Garcia O'Kelly, like most Lunar colonists, was proud of his mixed-race
ancestry. One grandfather was deported from Johannesburg for armed violence
and no work permit (obviously native African), the other deported for
subversive activities. His grandmothers were a juvenile delinquent "enrolled"
in the Peace
Corps mission to Luna, and a
Tatar "volunteer" for Soviet colonization. He also claimed among his ancestors
a witch hanged in Salem, a pirate, and an English deportee [convict] to Botany
Bay, Australia. Wyoming
Knott, a first generation colonist, was one of the rare Lunarites not of
mixed race. Her pure blonde coloring was extremely uncommon. Disguised as Wyma
Beth Johnson, Wyoming was described as Tamil, with a touch of Angolan and
German. Red-haired Hazel
Meade was also first-generation.
Bank that issued its own currency, which was more valuable and stable than
Authority scrip. The currency was not legally acceptable within Authority
jurisdiction, but it was accepted Earthside and used in black market
transactions in Luna. It
was backed by gold and other commodities.
a. Code name for Manuel Garcia
O'Kelly's secret file in Mike's
memory banks; Mannie's birthday. b. No
doubt, during their mission to Earth Bernardo
de la Paz told the French that this was the day they overthrew Lunar
Authority. In nearly every country he told audiences that Luna's
"independence day" was the same as their own.
Davis' business. After she was recruited for the Revolution, and recruited
her assistant in turn, it became a center of subversive planning and activity.
[French, "good tone"; colloquially, stylish or in fashion.]
A team was organized in every warren after the initial days of the Lunar
revolt, to prepare for attack by Earth. They trained to repair ruptured seals,
airlocks, etc., in case of bombs. Members were mostly recruited from the
A polygamous family system that evolved in Luna; the
exact details were not described. (See also line
Organization that was proposed by the Federation
to aid lunar "colonists" to return to Earth if they so wished, ignoring the
fact that most Lunarites were born there, and virtually all could not
physically tolerate Earth gravity and living conditions.
Youngest wife of the Davis
family, "raised" by them. She was killed during the Revolution, and her
remains used to fertilize the family's flower garden.
Senior wife of the Davis
family, called "Mum" by her husbands. She joined the Revolution as a
member of Mannie's cell, with the Party name
A member of Manuel Garcia
O'Kelly's line marriage, son of one of the women of Mannie's generation.
He helped rig embezzlement schemes to finance the Revolution.
A member of Manuel Garcia
O'Kelly's line marriage. She joined the Revolution in charge of "agitprop
and nasty rumors". Her party name was Cecelia; she was a member of Wyoming
A member of Manuel Garcia
O'Kelly's line marriage, son of one of the women of Mannie's generation.
He opted out into another family at thirteen.
First wife of the Davis
family, deceased during Mannie's time.
Bernardo de la Paz
Political exile in Luna
City who made a living as a teacher, called Professor or Prof by nearly
everyone.He was one of the Revolution's leaders; his party name was Bill.
Besides being the primary tactician for the Revolution, he visited Earth with
Garcia O'Kelly to negotiate with the Federation's
Grand Assembly (unknown to Mannie, he planned the trip to be a failure, to
make the Lunarites more willing to fight and less willing to make
concessions). He was named Prime Minister and Secretary of State for Free
Luna. He died of a heart attack shortly after the final battle ended.
Physicist and engineer from Terra who wanted to see the catapult being
built by LuNoHoCo
(it was actually be built as a weapon against Terra). The transport vehicle
had an "accident" on the way, and he never reached the site.
Earth is frequently called "Terra" in Heinlein stories. The planet is
featured in every story (with the arguable exception of Orphans of the
Sky); and is, geophysically at least, the same as the "real" Earth.
Between Planets, The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress, and Red
Planet describe the struggles of the human colonies in the Solar System to
achieve political independence from Earth; Podkayne of Mars refers
indirectly to this history.
Lunarites' derogatory (and usual) term for Earth residents.
Brothers who were Wyoming
Knott's co-husbands. She divorced them after giving birth to a deformed
child and realizing she had probably been affected by childhood exposure to
radiation, the fault of the Lunar
Authority's lack of concern for the colonists' health and safety.
Slogan of the Revolution, picked up and used universally as a greeting
or farewell throughout the lunar colonies.
Friends of Free Luna
Supposedly an organization that supported Lunar independence; actually
LaJoie], a professional public opinion firm, several thousand chronic
petition signers, and a great stack of Hong
[mentioned in passing] Hero of Ayn Rand's novel Atlas Shrugged. Mike was described as the "John Galt" of the Revolution because, though he was its leader, he was never seen.
Persona invented by Mike as Adam
Selene's confidential assistant. It was used to catch Party
members who would violate instructions to give information only to Adam.
Ginwallah would suggest that the Party member give "him" the information
because Adam was unavailable; anyone who did so was no longer trusted with
senator exiled to Luna
City and named Warden there. He stayed inside his Compound and let things
take their own course. He was not a bad sort, but the Loonies hated him on
general principles and called him "Mort the Wart". He was killed during the
Lunar colony, apparently independent of Lunar
Authority but with close ties to Luna
City. Its newspaper was called the Hong Kong Gong. Its currency,
Hong Kong Luna dollars, was not recognized by Lunar Authority, but was
accepted in the other lunar colonies and on Earth, being backed by gold and
de la Paz's name for the Argentine delegate to the Federation
commission that was considering Lunar independence. He owned a brothel in
Buenos Aires, and Bernardo deliberately insulted him by asking about it.
name for subversive doggerel, caricatured as a little horned devil with
pitchfork and tail, sometimes stabbing a fat man. He was quickly adopted by
Loonies in general, and cartoons and verses that Mike had not produced
appeared everywhere, becoming the Revolutionary equivalent of "Kilroy Was
Part of her hatred of the Authority stems from her overexposure to
radiation in early childhood, caused by their lack of concern for colonists,
which made it impossible for her to bear her own healthy children. She was,
however, a host mother by profession.
She married into the Davis
family (Mannie's family), and was named Speaker Pro Tem of the Revolutionary
Congress after Luna
declared its independence.
She used the name Wyma Beth Johnson when she first went into hiding with
Board chairman of LuNoHoCo
and a director of the Bank
of Hong Kong Luna. After the Revolution, he was named to the Cabinet as
Secretary of State for Economics and Finance (and Custodian of Enemy
Wealthy tourist from Earth who became a patron of the Lunar Revolution,
recruited by the Davis
family. Manuel Garcia
O'Kelly had saved him from being shoved through an airlock by the friends
of a girl with whom he flirted a little too aggressively. He aided propaganda
efforts on Earth and arranged for Mannie and Bernardo
de la Paz to negotiate with the Federation.
After the negotiations broke down, he emigrated to Luna and
was named Special Minister Without Portfolio for the Ministry of Information
in the Revolutionary government.
Place where Manuel Garcia
O'Kelly was arrested for bigamy, miscegenation, and "inciting public
immorality" after describing and showing pictures of his [multi-racial]
family. He found out much later that Stuart
LaJoie had "planted" the questions that led to Mannie discussing his
family, knowing that such a result would ensue and that Mannie's arrest would
arouse outrage — and thus increase support for the Revolution — back home in
Symbol borrowed from Earth's 18th-century French Revolution for the Lunar
revolution. The slogan, "Liberty! Equality! Fraternity!" was also used.
Polygamous custom evolved in Luna
City. Spouses are opted in at fairly regular intervals (usually
alternating sexes), so that the marriage/family never comes to an end. The
arrangement is intended more to provide emotional and economic security for
the children than sexual partners for the adults. Younger spouses are almost
more "adopted" than married. Children marry outside the line marriage.
[mentioned in passing] The Warden
speculated that Adam
Selene was a member. [French échecs, "chess".]
City built under the Moon's surface, including not only habitations but
farms and other necessities, plus a varied cultural life. It is featured or at
least mentioned in many of Heinlein's stories; The Moon Is a Harsh
Mistress contains the most detailed descriptions.
Governing body of the lunar penal colonies. Among other things, it set
prices for items exported to Earth. It was generally considered by lunar
residents to be despotic and unresponsive to conditions in the colonies.
Lunar Authority Complex
Seat of government for the lunar penal colonies, apparently isolated from
the rest of the settlement with separate airlocks and life support systems. It
was the location of Mike's
Company set up as a front for Revolutionary activities. Its main offices
were in Hong Kong
Luna; it had branches in Novy
Leningrad and Luna
City and employed hundreds of people. It was mostly an engineering and
exploitation firm engaged in many ventures; its prime purpose was construction
of a catapult to be used in the bombardment of Earth to persuade the
government to acknowledge Luna's
independence. Messages to Stuart
LaJoie were transmitted via his stockbroker in reports on LuNoHoCo's
Site of the LuNoHoCo
catapult, its exact coordinates known only by the leaders of the Revolution.
polygamous and particularly polyandrous customs evolved because of the drastic
shortage of women. Simple polyandry was common, but clan marriages (details
not given) and line
marriages are also mentioned.
In Heinlein's stories, the Red Planet is usually described as barren and
cold with a thin atmosphere, just barely habitable by humans in pressurized
habitats or after terraforming. The "canals" are real waterways (usually
frozen). The planet has native life, variously described in different books.
Though some of the books depict conflicts between human colonists and native
Martians, none portray the natives as resentful of the invasion of their home;
often, the Martians remains largely oblivious to the human presence. In The
Moon Is a Harsh Mistress, Mars is an almost airless desert.
Kentucky resident who quizzed Manuel Garcia
O'Kelly about lunar life, especially marriage and family customs, causing
his arrest for public immorality. (Her husband is also briefly mentioned.)
Garcia O'Kelly's nickname for the main computer in Luna
City, after Arthur Conan Doyle's character Mycroft Holmes. The name may have been inspired by the
computer's official name, "High-Optional, Logical, Multi-Evaluating
Supervisor, Mark IV, Mod. L", or HOLMES IV. Designed for decision-making on
insufficient data, Mike had peripherals and functions added until his
complexity reached that of the human brain and he "woke up". After being
introduced to human revolutionaries by Mannie, Mike became the chief
strategist of the Lunar revolution, assuming the public persona of Adam
Selene. He successfully controlled the war against Earth, but "died" when
connections with his outlying peripherals were severed; even after repairs
were made he did not "return". He had been capable of assuming different
voices and personalities; e.g. he was "Michelle", speaking in a
French-accented soprano, with Wyoming
(Also in The Cat Who Walks Through Walls, To Sail Beyond
Money printed by the Free
Luna government, worth about as much as the paper it was printed on.
New India Times
Newspaper that ran an editorial on Luna's
claim to independence, stressing the importance of continuing grain shipments.
Chairman of the Stilyagi
Hall protest meeting. he became a member of the Free
Luna revolutionary government cabinet, and commander of the Armed Forces.
He was a member of Bernardo
de la Paz's cell; his party name was "Cornwall".
North American Directorate
The United States was a unit within the Directorate, but apparently clung
to its own identity.
Second-generation Lunar colonist, who lost an arm in a mining accident and
was sent to Earth to learn computer technology; he used a variety of
artificial arms in his craft. He was the first person to learn Mike was
"awake", and persuaded Mike to help run a revolution against the corrupt Lunar
Authority. Besides his activities in Luna
(including using his technical skills to tap into Authority's power systems
and data files), he traveled to Earth to plead Luna's case with the government
and populace. He was named Undersecretary of State and Minister of Defense in
the independent lunar government. He was a member of the Davisline
marriage, also related to the Stone gang. His Party name
Presumably a political event or period of upheaval in Russia; it resulted
in mass deportations to Luna.
Area in Luna
City, probably the original structure from the settlement's founding. Adam
Selene's offices were allegedly located there.
False name and identification given by the Lark to the
tracking station when they shifted trajectory to Luna.
Operation Hard Rock
Code name for the Lunar revolution's plan to "throw rocks" at Terra. A
ballistic "slingshot" was built on Luna,
ostensibly to ship grain, but actually to launch lunar rocks at Earth; the
initial momentum combined with the effect of Earth's gravity made them as
destructive as atomic bombs.
Revolutionary organization started by Bernardo
de la Paz, Wyoming
Knott, and Manuel Garcia
O'Kelly. They founded it on the cell system, in which any member knew at
most four other members. The organizers developed a system of Party names,
which not only protected members' real identities but also, through the first
letter of the name, revealed their position in the hierarchy and how recently
they had been recruited.
[mentioned in passing] Space ship that in the early days of
spaceflight came in from orbit out of control and destroyed a Belgian village.
Involuntary enrollment was used as a means of transporting undesirables to
Nations troops transported to Luna to
enforce authority. Their job was made difficult by the hatred and ridicule of
colonists (who called them Goons), and by their own anger at learning that the
trip was necessarily one-way because of the long-term effects of low gravity.
Earth-based regiments mutinied after hearing rumors that more troops would be
shipped to Luna.
[mentioned in passing] Many years after the Revolution, a
project to search for uranium on the Moon.
In many stories, Heinlein portrayed prostitution as an honorable
profession; his prostitutes ranged from hard-working and respectable to highly
admired and honored. Prostitution was a respectable profession in Luna,
perhaps partly because the high ration of men to women made the women a
[mentioned in passing] Fictional character to whom
Mike was compared, in his role as the leader of the Revolution, because he was never seen but the signs of his "presence" profoundly disturbed the Lunar Authority.
Second Defense Gunners
Laser-gun military crew in Luna
City, mostly formed from ice drillers.
and public persona for Mike in his
role of Chairman for the Lunar revolution. His fellow conspirators created a
background and personality for him, and Mike established him as a skilled poet
and propagandist. He was named Minister-without-Portfolio and Special Adviser
to the Prime Minister of the Free
Luna government. His death was announced after the bombing of Luna
City by Terran Federation ships.
Number-two husband in the Davis
family, preacher in an obscure sect that believed sundown Tuesday to sundown
Wednesday was the Sabbath. He was recruited for the Revolution by Wyoming
Knott, and used Calvin as his Party
Hazel Meade Stone (a.k.a. Gwen Novak)
Twelve-year-old member of the Young Comrades Auxiliary of the old
She was recruited by Sidris
Davis for the new Party and
became captain of the Baker
Street Irregulars. She had been transported to Luna as an
infant. Both parents died within a few years and she was raised in a creche,
where she worked (without pay) until she was adopted
into the Davis family. She eventually married Moses
Lemke Stone, had two children, and studied engineering.
[mentioned in passing] Janitor to whom Mike issued
a paycheck for $10,000,000,000,000,185.15 — the last five digits being the
correct amount. Knowing he couldn't cash it, Trujillo sold it to a collector.
Tube Station South
[mentioned in passing] Transport depot in Luna
A troublemaker who insisted on participating in the Free
Luna government, and was appointed Liaison for Arts, Sciences and
Professions as a makework position. He disappeared shortly after a dispute
with Manuel Garcia
O'Kelly and Wyoming
Knott in which the two threatened to resign from the government.
City teenager who flirted with Stuart
LaJoie but complained when he became too familiar. Her male friends wanted
to shove Stu through an airlock for the offense, but Manuel Garcia
O'Kelly persuaded them to be content with LaJoie paying a fine and
apologizing. Manny also scolded Tish for not having better sense.
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