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

Marie-Joseph-Paul-Yves-Roch-Gilbert, Marquis du Lafayette
(1757–1834) French aristocrat who fought with the American colonists against the British in the American War for Independence. After returning to France, he became an important figure in the early French Revolution, but also held prominent positions in subsequent French regimes.
("The Long Watch", The Star Beast)

Lagrange point
A position between Earth and the moon at which a body will remain approximately at rest relative to the two larger bodies. Of the five Lagrange points (L-1 through L-5), only the fourth and fifth are truly stable (stationary). Positioning a satellite or station at one of these two points enables it to stay relatively motionless above a specific location on Earth. The Lagrange points are named after their discoverer, Italian-French mathematician Joseph-Louis Lagrange (1736–1813).
(The Cat Who Walks Through Walls, Friday)

Lake Louise
Lake and tourist resort in Banff National Park in southwestern Alberta, Canada. It is named for Princess Louise, the daughter of Queen Victoria and wife of the Marquess of Lorne (governor-general of Canada, 1878–83).
(Beyond This Horizon)

Lake of the Woods
Canadian Lake on the provincial border between Ontario and Manitoba; the southern shore of the lake abuts the United States border(North Dakota).

Lambs Club
Social/professional club for actors in New York City, founded in 1875. Many of the notables of Broadway have been members.
(Double Star)

lapis lazuli
Semiprecious stone with a deep blue color. Most lapis lazuli comes from mines in Badakhshan; northeastern Afghanistan; and Chile, where it is usually pale rather than deep blue.
(Number of the Beast, Time Enough for Love)

Las Vegas
Seat of Clark county, southeastern Nevada, and the principle city in the state. It is famous as a gambling resort and tourist destination. [Spanish, "the meadows"]

Four-year private co-educational boarding and day school five miles south of Princeton, New Jersey. Founded in 1810 as the Maidenhead Academy, in later years it was renamed Lawrenceville Classical and Commercial High School; the school was "refounded" in 1883 as The Lawrenceville School. Originally for boys only, the school began admitting girls in 1987.
("The Black Pits of Luna")

In the Gospel of John, a friend of Jesus whom Jesus restores to life four days after his death, at the urgent pleas of Lazarus' sisters Mary and Martha.
(Methuselah's Children, The Number of the Beast, Time Enough for Love, To Sail Beyond the Sunset)

Lorelei Lee
Character in the novel Gentlemen Prefer Blondes by American novelist and Hollywood screenwriter Anita Loos. The novel became the basis of a popular play, two musicals, and two films. The most famous portrayal of this archetypal "dumb blonde" was by Marilyn Monroe in the 1953 film.
(Number of the Beast, Time Enough for Love)

In Greek myth, the daughter of Thestius, king of Aetolia, and wife of Tyndareus, king of Lacedaemon. She was seduced by Zeus, who took the form of a swan to approach her. She was the mother of Helen of Troy; Clytemnestra, the wife of Agamemnon; and of the twins Castor and Pollux. In some variants of the myth, Castor was the son of her husband, and Pollux was the son of Zeus.
(Farmer in the Sky)

"Légion Étrangère"
Branch of the regular Armed Forces of France that accepts foreigners from any country in the world into its ranks. Founded by King Louis-Philippe (1773–1850, reigned 1793–1830) to control French colonial possessions in Africa, the legion established its headquarters at Sidi bel Abbès, Algeria. Its forces have fought or been stationed in such places as Spain, the Crimea, Italy, Mexico, Dahomey (now Benin), Morocco, Syria, and Indochina. The legion has been romanticized as a means of escaping an unpleasant past and establishing a new identity. [French, "foreign legion"]
(Starship Troopers)

Legion of Space
Novel written by Jack Williamson in the 1930s, which helped to define the genre of space opera.
(The Number of the Beast)

Simon Legree
The brutal slave owner in Harriet Beecher Stowe's anti-slavery novel Uncle Tom's Cabin. He has Tom whipped to death for refusing to betray the hiding place of two runaway women. The name has become a byword for cruel treatment of the people under one's authority.
(Time Enough for Love)

In 1924, the Russian city of St. Petersburg was renamed Leningrad in honor of Vladimir Lenin, first premier of the Soviet Union. After the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, the original name was restored. The surrounding province is still called Leningrad.
(The Cat Who Walks Through Walls, The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress)

Juan Ponce de León
(1460–1521) Spanish explorer who founded the first European settlement in Puerto Rico (1508–9), and discovered Florida (1513) while searching for a mythical fountain of youth.
(Glory Road, Tunnel in the Sky)

Lewis & Clark Expedition
First U.S. overland expedition to the Pacific coast and back, conducted under the leadership of Captain Meriwether Lewis and Lieutenant William Clark. They set out from St. Louis, Missouri, in 1804, traveled through North Dakota and Montana to the mouth of the Columbia River in what is now Washington State, and returned via the Marias, Yellowstone, and Missouri rivers to St. Louis in 1806.
(Time for the Stars, To Sail Beyond the Sunset)

Lexington, Kentucky
City in north-central Kentucky, coextensive with Fayette County. Named in 1775 for the Battle of Lexington, Massachusetts, it was chartered by the Virginia legislature in 1782.
(The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress)

Willy Ley
(1906–1969) German-born U.S. rocket scientist and writer. Ley founded the German Society for Space Travel in 1927, and helped develop the liquid-fuel rocket. He fled to the U.S.A. in 1935 rather than do weapons research for the Nazi government. Unable to find financial support for rocket research, he turned to writing about science from astronomy to zoology, and became widely known as a popularizer of science.
(Beyond This Horizon, "It's Great to Be Back!", Rocket Ship Galileo)

Island in the Visayan group of the Philippines, east of Cebu and Bohol across the Camotes Sea and southwest of Samar. The major cities are Ormoc and the port of Tacloban. Leyte was the site of a World War II battle in 1944, in which Allied forces expelled the Japanese from the island.
(Starship Troopers)

Country of North Africa on the Mediterranean Sea, bounded by Egypt (east), Sudan (southeast), Niger and Chad (south), and Tunisia and Algeria (west). Its capital is Banghazi (Benghazi) and its principal city is Tripoli (Tarabulus). Most of its territory is within the Sahara.
(The Red Planet)

Trygve Halvdan Lie
(1896–1968) Norwegian politician and diplomat, the first Secretary General of the United Nations (1946–52).
("The Long Watch", The Rolling Stones)

Abraham Lincoln
16th president of the United States (1861–65), who led the Union during the American Civil War. His entire presidential tenure was taken up with the Civil War, until his assassination in 1865 just days after the Confederacy surrendered.
(Citizen of the Galaxy)

Hans Lippershey
(c. 1570 – c. 1619; also called Jan Lippersheim or Hans Lippersheim) Spectacle maker from the Netherlands who is traditionally credited with inventing the telescope.
(Double Star)

Walter Lippman
(1889–1974) U.S. newspaper columnist and author who, during a 60-year career, was one of the most respected political commentators in the world. He was a co-founder of the liberal magazine The New Republic and an adviser to President Woodrow Wilson. His column in the New York Herald Tribune was syndicated in more than 250 newspapers in the United States and other nations, and won two Pulitzer Prizes (1958 and 1962).
(Stranger in a Strange Land)


Little America
Base in Antarctica for expeditions, located on the Ross Ice Shelf south of the Bay of Whales. Richard E. Byrd , a U.S. explorer, established and named Little America in 1929 and built bases on the same site in 1933-35, 1939-41, and 1946-48 for subsequent expeditions.

Little Lord Fauntleroy
Children's novel published in 1886 by Frances Hodgson Burnett (1849–1924), about a young boy, Cedric Errol, whose widowed American mother brings him to live with his irascible grandfather, a British nobleman who disinherited his son for marrying an American. Cedric's innocence and charm gradually wins the heart of his grandfather and the other people whom he and his mother meet in their new life. The book was far more popular with parents who appreciated Cedric's relentless goodness and golden curls far more than real-life children would. Today, the name is sometimes used to describe an overly precious, unnaturally well-behaved child.
(The Puppet Masters)

Seaport and industrial city in Lancashire, England, on the north shore of the Mersey estuary a few miles from the Irish Sea. King John of England granted a charter for the town in 1207.
(To Sail Beyond the Sunset)

Lochiel of Cameron
(1629–1719) Scottish Highland chieftain (from 1647 until his death) who fought repeatedly for the Stuart cause. He was knighted by Charles II in gratitude for his role in putting Charles on the throne of England. Following the overthrow of James II by William of Orange and Mary II, Lochiel joined the Jacobites, playing a key role in the 1689 victory over William's forces at Killiecrankie Pass, Perthshire.
(Starship Troopers)

Lockheed Martin Corporation
The Lockheed Aircraft Company was founded in 1926 by Allan Loughead. During World War II, Lockheed began a long association with the U.S. military; after the war, the company re-entered the civilian market but continued providing military craft. By the 1980s it was a major producer of rockets and ballistic missiles. Lockheed merged with Martin-Marietta in 1995 to form Lockheed Martin.

California-based magazine, owned by Charles N. Brown, that provides news about the science fiction community and reviews of new publications.
(The Number of the Beast)

In Norse myth, a trickster-god who had the ability to change his shape and sex. Although his father was the giant Fárbauti, he was included among the Aesir (the tribe of gods). Loki is presented both as the companion of the other gods, albeit an unpredictable one, and as their enemy; for example, he caused the death of Balder.
(Job: A Comedy of Justice)

Capital of the United Kingdom, in England on the River Thames about 50 miles (80 km) upstream from the North Sea. The city was founded by the Romans in the 1st century CE as Londinium, a military and trading base. Modern London comprises this original territory, Southwark on the south bank of the Thames, and Westminster upstream from London City.
(Between Planets)

London Times
One of Britain's oldest and most influential newspapers. It was Founded by John Walter in 1785 as The Daily Universal Register, and renamed The Times of London in 1788. It came to be seen as the epitome of the British establishment.
(Double Star, "If This Goes On—", Tunnel in the Sky)

Huey Long
(1893–1935) Governor of Louisiana and U.S. Senator. His combination of a populism, demagoguery, and autocracy made him popular with the voters, but also gained him powerful enemies. He was assassinated by assassinated by Carl Austin Weiss, whose father Long had attacked.
(Double Star)

R. A. Long Building
Office building constructed in the 1880s at Tenth and Grand Avenue in Kansas City, Missouri. It was built by Adam and John Long, who owned Long Brothers Grocery Company. It is now called the United Missouri Bank Building.
(Time Enough for Love)

Los Angeles, California
Seat of Los Angeles County in southern California. It was founded in 1781 by Spanish settlers who named it El Pueblo de la Reyna de los Angeles (the Town of the Queen of the Angels). Its territory was annexed by the United States in 1846.
("Blowups Happen", "The Man Who Sold the Moon", "The Roads Must Roll")

Los Angeles Daily News
Newspaper founded in 1911 as the Van Nuys Daily News. It was purchased in 1998 by MediaNews Group Inc. and continues to be published as the Los Angeles Daily News.
("Let There Be Light")

Howard Phillips Lovecraft
(1890–1937) American author of fantastic and macabre short novels and stories, one of the 20th-century masters of the Gothic tale of terror. His Cthulhu Mythos series of tales describe ordinary New Englanders' encounters with horrific extraterrestrial beings. His works include The Case of Charles Dexter Ward (1928), At the Mountains of Madness (1931), and The Shadow Over Innsmouth (1936).
(The Number of the Beast)

Percival Lowell
(1855–1916) American astronomer who predicted the existence of the planet Pluto from mathematical irregularities in the orbit of Uranus. Lowell's interest in astronomy began in the 1890s when he decided to devote himself to studying the planet Mars; he championed the theory that the lines observed through telescopes on Mars' surface were canals built by long-dead intelligent beings.
(Podkayne of Mars, The Red Planet, Space Cadet)

In Greek and Roman myth, the morning star (the planet Venus at dawn), personified as a male figure bearing a torch. Lucifer was transformed in Christian myth into the angel who led the rebellion against God, and was cast into Hell and renamed Satan, Prince of Evil. [Latin, "light bearer"; from Greek phosphorus or eosphorus]
(Job: A Comedy of Justice, The Rolling Stones, Space Cadet)

Athenian school founded by Aristotle in 335 BCE. Its name has come to refer to public lectures or discussions on educational topics.

Lyle is the maiden name of Robert Heinlein's mother, Bam Lyle Heinlein.

Comedy by the ancient Greek playwright Aristophanes, in which the women of Greece, tired of the endless fighting between the cities, refuse to have sex with their husbands until the men end the war.
("Delilah and the Space Rigger", The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress)


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