The wife of the grandmaster of science fiction passed away a few weeks ago. Ginny was not only the caretaker of Mr. Heinlein’s literary estate; she also kept her husband and his affairs in order for a large portion of his life. She was extremely talented and accomplished in a number of scientific fields, and contributed much to Mr. Heinlein’s novels as a sounding board and inspiration. Many of Heinlein’s amazing female characters were based in part on Ginny.

Plus, she loved cats.

After Robert Heinlein passed away in 1988, Mrs. Heinlein relocated to Florida, where she lived for the last decade. RIP, Ginny. We’ll miss you.