Felix's sidearm of choice, a .45 caliber model recreated from a model in
the Smithsonian Institution. It was considered highly unusual, since most
weapons used energy beams, not projectiles.
People who were conceived without the intervention of genetic selection.
They were used as controls to determine how far genetic engineers had
manipulated human development from the "original" state. They were subject to
such ills as caries, allergies, and degenerative diseases. In compensation
they received special government subsidies, but they were sometimes treated as
Council of Policy
Political body that analyzed economic indicators and determined monthly
Cyril (no last name)
Member of a restaurant party disturbed by an accident of Monroe-Alpha
Clifford's. The altercation culminated in an exchange of gunfire; the
other party was astonished that Clifford used a projectile, not an
[mentioned in passing] Ancient researcher into the meaning
of dreams. [Mispronunciation of Carl Jung?]
College from which J.
Darlington Smith graduated, no longer in existence when he was rescued
from the Adirondack
Stasis Field. By implication, the educational system had changed radically
since the 20th century.
Patagonian representative on the Genetic
Planning Council, a control
natural and formidable figure. She claimed to be certain that her opinion
on life after death was correct. There are implications that she was
reincarnated as Hamilton Justina.
Headquarters of the Ancient Benevolent and Fraternal Order of the Wolf. It
was used as a meeting place by the Survivors
The "culmination of a three-hundred-year program of controlled genetics".
Unfortunately for the genetic planners, he had no interest in producing
offspring. After thwarting a revolt by the Survivors
Club and falling in love with Longcourt Phyllis, he took more of an
interest in life. In response to his demand to know whether life had meaning,
a colossal research project into that question was organized by the
government. He and Phyllis had two children, Hamilton Justina and Hamilton
Member of the Survivors
Club conspiracy, given unspecified assignments for the revolt.
A guest at Johnson-Smith
Estaire's party with whom Monroe-Alpha
Clifford fell in love. After a frantic search for her, he met her again in
the Sierra Nevada Forest while he was still deranged from the abortive Survivors
Club coup. Thinking she was a mutation,
he tried to kill her, but she survived. She was actually an experimental
genotype possessing extraordinary emotional control and civility. She married
him in spite of his earlier behavior towards her. Clifford called her "Molly".
Entity invoked by Hamilton
Felix; quite possibly it served as a deity.
Woman chosen by Mordan
Claude as the most perfect genetic mate for Hamilton
Felix; a practicing psycho-pediatrician. Although he initially resisted,
she and Felix were married, and they had two children.
[mentioned in passing] Economic system (not described) that
preceded the one administered by Monroe-Alpha
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. Serial
monogamy is apparently common in the society of Beyond This Horizon.
Marriage contracts are for a limited number of years, renewable by mutual
It was an accepted custom — i.e. virtually a social necessity — for men to
wear weapons. Since social offenders could be challenged to a duel, with no
legal punishment, this custom allegedly served to discourage on public
rudeness and obnoxious behavior. Unarmed males were treated as social
inferiors but were also exempt from challenges unless their behavior was
extremely offensive. Women rarely went armed, and were often belittled when
Member of the Survivors
Club conspiracy, assigned to the Power Center during the coup attempt.
[mentioned in passing] Common sidearm.
Club that met in the Hall of the
Norbert was a member. Superficially a drinking club, it was actually a
revolutionary cabal. Hamilton
Felix was recruited but agreed to act as a double agent for the
Clifford was duped into joining, but was "rescued" by Felix. The Club
attempted a coup d'état and was presumably wiped out.
Dr. Thorgsen (no first name)
Inventor of an apparatus to determine the origin and destination of the
(Beyond This Horizon)
Darlington Smith was seen as a "time traveler" although he had not really
bypassed the normal sequence of time.
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."