Pat Bartlett's father, a micromechanic and "student of almost
everything…but especially of history". He was willing to pay a hefty penalty
every year for having more than his quota of children, rather than admit the
government's right to limit family size.
Bartlett's second child. His wife refused to let her be tested for
a. Mother of Tom and
Pat Bartlett. b. Pat's oldest child, who
developed telepathic talent and formed a "secondary team" with Tom, taking her
father's place when he and Tom grew too far apart to communicate.
The higher twin of the pecking order, he was chosen to go in the Lewis
& Clark when he and his brother were hired to serve as a telepathic
communications team between interstellar ships and Earth. After he was
paralyzed in a skiing accident, Tom went on the ship instead; surgery revealed
that the paralysis was psychosomatic, and it was "cured". Pat married his
childhood sweetheart and had two children. He operated a successful business
in his and Tom's names.
He was assigned to the Lewis
& Clark after Pat's accident, only a long while later admitting that
neither twin had really wanted to go, and that he resented his brother's
domination. He worked as a communicator through the entire trip, teaming with
his niece Molly Bartlett after he lost contact with Pat, then with her
daughter Vicky. Upon returning to Earth, he rejected Pat's plans for him to
run "their" business, and married Vicky.
Great-niece of Pat
Bartlett, who became his telepathic partner. Because of the relativistic
time differences, they were close to the same age when he returned to Earth,
and they were married soon after his return. He called her "Freckle Face."
Bartlett Brothers, Inc.
Corporation founded by Pat
Bartlett; he also invested his twin brother's salary in it.
[mentioned in passing] Friend of the captain of the Lewis
& Clark, to whom he had flowers sent after the ship's liftoff.
Dr. Devereaux (no first name)
Chief psychiatrist aboard the Lewis
& Clark. Among many other responsibilities, he helped Tom
Bartlett face his resentment towards his older twin, and accept his
reluctance to be on the exploration journey. He died in a plague that overran
the crew after the landing on Constance.
Planet in the Beta
Ceti system. It was mostly water-covered, habitable by humans but also
inhabited by intelligent, hostile, and very large amphibians. Many of the Lewis
& Clark crew were killed in the natives' attacks.
involved in Project
Lebensraum, to which Tom
Bartlett and his uncle Steve
Lucas were assigned. Several years ship's time after it began its journey,
and several generations Earth time, it was intercepted by a faster-than-light
ship and its crew returned to Earth; but it was their work, particularly the
new physics developed from studies of telepathy, that made the
faster-than-light technology possible. The crew called the ship "Elsie" (LC).
Research and investment nonprofit corporation dedicated to supporting
expensive projects that had no hope of short-term payoffs: for example, space
travel and weather control. It sponsored Project
Pat Bartlett's maternal uncle. He was a spacer promoted to a position in
the Chief of Staff's office, then assigned to the Lewis
& Clark with a rank of major as commander of the ship's security
squad. He was killed in an attack by Elysia's
Elderly Black telepath aboard the Lewis
& Clark. He insisted that the younger crew members call him "Uncle
Alfred". His partner on Earth was his great-niece; they were the same age when
reunited after the voyage.
A relativist (astrogator) and lightning calculator in the Lewis
Brand name of the household robot owned by the Bartletts
(or perhaps the place where it was purchased?).
Model of household robot owned by the Tom and
Pat Bartlett's family. It was obsolete and frequently broke down.
a. (Mrs.) Usually called "Mama" O'Toole,
the chief ecologist in the Lewis
& Clark, married to one of the relativists (astrogators). She died in
the plague. b. (Mr.) Relativist (astrogator)
in the Lewis
& Clark, married to "Mama" O'Toole. He was an assistant to Dr.
Probably a successor to the United Nations. After a war between the
Federation and the Estados Unidos de Sud that occurred during the
voyage of the Lewis
& Clark, the constitution was rewritten and the name changed to United
System. Planetary League Auxiliary Speech was the lingua franca on Earth.
Dusty was a telepath aboard the Lewis
& Clark; he was obnoxious, but valued for his ability to communicate
in pictures, not just words. He was killed in an attack by Elysian
natives. Rusty was his Earthside twin.
Reserve captain who took command of the Lewis
& Clark after Captain Swenson was killed. Although at first he was
determined to continue on the mission in spite of the drastically depleted
crew, he was ordered to rendezvous with a faster-than-light ship to return
home (or possibly he persuaded the Long
Range Foundation to arrange this).
Bernard van Houten
One of the telepaths aboard the Lewis
& Clark. His Earthside brother was killed in an accident during
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."