Title given by the ghostwriter to Humphrey
Wingate's book about his experiences as a contract worker.
("Logic of Empire")
Carmen (Carmencita) Ibañez
Member of Juan Rico's
high-school graduating class. She joined the Federal
Service to become a spaceship pilot. She was assigned as junior watch
officer and pilot-under-instruction to the Corvette Transport Mannheim.
Large, troll-like golem designed to prevent travellers from entering Nevia Valley. Not
too bright and easily offended, he was goaded into attacking Oscar Gordon
headlong and was destroyed by shoving his foot in his mouth until he'd
swallowed himself and disappeared.
Ignatius (no last name)
Accountant whom Sethos ordered to settle Richard
Ames' and Gwen
Novak's accounts and bring cash to close them out.
"Arise, Ye Prisoners of Starvation", sung at the beginning of the Stilyagi
Hall meeting. (Manuel Garcia
O'Kelly observed cynically that none of the meeting's attendees looked
(The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress)
Company that owned the Valkyrie and
other spaceships. Many people considered it as powerful as the Federation
Military/civil service organization that patrolled the space lanes and
also monitored the system of H-bombs that orbited the planets to prevent any
one government from committing aggression against others.
1. A plot by senior officers to
overthrow the government by seizing control of the H-bombs was foiled by John
("The Long Watch")
2. The recruits sworn in at the same
time as Matt
Dodson represented many countries and off-planet colonies, as indicated by
their names: Adams, Akbar, Alvarado, Anderson, Angelico, Armand (Ganymede),
Delacroix, DeWitt, Diaz, Dobbs, Eddy, Eisenhower, Ericsson, Jensen (Venus), Romolus,
Sforza, Stanley, Suliman, Zahm.
Interregnum (or Interregnum of the
Theocratic and totalitarian government that prevailed in the United States
around the end of the 20th century, until overthrown by the Cabal. It was
founded by the demagogue Nehemiah
Scudder and perpetuated by successors who were more self-serving
politicians than religious fanatics, but who used religion to keep the
populace under control.
("If This Goes On—", Methuselah's Children, Time Enough for
Love; mentioned in passing in "Coventry")
[mentioned in passing] Company in which Thorby
Rudbek owned stock.
(Citizen of the Galaxy)
A gathering of interesting people from various universes, ostensibly to
investigate the implications of multiple universes as discovered by the crew
of the Gay
Deceiver, but more likely just to have a good time. A number of the
visitors who are mentioned are definitely or possibly references to real-life
authors, scientists, and friends of Robert Heinlein; others are characters
from his stories. Lazarus Long
called it the First Centennial Convention of the Interuniversal Society for
Eschatological Pantheistic Multiple-Ego Solipsism.
(The Number of the Beast)
Attendees at the Interuniverse Society
The name given in the story is underlined; definite identification
or plausible guess is in [brackets].
Real People (definitely or *possibly)
Buz [*Aldrin?], astronaut; in the story, an acquaintance of
Poul [*Anderson], science-fiction author, appearing as "The Black
Knight"; a reference to Karen is probably his wife.
Robert Asprin, science-fiction and fantasy author, member of the
Society for Creative Anachronism and "Commandammit" of the Dorsai Very
[*Gregory] Benford, physicist and science-fiction author.
[Bishop] Berkeley, 18th-century Anglo-Irish Anglican bishop,
philosopher, and scientist. He is often cited as the source of the quip,
"What is mind? No matter. What is matter? Never mind."
[*Lloyd] Biggle, author of science-fiction and mystery novels.
Charles [Brown], publisher of Locus magazine, which
provides news and reviews for science fiction publishers and fandom.
[*Mildred Downey] Broxon, fantasy author.
[Dr. Elizabeth] Chater, lecturer on science fiction at San Diego
State University [or possibly Dr. Norman Chater, neurosurgeon who operated
[*Samuel Langhorn] Clemens, a.k.a. author Mark Twain — as shown
in several books and especially To Sail Beyond the Sunset,
particularly admired by Heinlein
[J. J.] Coupling (pseudonym of engineer and science-fiction
writer John R. Pierce)
Charles Dodgson, a.k.a. Lewis Carroll, mathematician and author
of Alice in Wonderland, Through the Looking Glass, and many
Dorsai Very Irregular, a.k.a. the Dorsai Irregulars, a service
organization that provides security at science-fiction conventions and other
events. They escorted Heinlein when he was Guest of Honor at the World
Science Fiction Convention in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1976.
[*Arthur] Dula, lawyer and board member of the L-5 Society
Dr. [*Robert] Forward, physicist and science-fiction author
Dr. [*Eloise R.] Giblett, genetic researcher specializing in
The Gordfather, a.k.a. Gordon R. Dickson, science-fiction author
and "godfather" of the Dorsai Irregulars
Harlan [*Ellison], science-fiction author, editor of Dangerous
Visions, and TV producer.
Dr. [*James] Gunn, science-fiction author and scholar; retired
founder of the Science Fiction Studies program and Lawrence University in
Dr. Hartwell [science-fiction publisher David Hartwell?]
[Robert and Virginia] Heinlein
Hoyle [science-fiction author and astronomer Fred Hoyle, or his
[Phillip] Latham, pseudonym of science-fiction writer Robert S.
Fritz [*Leiber, science-fiction author]
Kat Moore [science-fiction author Catherine L. Moore]
Fuzzy Pink [Niven, wife of science-fiction author Larry Niven]
Larry [*Niven, science-fiction author; his attendance is
plausible because of the positive ID of his wife]
Andre [*Norton, science-fiction Grand Master]
Dr. [*Alan E.] Nourse, physician and science-fiction author
Anne Passovoy, Chicago area singer/songwriter and member of the
Dorsai Irregulars. In The Number of the Beast, she sang "The Grand
Canal", accompanied by "Noisy"
Rhysling, at the Convocation of the Interuniverse Society conference.
[Dr. Robert] Passovoy, Chicago-area physician and member of the
[Edgar Allan] Poe, horror writer
Jerry [*Pournelle], science-fiction writer and authority on
Dr. [*Robert W.] Prehoda, futurologist and science-fiction
Gene [Roddenberry], creator of Star Trek
Dr. [*Milton] Rothman, physicist and science-fiction author
Dr. [*Carl] Sagan, astronomer, author of science books and
Dr. [*Stanley] Schmidt, science-fiction author, former physics
professor, and editor of Analog magazine
[*Thomas N.] Scortia, science-fiction author
Cliff [*Clifford Simak, science-fiction author]
[*Jack] Williamson, science-fiction author
in Heinlein's Other Stories
Anne (no last name) , Jubal Harshaw's secretary in Stranger in
a Strange Land
Dawn Ardent, member of the Church of All Worlds in Stranger in
a Strange Land
Arthur Conan Doyle — a Venerian dragon from Between
Planets who adopted this name, not the author of the Sherlock Holmes stories
Dr. [*Jesse F.] Bone, veterinarian who appeared briefly in To
Sail Beyond the Sunset
[Joseph and Penelope] Bonforte, of Double Star
[*Donald] Cargraves, scientist who built a moon ship in Rocket
Ben [*Caxton], reporter and member of the Church of All Worlds in
Stranger in a Strange Land
Dr. [*Bob] Coster, "The Man Who Sold the Moon"
Dorcas (no last name), Jubal Harshaw's secretary in Stranger
in a Strange Land
Dr. [*Archibald] Douglas of "Let There Be Light"
Justin [*Foote], of Time Enough for Love
Podkayne Fries, heroine of Podkayne of Mars
Winnie Gerston, nurse in I Will Fear No Evil
Oscar Gordon, hero (literally!) of Glory Road
Ishtar Hardy, member of the Long clan of Time Enough for
Love, Number of the Beast, and To Sail Beyond the Sunset
Jubal Harshaw, of Stranger in a Strange Land, with minor
appearances in The Number of the Beast, and To Sail Beyond the
Dr. Hedrick [Curt Hedrick of I Will Fear No Evil, or one
of the Howard
Jonathan Hoag, from "The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag"
Galahad Jones of Time Enough for Love, also appearing in
To Sail Beyond the Sunset
Holly Jones of "The Menace From Earth"
Athene Long, of Time Enough for Love
Lapis Lazuli and Lorelei Lee Long, of Time Enough for Love
Minerva Weatheral Long, of Time Enough for Love
Tamara Long, of Time Enough for Love
Undine Long, of Time Enough for Love
Mike [the computer, of The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress]
Miriam (no last name) of Stranger in a Strange Land
Mordan Claude of Beyond This Horizon
Dr. Mott [of "Blowups Happen"?]
Hugo Pinero, of "Life Line"
"Noisy" Rhysling of "The Green Hills of Earth"
Rufo, of Glory Road
Sir Isaac Newton, the Venerian dragon in Between Planets
Star, of Glory Road
Edith Stone, of The Rolling Stones
Hazel Meade Stone, of The Rollings Stones, with clues in
The Number of the Beast that she is Hazel Meade from The Moon Is a
Pollux and Castor Stone of The Rolling Stones
Ira Weatheral, of Time Enough for Love
Characters from Other Authors' Stories
Caleb Catlum, from Vincent McHugh's Caleb Catlum's America
[Caleb Catlum's America; the enlivening wonders of his adventures,
voyages, discoveries, loves, hoaxes, bombast and rigmaroles in all parts of
America, from his birth in 1798 almost to the present year, told by himself
... Edited with an introduction by Vincent McHugh.]
Dr. Challenger, hero of Arthur Conan Doyle adventure stories
Dr. Fu [Manchu?]
[Sherlock Holmes] (Not mentioned by name, but someone with his exact
appearance is described as attending)
Gordon bought a ticket as a tribute to the Goddess of Fortune after he got
his discharge to Germany. He later won 52 more tickets in poker games; most of
them turned out to be forged, but after returning from his quest for the Egg of the
Phoenix, he learned that one of them had won him a substantial amount, of
which most went to state and federal taxes.
[mentioned in passing] Faster-than-light ship.
(Time for the Stars)
Vehicle designed to travel between time lines. It was probably based on
Deceiver, and manufactured by a company owned by Hilda
[mentioned in passing] People who resembled unmutated Earth
humans, and were presumably descendants of humans.
(Citizen of the Galaxy)
K. Ito (no other first name)
Gardener living near the John Thomas
Stuart who shot Lummox when he
caught him eating his cabbages, causing him no harm but frightening him into a
rampage that eventually took him through the main streets of Westville.
1. Interplanetary Telephone and
Televideo Company. It operated between all human-inhabited planets, and was
often used as a front for the Organization.
Costello worked in the Venusberg
office, where her father was the manager.
Society was founded by Virginia Heinlein on behalf of her husband, science
fiction author Robert Anson Heinlein, to "pay forward" the legacy of Robert A. Heinlein to future generations of "Heinlein's Children."