Long Beach, California, minister who broadcast the show Equal Time for
God, and claimed that the world had ended on December 31, 1999.
Bureaucrat who processed applications for migration to Luna. Joan
Eunice Smith took him to task for wasting her time.
Mrs. Baum (no first name)
[mentioned in passing] Woman who ran a notions shop in Johann
Sebastian Bach Smith's childhood neighborhood. She had one son who was
killed in World War I, and another who made a name for himself in electronics.
Australian surgeon who performed successful brain transplants on
chimpanzees. He was banned from practicing medicine in Australia because of
controversy over his research and results; he moved to South America, then
ultimately became a citizen of China. He transplanted Johann
Sebastian Bach Smith's brain into Eunice
[mentioned in passing] Joe Branca's sister, unwed mother of
[mentioned in passing] Joe Branca's sister, an unwed
Eunice Evans Branca
Sebastian Bach Smith's personal secretary. A beauty contest winner at 18,
she rejected the chance of a video career for a degree in secretarial
electronics with a minor in computer language and cybernetics. Married and
childless (except for a child she bore but gave up for adoption at 16), she
was killed at age 28 and her body donated for Smith's brain transplant; they
shared a rare blood type. The transplant was a success, but Eunice's
personality remained in the body and she regularly communicated with Smith.
[mentioned in passing] Name of a Food Cave in the Lunar colonies.
Winifred (Winnie) Gerston
Eunice Smith's private-duty nurse after Joan Eunice's brain transplant.
Joan Eunice hired her as a "lady's maid" after she was fully recovered. Winnie
Roberto Garcia and accompanied Joan Eunice on her ocean voyage.
Woman who lived with Eunice
and Joe Branca's neighbor Big Sam. She
modeled for Joe, and married him after Eunice's death, doing her best to
manage their finances. She and Joe accompanied Joan
Eunice Smith through part of her ocean voyage.
[mentioned in passing] When Joan
Eunice Smith used this name to connote "conventional morality", Eunice
Branca countered that she was Eunice's fourth-grade teacher, who had an
affair with the principal.
Marian H (full surname not given)
[mentioned in passing] Woman with whom Jake
Salomon had had an affair; he called her "Maid Marian".
Handy (no first name)
Senile Supreme Court Justice who overturned standards for lunar
immigration. The Lunar colonies
ignored him because he lacked jurisdiction.
Judge who had Johann
Sebastian Bach Smith declared a ward of the court after his brain
transplant, with Jake
Salomon as his guardian, mostly to protect him from his granddaughters. He
later presided over the identity hearing. He was Johann's lodge brother. He
was called "Mac" by his friends.
[mentioned in passing] Judge McCampbell's wife.
Mrs. McIntyre (no first name)
Alias used by Joan
Eunice Smith when she went to a medical clinic for her pregnancy test.
[mentioned in passing] Site of perpetual peace
Parkinson (no first name)
Member of the board of directors of Smith
Enterprises, who moved that Johann
Sebastian Bach Smith be invited to retire; he got no support from the
other members. Wealthy through his mother-in-law (possibly one of Johann's
daughters), he was fired from the board when his voting stock dropped below 5%
of the total.
Incredibly wealthy but old to decrepitude and kept alive by machines, he
arranged to have his brain transplanted into a young body (secretly hoping he
would die in the attempt). The transplant into the body of his secretary Eunice
Branca, however, was successful; he retained his memory and personality
but Eunice was in the "background" of his mind. He took the name Joan Eunice
Smith, weathered an attempt by his granddaughters to have Johann Smith
declared dead, and had "herself" impregnated with "his" sperm. Joan Eunice
married Jacob Salomon, emigrated to Luna, and
died in childbirth, possibly of delayed rejection syndrome.
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."