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Friday, May 19, 2006

A book from beyond

Robert Heinlein has been dead for nearly 20 years, but that doesn't mean he can't still publish books.

Granted, he has to have a little help now. Back in November 1955, he wrote an outline for a book that he was never able to write. That outline was passed on to another science fiction writer, one who was considered to have inherited Heinlein's mantle, Spider Robinson. He was chosen by the Heinlein Prize Trust to write the novel, Variable Star.

That book has been turned over to the publisher, Tor Books, which has scheduled it for hardcover release of September of this year.

In the first chapter, there are song lyrics called "On the Way to the Stars." According to Spider Robinson's Website, fellow author, folk singer, and Heinlein fan David Crosby is composing a tune to go with it.

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