Political officer first class in the IBI, assigned
as a special adviser to the military governor. He interrogated Don
Harvey after the Federation
The most widely heard global news commentator, host of "Steve Brodie
Says". The Venus
Guard chose his program time to announce their invasion and destruction of
and to declare independence for Venus.
a. A founder of the human colonies on
Venus. b. Shuttle that took passengers from
surface (probably named after the colony founder).
Major settlement on Venus.
(Probably named after Cyrus Buchanan, one of the colony founders.)
Island north of New
London, where the Middle
Guard and ground forces were trained. (Probably named after Cyrus
Buchanan, one of the colony founders.)
Main thoroughfare of New
London, capital of the Venus
Republic. (Probably named after Cyrus Buchanan, one of the colony
Busby (no first name)
(Lieutenant) Commanding officer of the Venus
Republic soldier who found Don
Harvey after Don's escape from Federation
detention. He had been on detached duty at the time of the occupation, and so
avoided arrest. He organized all soldiers he came across into a guerrilla
fighting unit, and was awarded brevet promotion to wing colonel.
Geostationary space station that served as a starting point for
interplanetary flights; it also served as a military base policing all of
Earth. It was destroyed by the Venus High Force in the opening move of the
revolt against Earth domination. [circum terra, Latin "around Earth".]
clerk who filed Don
Harvey's message and befriended him when she learned his situation. She
and her father were agents of the Organization;
even ignorant of this, he entrusted to her the ring that Dudley
Jefferson had given him and that Federation
agents had apparently been trying to get. Don lost contact with her when the
Federation forces invaded Venus, but
she turned up at Sir
Isaac Newton's house when Don arrived there after his stint as a guerrilla
soldier. There is a clear hint at the end of the book that she and Don would
A sentient lifeform on Venus that
closely resembled the Earth mythological creature, with forelegs that served
as arms/hands. They were probably considerably more intelligent that humans;
and their civilization was probably much older. Because they could not
pronounce human speech, they used voder/vocoders
to communicate with humans. The dragons that frequently interacted with humans
adopted "human" names, generally the name of a famous scientist (see
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.
Satyr-like biped native to Venus.
Humans gave them the scientific name fauna gregarious veneris smythii.
They are called "move-overs" by the colonists for their chronic habit of
crowding against each other and any humans, and otherwise displaying an
insatiable appetite for physical affection. They are about as bright as an
Earth goat, but friendlier. Don
Harvey was appalled to be served baked baby gregarian at an exclusive
Earth restaurant. After escaping from Federation
detention during the invasion of Venus, he hid among a herd of gregarians.
Don's mother, a native of Venus and
an archeologist working on Mars. She
was a member of the Organization.
Donald James Harvey
Born in transit to Ganymede
of an Terran father and Venusian
mother, he lived for his first few years on Venus but
spent his school years on Earth. His parents ordered him to Mars, where
they were working, when tensions increased between Venus and Earth, but he was
caught in the Venus
Guard attack on Circum-Terra
and chose going to Venus over returning to Earth. After the invasion of Venus
by Earth military forces he escaped from detention and joined the guerrilla
insurgents. From there he was sent to Sir
Isaac Newton, a Venerian
dragon he'd befriended on Earth, where he learned that Sir Isaac, his parents,
and various other acquaintances were working on technology that would make
military aggression impossible, and that he had been given crucial information
by a friend of his parents before leaving Earth. After turning over the
information and seeing the defenses developed, he was sent to Mars on the
prototype ship to help defeat the Earth forces and rejoin his parents. (At his
ranch school he was given the nickname "Don Jaime" because of a fancy Spanish
saddle his parents had given him.)
It was suggested by an IBI official
as a means of extracting information from Don
Harvey. (Heinlein frequently makes mention of hypnosis either as a method
of psychotherapy, of education, or of interrogation.)
Interplanetary Telephone and Televideo Company. It operated between all
human-inhabited planets, and was often used as a front for the Organization.
Costello worked in the Venusberg
office, where her father was the manager.
A friend of Don
Harvey's parents and member of the Organization,
whom Don contacted before he left Earth. He was arrested in Don's company, and
Don was later told he "suffered a fatal heart attack" during interrogation. He
had sent Don a ring that, though Don was unaware of it, contained information
crucial to building a weapons defense and faster-than-light-travel system.
Popular serial drama described at some length though of slight importance.
In an episode seen by Don
Harvey, Buddy Kallikak was in the hospital and not expected to live;
Celeste had been arrested for suspected husband murder; the father was
missing; and the mother is also mentioned.
Harvey's cowpony at the ranch school he attended on Earth.
LeCompte (no first name)
[mentioned in passing] Composer of "Raise Ship!".
Man who followed Don
Harvey out of the New
London bank, guiding him to a cheap restaurant (but sticking him with the
bill). Ling tried and failed to sell Donn black market money, then to buy the
Jefferson had given him.
Relative of Sir
Isaac Newton, an integrating chemist. Her human name is unusual in that
most dragons adopt the name of a famous scientist, but hers is from a
character in the Gilbert & Sullivan operetta HMS Pinafore.
Marriage is obviously important to Heinlein. In many stories a marriage is
central to the story, the characters take time out from crises to marry, or it
is implied that marriage between main characters is inevitable; for example,
there are hints in Between Planets that Don Harvey and Isobel Costello
The Red Planet was 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.
Mars was the current residence of Don
Harvey's parents, and maintained neutrality in the dispute between Venus and
Earth. Mars was inhabited by intelligent natives as well as by human
Captain of the guerrilla group with which Don
Harvey fought on Venus. He
had been on detached duty at the time of the Federation
invasion, and so avoided capture. He took it upon himself to gather together
all soldiers not captured by the Federation. This group was called Marsten's
Martha (no last name)
Woman who complained about the passengers' long wait in Goddard
Capital of Venus;
where passengers from the Nautilus
were landed. Its institutions included the New London Times and the New
London Trust & Investment Company (originally the Bank of America and Hong
Kong, renamed after independence was declared).
The ranch boarding school that Don
Harvey attended on Earth. [Spanish, "happy little farm"]
Reeves (no first name)
Headmaster of Ranchito
Alegre. A reserve officer, he was called to active duty "for the duration"
because of the tensions between Earth and Venus. His
wife (mentioned only as Mrs. Reeves), took over running the school. He was
usually called simply, "The Head."
Earth name used by the Venerian
dragon that Don
Harvey met at Gary
Station; he followed the Venerian custom of adopting the name of an
admired human. Sir Isaac could trace his decent to the Original
Egg, and was highly honored among both Venerians and humans. His influence
helped keep Don from being sent back to Earth after the Venus
occupation of Circum-Terra,
and later effected Don's inclusion in the Little
David crew so Don could be reunited with his parents on Mars.
In most of Heinlein's stories, the planet is hot and swampy but habitable
by humans. Natives are variously described as sentient "dragons" and as small,
humanoid amphibians with a matriarchal culture, the females being considerably
more intelligent than the males. Don
Harvey lived on Venus for his first few years; his mother was Venusian.
He became involved in the colonists' successful rebellion against Earth
Society was founded by Virginia Heinlein on behalf of her husband, science
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