In several novels, Heinlein provides detailed lists of books that have a
particular literary or practical value. Hugh
Farnham stored these books in the family bomb shelter both to provide
practical guides to survival and to preserve cultural artifacts.
Unit of currency for the Chosen,
also called "corn of the Chosen".
Ruling elite of the Noonday
Region. They were descended from Africans who survived the all-out war
among Northern powers in the 20th century. Few details of their society are
given, but descent was reckoned through women although power was held by men
(brothers of inheriting females). They kept the surviving whites completely
enslaved, and based their religion and aspects of society on a somewhat
term for dwarves, congenital defectives, etc., kept by the Chosen for
their amusement value. He decided it was best to think of Hugh
Farnham as a Curiosity, since he didn't fit any other category.
Farnham's son, a lawyer, named after his maternal grandfather. His
father's assistant translator in Ponse's
household, he became addicted to Happiness. He submitted to castration so he
could be his mother's companion in Ponse's personal chambers.
Farnham's wife, an alcoholic. She lost touch with reality after the family
was hurled forward in time, became Ponse's
"bedwarmer", and was mostly unaware of her real circumstances.
Hubert (Hugh) Farnham
His family, and his daughter's guest Barbara
Wells, survived a nuclear attack because of the bomb shelter he'd built
over the family's protests. They were hurled thousands of years into the
future by the blast. He set up a freehold until the group was taken captive by
the rulers of the land. He became Chief Translator for his captor, using the
books he'd had in the shelter, but he resisted "domestication". After he made
an unsuccessful escape attempt with Barbara and their twin sons, they were
volunteered as subjects in a time-travel experiment and returned to the time
just before the nuclear blast. They took refuge in an abandoned mine outside
the blast area, setting it up as a freehold and trading post.
Trading post established by Hugh Farnham and Barbara
Wells when they were sent back in time by Ponse's
Stocked in the Farnham
bomb shelter. Hugh translated it for Ponse to
produce the games for the Chosen.
Mountain peak near the Farnham home. Duke
Farnham's recognition of it established that the bomb shelter had been
hurled through time but not space.
Name given to Ponse's
business venture based on Hugh
Farnham and Joseph's
descriptions of ancient games such as bridge.
Joseph (no last name)
The Farnhams' African American houseboy, an accounting student. He
survived the nuclear war and was hurled forward in time with them in their
bomb shelter. Hugh
Farnham made him his second in command. After the group was found by the
he was taken on as a protégé by Ponse,
repudiating his earlier relationship to the Farnhams but doing what he could
to make their lot easier.
Name that Hugh
Farnham bestowed on the "bedwarmer" assigned him in Ponse's
household, after learning that she had never been given a name.
Lord of Nonsense
Leading role in an annual pageant enjoyed by the servants of the Chosen. Hugh
Farnham was given the role parodying the Lord
Protector, enabling him to steal a wig and makeup for an eventual escape
Steward of the Noonday
Region, who discovered the Farnham
family on his land and "adopted" them as servants. His personal name was
The elder sister of the deity Uncle
the Mighty, of the Chosen.
She was invoked as Eternal Mamaloi, a personification of the female principle.
Military base near the Farnhams'
home, probable target of the atomic bombardment that hurled them into the
Memtok (no last name)
Chief Palace Domestic to the Lord
Protector of the Noonday
Region. He was proud that he was both deprived of his thumbs and neutered,
showing that he had served his lord both as stud and as household servant. He
was the most powerful servant in the household.
Mountain near the Farnhams'
Farnham's recognition of it while reconnoitering confirmed that the bomb
shelter had been blasted through time but not space.
A member of the Chosen and
heir; he shared Ponse's his vices but had none of his good qualities. Ponse
ordered him to play bridge with Hugh
Farnham as his partner, but Mrika was a poor sport and quit midgame.
Area of the future Earth in which the Farnhams
found themselves after an atomic war. It was roughly located where Colorado
North Star Protectorate
Area inhabited by the Chosen,
Pipes (no other name)
Engineer in the Lord
Protector's household. He gave Hugh
Farnham a tour of the plant and an elaborately drawn map of the Summer
Palace, not knowing that Hugh wanted the information for an escape attempt.
Family name (i.e., name used within his household) of the Lord
A massive atomic explosion hurled the Farnham
bomb shelter thousands of years into the future. The Chosen
scientists discovered a method of sending objects back in time, but when Hugh
Farnham and Barbara
Wells were sent back, they discovered themselves apparently in an
name for the time before the Atomic War.
An assault by atomic weapons from the Soviet Union resulted in destruction
of all northern-hemisphere governments.
in other stories)
College friend of Karen
Farnham, a divorcee. She was visiting Karen when a nuclear attack began,
and survived by joining the family in their bomb shelter. She was appointed
the group's historian and farmer, and became Hugh
Farnham's lover. She gave birth to twin sons after the family's capture by
After an unsuccessful escape attempt, she and Hugh were used as subjects in a
time-travel experiment, sent back to the time just before the atomic war. They
fled to an abandoned mine outside the blast periphery, and eventually set up a
freehold and trading post there. The Chosen and their servants pronounced her
name "Barba" or "Barbra".
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."