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

Nairobi, Kenya
Capital of Kenya, situated in the south-central part of the country. The city was founded in the late 1890s as a colonial railway settlement, taking its name from a water hole known to the Masai people as Enkare Nairobi ("cold water"). It became the capital of the British East Africa Protectorate in 1905, and remained the national capital when Kenya achieved its independence.

Nashville, Tennessee
Capital of Tennessee and seat of Davidson county, in the north-central part of the state on the Cumberland River. Richard Henderson of North Carolina purchased most of middle Tennessee and Kentucky from the Cherokee Indians in 1775; a surveying party established a settlement. The area was incorporated as the town of Nashville in 1784. In April 1963 the city of Nashville and Davidson county were consolidated. They are officially known as Nashville-Davidson city.
(The Day After Tomorrow)

National Rare Blood Club
Organization created by the Associated Health Foundation to maintain a list of blood donors to contact when hospitals need donations of rare blood types.
(I Will Fear No Evil)

Nature of the Physical World
Book by Sir Arthur Stanley Eddington (1882–1944), published in 1929 by Macmillan (New York) and University Press (Cambridge, England). [Library of Congress call number Q175.E3]
(Rocket Ship Galileo)

The name of the submarine commanded by Captain Nemo in Jules Verne's novel 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. It is named for a genus of mollusk that features a chambered shell.
(Between Planets)

neap tide
Tide of minimum range (least difference between high and low tides), which occurs at the first and third quarters of the moon. Because of the moon's position relative to the sun, the gravitational pull of the moon and sun tend to counteract each other, reducing the effect on the movement of the water.
(Between Planets)

Neckar River
A tributary of the Rhine River in southwestern Germany. It rises in the Black Forest near Schwenningen am Neckar, flows north and northeast past Swabian Jura, through Stuttgart, and follows a winding path to Heidelberg and then to Mannheim, where it enters the Rhine.
(The Number of the Beast)

Horatio Nelson, Viscount Nelson
(1758–1805) British naval commander in the wars with France, particularly against Napoleon Bonaparte. He won crucial victories in the Battle of the Nile (1798) and the Battle of Trafalgar (1805). He was killed by enemy fire at Trafalgar.

Landlocked, mountainous country of southern Asia, bordered by Chinese Tibet and the Himalayas (north) and by India (east, south, and west). The capital is Kathmandu.

Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus
(37–68; original name Lucius Domitius Ahenobarbus, also called Claudius Drusus Germanicus) The fifth Roman emperor (54–68), stepson and heir of the emperor Claudius. He became infamous for his personal debaucheries and extravagances. When much of Rome burned in 64 CE, Nero was widely suspected of having caused the fire in order to clear the land for the vast palace he built soon afterward.
(Job: A Comedy of Justice)

New Delhi
India's capital since 1912, situated in the north-central part of the country. It is adjacent to the older city of Delhi.
(Starship Troopers)

New Jersey
One of the original 13 states of the United States of America, on the coast in the Middle Atlantic region. It is surrounded by New York state (north); the Atlantic Ocean (east); the Hudson River (northeast); and Delaware River and Bay (west), which form the border with Pennsylvania and Delaware. The first European settlements were fortified Dutch and Swedish trading posts along the Hudson and Delaware rivers. When the English took control of the region from the Dutch in 1664, they divided the region into East Jersey and West Jersey in 1676, reuniting them as a royal colony in 1702 under the governor of New York and then as a separate colony with its own governor as 1738. After the American War for Independence, New Jersey was the third state to ratify the United States Constitution, in 1787.
("The Roads Must Roll")

New York City
Largest city in the United States, on the Atlantic coast at the mouths of the Hudson and East River. Its boroughs encompass Manhattan and Staten Islands, the western portion of Long Island, and a small part of the New York (state) mainland. With its large and ethnically diverse population, role in world finance and trade, cultural institutions, and history as an entry point for immigrants to the U.S., New York is one of the most important cities in the world.
(Farmer in the Sky, "The Green Hills of Earth", "Space Jockey", Tunnel in the Sky)

New York Yankees
Baseball team whose home stadium is Yankee Stadium, in the Bronx, New York City. The team was established in 1903 when Frank Farrell and Bill Devery purchased the Baltimore franchise of the American League moved the team to Manhattan.
(The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress)

New Yorker
Weekly magazine founded in 1925 by Harold Ross, who was its editor until his death in 1951. The magazine is famous for its famous for its varied literary fare and humor: short fiction, essays, foreign affairs, biography, comic drawings, and detailed reviews of cinema, books, theater, and other arts.
(Stranger in a Strange Land)

New Ways of War
Book by Thomas Henry Wintringham (1898–1949), published in 1940 by Penguin Books (New York) and Harmondsworth (Middlesex, England). [Library of Congress call number U167.W5]
(Farnham's Freehold)

New York Times
Daily newspaper founded in 1851 in New York City. Largely because of its international circulation and the amount of national and world news it carries relative to other newspapers, it is frequently cited as the "newspaper of record".
(Have Space Suit — Will Travel, "It's Great to Be Back!", "The Long Watch", The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress, Time Enough for Love)

New Zealand
Nation in the south Pacific Ocean southeast of Australia. Its territory consists of two main islands — the North and South, separated by the Cook Strait — and a number of small islands. The capital is Wellington. First settled by Polynesians, New Zealand was discovered by the Dutch explorer Abel Tasman in 1642. It was considered part of Polynesia until it was annexed by Great Britain in 1840. It became an independent nation in 1947 and is part of the Commonwealth. The Maori name for the island group is Aotearoa.

Simon Newcomb
(1835–1909) Canadian-born American astronomer and mathematician whose work on the orbital motion of the planets provided the basis for nautical and astronomical almanacs (ephemerides).
(Job: A Comedy of Justice)

Sir Isaac Newton
(1642–1727) English physicist and mathematician who devised revolutionary theories in optics, mechanics, and mathematics. His three laws of motion are the basis for modern physics. After retiring as a fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, Sir Isaac served as warden of the Royal Mint from 1696, and was president of the Royal Society [of scientists] from 1703 until his death. He was knighted in 1705, becoming the first person to receive this honor for scientific achievements.
(Between Planets, Friday, The Number of the Beast)

Friedrich Nietzsche
(1844–1900) German philosopher who was an impassioned critic of the predominant beliefs of his time, especially of Christianity, nationalism, and conformism. His analysis of the consequences of the Enlightenment led him to his famous (or infamous) pronouncement, "God is dead." His writings include Thus Spake Zarathustra (first three parts published 1883–84) and Beyond Good and Evil (1886).
(Farnham's Freehold, Stranger in a Strange Land)

Florence Nightingale
(1820–1910) Founder of professional nursing. She became famous during the Crimean War (1854–1856) for reforming the military field hospitals, developing standards for sanitation and nursing care. She established the Nightingale School for Nurses in 1860 in London, England, and used her fame as an authority on nursing and hospital care to campaign for reforms in public health and improvement of professional standards in nursing.
(Farmer in the Sky)

Alfred Bernhard Nobel
(1833–1896) Swedish chemist, engineer, and industrialist who invented dynamite and other explosives. A pacifist, he hoped that the destructive power of his inventions would cause the world to see the ultimate dangers of war and thus put an end to war. He bequeathed the bulk of his fortune to a trust that funds the Nobel prizes for science, medicine, literature and peace.
(Space Cadet)

In the Biblical book of Genesis (4:16), after Cain murdered Abel, he went into exile to the "land of Nod, east of Eden". Nod means "wandering".
("If This Goes On—")

Nogales, Arizona
Seat of Santa Cruz County in southern Arizona on the border with Mexico. It was originally called Issaactown, for Jacob Issaacson, who built an inn at Nogales Pass before the Southern Pacific Railroad reached the area in 1882. The town was renamed Nogales for its walnut (Spanish, nogal) trees. The Mexican city of Nogales (Sonora state) is directly across the border.
(Job: A Comedy of Justice)

Philip Nolan
Protagonist of "The Man Without a Country", written in 1863 by Edward Everett Hale. Nolan is a Navy lieutenant who becomes involved in Aaron Burr's conspiracy. During his trial for treason, he incautiously says that he wishes he may never hear of the United States again. The judge, shocked by this outburst, sentences him to live his life on Naval vessels, forbidden to have any news of the United States or even pictures or maps. Nolan dies in 1863, bitterly regretting the loss of his homeland.
("Space Jockey")

Nome, Alaska
Seaport in western Alaska, on the south Seward Peninsula shore of the Bering Sea. The site was first settled as a miners' camp, called Anvil City, during the Gold Rush, and was later renamed for Cape Nome.
(The Door Into Summer)

County in eastern England, bounded by Suffolk (south), Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire (west), and the North Sea (north and east).
(The Number of the Beast)

Province in northern France along the coast of the English channel. The Allied invasion of western Europe, which ultimately drove the Germans out of the territories they'd conquered, began on the beaches of Normandy on June 6, 1944.
(Starship Troopers)

"No sparrow shall fall"
In the Gospels of Matthew (10:29) and Luke (12:6), Jesus assures his disciples that God will provide all their needs by asserting that even so insignificant a creature as a sparrow could not fall to the ground without God being aware of it.
("If This Goes On—")

Nu Pegasi
Orange star of magnitude 4.9, in the northern constellation Pegasus.

Belief system based on the Pythagorean idea that numbers have mystic significance and all things can be expressed in numeric values. In the modern system, the letters in a name or phrase are assigned numeric values, and the combination of values interpreted according to their occult meanings.
(Job: A Comedy of Justice)

A representative of the Vatican, accredited as an ambassador to a civil government that maintains official diplomatic relations with the Holy See. Besides fulfilling diplomatic responsibilities, he reports to the Pope on the Roman Catholic church in the region.
(Stranger in a Strange Land)

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