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
From the real world:  
a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w xyz

A Heinlein Concordance 2004 M.E.Cowan

Oak Ridge, Tennessee
City in eastern Tennessee that was the headquarters for the Manhattan Project, the top-secret project during World War II to develop atomic weapons.
(Space Cadet)

Occam's Razor
(Also spelled Ockham's Razor; also called Law of Economy, or Law of Parsimony) Principle espoused by William of Ockham (12851347?) that the simplest explanation of an entity or event is to be preferred over more complicated theories: Pluralitas non est ponenda sine necessitate, "Plurality should not be posited without necessity."
(Tunnel in the Sky)

October Revolution
(October 2425 [Old Style], 1917) Also called the Bolshevik Revolution; the second phase of the Russian Revolution of 1917, in which the Bolshevik Party seized power in Russia to found the Soviet regime.
(The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress)

The Odyssey
Epic poem, attributed to the ancient Greek poet Homer, about the 10-year voyage of King Odysseus of Ithaca. Setting off for home at the end of the Trojan War, Odysseus offends the god Poseidon, who causes a shipwreck and throws other obstacles in Odysseus' path to prevent him from arriving home. Surviving numerous perils from the monstrous Cyclops to the deadly lure of the Sirens and the seductions of Circe, Odysseus arrives home to find his wife Penelope besieged by suitors determined to force her to declare her husband dead and take one of them as her husband (and thus the new king of Ithaca); she, however, is determined to remain faithful and proctect the kingdom from usurpers. Odysseus slays all the suitors and reclaims his wife and kingdom.
(Farnham's Freehold)

In Greek myth, a naiad (water nymph), daughter of the River Asopos. The river Oeroe, a tributary of the Asopos River in Boeotia, Greece, is named for her.
(The Red Planet)

Charles Kay Ogden
(18891957) British writer and linguist who originated Basic English, a simplified system of the English language using only 850 words. The system was intended as a uniform, standardized means of international communication. With linguist I.A. Richards, he co-authored The Meaning of Meaning (1923), formulating a theory of language based on modern psychological research. His other books include Basic Vocabulary (1930), Basic English (1930), and The System of Basic English (1934).

Constituent state of the United States of America, bordered by Kansas (north), Missouri and Arkansas (east), and Texas (south and west); its northwest corner abuts New Mexico. The capital is Oklahoma City. The word Oklahoma is derived from two Choctaw words meaning "red people".
("Blowups Happen", I Will Fear No Evil)

"Old MacDonald Had a Farm"
Children's song in which each verse mentions an animal or other item on the farm, and describes the sound it makes, for example
Old MacDonald had a farm, e-i-e-i-o
And on this farm he had a pig, e-i-e-i-o
With an oink, oink here and an oink, oink there
Here and oink, there an oink
Everywhere where an oink oink
Old MacDonald had a farm, e-i-e-i-o
(The Cat Who Walks Through Walls)

Home of the ancient Olympic Games in southern Greece, located near the western coast of the Peloponnese peninsula, 10 miles (16 km) inland from the Ionian Sea, near the confluence of the Alpheus (Alfios) and Cladeus (Kladios) rivers.

Omaha, Nebraska
Seat of Douglas County in eastern Nebraska, on the west bank of the Missouri River opposite Council Bluffs, Iowa. It was founded in 1854, named for a local native tribe. President Lincoln named it the capital of the Nebraska territory, but the capital was moved to the city of Lincoln when Nebraska became a state.

"Onward, Christian Soldiers"
Hymn composed by Sir Arthur Sullivan in 1871, for lyrics written by Sabine Baring-Gould in 1864 based on Matthew 16:18.
(The Number of the Beast)

On Guerrilla Warfare
Book written by Chinese leader Mao Zedong in 1937, based on his experiences fighting Japanese occupation of China. [Library of Congress call number U240.M343]
(Farnham's Freehold)

Julius Robert Oppenheimer
U.S. theoretical physicist who was director of the Los Alamos laboratory during development of the atomic bomb (194345), and director of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton (194766).
("Delilah and the Space Rigger")

Orinoco River
South American river that flows for some 1,700 miles (2,740 km) from its source in the Guiana Highlands along the border between Colombia and Venezuela, then through Venezuela to the Atlantic Ocean on the northeast cost of South America. The name is derived from Guarauno words meaning "a place to paddle".
("Let There Be Light")

City in north-central France, south-southwest of Paris on the banks of the Loire River on the edge of the Beauce plain. It derives its name from the Roman Aurelianum. During the reign of the emperor under Charlemagne, it became an intellectual capital; and in the 10th and 11th centuries it was the most important city in France after Paris.

(Also spelled Ormazd or Ormizd) The modern Persian form of Ahura Mazda, the Good Spirit of the Zoroastrian religion. In this dualistic religion, Ahura Mazda is opposed to Ahriman, the spirit of darkness and evil.
(Time Enough for Love)

The Marais des Cygnes River that rises near Eskridge, Kansas, becomes the Osage River near Rich Hill, Missouri, and flows east into the Missouri River near Jefferson City, Missouri. The Osage is named for the native tribe that lived along its banks until the early 19th century.
(To Sail Beyond the Sunset)

City in south-central Honshu, Japan, along Osaka Bay at the eastern end of the Inland Sea, on the delta of the Yodo River. With nearby Kobe and Kyoto, it is a center of the Keihanshin Industrial Zone.
(To Sail Beyond the Sunset)

Our Lady of Mercy
One of the titles and attributes of Mary, the mother of Jesus.
(I Will Fear No Evil)

Our Lady of Sorrows
One of the titles and attributes of Mary, the mother of Jesus.
(Job: A Comedy of Justice)

In ancient Greece and Egypt, the representation of a serpent with its tail in its mouth, continually devouring itself. The serpent symbolizes eternity, the endless cycle of destruction and re-creation.
(To Sail Beyond the Sunset)

Outdoor Life
Magazine devoted to outdoor sports and recreation, particularly to hunting and fishing. It was founded by J.A. McGuire in 1898.
(Farnham's Freehold)

"Over the Rainbow"
Song featured in the film version of The Wizard of Oz. It became a signature tune for actress/singer Judy Garland, who was Dorothy in the film.
(The Number of the Beast)

Oxford Book of English Verse
Anthology of English poetry, of which the first edition was published in 1900 by Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch. This edition included poems written from the 13th century through the 19th, including from colonial America and Ireland. The book has been updated and reissued regularly. [Library of Congress call number PR1175.O9]
(Farnham's Freehold)

University of Oxford
Institution of higher education at Oxford, Oxfordshire, England. Sketchy evidence indicates that schools existed at Oxford by the early 12th century. The university was well established by the end of that century, and was chartered by the king in the 13th century. Oxford was modeled on the University of Paris, with faculties of theology, law, medicine, and the liberal arts. Oxford's curriculum was modernized in the 20th century, but it retained its traditional organization of colleges as primarily defining residences rather than curricula. The colleges include University (established 1249), Balliol (1263), Merton (1264), St. Edmund Hall (1278), Worcester (1283), Exeter (1314), Oriel (1326), Queen's (1340), New (1379), Lincoln (1427), All Souls (1438), Magdalen (1458), Brasenose (1509), Corpus Christi (1517), Christ Church (1546), Trinity (155455), St. John's (1555), Jesus (1571), Wadham (1612), Pembroke (1624), Keble (1868), Hertford (1874), Lady Margaret Hall (1878), St. Anne's (1879), Somerville (1879), St. Hugh's (1886), St. Hilda's (1893), Nuffield (1937), St. Peter's (1947), St. Antony's (1950), St. Catherine's (1962), Linacre (1962), St. Cross (1965), Wolfson (1966), and Green (1979).
(Space Cadet)


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