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Petitioning United States Postal Service Commemorative Panel and the White House The Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee c/o United States Postal Service

The United States Postal Service Commemorative Panel and the White House: Honor 60 American Authors, Editors and Artists of SF, Fantasy and Horror.

1) The USPS was going to honor just five authors until this past April of 2013, all of them male. This would be a gross misrepresentation of the effect women have had in this field of literature.
2) The general public needs to be made aware of the wide range of people who have affected American AND world culture over the past three generations. Without these creative artists, it's hard to imagine how anyone could have been influenced to create Star Trek, Star Wars, medical techniques, modern computers and software, communication satellites or the world wide web.

Letter to
United States Postal Service Commemorative Panel and the White House The Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee c/o United States Postal Service
Honor Sixty American Authors, Editors and Artists of SF, Fantasy and Horror.

Today, July 7, 2013, is the 106th birthday of the celebrated American author, Robert Anson Heinlein.

We, the undersigned, honor this anniversary by announcing the launch of a petition drive to honor Mr. Heinlein and fifty nine other American authors, editors and artists of science fiction, fantasy and horror, with a series of Commemorative US Postage Stamps.

In April of 2013, the United States Postal Service Commemorative Panel announced that it was delaying a series of stamps that would have featured Mr. Heinlein and fellow authors Isaac Asimov, Philip K. Dick, Frank Herbert and Ray Bradbury.

While we recognize that these gentlemen are significant figures in fantasy and science fiction literature; honoring ONLY these individuals would be a gross under-representation of the many men AND women who have shaped various forms of speculative fiction and, on the whole, have influenced world culture over the past four generations.

Without their influences, it would be hard to imagine the eventual creation of Star Trek, Star Wars, video games such as Halo and Final Fantasy and technical innovations such as laser surgery, cell phones, fiber optics and global positioning satellites.

We offer the following sixty nominees to be honored:

Robert E. Howard (1906 – 1936)
H.P. Lovecraft (1890 –1937)
Henry Kuttner (1915 – 1958)
Cyril.M. Kornbluth (1923 – 1958)
Frank R. Paul (1884 – 1963)
E.E. “Doc” Smith, (1890 – 1965)
Paul A. Linebarger (Cordwainer Smith) 1913 – 1966
Hugo Gernsback (1884 – 1967)
Virgil Finlay 1914 – 1971)
John W. Campbell, Jr. (1910 – 1971)
Will F. Jenkins (Murray Leinster, 1896 – 1975)
James Blish (1921 – 1975)
Edmund Hamilton 1904 – 1977)
Leigh Brackett (1915 – 1978)
Philip K. Dick (1928 – 1982)
Theodore Sturgeon (1918 – 1985)
Jack Gaughan, (1930 – 1985)
Frank Herbert (1920 -1986)
Judy Lynn Del Rey (1943 –1986)
Chesley Bonestell (1888 – 1986)
Catherine L. Moore (1911 – 1987)
Terry Carr (1937 – 1987)
Alice Sheldon (James Tiptree, Jr., 1915 – 1987)
Alfred Bester (1913 – 1987)
Clifford D. Simak (1904 – 1988)
Robert A. Heinlein (1907 – 1988)
Ed Emshwiller (1925 – 1990)
Donald Wollheim (1914 – 1990)
Isaac Asimov (1920- 1992)
Fritz Lieber (1910 – 1992)
Lester del Rey (1915 – 1993)
Robert Bloch (1917 – 1994)
Ian Ballantine (1916 –1995)
Roger Zelazny (1937 – 1995)
H.L. Gold (1914 –1996)
Richard M. Powers (1921 – 1996)
Judith Merrill (1923 – 1997)
Marion Zimmer Bradley (1930 – 1999)
L. Sprague De Camp (1907 – 2000)
Gordon R. Dickson (1923 – 2001)
Poul Anderson (1926 – 2 001)
Damon Knight (1922 – 2002)
Harry Clement Stubbs (Hal Clement) 1922 – 2003)
Frank Kelly Freas (1922 – 2005)
Alice (Andre) Norton (1912 – 2005)
Octavia Butler (1947 – 2006)
James Baen, (1943- 2006)
Jack Williamson (1908 – 2006)
John Berkey 1932 – 2008)
Dean Ellis, 1920-2009
John Schoenherr (1935 – 2010)
Frank Frazetta (1928 – 2010)
Gene Szafran (1941 – 2011)
Joanna Russ (1937 – 2011)
Anne McCaffrey (1926 – 2011)
Leo Dillon (1933 – 2012)
Ray Bradbury (1920 – 2012)
Harry Harrison (1925 – 2012)
Jack Vance (1916 – 2013)
Richard Matheson (1926 – 2013)

We, the undersigned, petition the White House, the USPS Commemorative Panel and its governmental oversight committees, to correct this oversight with a series of stamps over the next several years, in groups of six, ten or twelve individuals.

We Thank You for your time and attention.