The Heinlein Forum takes its name in homage to Robert Anson Heinlein, the first Grandmaster of Science Fiction. Heinlein brought forth a great many themes in his writing, not the least of which was "Specialization is for Insects". As a result, you'll find everything from politics to entertainment to personal lives discussed on the Forum's newsgroup. Nothing is "off-topic". We'll gladly discuss RAH's work, too, but if you're the type that only wants to talk about RAH you'll probably get annoyed quickly by the Forum. :) Try one of the other newsgroups listed below for that kind of discussion--you'll probably recognize a few Forum names there, too, after awhile.
The HF was formed, as near as anyone can remember, in the Fall of 1991 on the Prodigy service's Arts Club Bulletin Board. At its peak it had around 50 active posters (with many occasional posters) and expanded to similar groups on AOL and GEnie. However, the present and future of the Heinlein Forum is on the Internet, aligned with the Heinlein Society but gravitating wherever Heinlein fans converse! We had a long-standing outpost on SFF Net on one of its "usenet" groups before SFF Net shuttered. We have checked in with older Heinlein Society forums, we had a tiny outpost on Google+.
While the HF has been very "low-traffic" at times in its past, its members take the idea of Paying it Forward to heart. Our cobbers donate blood, books, and their time in the same spirit that Robert Heinlein espoused.
We are proud to be recognized as the oldest continuously-organized online group of Heinlein fans! Don't believe us? We did the scholarship...here's some notes from a presentation by John Tilden at the Heinlein Centennial in 2007!
We've found through experience that people who like Heinlein tend to be the kind of people we want to hang out with. People who like Heinlein usually can talk about a range of subjects intelligently. Believe it or not, it can be tough to find folks like that. If that sounds like you, check us out! And if you haven't read Heinlein, pick up one of his books--you may very well be pleasantly surprised. A list of RAH's books can be found in Jim Gifford's external Heinlein FAQ.
Our largest discussion area is actually current on Facebook. Look for the group "Heinlein Forum" once you have a Facebook account, or you can use this link to find it and create an account if necessary.
The HF, being a virtual community, checks in at the Heinlein Society Forum. You're welcome to join us there, and we also have a "pointer group" at our original SFF Net home, sff.discuss.heinlein-forum.
The group has its own FAQ that should probably be revised for the way people are currently using web forums and Facebook. Suggestions for the FAQ are welcome via the Page Maintainer link at the bottom of this page.
If you're looking for a good read, check out the back issues of The Galactic Citizen. TGC was a quality print magazine devoted to short speculative fiction and non-fiction articles of interest to Heinlein-minded individuals.
An opinion piece preserved
here on the HF, because no one else has.
The posting archives are located here.
Our thanks to
Robert & Karen Cottrell for the years they hosted the archives.
Browse the older postings of sff.people.robert-a-heinlein group for serious discussion that directly relates to Heinlein's work.
Usenet at large:
Browse the alt.fan.heinlein
group. (This link will only work if your default news server carries
If you want to read through a web browser, try this link to a.f.h.
Waternest (a LiveJournal site)
Robert A. Heinlein, Dean of SF Writers:
Legacy and Scholarly Sites:
Heinlein Nexus--a newer group devoted to Heinlein research and community that is now aligned with the Heinlein Society.
The Heinlein Society--consider 'paying it forward' by joining this officially-sanctioned organization dedicated to honoring RAH and his work.
site:RAH Archives The suggested starting point at Jim Gifford's excellent site.
The Heinlein Journal-- devoted to scholarly discussion of Heinlein's life and works, edited by Bill Patterson, RAH's official biographer.
UC Santa Cruz: Heinlein Papers
Heinlein Archives Online
Heinlein Prize Trust
Heinlein Centennial (Not -strictly- a scholarly site, but it was an event to remember. HF Cobbers were there!)
What makes a site interesting is the quality of its links and the original material available from it. You, the members of the Heinlein Forum, need to do your part to make this site a good resource. Please contribute your links and HF-related items!