Earth judicial decision that "Beings possessed of speech and manipulation
must be presumed to be sentient and therefore to have innate human rights,
unless conclusively proved otherwise." The Department
of Spatial Affairs was uncertain whether it applied to Lummox
because he possessed speech, but had no arms.
Usually called DepSpace. Bureaucracy that oversaw all business
involving space travel, trade between planets, or interaction with
extraterrestrials, especially legal matters on Earth involving
extraterrestrials. Because virtually everything in some way fell into these
categories, DepSpace had wide-ranging powers and responsibilities, including
the authority to override local statutes and judicial decisions. It also
oversaw the activities of some lesser governmental departments, including
scientific research and economics.
A child who had "divorced" his or her parents and chosen professional
guardians. The details are scanty, but among the grounds for divorce are
coercion in choice of career and "odd ideas." Betty
Sorenson was a Free Child, and mentioned living in a dormitory.
dignitary who acted as translator for negotiations between Earth and the Hroshii.
Though he had been retained by the Hroshii, his sympathies were clearly with
the humans. He became a good friend of both Sergei
Greenberg and Henry
News service that sent a reporter to cover Lummox's
Gardens of Heaven
[mentioned in passing] Site in Capital,
probably a popular tourist attraction.
Name that his mother gave to John
Thomas Stuart VIII after his father (JTS VII) was deported to a penal
colony and she returned to Earth. He changed it back when he came of age, and
worked long years to clear his father's name.
Chief of System Trade Intelligence under the Department
of Spatial Affairs. He was sent as a representative to Lummox's
hearing, and ordered Lummox's destruction after Lummox caved in the front of
the courthouse looking for John
Thomas Stuart. Sergei continued working on the case after the destruction
order was overridden, helping John Thomas get to Capital
when it was suspected that Lummox was the missing Hroshii
heir. He was appointed brevet ambassador extraordinary and minister
plenipotentiary to negotiate with the Hroshii.
Nonhumanoid aliens, long-lived and vastly superior to any other known
race. Their home planet is called Hroshijud; their language is Hroshija. They
became convinced that an important Hroshia was being held on Earth and
threatened to destroy it if she was not returned. After various developments,
Thomas Stuart's pet Lummox was
learned to be the missing Hroshia (from her point of view, John Thomas Stuart
was the pet). Because of her attachment to John Thomas, humans were able to
negotiate an extremely favorable treaty in exchange for her agreeing to return
Gardener living near the John
Thomas Stuart who shot Lummox
when he caught him eating his cabbages, causing him no harm but frightening
him into a rampage that eventually took him through the main streets of Westville.
Xenophobic fringe group that opposed the presence of aliens on Earth. They
agitated to have Lummox
Henry Gladstone Kiku
His Excellency the Right Honorable Permanent Undersecretary for Spatial
Affairs. M.A., Litt. D. (honora causa), O.B.E. A native of Kenya, he
was the real authority in the Department
of Spatial Affairs, the Secretary always being a political appointee and
[mentioned in passing] Planet that was the occasion of a
hushed-up scandal in Roy
[mentioned in passing] Law on Mars that
presumably granted citizenship to descendants of citizens, even those born
off-planet (or perhaps specifically to descendants of Revolutionary veterans).
[mentioned in passing] Planet that had a treaty with Earth.
The natives are nonhuman in appearance. There was a hushed-up scandal when a
member of the ambassador's family was found stuffed and mounted in a curiosity
shop in the Virgin Islands.
Secretary for Spacial Affairs for the Federated Community of
Civilizations. As a political appointee, he was a figurehead; the real work
was done by Henry
Alien race that had diplomatic ties to Earth and most other planets. They
acted as interpreters and emissaries throughout the galaxy. They resembled
Medusas and had dry, chitinous purple skin with green highlights; they lacked
noses but had tails.
Riots of '91
[mentioned in passing] A well-remembered historical event.
Isolationist organization that protested interactions between Earth and
other planets, particularly planets inhabited by nonhuman peoples.
Child and friend of John
Thomas Stuart. She acted as his counsel during Lummox's
trial, offered help when John Thomas decided to run away, and helped him reach
to participate in negotiations about Lummox. She married him so that they
could travel to Hroshijud and Lummox could continue "raising John Thomases".
John Thomas called her "Slugger".
Apparently a crustacean race; mentioned by Dr.
John Thomas Stuart
John Thomas Stuart XI was the descendant of a line of explorers and
adventurers, and the current owner/companion of the alien beast Lummox.
After the Department
of Spatial Affairs became involved in a trial over Lummox's "dangerous"
behavior, the beast was discovered to be an important member of the Hroshii
race, and John Thomas accompanied her to her home planet along with a
contingent of Earth scientists and diplomats. His girlfriend (and eventual
Sorenson called him "Knothead".
Revolutionary general and first Governor of Mars after the Revolution
spent the end of his life in the Triton penal colony for reasons
unspecified but perhaps unjustified
Had his name changed by his mother when she returned to Earth but
resumed the Stuart name upon reaching adulthood, becoming an interstellar
explorer and bringing Lummox to Earth
Resigned from the Space Service to avoid court martial, may have been
protecting his commanding officer
Also an explorer, apparently never returned from his last
Marie Brandley Stuart
Thomas Stuart XI's mother, who favored getting rid of Lummox and
refused to consider her son's following the family tradition by going to
Sorenson called her "the Duchess" for her demanding ways.
[mentioned in passing] Planet on which owners of stray
animals are apparently not responsible for their actions.
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."