Managing Editor, 2020- : Matthew Riley

Matt Riley is a native of Buffalo, NY.  He studied Classics, history, and archaeology at Canisius College, the University of Buffalo, and the American Academy in Rome.  After a few years working for the Department of Justice, he turned to teaching—primarily Latin, but also history, literature, and philosophy—at levels from middle school to college around the U.S. and as a lay missionary in Central America.  He first encountered the works of Robert Heinlein via Have Space Suit, Will Travel when he was twelve, and continues to read and re-read the Grand Master decades later.


Editor-in-Chief, 2020- : Dr. C. Herbert Gilliland

Dr. Gilliland is a retired professor of English at the United States Naval Academy, and a retired naval reserve captain. He taught courses there on topics ranging from Renaissance literature to science fiction. He particularly enjoyed teaching a special course on Robert Heinlein, a graduate of the Naval Academy and the author of Starship Troopers. (This is the first college course ever dedicated entirely to Heinlein.) Herb’s scholarly work tends to be concerned with naval history. He is the author of Voyage to a Thousand Cares: Master’s Mate Lawrence with the African Squadron 1844-1846, which received the North American Society for Oceanic History’s John Lyman Book Award. With Robert Shenk, he co-authored the biographical Admiral Dan Gallery: The Life and Wit of a Navy Original. Although he has written many things since, Dr. Gilliland is always proud that his very first appearance in public print was a letter to John Campbell published in Astounding magazine. He is also a member of the board for the Robert A. Heinlein Award, given annually to a science fiction writer whose work has inspired exploration of space. Dr. Gilliland was appointed by the board to fill a vacancy in 2015, and elected by the membership to a three year term later in 2015. He was re-elected to a second three year term in 2018, and chosen by the Board of Directors to be Vice President – Secretary in the same year.  He was appointed Chair of the Academic Committee and Editor-in-Chief of The Heinlein Journal in 2020.

Editor-in-Chief, 2019: Dr. Marie Guthrie

Dr Marie Guthrie

Marie Guthrie was awarded her doctorate in English from the University of KY, where she wrote the first dissertation on science fiction author Robert A. Heinlein (with Virginia Heinlein’s gracious assistance and blessings). Dr. Guthrie is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Moldova, 2003-2005) whose travels have taken her to 24 countries, 45 US states, and 2 US territories (so far). She was active in Bowling Green, Kentucky’s local theatre scene as an actor and stage manager until she moved to the USVI last August. An avid SCUBA diver, she regularly dives The Wall at Cane Bay in St. Croix.

Founding Editor: William H. Patterson, Jr.

William H Patterson Jr

The author of the two volume Heinlein biography, and first official Heinlein Scholar, Bill Patterson was a personal friend to many in the Heinlein literary and science fiction world. Bill passed away on April 21st, 2014, only a month away from seeing the completed publication of the final volume of his master-work, the comprehensive biography of Robert A. Heinlein, In Dialogue with His Century: Volume 2, 1948-1988: The Man Who Learned Better, released in June 2014 from Tor.

With Virginia Heinlein, Bill Patterson was one of the founders of the Heinlein Society, and served as first president. He also published the outstanding magazine of Heinlein scholarship, the Heinlein Journal.