line. he became Japanese emperor during World War II after his father
Hirohito was killed during a bombing raid. He was less than 12 years old when
he and his ministers committed suicide after the destruction of Tokyo and
Johnson moved to the city in 1972 because she had not lived there before
and therefore it held no memories for her; it was quiet, having been bypassed
by the moving roadways; and it missed many of the ills of the Crazy
Security firm that Maureen
Johnson hired to watch her house when she was away. She called them when
her son Donald broke into the house to "rescue" Priscilla
after Priscilla's drug overdose and hospitalization.
Harshaw, and Maureen
Johnson remembered a different outcome than shown in Boondock
historical records. In the Boondock version, Germany won this battle, there
was no Allied landing at Marseilles, and Germany was smashed by atomic bombs.
Corps recognized the battle as a crucial historical event, and planned a
mission to restore the "correct" history, as well as to rescue Ira
Johnson. Part of the mission involved providing medical teams to heal
people wounded in the bombing of Coventry,
taking them to Boondock or Beulahland
Hardy grew bodies there for Pallas
Athene and Mike. The
Corps apparently used it as a place to take care of business (for example,
provide extensive medical treatment) outside "real time." Many of the
civilians injured during the Battle
of Britain were taken there to be healed.
Name that Lazarus
Long used when he traveled back to 1916. Because of his close physical
resemblance to Ira and to Maureen
Johnson, Ira speculated that he might be the son of Ira's late brother
Edward (but privately thought he might be Ira's own son). "Bronson"
assimilated himself into the Smith family by joining their church, becoming
assistant scoutmaster, playing chess with the young Woodrow
Smith (his younger self), teaching Brian Jr. to drive, and generally
befriending the children. When the United States entered World War I, he
became a corporal (promoted to sergeant and demoted again) in the U. S. army.
He and Maureen became lovers before he "died" in a World War I battle (he was
actually rescued at the last minute and returned to his own time).
Lawyer who handled the Howard
Foundation interests in Kansas
City. He refused to believe Ted
Bronson's predictions about the future, and was removed as Howard trustee
when he lost his money in the stock market.
Religious institution in the time
line where Maureen
Johnson found herself after the explosion on the irrelevant
bus. It was also called the Church of Your Choice, an ironic name because
it was the only permitted church. They maintained total control of the
society, including strict sexual repression except on the Feast
of Santa Carolita.
Secret society dedicated to executing "scoundrels whose removal will
improve the human breed". A member telephoned Maureen
Johnson to apologize for the inconvenience after she found a corpse in her
bed. Other members rescued her when she was imprisoned for sacrilege, then
expected her to join them as an assassin. They also called themselves the Dead
Men (though several of them were women).
Former government engineer hired by Skyways
and recruited by D. D. Harriman to work on the Moon rocket.
Code name for the composite time
lines in which President Franklin Roosevelt died during his fourth term
and was succeeded by Harry Truman. [Possibly a reference to Cyrano de
Bergerac, but the reason for this name is not clear.]
Cyrus Vance Parker Memorial Methodist Episcopal
Mentioned in passing that in 1917, Franklin
Roosevelt was assistant secretary [of the Navy] under him.
Davis and Fones
Partnership for which Brian
Smith worked as a mining engineer early in his career. Davis (no first
name) retired first. When Fones (no first name) retired, he offered to sell
the business to Brian, but Brian decided it would be more profitable to start
his own business.
A former slave who worked as housekeeper for Maureen
Johnson and Brian
Smith whenever Maureen was pregnant, beginning with her first pregnancy.
Described as self-defeating and dangerous because the "common people" lack
the education and sense of responsibility to make the necessary
decisions-self-destructive self-interest overcomes social responsibility.
Motorized roadway that connected San Diego, California, and Reno, Nevada,
on and around which a metropolitan area grew up; its terminal was called Diego
Circle. The automated roads themselves were large enough to accommodate
restaurants and other businesses, as well as the engineers' offices.
(Primarily in "The Roads Must Roll". Roadtowns are also mentioned
in "The Man Who Sold the Moon" and "Blowups Happen".)
Secret society that carried out terrorist acts in the Far
Eastern Possession to oppose U.S. control of the former Japanese Empire.
[English translation of the Japanese word kamikaze.]
Long's yacht and the artificial intelligence that controlled it. Lazarus
modeled its "personality" after Dora
Brandon as a child, but the computer also picked up some of Lazarus'
traits, including pure orneriness and an impressive vocabulary of profanity.
He occasionally called it "Adorable" or just "Dorable." Before travelling back
in time, he transferred its emotional attachment and loyalties to his clones
Lazuli and Lorelei Lee Long, giving them command of the ship.
The interrelated novels Time Enough for Love, Number of the
Beast, The Cat Who Walks Through Walls, and To Sail Beyond the
Sunset all feature the group marriage of the Long clan, within which
sexual pairings are indiscriminate (though apparently exclusively
heterosexual) and children are the joint responsibility of all adult members.
Far Eastern Possession
The former Japanese Empire, controlled by the United States after World
Fertility rite celebrated on the planet where the Grand
Hotel Augustus was located. Also called Festival. It originated with Maureen
Johnson's daughter Carol as a celebration of the anniversary of her first
sexual experience. [Spanish, "the feast of Little St. Carol"]
Smith's employer (partner in Davis and Fones), who offered Brian a chance
to buy him out when he retired. The offer required Brian to pay Fones more
money than the deal was worth over a period of 12 years. Instead of accepting
the offer, Brian started his own business.
Business tycoon who inspired and largely funded many space-related
endeavors, including the first trip to the moon. Harriman is mentioned
indirectly in most of the Future History stories, mostly in businesses and
institutions bearing his name. He is mentioned only in passing in To Sail
Beyond the Sunset. He was George
Strong;s partner in the development firm Harriman & Strong;
Harriman Enterprises financed Space
Station One. Lazarus
Long advised the Howard
Foundation to invest in companies that Harriman owned.
[mentioned in passing]
Great-great-granddaughter of Maureen
Johnson and mother of Colin
Campbell's child. She was a major in the Time
Corps and one of the raiding party that rescued Mike during
the Lunar Revolution. [Referred to as Gretchen Armstrong Henderson.]
He lived 18251873. He became wealthy during the Reconstruction (after the
Civil War) and mandated in his will that his money be used to "lengthen human
life". The administrators of the trust attempted to satisfy this mandate by
offering inducements to offspring of long-lived people to interbreed, assuming
that their long lifespans may be hereditary.
Descendants of the original participants in the Howard
Foundation's longevity breeding "experiments", all of them extraordinarily
long-lived. They became a closely intertwined clan representing all races,
united by both blood ties and business relationships. When their extraordinary
longevity became public knowledge, they fled Earth to avoid persecution,
returning only after medical means of prolonging life made the "secret"
available to everyone. They established a colony on Secundus
during the Diaspora.
(Also in Methuselah's Children and Time Enough for
Trust formed to provide financial rewards for members of the Howard
Families who interbred. It eventually branched out into research for methods
and prevention of aging, and also administered the legal and economic affairs
of the Howard Families. Forewarned by Lazarus
Long about the 1929 stock market crash, it moved its assets to Swiss bank
accounts, and restructured its operations as a Canadian corporation to avoid
U.S. restrictions on owning gold.
(Also in Methuselah's Children and Time Enough for
Families member, related to the Schmidts, husband of Carol
Smith. Originally a mathematics (topology) major in college, after World
War I he switched to theater arts, eventually becoming a professional stage
magician. He died in 1955 in a stage accident.
Jenkins (no first name)
Girl who babysat for Maureen
Johnson's first three children. [Possibly related to Rod Jenkins?]
Johnson's father (18131918), the oldest in his family, born in Illinois.
He served in the [1840s] war with Mexico as a sergeant in the Illinois
militia. He volunteered to fight in the Civil War, but was turned down.
Audrey Adele Johnson
Johnson's older sister, born 1878. She married Jerome Bixby in 1896.
Johnson's sister (1850?). She married several times; when last heard from
in 1930, she was in California.
Johnson's grandfather (17951897), born in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. He
served in the War of 1812. After he married Amanda Fredericks, they moved to
Illinois, then moved again to Minnesota after the War with
Mexico. He died in a Minneapolis nursing home.
Johnson's father (18521941), a physician in Lyle
County, Missouri. He was born August 2, 1852, in Freeborn County,
Minnesota, the youngest of four boys and three girls. When he was 12, he ran
away to enlist as a drummer boy for the Civil War, but was fetched home after
three weeks. He served as an Army physician during the Spanish-American War,
then re-enlisted after Maureen was married, serving in Cuba, in the
Philippines, and in China during the Boxer Rebellion. He left the Army in 1912
and moved to Kansas
City,where Maureen lived. After being refused for activity duty during
World War I, he was accepted into the Missouri militia. He volunteered for
medical service with the AFS (American Friends Service?) in 1940 and was
reported missing in the Battle
of Britain during World War II. One purpose for the Time
Corps' mission to the Battle of Britain was to rescue Ira before he was
Mother of Lazarus
Long. Born in Thebes,
County, in southern Missouri on July 4, 1882 (Gregorian), the daughter of
Johnson and Adele
Pfeiffer Johnson. She married Brian
Smith in 1898 and moved with him to Kansas
City. While raising numerous children, she also helped him start his
mining consulting business. They moved to Chicago in 1940, to an apartment
building owned by the Howard
Foundation through a dummy, then moved again to San Francisco where Brian
served in the Army during World War II. After World War II, they lived with
their widowed daughter-in-law, Marian
Hardy Smith, in Texas until 1946, when Brian asked for a divorce to marry
Marian. She moved back to Kansas City in 1946, attending Rockhurst College
19461952 and acquiring multiple degrees. Acquiring a million-dollar share in
Industries, she became a director and used her "inside knowledge" of the
future to encourage investments in major technology. She wrote a newspaper
column under the name Prudence Penny with the ultimate aim of promoting the
idea of an expedition to the moon; in 1965 she moved to Colorado Springs to be
near the site of the first moon launch. She was eased off the Harriman board
of directors when Daniel
Dixon took control. She moved to Albuquerque in 1972, and was initiated as
a witch (Wicca rite) that same year. She would have died in 1982 in a traffic
accident, except that the crew of the Gay
Deceiver rescued her at the last minute. She trained as a rejuvenator,
then became a Time
Maureen's cousin and occasional sex partner. His parents were James
Ewing Johnson and Carole
Pelletier Johnson; he was determined to be eligible for Howard
Foundation benefits. He earned a master's degree in agronomy at Kansas
State University. He became a partner in Brian
Smith's mining consulting firm; he and his wife lived with the Smiths for
the first few years of the partnership. He joined the Marines when the U.S.
entered World War I and lost a foot in Belleau Wood in 1918. He re-enlisted
for limited duty during World War II.
Using the alias Ted Bronson, he traveled back in time to Kansas City,
Missouri, meeting his own family and eventually revealing himself as a time
traveler (though not revealing that he was Maureen
Johnson's son, Woodrow Wilson Smith).
Name used for the moon, as colonized by humans, in most of Heinlein's
novels and stories. Rarely do characters refer to "the moon" if it's
In To Sail Beyond the Sunset, each major time
line is code-named for the first person to walk on the moon: one, Captain
John Carter of Virginia [Edgar Rice Burroughs' stories]; two, Leslie
LeCroix [Heinlein's Future History stories]; three, Neil Armstrong
[Stranger in a Strange Land]; four, Ballox
O'Malley [?]; five, Skylark DuQuesne [E.E. Smith's stories]; six, Neil Armstrong [I Will Fear No
Among the Howard
Families, serial monogamy was common because of their long lives. The
intermarriages had an incestuous quality as the number of marriages and
remarriages multiplied within a relatively small pool of eligible spouses.
Some of the Howard couples had open marriages; outside partners, however,
required one's spouse's approval.
Beginning in 1920, the Howard Families began trimming years off their
official ages whenever possible, and eventually acquired new identities every
30 years or so to protect themselves from the majority who had normal life
spans and might resent or fear those with "unnaturally" long lives. The
Masquerade was in full force during the Crazy
Years, which occurred sometime after the 1980s.
[mentioned in passing] He was rescued by Colin Campbell and
Stone from certain destruction during the final battle of the Lunar
Revolution. He teamed with Pallas
Athene to provide structural simulations for the Time
An order of religious women instituted by the Church
of the Divine Inseminator. Very likely they were expected to provide
sexual services to the church leaders, although in the rest of the society
sexual repression was strictly enforced. The order is named for Maureen
Johnson's daughter Carol, who became a legendary figure with a festival
named for her in virtually every time
[mentioned in passing] Ira
Johnson's preceptor (mentor-instructor) when Ira was still studying
medicine; he considered the idea that sterility was important in practicing
medicine to be a far-fetched French notion.
A cat that was with Maureen
Johnson when her time bus was sabotaged and she was arrested in time
line eleven. When he returned to Boondock
without Maureen, Hilda
Burroughs took him to Oz, where he
could talk, so he could tell what had happened to Maureen and where she was.
Subtitled "The Housewife Investor", a column ghost-written by Maureen
Johnson for country newspapers. She defined financial terminology,
discussed news issues that might affect investments, and made recommendations
for investing based on Lazarus
Long's information. The column quickly spread to city dailies. Her
ultimate purpose was to establish a reputation for economic savvy, leading up
to promoting the idea of a moonship in the column.
Cat that was Maureen
Johnson's (delayed) wedding present to Brian
Smith. They acquired him after they bought a house. He was originally
named Fluffy Ruffles until his sex was discovered. Brian bestowed the name
Random Numbers (or Random, or Randie) on him because of his extremely
Widely used, it involved replacement of vital organs as well as chemical
restoration of the body's functions. The patient could be made to look any
age, while functioning youthfully. Cloned bodies were often grown to provide
compatible replacement organs.
Driver-salesman for the Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company, whose
route included Maureen
Johnson's house in Kansas
City. Maureen acquired the cat Random
Numbers thanks to him, but disappointed his hopes of getting sexual favors
Hotel Augustus house physician. He treated Maureen
Johnson for her apparent amnesia, and befriended her when she revealed
that she had no idea where she was or how she got there, and had not even
clothes to call her own.
As traditional highways were replaced by automated roadways, communities
sprang up along the roadways' routes,and often the roadways were large enough
to include buildings and small communities on the moving surface. As the
roadtowns grew, many old cities and towns were largely abandoned, and new
municipal boundaries were defined by the roadway routes.
(Also in "The Roads Must Roll" and "The Man Who Sold the
Roosevelt had polio in all time lines except time
line two (home of Maureen
Johnson); in time line two, he was elected to a third U.S. presidential
term, but died of a stroke while playing tennis before his inauguration.
Corps field agent who leased a tower from Earl Leofric of Mercia (husband
of Lady Godiva) in 1043 to use as a time gate for the Battle
of Britain mission. Maureen
Johnson referred to him as Father Hendrik or Father Schultz. (A descendant
of Henry Schultz, and therefore of Maureen?)
He was elected President in 2012, with 27 percent of the popular vote
(votes were cast by 63 percent of registered voters, who were less than half
of those eligible to vote) but 81 percent of the Electoral College votes.
Officer of the Missouri
Savings Bank. Maureen
Johnson dealt with him she opened her account there. When she closed the
account in 1907, he tried to delay giving her the money. His behavior roused
Maureen's suspicions of an imminent economic panic.
Johnson's first husband; the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Adams Smith of
Cincinnati, Ohio, and a graduate from the School of Mines of the University of
Missouri. They married in 1898 after he served in the Army for the
Spanish-American War and received his engineering degree from Rolla Institute.
After working for the engineering firm of Davis and
Fones, he started his own business in 1906. In 1929 he replaced Arthur
Chapman as a trustee for the Howard
Foundation, after saving the foundation from bankruptcy in the October
crash (having advance knowledge from Ted
Bronson). In the 1930s he formed an investment firm with Justin
Weatheral, and passed the bar exam in 1938. He and Maureen moved to
Chicago around 1940, then moved to San Francisco when he "adjusted" his age in
his military records so he could re-enlist during World War II. In 1946, he
divorced Maureen to marry their former daughter-in-law, Marian
Hardy Smith. He and Marian were divorced in 1966. When he died in 1998 at
the age of 119, his "public" age was 82.
Second child of Maureen
Johnson and Brian
Smith, born January 1, 1902, and named for Maureen's aunt Carole Pelletier
Johnson. She married Roderick Schmidt Jenkins of the Schmidt family in 1920
and acted as his on-stage assistant when he became a professional magician.
She took over the act when Rod died with the stage name "Carolita." A family
celebration of her first sexual experience somehow evolved into the midsummer
fertility rite for all human planets: Carol's Day, Carolmas, Carolita's
Birthday (although it wasn't her birthday), or la
Fiesta de Santa Carolita, all celebrated on June 26.
Sixteenth child of Maureen
Johnson and Brian
Smith, born 1936. Brian got custody of him and his sister Priscilla
when Brian and Maureen divorced, but they moved back with Maureen in 1952. He
and Priscilla ran away to return to Brian when Maureen intervened in their
Wife of Richard
Johnson's son; and later of Brian
Smith. She moved in with Maureen (Brian being in the Army) when Richard
enlisted. She and Maureen moved to Texas to be with Brian after Richard was
killed. She used the alias Maureen J. Smith (and Maureen became her "widowed
mother") because she became pregnant by Brian after Richard's death. She lived
with Maureen and Brian through World War II. In 1946, Brian asked Maureen for
a divorce so he could marry Marian. Brian and Marian were divorced in 1966.
Oldest child of Maureen
Johnson and Brian Smith, born December 1, 1899. Her "official" birth date
was January 5, 1900, to hide the fact that she was conceived before Maureen
and Brian were married. During World War II, she helped organize the WAAC.
Seventeenth child of Maureen
Johnson and Brian
Smith, born 1938. Her brother Donald
called her Slugger. Brian got custody of her and Donald when Brian and Maureen
divorced, but she moved back with Maureen in 1952. She and Donald ran away to
return to Brian when Maureen intervened in their incestuous relationship. They
came back to Maureen, but continued to give her trouble. Priscilla was
hospitalized briefly to be treated for syphilis and gonorrhea, and also used
cocaine. Ultimately, Maureen insisted that Brian take them back because she
could not control them.
Seventh child of Maureen
Johnson and Brian
Smith, born in 1914. He enlisted in the Marines, sworn in by Nelson
Johnson, after the bombing of San Francisco by the Japanese in 1941. He
was killed on Iwo Jima. His widow lived with Maureen and Brian, had a child by
Brian, and later married him.
Sixth child of Maureen
Johnson and Brian
Smith, born November 11, 1912. He was named for President Wilson, having
been born just six days after his election. During World War II he apparently
joined the Air Force, spending some time in Pensacola, Florida, training
fighter pilots. He may have been involved in a major sea-and-air battle, but
he seldom told the same story twice. After the war he got a job flying rocket
ships, eventually working for Harriman
Industries; he was backup pilot for the first moonship. Throughout most of
his adult life after this period, he used the name Lazarus Long.
Language used for trade and engineering purposes in the 20th-century
Americas; it used English/Spanish vocabulary with simplified Hispanic grammar.
It was adopted as the official language for space pilots at the time of the Space
Precautionary Act in the mid-20th century.
One of the owners of Harriman
& Strong, who was also involved in real estate. A bachelor, he was Maureen
Johnson's lover. She frequently advised him on business decisions, basing
her recommendations on her "insider information" from Lazarus
Long. He died in 1971.
The "irrelevant" vehicles could travel through time as well as through
space and into other universes. Such travel made the concept of a fixed linear
time obsolete. Their invention was quickly followed by the formation of the Time
Corps to control changes to history.
The time lines, or alternate universes, are named after the first person
to walk on the moon.
Code name John Carter. In this time line, the 1940 Democratic
presidential nomination went to Paul McNutt, and the Republican nomination
to Robert Taft.
The time line in which Maureen
Johnson was born, code name Leslie
LeCroix. In this time line, Franklin Roosevelt was nominated for a third
presidential term in 1940, then died of a stroke while playing tennis,
creating a constitutional crisis in the dispute over who would be President
if the electoral college votes were not yet cast. (This is the only time
line in which Roosevelt had not had polio.) The Japanese attacked San
Francisco, not Pearl Harbor, on December 7, 1941; in reaction, 60,000
Japanese-Americans were slaughtered on the West Coast. California was placed
under martial law afterwards. (Tokyo and Kobe are also mentioned, presumably
as the alternate Hiroshima and Nagasaki.) This is the time line of the Interregnum
of the Prophets.
Code name Neil Armstrong. It is the native time line of Hazel
Stone and Jubal
Harshaw the locus of the events in The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress
and Stranger in a Strange Land. Unlike in other time lines, Venus is
uninhabitable and Mars an
almost airless desert. As in time line two, Earth suffered the Crazy
Years in the second half of the twentieth century.
Code name Fairacres, the time line in which the United States
was defeated in World War II. The Japanese and German empires split America
between them along the Mississippi River. (This may be the locus of the
events in The Day After Tomorrow.)
Husband of Maureen
Johnson's eldest daughter, Nancy
Irene Smith. His parents were friends of the family before they found out
they were registered with the Howard
Foundation. A member of the Reserve, he was called to active duty for
World War II and fought in Czechoslovakia.
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."