[mentioned in passing] Author of Concerning Function: A
Treatise on the Natural Order, written in 1930. This book was the "bible"
of the Functionalist revolution; the striking road workers mostly followed its
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.
Roadcity workers' anthem, adapted from "The Roll of the Caissons".
roadcity (or roadtown)
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 mentioned in "The Man Who Sold the Moon" and To Sail Beyond the
Training school for workers on the automated roadways. It not only taught
technical skills but also indoctrinated the workers with ésprit de
corps and a profound sense of responsibility.
Shorty Van Kleeck (no other first name)
Former roadworker and chief deputy engineer of the Sacramento
Sector of Diego-Reno
Roadtown. He incited rebellion among the roadworkers and declared himself
"Director of the Provisional Control Committee for the New Order". Larry
Gaines defeated him by pushing him into a nervous breakdown.
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."