[mentioned in passing] Widespread disorders that preceded
the breakup of the North American republic in the 20th century. Disturbances
also occurred in Russia and the British Isles though the effects were not as
severe. The Terror culminated in a world war.
One of the few survivors in the Citadel after
Effect disaster. Trained as a lawyer; he went into social administration
and became a hobo to gather information for a thesis, then stayed one because
he liked it. He was sworn into the Army after he wandered into the Citadel's secret
entrance. He volunteered for intelligence work after the PanAsian
invasion and was promoted from private to lieutenant for the assignment, then
to captain when he took charge of Denver
recruitment as a priest of Mota. Among the
hoboes he was known as Gentleman Jeff.
(The Day After Tomorrow)
Dr. Thorgsen (no first name)
Inventor of an apparatus to determine the origin and destination of the
(Beyond This Horizon)
Professor Thorwald (no first name)
Scientist who aided in the investigation of the Pathfinder's
disabling. He concurred that fossils and artifacts aboard her indicated that
Belt was a remnant of an inhabited planet that blew itself up.
The advanced worlds of the Lesser Magellanic Cloud, Greater Magellanic
Cloud, and Milky Way comprised a quasi-political "police" force to protect
themselves against "uncivilized" worlds that might develop dangerous
technology and cause trouble for the more advanced worlds.
Friend and classmate of Rod Walker
who, took his Advanced
Survival test at the same time as Rod. He was found injured by Jackie
Daudet. After his recovery they and Rod made plans to gather the surviving
students into a community. He married Jackie in Cowpertown.
(Tunnel in the Sky)
Colonel Thrushbotham (no first name)
Military officer who classified as secret Hubert
Twitchell's time-travel research.
Bomb officer aboard the Aes Triplex,
also assigned to oversee the cadets' training. He was named executive officer
and astrogator after half the crew transferred to the Pathfinder.
While commanding the mission to Venus to
investigate a distress call, he suffered a concussion in the landing and
remained comatose until the cadets lifted the Astarte into orbit.
Darlington Smith was seen as a "time traveler" although he had not really
bypassed the normal sequence of time.
(Beyond This Horizon)
Twitchell discovered that reversing the polarity needed to nullify gravity
would send objects through time; but there was an equal chance of going
backwards or forwards. In a test of whether the theory was valid, Daniel
Boone Davis traveled back to the year when he entered cold sleep.
(The Door Into Summer)
3. A massive atomic explosion hurled the
bomb shelter thousands of years into the future. The Chosen scientists
discovered a method of sending objects back in time, but when Hugh Farnham
Wells were sent back, they discovered themselves apparently in an
4. The Three
Galaxies officials were able to send Kip Russell
not only back to Earth, but back in time to just after he was kidnapped.
(Have Space Suit Will Travel)
Burroughs was working on a time machine when he developed the technology
that enabled travel through other universes.
(The Number of the Beast)
6. The inhabitants of the Ship had the
concepts of "before", "now", "after"; but not of measured times, being
isolated from astronomical phenomena and lacking seasons on which such
measurements are usually based.
(Orphans of the Sky)
determined that the same method used to move the Dora through space
could also be used for time travel. He used the method to travel back to Kansas City
in the early 20th century, but missed his actual destination by several years.
(Time Enough for Love)
8. The teleportation Gates in common use
were originally invented as time machines; they were less commonly used for
that purpose, and also as stasis fields to "freeze" time.
(Tunnel in the Sky)
9. The "irrelevant" vehicles could
travel through time as well as through space and into other universes. Such
travel made the concept of a fixed linear time obsolete. Their invention was
quickly followed by the formation of the Time
Corps to control changes to history.
(The Cat Who Walks Through Walls, To Sail Beyond the Sunset)
10. "All You Zombies", a story outside
the Future History canon, described the peculiar circumstances in which a time
traveler became his own father and mother.
The time lines, or alternate universes, are named after the first person
to walk on the moon.
Code name John Carter. In this time line, the 1940 Democratic
presidential nomination went to Paul McNutt, and the Republican nomination
to Robert Taft.
The time line in which Maureen
Johnson was born, code name Leslie
LeCroix. In this time line, Franklin Roosevelt was nominated for a third
presidential term in 1940, then died of a stroke while playing tennis,
creating a constitutional crisis in the dispute over who would be President
if the electoral college votes were not yet cast. (This is the only time
line in which Roosevelt had not had polio.) The Japanese attacked San
Francisco, not Pearl Harbor, on December 7, 1941; in reaction, 60,000
Japanese-Americans were slaughtered on the West Coast. California was placed
under martial law afterwards. (Tokyo and Kobe are also mentioned, presumably
as the alternate Hiroshima and Nagasaki.) This is the time line of the Interregnum of
Code name Neil Armstrong. It is the native time line of Hazel
Stone and Jubal
Harshaw the locus of the events in The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress
and Stranger in a Strange Land. Unlike in other time lines, Venus is
uninhabitable and Mars an almost
airless desert. As in time line two, Earth suffered the Crazy Years
in the second half of the twentieth century.
Code name Fairacres, the time line in which the United States
was defeated in World War II. The Japanese and German empires split America
between them along the Mississippi River. (This may be the locus of the
events in The Day After Tomorrow.)
Guild that Lazarus Long
joined on Fatima, with the
aid of some under-the-counter dealing with the Guildmaster. He repaired
appliances and occasionally sold advanced electronics. He became the assistant
to a government trade official, eventually replacing him.
Captain of the SB Abel
Tasman, who invited Friday to visit
him while in New Zealand. She accepted the offer after her family divorced
her, and he invited her to his home in Canada where she was stranded by Red
Thursday. He and his family disappeared after she left to return to the Chicago
Imperium, but she encountered them again on Botany Bay and
joined their group marriage.
The treaty that ended the war between the Chinese Hegemony and the
Russo-Anglo-American Alliance at the end of the 20th century. Its failure to
deal with the exchange of POWs contributed to the worldwide collapse of
The only places on Mars where
indigenous Martians and humans mingled, and there only under strict
(The Rolling Stones)
Company that provided commercial spaceship travel among Earth, Venus, and Mars. Its ships
included Triad, Triangulum, Trice, Tricolor, and Tricorn.
Facility in Detroit, Michigan, where Friday was
"designed". [The Detroit and southeastern Michigan area has several major
universities, including Wayne State University in Detroit, University of
Michigan in Ann Arbor, Oakland University in Rochester, University of Detroit,
and Michigan State University in Lansing.]
Ejection capsule in which troopers are dropped from their ship to a
planet's surface. It was designed with several layers, each of which protects
the trooper against re-entry but also peels off in chunks to create radar
"noise" to mask the drop. The inmost "egg" holds the trooper immobile through
the drop and is discarded at the trooper's command.
[mentioned in passing] Little girl mentioned as a resident
(The Number of the Beast)
Broadbent told Larry Smith
that this actor was a second choice for the John
Joseph Bonforte impersonation. Smith described him as an unforgivable ham,
so Broadbent's statement may have been a ploy to get Smith to agree to
participate in the plan.
[mentioned in passing] Young woman of Maureen
Johnson's acquaintance who disappeared while traveling from her father's
farm to nearby Rich Hill.
(To Sail Beyond the Sunset)
[mentioned in passing] Janitor to whom Mike issued a
paycheck for $10,000,000,000,000,185.15 the last five digits being the
correct amount. Knowing he couldn't cash it, Trujillo sold it to a collector.
Domain that extends through various dimensions, encompassing a number of
worlds within the dimensions. It is not explicitly described, but it is ruled
by an "emperor" (see Star) who
cybernetically absorbs the memories and experiences of all previous emperors.
The capital world, Center, is a
cosmopolitan crossroads for the many species that inhabit the Twenty
Dr. Hubert Twitchell
Physicist who discovered a means of time travel, only
to have it classified secret by the Army. Daniel
Boone Davis persuaded him to demonstrate his machine by sending Dan back
to 1970. Afterwards, Dan resolved to write a book on the man.
Friend of Hugh Hoyland
who wanted to be a scientist. He was eventually assigned to the Ship's Convertor as
senior watch officer and married Edris Baxter
after Hugh's disappearance. He testified against Hugh in his heresy trial. He
was killed by Alan Mahoney
during Hugh's rescue from execution.
(Orphans of the Sky)
Scientific name given to a lizardlike predator found on Constance.
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."