Local sponsor that advertised on TV before the Skyway
Town newspaper, which according to Kip Russell was only good for
Kip Russell's high school; it was great socially, but academically
lackluster. Its emphasis was on "preparation for life" rather than on
education. Its students frequently called it just "Center."
Mr. Charton (no first name)
Owner of Charton's Pharmacy, Kip
Russell's employer. He helped Kip sell Skyway
Soap and claim the wrappers to enter their contest for a moon trip, also
to write slogans. He encouraged Kip's ambitions to go into space, loaning him
books on biochemistry and space medicine.
Kip Russell worked there mainly as a soda jerk, but he was also learning
Location of Iunio's
garrison, north of Londinium [London] in Britain.
[mentioned in passing] The original owner of Kip
High-school course that Kip
Russell was required to take. It was intended to prepare the students for
adult life; but it was based on solely on the latest sociological theories,
and was thus impractical and unrealistic.
Farley (no first name)
Scientist at MIT requested by Curt
Reisfeld for his research team into the items that his daughter and Kip
Russell had brought back with them.
Reisfeld was a child he entered their publicity contest for a trip to the
Moon; he was awarded a trip years later and his daughter Peewee
Reisfeld talked him into letting her go in his place.
[mentioned in passing] (Miss) Kip
Russell's Spanish teacher.
"Him" (no other name)
Name used by Timothy
Johnson for his alien boss. The alien is described as five feet tall with
squat legs and disc-like feet, a tail or third leg that balanced him while at
rest, two pair of many-jointed arms, purplish-brown oily skin, and a face
hideous to humans. He was the vanguard for an invasion of Earth. His entire
race and their planet were "rotated" out of this dimension in punishment for
their attempted crimes.
One of Kip
Russell's captors. He was imprisoned with Kip after his usefulness was
over, and disappeared after several days — possibly eaten by Wormface.
Kip called him "Fatty" even after learning his real name.
[mentioned in passing] Wife of the Commander of the Federation
Space Corps on Luna.
In Have Space Suit — Will Travel and The Rolling Stones in
particular, but also in passing mentions in most of his stories, Heinlein
states that mathematics is the most important science, and anyone who does not
know advanced math should not be considered civilized or intelligent.
Girl with whom Kip
Russell briefly went steady. She "wanted to talk boys and clothes" while
he wanted to "talk space and engineering", so she dropped him.
Alien with whom Peewee
Reisfeld was held captive. She was given the name by Peewee because of her
emanation of warmth and security. Vaguely feline in appearance, she also
resembled a lemur but was not a primate. Her official position with the
galactic community was roughly analogous to "police officer"; she monitored
activities on different planets, particularly ventures into space, and acted
upon any ventures that might threaten other civilizations.
Race that originated in the Lesser Magellanic Clouds, in Lanador,
and spread civilization throughout the Three Galaxies. The race was no longer
extant, but Mother
Thing suggested that humans might be their descendants.
"On the Statistical Interpretation of Imperfect
Young girl kidnapped by Wormface's
minions who hoped to force her scientist father to cooperate with them. With
Russell's help, she and the Mother
Thing signalled the Vegans and effected their rescue. She was called to
testify for Earth in the Lanador
tribunal, and afterwards was returned safely home.
Clifford (Kip) Russell
High school student who won a spacesuit while aiming for the first prize
of a trip to the Moon. He completely restored the suit, and while testing the
radio accidentally contacted Peewee
Reisfeld, who was trying to escape from kidnappers. He was taken captive
with her and involved in a plot by aliens to invade Earth. He nearly died
setting a rescue beacon after defeating his kidnappers, and after recovering
was required to testify for Earth in the Lanador
tribunal staged to determine whether Earth was any threat to the rest of the
galactic community. When he returned home Peewee's father, a Nobel scientist,
arranged a scholarship to MIT for him.
mother, described as having been her husband's star pupil before their
(Have Space Suit — Will Travel)
Samuel C. Russell
father, a prominent scientist who retired to a small town over his colleagues'
protests to raise his son. He occasionally agreed to take on projects for the
government, but mostly didn't want to be bothered by the outside world.
Scourge of the Spaceways
Quiggle called Kip
Russell "Commander Comet, Scourge of the Spaceways" after Kip's TV
appearance with the space suit he'd won.
Company that sponsored a contest with the first prize of a trip to the
Russell sent in numerous entries, but managed only to win a used space
suit. The winners were announced on the Skyway Hour TV show, and Kip later
appeared on a local version, the Skyway Jubilee, with the spacesuit. "Skyway
Kwikbrite Armor Polish" was featured in the nightmare Kip had after being
kidnapped with Peewee
Quiggle's "kidding" name for Kip
Russell because of Kip's enthusiasm for the contest for a trip to the
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.
The Sixth Legion of Rome, with which Iunio
served in Britain.
Jacques (Jock) de Barre de Vigny
One of Peewee
Reisfeld's captors, a flunky of Wormface.
He was imprisoned with Kip
Russell on Pluto after Wormface had no further use for him; he disappeared
after several days and was presumed eaten by Wormface. Kip called him "Skinny"
before learning his real name.
Russell's name for the aliens who plotted to invade Earth. They set up a
base on Pluto and kidnapped Peewee
Reisfeld to coerce her father into cooperating with them. With the aid of
Thing, Kip and Peewee were able to thwart the aliens' plans. The council
of the Three Galaxies passed judgment on the aliens, and "rotated" their
planet so that it was 90 degrees from the rest of the universe — leaving their
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."