(Doctor) Civilian ship's aide in the Mayflower
who brought Noisy Edwards to Captain's Mast for disobeying orders during
takeoff. He became Scoutmaster for
"A" deck. He saved Bill
Lermer's life when Bill was stricken with appendicitis.
(Mrs.) Wife of Dr. Archibald. She helped George
Lermer locate his wife after they were separated upon landing on Ganymede.
of which Bill
Lermer became a member. Its members helped build the Lermers' farmhouse.
[German Ausländer, foreigner]
Name chosen for "A" deck's Boy Scouts, to
signify their [English] time zone also in honor of the founder of the Boy
Scouts. Other names were originally proposed, but rejected: Deep Space, St.
George, St. Patrick, Sky High, Space Rats, Star Rovers.
Scout troops were organized aboard the Mayflower
Lermer and Hank
Jones. When they arrived at the Ganymede
colony, they discovered there was already organized scouting there. After some
tension between the two groups, eventually they united.
Wing nurse in Leda's
hospital. She tended Bill
Lermer after his appendectomy.
Paul du Maurier
Leader of one of the exploring parties in the planetary survey sent to
choose sites for new settlements on Ganymede;
he included Bill
Lermer in the party. He was also an employee of the Colonial
Commission and assistant scoutmaster of the AuslanderScout troop.
Earth is frequently called "Terra" in Heinlein stories. The planet is
featured in every story (with the arguable exception of Orphans of the
Sky); and is, geophysically at least, the same as the "real" Earth. In
Farmer in the Sky, emigration to other planets was strongly encouraged
because Earth was overcrowded to the point where it could barely sustain the
Boy in Bill
Lermer's bunkroom aboard the Mayflower
who was brought before the Captain's Mast (official disciplinary procedure)
for disobeying orders just after liftoff. He beat Bill up after Bill ordered
him "stifled" during the panic following the meteor strike in the bunkroom.
Topographer in the exploration and survey group that Bill
Mrs. Fishbein (no first name)
The neighbor to whom Bill
Lermer gave his pet bird before emigrating.
Jupiter's third moon, on which a farming colony was established. Its
atmosphere, with a climate suitable for human habitation, was artificially
established and maintained by power stations. It had only one settlement when
Lermer and his family emigrated to it. Outlying farms were created one by
one by crushing the native rock and seeding it with Earth
topsoil and organisms. After the Colonial
Commission sent colonists in excess of what the colony could support,
survey teams were sent out to find other suitable locations for settlement.
Scout who suggested "St. Patrick Troop" as "A" deck's Scouting name;
he got into a fight with the English Scout who had proposed St. George, and
both ideas were rejected.
Lermer's draftsman on Earth,
whom he married just before emigrating to Ganymede.
(Emigration criteria favored married couples.)
Kenyon's 12-year-old daughter. She became a member of the Junior
Council aboard the Mayflower.
Peggy could not adapt to the lower pressure of Ganymede's
atmosphere, and lived in a sealed room in the Lermer house. She died shortly
after the quake that decompressed her room and wrecked the colony's power
Scout who emigrated to Ganymede
with his father, stepmother, and stepsister. He helped organize scouting on
the colony ship Mayflower,
but on arriving at the colony he learned that organized scouting had preceded
them; after some mutual resentment he joined a Ganymede troop. He worked as a
farmhand for Johann
Schultz while waiting for his own farm to be prepared from bare rock, then
built the family farmhouse and fields with help from the Schultzes and fellow
Scouts. He survived the quake that damaged the colony's power plant, and
joined a survey team to find locations for new settlements. While on the
expedition, he found nonhuman artifacts. Although after the quake and the
death of his stepsister his parents were ready to return to Earth, he
decided he belonged in the colony and would stay no matter what. (During the
survey, for which he worked as cook, he earned the nickname "Doctor Slop".)
Lermer's father, an engineer. After arriving on Ganymede
and learning that the original colonists were woefully unprepared to accept
the influx of new settlers, he took a job in Leda to
support the family while Bill prepared the farm.
Milk cow purchased by the Lermers for their homestead on Ganymede.
She was named by Peggy
Kenyon. She died in the aftermath of the quake that wrecked the atmosphere
plant, and was replaced with Mabel II.
Colonist on the Mayflower
who was continually in trouble for "trying to live his own life, wild and
free, no matter what it did to the rest of us." He was equally troublesome
after they reached Ganymede.
colonist who worked the farm neighboring that of Bill
Lermer's family. He gave much help and useful advice to Bill, as well as
hiring him while the Lermers waited to have their farm readied for production.
Johann had the only tree in the colony, and earned the nickname "Johnny
Appleseed"by distributing seeds to everyone who would take them. He was
frequently called "Papa Schultz", and his wife was known to everyone as
"Mama". Their children included
Gretchen, about Bill Lermer's age
Hugo, a Cub Scout
Johann Jr. (called Yo), a 20-year-old who worked for the chief engineer
Kathy, an artist who'd painted the tiles on the family stove
Interstellar ship that was under construction when Bill
Lermer emigrated to Ganymede.
It was actually the Star Rover III. The first was lost; the second was
obsolete before it was finished and so was converted to a colony ship, the Mayflower.
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."