[mentioned in passing] Researcher who established
statistical facts about geniuses as cited by Hartley
Hartley M. Baldwin
Physicist who developed the Nova
Effect while attempting to prove it wouldn't work. He headed a secret
organization of New Men
whose purpose was to influence the progress of society. One of his aliases was
Gregory Baldwin, a helicopter dealer.
Secret agent sent to the Moon to retrieve tapes describing the Nova
Effect. He was taken prisoner by Mrs.
Keithley after mailing the tapes to prevent their capture, and was rescued
Baldwin. His agency's head held him responsible for the mission's failure
although he was given no support for it; he resigned and joined Baldwin's New Men,
eventually being assigned to stop Mrs. Keithley's coup attempt using the Nova
Effect. He died disarming the weapon, and a memorial was erected to him and
his wife on the Moon. He used the name Joe Greene among the New Men, and also
the aliases Joel Abner (a commercial traveler), Joseph Gilead (explorer,
lecturer, and writer), and Jack Gillespie (loader and driver-helper on a
Briggs' teacher in New Men
thinking methods and language. She joined him in thwarting Mrs.
Keithley's blackmail scheme, and was killed stopping the Nova
Effect. Her original surname is not given; since she and Joe "married"
each other in their last minutes of life, she is known by the surname that he
used in Hartley
Wealthy widow who had a reputation for benevolence, but who used her
influence to acquire plans for the Nova
Effect. She intended to blackmail Earth to give her total control of the
Baldwin mobilized his organization against her.
Genetically superior humans, whose main feature was advanced intellectual
Baldwin believed that once they consciously interbred they were destined
to be the next step in human evolution, and organized those whom he identified
as New Men into a society devoted to keeping the race from extinction through
its own violence.
Apparently a method of effecting total mass conversion to energy; the
target is turned into a "nova". Hartley
Baldwin developed it while trying to prove it was impossible. The plans
were acquired by Mrs.
Keithley in spite of Baldwin's attempts to confiscate and destroy them,
and used to blackmail the Earth governments. Her plot was foiled, but there is
no indication whether the Nova Effect itself was destroyed along with all
information on it.
Briggs' name for Mrs.
Keithley's agent who stole his wallet and guided him to the hotel where a
trap had been laid for him; Briggs also called him Shorty.
[mentioned in passing] Hotel where "Joseph Gilead" (an
alias of Joe
Briggs) normally stayed in Pied-a-Terre.
After completing a mission on the Moon, Briggs passed it up in favor of the
hotel recommended by Mrs.
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."