Over the past month or so, I've been carefully nursing the project along to ease us over any particular kinks that might arise and so I am happy to publicly announce that the first seven books are now in customer's hands ready to be enjoyed.
For those interested in the books, we will be updating the website with images of the books as soon as I have a chance to show them to the Trustees of the Heinlein Trust--who are currently out of town. Another update that will be mentioned on the site: We will be processing new orders at the end of each month. That is, all orders placed during a given month will be shipped at the end of that month.
As for our current status--which one and all are eager to hear about: The next set to be published will be volumes 8-23: The Future History of Robert Heinlein Volumes 1 and 2 (originally The Past through Tomorrow), Stranger in a Strange Land, How to be a Politician, Rocket Ship Galileo, Space Cadet, Red Planet, Farmer in the Sky, Between Planets, The Rolling Stones, Starman Jones, The Star Beast, Tunnel in the Sky, Time for the Stars, Citizen of the Galaxy, and Have Spacesuit -- Will Travel.
By the end of the week, the first nine will be done and ready. The other seven volumes are in varying stages of completion, but we still seem to be on track for our original goal of having them to the printer by early- to mid-October. When I have a moment, I'll get an updated quote from our TransCon Rep so far as the estimated time for the books to be printed and shipped--though, rest assured, it should prove considerably shorter than was the case with the first seven.
Slashdot recently linked to the following item: http://kk.org/ct2/2008/09/heinleins-fan-mail-solution.php
It's an amusing form response the Heinlein's sent out in response to fan mail. It's worth a glance and a chuckle. An enterprising individual might also consider that this and similar items could be found within the sweeping reach of the Heinlein Archives...