi Grand Master". RetrievedAugust 2, 2013.
  8. "Tramp Royale". RetrievedAugust 2, 2013.
  9. "Robert Heinlein's softer side". RetrievedAugust 2, 2013.

Virginia Heinlein
Virginia Heinlein Language Watch Edit Virginia Ginny Heinlein April 22 1916 January 18 2003 born Virginia Doris Gerstenfeld was an American chemist biochemist engineer and the third wife and muse of Robert A Heinlein a prominent and successful author often considered one of the Big Three of science fiction along with Isaac Asimov and Arthur C Clarke Virginia HeinleinRobert and Virginia Heinlein in Tahiti 1980 BornVirginia Doris Gerstenfeld 1916 04 22 April 22 1916 Brooklyn New York United StatesDiedJanuary 18 2003 2003 01 18 aged 86 Florida United StatesNationalityAmericanEducationNew York University 1 OccupationChemist biochemist lieutenant commander USN 2 Known forFounder of The Heinlein SocietySpouse s Robert A Heinlein m 1948 1988 wbr Life and career EditBorn to George Joseph and Jeanne D Gerstenfeld nee Rosenthal 3 Virginia was raised in Brooklyn with her brother Leon A redheaded organic chemist and biochemist she served as an inspiration for many of the active and talented red haired women in Heinlein s stories 4 She met Robert when they both worked at the Naval Air Experimental Station in Philadelphia when she was a lieutenant in the WAVES in the U S Navy in World War II She moved to Los Angeles in 1946 to take an advanced degree where Heinlein had already relocated after the war They married on October 21 1948 in Raton New Mexico Shortly thereafter they moved to Colorado but in 1965 her health was chronically affected by the altitude so the couple moved to Bonny Doon California Prior to a trip to the Soviet Union where they happened to be when Francis Gary Powers was shot down Virginia learned to speak Russian which proved invaluable in talking with local citizens She was highly esteemed among her husband s fans for her exceptional willingness to correspond with them a practice that continued until her last days with activity in a Usenet newsgroup devoted to Heinlein fans 5 She was touched when other users sent her Mother s Day greetings as an homage to her bestowing the title of Heinlein s Children on Robert s fans worldwide After Robert s death in 1988 she moved from California to Florida 6 where she edited a collection of his letters and writings published in 1989 as Grumbles from the Grave 7 She authorised the publication of Tramp Royale 8 and longer editions of previously published works Stranger in a Strange Land 9 The Puppet Masters and Red Planet In 1997 she established a literary society in her husband s name the Heinlein Society 1 References Edit a b James PhD Robert 2001 2007 Biographies of Robert and Virginia Heinlein The Heinlein Society Retrieved October 18 2007 Woo Elaine January 26 2003 Virginia Heinlein 86 Wife Muse and Literary Guardian of Celebrated Science Fiction Writer Los Angeles Times Retrieved June 4 2018 Marriage Announcement March 1 1915 New York Times Woo Elaine January 26 2003 Virginia Heinlein 86 Wife Muse and Literary Guardian of Celebrated Science Fiction Writer free abstract Los Angeles Times pp B14 Heinlein Virginia November 26 2002 A letter to Virginia Heinlein response alt fan heinlein Retrieved October 31 2021 Drum Kevin January 20 2003 Virginia Heinlein The Washington Monthly BOOK REVIEW A Shallow Peek Into a Sci Fi Grand Master Retrieved August 2 2013 Tramp Royale Retrieved August 2 2013 Robert Heinlein s softer side Retrieved August 2 2013 External links EditVirginia Heinlein at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database Virginia Heinlein 1917 2003 SFWA News Obituary at the Science Fiction Writers of America Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title Virginia Heinlein amp oldid 1052953954, wikipedia, wiki, book,

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