A Heinlein Concordance

created by M. E. Cowan

Robert A Heinlein

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From the stories:   A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W XYZ
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A Heinlein Concordance ©2004 M.E.Cowan

faith, hope, and charity
According to Christian doctrine, the three "theological" virtues; so classified because they were described by St. Paul as specifically Christian.
(Time for the Stars)


Albert Bacon Fall
U.S. Secretary of the Interior under President Warren G. Harding. He was convicted of bribery after a Senate investigation into his decision to lease to private oil interests, without competitive bidding, naval oil reserve lands in the Teapot Dome reserve and other oil reserves.

System created by "Big Jim" Farley, a Tammany Hall [New York City] politician, to keep track of pertinent information about all the people he met. It was used to create the impression that he remembered and took a personal interest in every one of his constituents and other useful persons.
(Double Star)

(605?–633 CE) The daughter of the prophet Muhammad, his only child to survive to adulthood. She is widely venerated by Muslims, particularly by the Shi'ites because she was married to Ali, whom they consider to be the heir to the authority of Muhammad and the first of their own imams. [Arabic, "shining one"]
(Time Enough for Love)


Fédération Internationale des Échecs
The World Chess Federation, generally known by its French name (or initials, FIDE) because it was founded in Paris, in 1924. Besides organising the World Chess Championship, FIDE calculates the rating of players, defines the rules of chess, periodically publishes albums of the best chess problems, and appoints International Masters, Grandmasters, and Arbiters.
(The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress)

Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
(Also called Fermilab) Facility for particle-physics research in Batavia, Illinois, near Chicago. It is operated by the Universities Research Association, a Canadian-American consortium, for the United States Department of Energy. It is named for Italian-American nuclear physicist Enrico Fermi.
("Delilah and the Space Rigger")

Fiddler's Green
A traditional seafaring term for paradise; specifically, a paradise that would particularly appeal to sailors, with music, drinking, and willing women.
(Friday, Job: A Comedy of Justice)

Fifth International
The theoretical next step in the development of socialism. The First International, founded in 1864, grew out of the trade-union movement. The Second International, an influential federation of socialist parties and trade unions, was active from 1889 until the beginning of World War I. The Third International (Comintern) was founded in 1919 as an association of national communist parties, and became dominated by Stalinism. The Fourth International was formed by Trotskyites in 1938 in opposition to the Comintern, and particularly to its condoning of fascism; though factional fighting splintered it in the 1950s, its fragments still influence extreme left-wing groups.
(The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress)

Fingal's Cave
Seaside cavern on the island of Staffa in the Inner Hebrides, Scotland. Fingal is another name for the legendary Irish sage and warrior, Fionn Mac Cumhail (Finn Mac Cool). Fingal's Cave is the name of a tone poem (also called Hebrides Overture) composed by Felix Mendelssohn after a visit to the Hebrides.
("The Menace from Earth")

Country in the far north of Europe, surrounded by Norway (north), Sweden (northwest), the Gulf of Bothnia (southwest), Gulf of Finland (south), and Russia (east). The capital is Helsinki. Nearly one third of Finland is north of the Arctic Circle. Finland was part of Sweden from the 12th century until 1809, then a Russian grand duchy until the Finns declared independence following the Russian Revolution of 1917. Although abutting the Scandinavian countries of Norway and Sweden, Finland is usually not considered to be part of Scandinavia.
(Citizen of the Galaxy)

Five Acres and Independence
Book by Maurice Grenville Kains (1868–1946), published in 1945 by Pocket Books (New York). [Library of Congress call number S501.K27]
(Farnham's Freehold)

Camille Flammarion
(1842–1925) French astronomer and author of many popular books on astronomy. He popularized the concept of extraterrestrial life, linking this theory with the concepts of reincarnation and transmigration. His later work was concerned more with psychic research than with astronomy.
(Beyond This Horizon)

Flying Dutchman
A legendary ship doomed to sail forever, never making port. In the version of the legend that is the basis of the opera by Richard Wagner, the captain had made a rash vow to sail around the Cape of Good Hope in a raging storm, and so the ship is condemned to sail that route forever. In another version, the captain sails the North Sea while playing dice with the devil.
("Space Jockey")

Fort Carson
Originally Camp Carson; a military base in Colorado built during World War II. It is named for the Army officer and Indian agent, Kit Carson.
(Glory Road)

Dr. Robert L. Forward
Physicist, futurist, and writer, an authority on space propulsion and exotic physics.

Harold Munro Fox
(1889–1967) British zoologist best known for his work on pigments in invertebrate blood.
(The Day After Tomorrow)

Dr. Frankenstein
Title character of the novel Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus, written by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley in 1818. It tells the story of a Swiss scientist who creates an artificial man and is ultimately destroyed by it. Though gothic in style and tone, the novel is considered the first instance of a science-fiction novel. (The name is often mistakenly associated with the creature rather than with its creator.)
(To Sail Beyond the Sunset)

"Frankie and Johnny"
Late 19th-century blues song about a woman (Frankie) who shoots her unfaithful lover. Modern (and bowdlerized) versions have been records by numerous artists.
(Time Enough for Love)

Frankfurt, Germany
Largest city in the state of Hessen in western Germany. It is situated on the Main River about 19 miles (30 km) upstream from its confluence with the Rhine River at Mainz. The site has been inhabited at least since the first century BCE; the name ("ford of the Franks") probably dates from about the 5th century.
(Job: A Comedy of Justice)

Fresno, California
Seat of Fresno County in central California, in the San Joaquin Valley. It was founded in 1872 as a station on Central Pacific Railroad. Fresno is the headquarters of Sierra National Forest.
("The Roads Must Roll")

Sigmund Freud
(1856–1939) Austrian neurologist who developed the theories and practice of psychoanalysis. His theories and techniques for treating psychological disturbances influenced not only medicine and the relatively new profession of psychology, but popular ideas about morals, interpersonal relationships, and normal behavior.
(Job: A Comedy of Justice)

(Also Friia or Freya) In Norse myth, the goddess of marriage and fertility, the wife of Odin and mother of Balder. Friday is named in her honor.
(Time Enough for Love)

Edwin Brant Frost
(1866–1935) Physicist and astronomer, director of Yerkes Observatory from 1905 until 1932. He translated numerous articles and journals into English, and was editor of the Astrophysical Journal for 30 years.

Robert Frost
(1874–1963) U.S. poet whose poems were popular for their depictions of rural life and ordinary people. He was named the poetry consultant to the Library of Congress.
(Farnham's Freehold)

Dr. Fu Manchu
Chinese criminal genius created by British writer Sax Rohmer for a series of adventure novels written between 1913 and 1959. Rohmer gradually transformed Dr. Fu from a villain into an anti-Communist hero.
(To Sail Beyond the Sunset)

Robert Fulton
(1765–1815) U.S. engineer and artist who designed one of the first commercially viable steamships, the "North River Steamboat of Clermont" (popularly known as just the Clermont).
(The Puppet Masters)

Camp Funston
Training base for the 354th Infantry unit of the U.S. Army during World War I, located southwest of Manhattan, Kansas. The camp is now part of Fort Riley. The camp presumably was named for Brigadier General Frederick Funston (1865–1917).
(Time Enough for Love, To Sail Beyond the Sunset)


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