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

(International Business Machines) U.S. computer manufacturer headquartered in Armonk, New York. It was founded in 1911 as the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company, a consolidation of three companies that made punch-card tabulators and other office products. Under Thomas Watson, it assumed its current name in 1924. It began producing electric typewriters in 1933, and during World War II constructed electromechanical calculators that were the precursors of computers. Thomas Watson Jr. succeeded his father as company president in 1952 and led the company into the manufacturing of computers.
(Friday, The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress, The Rolling Stones)

In Greek myth, the son of the inventor Daedalus. Daedalus worked for the Cretan king Minos. When he fell out of favor and he and his son were imprisoned, Daedalus fashioned wings out of feathers and wax so he and Icarus could fly out of their prison. Icarus, however, giddy with the thrill of flight, flew so high that the sun's heat melted the wax; he plunged into the sea and drowned.
(Farmer in the Sky)

A faction within the Christian church in the Byzantine empire during the 8th and 9th centuries A.D. that opposed the use of religious images. Their opposition was based partly on the prohibition against images in the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:4), and partly on concerns that the depictions of saints and the Virgin Mary would encourage idolatry. [Greek eikonoklastes, "image destroyer"]
("If This Goes On—")

I.G. Farben
(In full, Interessengemeinschaft Farbenindustrie Aktiengesellschaft) Chemical cartel founded in Germany in 1925. It was dismantled by the Allies after World War II, partly because it used slave labor in its synthetic rubber and oil plant near Auschwitz and conducted experiments on the prisoners there. [German, "Syndicate of Dyestuff-Industry Corporations"]
(Double Star)

Île de France
Luxury ocean liner launched by the French Line company in 1926, named for the north-central region of France of which Paris is the capital. She remained in service until 1959.
(To Sail Beyond the Sunset)

Île du Levant
Small, sparsely populated island off Lavandou on the South Coast of France. Part of the island is occupied by the French military. Since 1931, the civilian area has been clothing-optional.
(Glory Road)

Constituent state of the United States of America, bordered by the southern shore of Lake Michigan on the north. Illinois became a territory of the United States after 1783 and was made the 21st state in 1818. Its capital is Springfield in the center of the state. Its major city, however, is Chicago. Mostly prairie, with hills in the south and northwest, the state has farms covering four-fifths of its territory. Chicago is a center for shipping, insurance, and finance. The state is also one of the nation's largest industrial centers, in part because of its highly developed land and water transportation networks.
(Friday, To Sail Beyond the Sunset)

A judicial institution established by the Pope Gregory Ix in 1231 to combat heresy and other threats to the church's power. In the 15th century, its power was extended to combat suspected apostasy by former Jews and Muslims in Spain. "Inquisition" has the modern connotation of an attack on unpopular or politically dangerous beliefs that persecutes the innocent rather than punishing the guilty.
("If This Goes On—")

Official anthem of the Communist movement. The original lyrics are a French poem written in 1871 by a Parisian transport worker, Eugene Pottier; the music was written somewhat later by Pierre Degeyter. Translated into Russian, the song was the Soviet national anthem until 1944.
(The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress)

One of the states in the Great Plains of the United States of America, bordered on the east by the Mississippi river and on the north by Minnesota. It was named after the Iowa tribe that inhabited the territory before it was annexed by the United States. Iowa was admitted as the 29th state of the Union in 1846. Des Moines has been the capital since 1857. It is primarily an agriculture state; farms comprise 90% of its total land area.
(Farmer in the Sky, The Puppet Masters)

Irish Sweepstakes
(Irish Hospitals' Sweepstakes) Lottery authorized by the Irish government to raise funds for hospitals. Instituted in 1930, it continued in operation until 1987. The tickets are sold throughout the world (in some cases, such as the United States, smuggled illegally into the country). Ticket stubs were returned to Ireland, and the winning tickets were determined by the horses that won, placed, or showed in a major British or Irish horse race. Because the tickets were distributed so widely, counterfeiting was common.
(Glory Road)

(Variously spelled Isolde, Yseult, or Isolt) Heroine of a medieval romance based on a Celtic legend (itself inspired by an actual Pictish king). In the legend, the young Tristan ventures to Ireland to ask the hand of the princess Iseult for his uncle, King Mark of Cornwall. On the homeward journey Tristan and Iseult inadvertently drink the love potion prepared by the queen for her daughter and the king. The two undergo many misadventures and tragedies because of the conflict between their imperishable love and their duty to King Mark, finally dying in each other's arms. The story was grafted onto the Arthurian mythos in the 13th century, with Tristan becoming one of the Knights of the Round Table.
(Have Space Suit — Will Travel)

Isis Theater
Theater that operated in Kansas City, on the corner of 31st and Troost, from 1918 until 1970. The building was razed in 1997.
(Time Enough for Love)

ITT Corporation
Corporation founded in 1920 as a holding company for Caribbean-based telephone and telegraph services; it was named International Telephone And Telegraph Corporation in conscious imitation of the American Telephone and Telegraph Company (AT&T). Through the 1920s it expanded into the European market. It acquired a number of unrelated businesses through the 1970s, but divested itself of many of its holdings after 1980. The current ITT Corporation consists of the Sheraton Hotel chain, Caesars World, and Madison Square Garden.
(Between Planets, "Delilah and the Space Rigger")

Iwo Jima
Island in the Volcano Islands archipelago of Japan, about 760 miles (1,220 km) south-southeast of Tokyo. In early 1945, was the site of a strategically important battle between Japanese and U.S. forces; the island was captured by the U.S. after a month of fighting. A photograph of several soldiers raising the U.S. flag to proclaim the victory has become one of the most recognizable symbols of U.S. victories in World War II.
(Starship Troopers)

Izard County, Arkansas
County in north-central Arkansas, along the border with Missouri.
(I Will Fear No Evil)


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