New Old Guy or Old New Guy?

Okay, jumping in now that I've read both books and all the 'extras'... Really enjoying the story thus far. The header above probably explains that I'm old enough to be Mei Lin's grandfather (and am in fact a great-grandfather as of earlier this year), but age is a state of mind -- I'm still young in spite of all the trips round the sun...

A bit about me -- retired Professor of Medieval History, currently running a small press publishing house that specializes in children's books for non-mainstream religious families. (i.e., Pagan). Fascinated by science fiction and fantasy, have met such authors as Heinlein and Asimov, as well as several dozen who are still living. Want to know more? Just ask -- I love corresponding...

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Pidgin's picture

Whoa, that's amazing. What were they like???

rdehwyll's picture

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Heinlein was easy to talk to, and very well-informed about a variety of subjects. His wife was gracious and charming. The thirty minute luncheon we shared was very interesting to me, as he was in the planning stages of a book that he absolutely refused to discuss beyong the fact that it dealt with religion from a scientific/fantasy point-of-view. He did allude to the possibility that the book might be looked on with disfavour by certain elements of the religious community. (Now go read his book that deals with a modern-day, existence-swapping "Job")

Asimov talked way above my head scientifically, but was still able to get across the basic ideas he opined. I was struck by how 'wheezy' his speaking voice was, and thought he was suffering from either a chest cold or walking pneumonia -- but he assured me he was fine...

MeiLin's picture

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You wanna be my grandpa? Both of mine are no longer with us, so the position's open.

What an interesting life you've led! I'd like to pick your brain about medieval history, in fact. When I get five minutes to think, I'll write you. Thanks for liking my story!

rdehwyll's picture

Devotee

Do you really want to be lost in the crowd? (Grin!) I already have 21 grandchildren...
As to 'picking my brain' -- At your service, m'lady! I'm always happy to enhance the education of an interested learner.

TheFerret's picture

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Not to fill Meilin's forums with completely off topic stuff - but I'm all for you creating a thread with a new subject & mini lecture of the week !! Smile

Ok, so I'm a medieval history FREAK (history major in general). Masters level work was going to be medieval... But then life and such got in the way of grad school. Oh well. I have family, I R happy Biggrin Besides, I'm a pretty big homebody, and not interested in moving clear across country (read: away from family) to find a grad school w/ a medieval history program. (something the schools surrounding us when we were in OK did NOT have for some strange reason.....)

rdehwyll's picture

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I have no objection, if MeiLin does not -- but I think I would prefer a Q&A format -- The readers ask a question about a general Medieval Subject, and I answer with an overview and a specific example (where possible). How does that sound?

kalinka's picture

Postulant

I think that sounds wonderful! Welcome to the forums, by the way. It seems that you will have a lot of very interesting input, which I am looking forward to. History was one of my ideas for a major a while ago, but I ended up with Russian instead.

Out of curiosity-- which author that you met (out of all of them, I suppose) ended up being the most interesting in person?

rdehwyll's picture

Devotee

Very tough question to answer, in fact -- there is always something interesting in a conversation with authors, if they be professionals who earn their daily bread through writing, or just the interested party who popped something they wrote onto a webpage. However, I will state that the author who made the biggest impression on me would have to be the late Marion Zimmer Bradley -- though I first knew her as Marion Zimmer, when she was a Teaching Assistant...

MeiLin's picture

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wow. OK, so you've known some of my idols. What the hell are you doing reading THIS? Biggrin

rdehwyll's picture

Devotee

You underestimate yourself -- your work is eminently readable, and has a fresh 'voice'. Besides, a good story is ALWAYS worth reading, no matter its origins... I read fan fiction, blog pages, cereal boxes... (Grin!)

V's picture

Embodiment

And here I just figured your masochistic tendencies were just more widespread.

*hides from MeiLin* Kidding! I just love hitting softballs foul.

MeiLin's picture
TheBoy's picture

Embodiment

the balling he gives YOU will be FOUL.

*hides*

MeiLin's picture
TheBoy's picture

Embodiment

I try. Wink

V's picture

Embodiment

TheBoy doesn't bother me. He's just practicing for when he's a partner and his Maserati will cover for any lack of tact on his approach }:)

MeiLin, if I gave you a balling it would be anything but foul. Wink But since I haven't even broached that subject with you or Sir, I don't see it happening in the near future.

If I was too obtuse...I was applying the cliche "lob a softball" to MeiLin's little "but you've met GREAT authors. I'm sure you can't stand to read anything but the best now. Whatever brings you here? *bats eyelashes*" and tweaking it a little.

MeiLin's picture

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I am discovered fishing for compliments!

hee.

MeiLin's picture

Most High

In fact, I'll make you a subforum.

rdehwyll's picture

Devotee

Nope, can't do it... Thank you, I've never been a subforum before!

*Paranoimasochism is an affliction which causes one to use wordplay to either make people laugh or groan -- though the highest achievement is to cause them to run screaming from one's presence... aka "Punster"...

Nye's picture

Supplicant

It's a pleasure to rub elbows with you. Your past and present work sound very interesting and quite rewarding.

manoki's picture

Supplicant

I love it when a new member increases the age variance of our group. And since we're not allowed to increase it on the low end, that means we're relying on elders like you.

Medieval history was my "dabble" in college. I studied a bit of early music and loved the medieval history course I took. I'm still fascinated by it even though I no longer have any time to study it.

Paisleigh's picture

Devotee

I must say welcome and that Hienline is one of my favorite authors. Not too many people I know of have heard of him. so ^-^ (Also- I have read Job and have it sitting my my bookshelf. Along with ForUs the Living, Stranger in a Strange Land, I Will Fear No Evil, and I can't think of any others right now but there are at least one more novel and a 2-in-1 deal. *rolls eyes* No, he's not my favortie author. No, not at all ^-^)
I also agree with a sort of "Q&A" type deal on Medieval History- got a few questions just now popping to the surface.
And not that I'm done going "Eeeee!!!" Welcome to the Wonderful World of Meilin and the History. I hope you enjoy your stay. ^-^

EDIT: I have no idea why I'm so excited about you joining us but I shall blame it on teh fact that I just resently woke up and now can add one more person to my "People I know(ish) who know Heinline" list. ^-^ Off to find breakfast now.

MeiLin's picture

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Heinlein was an early influence of mine.

rdehwyll's picture

Devotee

40 published novels and short story collections before his death, and three published posthumously, along with numerous magazine short stories for a total of 319 published works. Someday, I intend to find copies of all the short stories to complete my collection -- I have all the books (including his juveniles), and only need 37 more of the short stories to go...

Epikouros's picture

Pleased to have you with us, rdehywelll. Its good seeing all the SF and history fans here. I'm in the last year of an undergraduate degree in history myself, and should be heading off to graduate school in the next few years.

It would have been very cool to meet writers like Asimov and Heinlein. Although going to a good university, and hanging out with some smart people, I wonder who I know now will seem cool to somebody in 20 years or so. Did you ever meet Sprague de Camp, by chance?

rdehwyll's picture

Devotee

Alas, no, I never had that particular pleasure, though I did exchange a short correspondence regarding a rebuttle I made to a certain reviewer of his work...

Kittae's picture

Postulant

I would absolutely love some children's books for Pagan families--I know a few families, and I might need them one day for myself. = P Do you have any Amazon links, or are they really small companies?

MeiLin's picture

Most High

Being a Pagan parent of Pagan kids.

rdehwyll's picture

Devotee

The first book under this imprint should be available sometime around June of 2009, authored and illustrated by Giovanna Adams. It's a small press company, so print runs will be limited (at least at first). I'm hoping to break even, as this is more an avocation/hobby than a 'real' job -- but even if I don't, there will be others in the future, just because I believe in what I'm doing in filling this niche market.

sherinik's picture

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There are many budding wannabe authors in this forum, so I'd expect you to be inundated with manuscripts in - oh - about 5 days!

I grew up liking Heinlein's more straight SF, until I came across Worlds Enough and Time. Boy did that one set hooks in me! That one book is probably the root cause of my shrugging off the WASP relationship mentality I grew up with. Funnily enough, in that book, that is discussed by Mama Maureen as being a good environment for children to grow up in...

Clare-Dragonfly's picture

Supplicant

Can I be your friend?! Medieval history, Pagan publishing... and how incredibly jealous am I that you actually met Marion Zimmer Bradley? (Answer: Sooooo jealous.) I guess there are some perks to being born earlier! I will definitely keep an eye out for books from your press, since I'm a pagan who hopes to have kids sometime in the next few years. Really looking forward to your Q&As, too.

rdehwyll's picture

Devotee

I relish the thought of new friends, whether they be 'in person' or 'on the net'. I may be an irregular correspondent, but I do eventually answer communications...

Slagar's picture

Devotee

You, sir, are a Spider Robinson fan. He is my favorite living author, now that Mr. Heinlein has passed. I finally have someone to make Callahan jokes at! My life, it is complete.

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