Bill Patterson is a science-fiction, James Branch Cabell, and Heinlein specialist named as The Heinlein Scholar by the Heinlein Prize Trust. He worked with the Robert A. Heinlein Archive at Special Collections of the University Library, U.C. Santa Cruz, from Mrs. Heinlein's death in 2003 to mid-2006.
Patterson is the founding editor/publisher of The Heinlein Journal since 1997, and was chosen by Virginia Heinlein to write the definitive formal biography of Robert Heinlein, Robert A. Heinlein in Dialogue with His Century, the first volume of which, Learning Curve, was brought out by Tor Books in August 2010, with the revised and corrected trade paper edition issued in June 2011. The second volume is in preparation now and will probably issue some time in 2012.
Patterson also won the James Branch Cabell Prize for 2000 for The Heir of James Branch Cabell: The Biography of the Biography of the Life of Manuel (A Comedy of Inheritances); co-author (with Andrew Thornton) of The Martian Named Smith: Critical Perspectives on Robert Heinlein's Stranger In a Strange Land (2001) and numerous conference papers, scholarly and popular articles, introductions, and studies. He is co-author (with Robert Gorsch) of the Heinlein personal entry on literaryencyclopedia.com and solo author of subsidiary entry on the Heinlein juveniles. His joint article with Dr. Robert James is featured in the Summer 2006 issue of Foundation, the scholarly publication of the British SF Foundation, of which he is a member. Firsts magazine for November 2007 devoted its entire issue to his "Collecting Robert Heinlein." Patterson's professional memberships include the American Comparative Literature Association, the Heinlein Studies Area of the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association and the Emerson Society.
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