Business tycoon who inspired and largely funded many space-related
endeavors, including the first trip to the moon. Harriman is mentioned
indirectly in most of the Future History stories, mostly in businesses and
institutions bearing his name. Harriman Enterprises was the contractor
that financed Space
Station One and employed many of the workers on it.
Engineer and contractor in charge of construction of Space
Station One. He was appalled to learn that he'd hired a woman as a radio
operator; but when he learned that productivity was way up and discipline
problems down, he recommended hiring more women.
Replacement radioman and electronics engineer for the construction crew of
Station One. She was chief communications engineer for the permanent
station staff, and signed on for the construction crew to become familiar with
the setup. Her arrival caused the contractor extreme discomfort until he
realized that a woman's presence, far from being disruptive, resulted in
improvements in productivity and morale. She preferred to be called Brooks;
her co-workers during construction called her Brooksie.
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."