College-level course that Rod
Walker took at the end of high school. It required students to know how to
live through any adverse conditions as preparation to explore and settle alien
planets. The final "exam" was to be left on an uninhabited planet with only
the supplies one could carry, and still be alive at pickup time 2 to 10 days
Asian empire that occupied Australia after forcing the remnants of the
former inhabitants onto New Zealand and creating an inland sea. They regularly
conducted forced emigrations to other planets to relieve population pressures.
Classmate of Rod
Walker. He teamed with Carmen Garcia for the Advanced
Survival test. He and Carmen were Quakers who planned to become medical
missionaries. They joined Cowpertown
when the students were stranded on the test planet, married, and had at a
child (named Hope Roberta Baxter) while there; but when the planet was
recontacted they promptly returned to Earth for medical training.
University student elected "mayor" of the groups of students stranded
during the Advanced
Survival test, largely on his rhetorical skills. Although Rod
Walker resented his "taking over" from Rod's ad hoc leadership, Rod
worked as his assistant and generally supported his actions. Grant was killed
during the animal migration stampede.
Name given, after Grant Cowper's death, to the community organized by the
students stranded during the Survival test.
Jacqueline Marie Daudet
Usually called Jackie. Student on her Advanced
Survival test, whom Rod
Walker encountered after having his gear stolen. They set up camp
together, soon finding Rod's friend Jimmy
Throxton, and eventually agreed to gather as many of the other students
together as possible. Rod initially believed that she was a boy, "Jack"
Daudet. She married Jimmy after the founding of Cowpertown.
Delta Gamma 113
Designation of the star that went supernova, causing the space-time
distortion that stranded the Advanced
Survival students when the Gate lost
contact with the planet.
[mentioned in passing] Communications/entertainment
Student teamed with Bob Baxter for the Advanced
Survival test. She planned to become a medical missionary with him. They
married after being stranded on the Advanced Survival planet and joining Cowpertown.
They had at a child (named Hope Roberta Baxter) while there; but when the
planet was recontacted they promptly returned to Earth for medical training.
Teleportation device invented by Jesse
Ramsbotham and used to travel to distant planets. The gate was originally
invented as a time machine; its capability to transport objects in the present
was discovered accidentally.
University student who joined the group of stranded Advanced
Survival students that Rod
Walker and Jackie
Daudet were gathering, but resisted Rod's authority, ultimately pulling a
knife on him. He was exiled from the community, but eventually allowed to
return. He refused to work or participate in the Cowpertown
activities, but after a fight with Rod he reformed at least temporarily.
University student who joined the group gathered by Rod
Walker, but resisted his authority. He led the band that tried to take
charge of the group; he was exiled after attacking Rod, and later reported
dead. [An error for Bruce McGowan, or a relative?]
Bruce McGowan's wife on the Advanced
Survival planet, as shiftless and slatternly as he.
Final test for Advanced
Survival courses. Students are sent to uninhabited planets, and any who
are still alive at pickup two to ten days later pass the course. Only those
items that the students can choose for themselves and carry with them are
provided to help them stay alive.
Friend and classmate of Rod
Walker who, took his Advanced
Survival test at the same time as Rod. He was found injured by Jackie
Daudet. After his recovery they and Rod made plans to gather the surviving
students into a community. He married Jackie in Cowpertown.
Walker's father. He agreed only reluctantly to let Rod go on his Advanced
Survival test. While Rod was "lost" on the test, Jerome spent three years
in a stasis field waiting for a cure to be developed for his chronic illness.
(Rod's mother also appears, but her name is not given.)
High school student who took a Advanced
Survival course and was stranded on the test planet. With Jimmy
Throxton and Jackie
Daudet, he gathered in as many other students as they could locate to form
a community. The group was soon dominated by the college-age students, but
after the death of the first "mayor" of the community Rod was re-established
as the group's leader. After nearly three years, Earth regained contact with
the planet and "rescued" the survivors. Rod was reluctant to leave the planet,
but was persuaded by his sister to return home after all the other students
had left. He eventually became a leader of emigrants to colony planets. His
sister Helen called him "Buddy."
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."