OPUS 175, Are You a Rare Blood?

OPUS 175, Are You a Rare Blood?
OPUS 175
OPUS Number
Box Number
104, 105, 106, 107, 108
Are You a Rare Blood?
Article - Correspondence
Dates, approximate
researched beginning summer 1974; written in 1975
Part 1, 200 pages, Denis J. Paradis correspondence from the beginning with a letter dated 18 July 1974. It’s effectively a fan letter that got a form reply from RAH with a handwritten note on the back. It was followed by a long letter from Paradis about blood types and the rare blood article (the reason this correspondence is in this Opus file even though its content diverts wildly from the subject of rare blood). The correspondence becomes regular about a year later, starting with discussion of the scientific aspects of blood and evolving into a personal correspondence and friendship. As Robert becomes ill, the letters from their end change to Ginny as the writer. Page 80 and on has discussion of RAH’s health and surgery in 1978.
Part 2, 229 pages, Denis J. Paridis correspondence with Ginny continues starting with August 1982. Topics range through the era—politics, the AIDS epidemic, New Coke. Page 91 has a report of Robert’s illness of July 1986.
Part 3, 310 pages, contains  several manuscript drafts of “Are You A Rare Blood?” Page 155 to 170 is, for no readily apparent reason, a travelogue commentary on world travel and the trip to Antarctica (a letter from Ginny on page 280 explains why it’s here). This is followed by a series of letters concerning border problems between the US and Canada of Paul Paradis who was coming to take care of the Heinlein’s house. A travelogue manuscript titled “The Northwest Passage to the Orient”. Highlights include a correspondence with Denis J. Paradis of Montreal—most is personal content and continues through to condolence letters after RAH’s death, Ginny talks about remodeling the house (to make it the house she and Robert had truly envisioned; completing the work so to speak), and about possible theft of mail (someone at the post office taking souvenirs Paradis suggests) and Ginny’s security problems at the house. Ginny also talks about burning paper RAH wanted destroyed. Page 237-240 has a long letter by Ginny talking about their experiences with Panshin. Page 250 has a letter from Ginny talking about being “browned off” at the de Camps for their focusing so much on Robert’s earlier marriage, she says she returned all the de Camp books Robert had, even if he bought them himself. Page 263 Ginny returns to the subject of Catherine de Camp and her relationship with Robert (speculations, on Ginny’s part). On page 295 Ginny says Robert did some special projects for the Navy in WWII but he never said what they were and she never asked.
Part 4,  197 pages, first 89 pages are correspondence with Comptons about the article. Remaining pages repeat the Paradis correspondence from Part 1.
Part 5, 149 pages, contains research materials and some notes. An odd little drop-in item is a letter in a newspaper by Caleb Lanning. File ends with two letters from the Red Cross explaining how RAH’s phone number became known.
Part 6, 235 pages, contains research materials.
Part 7, 292 pages, contains RAH’s notes and notecards for the article.
Part 8, 86 pages, contains a bit of a hodgepodge with handwritten notes for the article interspersed with letters requesting reprints and research materials.
Part 9, 274 pages, contains several drafts of manuscript, some with extensive hand-edits.
Part 10, 126 pages, contains correspondence relating to the article, most of research correspondence.
Part 11, 306 pages, contains articles and box excerpts—research materials—with some correspondence interspersed relating to the article.
Part 12, 133 pages, contains drafts of manuscript, plus letters in return from professionals who proofed it. The one from Isaac Asimov on page 100 is pretty amusing. Others include Alan E Nourse, page 110.  Tear sheets from article as published.
Part 13, 200 pages, contains research materials.
Part 14, 180 pages, contains research materials.
1976 Compton Yearbook and never reprinted
Cross References
Original File Name
Article, notes, and research material
Correspondence with Denis J. Paradis