preserved the ancient reference manuals as sacred scripture, having long since
lost any understanding of their contents. Joe-Jim
Gregory owned and read many books that he'd stolen from the Crew area.
Basic Modern Physics
Care and Maintenance of the Auxiliary Four-Stage Converter
Handbook of Power, Light, and Conditioning
The Romance of Modern Astrography by Franklin Buck
[mentioned in passing] Author of The Romance of Modern
Astrography. The residents of the ship had many books from the original
crew, but had long since lost the understanding of their contents. They
believed this book, like the others, was intended to be interpreted as myth
Care and Maintenance of the Auxiliary Four-Stage
A Sacred Book, lawfully held only by the Chief Engineer. The residents of
the ship had many books from the original crew, but had long since lost the
understanding of their contents. They believed this book, like the others, was
intended to be interpreted as myth and metaphor.
Chloe (no last name)
Widow whom Hugh
Hoyland chose to set up housekeeping for him after the mutiny; she
accompanied Hugh on his escape from the Ship.
The inhabitants of the Ship, who
had long since forgotten the original meaning of the word "crew" and have come
to think of it as meaning "people" or "humans".
Area of the Ship
forbidden to the Crew; it
was apparently populated by muties.
To the Crew, a
mystical and strictly imaginary place. They were uncertain about the actual
meaning of the term.
[mentioned in passing] Volume fed to the Ship's
Convertor in ancient times by a crew member who had no idea of its value,
never having learned to read.
Assistant Chief Engineer in the Ship. Not
much older than Hugh
Hoyland, he held opinions that Hugh considered heretical. He became Chief
Engineer while Hugh was held captive by the muties.
When Hugh was released and told his story, Ertz had him arrested for heresy.
Hugh escaped and had him taken to the control room to see Outside for himself.
After their unsuccessful coup attempt, Ertz joined Hugh in his escape from the
Two-headed leader among the muties,
with a separate consciousness in each head; he frequently argued between
himself. "Jim" was nastier than "Joe", but also more eager for adventure. He
lacked the drive to organize the muties, being by nature an observer and
intellectual. Taught to read by captured Scientists,
he owned a vast collection of (stolen) books but was unable to distinguish
fiction from fact. After Hugh
Hoyland's capture, Joe-Jim took him as a personal slave and showed him the
Outside. He agreed to let Hugh return to the Scientists
to convince others of the true nature of the Ship, but
was killed while helping Hugh escape his co-conspirators' treachery.
Handbook of Power, Light, and
A Sacred Book, lawfully held only by the Chief Engineer. The Ship's Crew long
ago lost all understanding of its contents.
Unknown on the Ship,
described as a kind of compartment. (The inhabitants of the Ship lived in the
ship's berths and other chambers, not in free-standing dwellings.) Bill
Ertz misread it as "horse", to his great confusion.
Young resident of the Ship who
was recruited to be a Scientist.
He was encouraged by younger Scientists to support their plans for a new
order, but was captured by muties
and taken as Joe-Jim
Gregory's personal servant. From Joe-Jim he learned the true nature of the
Ship, and was allowed to return to Scientists' territory to persuade them to
join the muties in completing the Trip. He
was able to show one Scientist the Outside, but was arrested for heresy and
just barely escaped with his life; he eventually fled the Ship with a few
companions when they approached a habitable planet.
The "Satan" of the Ship,
derived from Ship's metalsmith Roy Huff, leader of the ancient mutiny.
Organization that sponsored the Proxima
Centauri Expedition. After many generations, dim memories and tradition on
transformed this into Jordan, the deity that guided the Ship's spiritual
progress. (Is there a connection with Methuselah's Children?)
Friend of Hugh
Hoyland, who contacted the muties to
rescue Hugh from execution for heresy. He accompanied Hugh on his escape from
main control room
Room located in the center, no-gravity section of the Ship. It
was said to be haunted by the ghost of Jordan.
Gregory brought Hugh
Hoyland here to convince him that there was a universe outside the Ship.
Marriage in the Ship in
effect involved transfer of ownership of women from fathers to husbands. The
woman had no say in the matter.
Mutated humans who roamed the low-gravity sections of the Ship. They
organized their own society and waged guerrilla war against unmutated humans.
While tolerated by the Elders as part of Jordan's
Plan, they were marked for extinction by the younger scientists. Though
usually deformed in some way, they sometimes looked no different from normal
humans. (The term may come from "mutants", or from "mutineers", since the
original mutineers took refuge in those sections of the ship now occupied by
Executive assistant to the Ship's
Captain, with the rank of Commander. He attained his position after a
mysterious accident to his predecessor. He saw himself as the logical
successor to the Captain, originally planning to assassinate him "for the good
of the ship". Narby considered himself a rationalist and skeptic. He accepted
help in return for supporting the plan to move the Ship — but
once his power was assured he betrayed his allies and slaughtered them.
Nelson (no first name)
with the rank of lieutenant who sponsored Hugh
Hoyland for scientist's training and taught him the Sacred Doctrine. He
was massacred during the mutiny that made Phineas
Narby the Captain.
"First recorded attempt to reach the nearer stars of the galaxy". The
expedition ship, the Vanguard,
was launched in 2119 CE. The crew mutinied and killed all officers capable of
running the ship; thus it drifted in space for generations afterward. Although
the inhabitants retained enough skill through the generations to keep the ship
habitable, they lacked any real understanding of science and all knowledge of
their origin and history.
"scripture", oral tradition that recounted the history of the voyage.
Spiritual and temporal leaders aboard the Ship. The
actual meaning of "science" was long since forgotten. Scientists tended the
machinery without really understanding the technology. They could read the
ancient manuals and technical texts but interpreted them metaphorically.
Member of the original crew of the Vanguard,
sent as a messenger to the mutineers and killed by them.
Senior Watch Officer
who was in charge of the Convertor. Whoever held this position normally the
heir presumptive of the Chief Engineer
The Ship's inhabitants — except for the better — educated muties —
were unaware that the ship was a construct. Both the original name, the Vanguard,
and the original purpose of the ship's voyage were lost to history. To the
Scientists, the Ship was the entire universe. They interpreted the
descriptions of its movement as a metaphor for spiritual development.
The inhabitants of the Ship had
the concepts of "before", "now", "after"; but not of measured times, being
isolated from astronomical phenomena and lacking seasons on which such
measurements are usually based.
To the inhabitants of the Ship, not a
literal voyage but a spiritual journey.
Friend of Hugh
Hoyland who wanted to be a scientist. He was eventually assigned to the Ship's
Convertor as senior watch officer and married Edris
Baxter after Hugh's disappearance. He testified against Hugh in his heresy
trial. He was killed by Alan
Mahoney during Hugh's rescue from execution.
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."