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

Thomas Paine
(1737–1809) English immigrant to the American colonies, a political pamphleteer whose "Common Sense" and "Crisis" inspired support for the American War for Independence. His Rights of Man began as a defense of the French Revolution and evolved into an analysis of the evils of arbitrary government, poverty, illiteracy, unemployment, and war.
(Double Star, "If This Goes On—", Time for the Stars)

Palomar Observatory
Astronomical observatory located on Mount Palomar, about 40 miles (65 km) north-northeast of San Diego, California. It was founded in 1948 by the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena and was operated jointly with the Mount Wilson Observatory as the Hale Observatories until 1980.
("Delilah and the Space Rigger")

Peter Pan
Hero of the play by Sir James Barrie, Peter Pan, the Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up, which was first produced in 1904. Peter and the other "lost boys" — live in Never-Never Land, amidst pirates, mermaids, Indians, fairies, and a vengeful crocodile; the boys never grow up so long as they remain in the magical realm. Peter brings Wendy, John, and Michael Darling to Never-Never Land, and the boys beg Wendy to stay with them and be their mother. But at the end of their adventures they return to the everyday world while Peter chooses to remain a child forever.
(Methuselah's Children)

Paoli, Pennsylvania
Part of the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-New Jersey metro area, located in Chester County between Devon and Exton along Highway 30 near the Schuylkill River.
(Stranger in a Strange Land)

Capital of French Polynesia, on the northwest coast of Tahiti. It had become a trading port and a favorite port of call for whalers by 1829, and is a major transportation center today.
(Job: A Comedy of Justice)

Paradise, Arizona
Mining town in Cochise County, now a ghost town. The town's post office opened in 1901 and was discontinued in 1943; the mine had closed in 1907.
("Blowups Happen", To Sail Beyond the Sunset)

Member of a low caste in India, often called "untouchable" by members of higher castes. The word originally referred to the Paraiyan, a Tamil caste of laborers and village servants of low status. Traditionally, groups considered "untouchable" held occupations that life involved polluting activities, such as taking life (fishermen), dealing with dead cattle, or coming into contact with human emissions (street sweepers and launderers). To speakers of English, the term often means one who is shunned for social or political reasons.
("If This Goes On—")

Capital of France, located in the north-central part of the country on the River Seine about 233 miles (375 kilometers) upstream from the English Channel. The city was founded more than 2,000 years ago on an island (the Île de la Cité) in the Seine; the modern city has spread from the island and far beyond both banks of the river. Paris is the leading industrial city of France, and has long been considered a cultural center of Europe.
(Double Star, I Will Fear No Evil)

Frederick Maxfield Parrish
(1870–1966) U.S. illustrator and painter who produced many posters, magazine covers, and book and advertising illustrations. Parrish is best known for his depictions of fantasy landscapes populated by young women. His artistic style is characterized by luminous colors and meticulous attention to detail.
(To Sail Beyond the Sunset)

Pass Christian, Mississippi
City in Harrison County in southeastern Mississippi, just west-southwest of Gulfport on the Mississippi Sound. It is named for the deepwater channel known as Christian's Pass, which links the Gulf of Mexico with Lake Pontchartrain; this channel was named for explorer Christian L'Adnier, who is believed to have navigated it in 1699. Originally settled by the French and Spanish, Pass Christian became a trading center with the opening of the Mississippi Territory.
(The Puppet Masters)

General George Smith Patton Jr.
(1885–1945; called "Old Blood and Guts") General who led the U.S. Army's advance through France and into Germany in 1944 and early 1945 during World War II. Acclaimed for his military victories, he was also controversial because of his high-handed manner and his public criticisms of the Allies' postwar policies.
(To Sail Beyond the Sunset)


Luanna Pauline
A reference to Spider and Jeanne Robinson and their daughter, Terri Luanna da Silva. Spider's "real" name has occasionally been incorrectly reported as Paul. Jeanne founded the Nova Dance Theatre in Halifax, Nova Scotia; her choreography incorporated theater into the dance routines. The "low-gravity ballet" is also a nod to the Robinsons' Hugo- and Nebula-winning novella "Stardance". [Information provided by Spider Robinson.]
(The Cat Who Walks Through Walls)

Peace Corps
U.S. government program founded by President John F. Kennedy in 1961 to give development assistance to other countries by providing skilled volunteers for projects in education, agriculture, health, trade, technology, and community development.
(The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress)

Pedro I
(1798–1834) First emperor of Brazil (1822–1831); also King Pedro IV of Portugal. The son of King John VI, he fled with the rest of the royal family to Brazil when Napoleon conquered Portugal in 1807. He remained there as regent when King John returned to Portugal in 1821. He declared Brazil's independence in 1822 after his father ordered him to return to Portugal.
(Citizen of the Galaxy, Podkayne of Mars, Time for the Stars)

Constellation visible in the northern hemisphere during the fall. It is named for the winged horse of Greek myth that was tamed and ridden by the hero Perseus.
(Space Cadet, Starman Jones)

Any of several species of water birds constituting the family Pelecanidae, characterized by large, elastic throat pouches. These birds inhabit lakes, rivers, and seacoasts in many parts of the world. Pelicans eat fish by scooping them into the extensible throat pouch (they do not store the fish in the pouch, but swallow them immediately).
(The Star Beast)

State in northeastern Brazil, near the eastern tip of the South American coastline's bulge into the Atlantic Ocean. It is bounded by the Atlantic (east), and by the states of Alagoas and Bahia (south), Piauí (west), and Ceará and Para&iacuate;ba (north). The state capital is Recife. The first permanent European settlement of Pernambuco was founded by Duarte Coelho Pereira at Olinda in 1535. The Dutch occupied the region from 1630 to 1654 and founded a town at the location of modern-day Recife. The Portuguese took over the territory in 1654. Pernambuco became a state of the Brazilian Republic in 1891.
(I Will Fear No Evil)

In Greek myth, the daughter of Zeus, the chief god, and of Demeter, the goddess of agriculture. She was the wife of Hades, king of the underworld. According to the myth, Hades carried Persephone off by force, and Demeter, in her grief and outrage, neglected her duties so that the Earth became barren. Zeus, therefore, commanded Hades to return Persephone to her mother. But because Persephone had eaten pomegranate seeds during her time in the underworld, she could not return permanently to the land of the living. This myth accounts for the seasons; during Persephone's time in the underworld, the world is bleak and cold, with nothing growing.

John Joseph Pershing
(1860–1948; called "Black Jack" Pershing) U.S. commander of the American Expeditionary Force (AEF) in World War I, and army chief of staff from 1921 until 1924.
(To Sail Beyond the Sunset)

Tsar Peter I
(1672–1725; full name Pyotr Alekseyevich, called Peter the Great) Tsar of Russia, who reigned 1682 until 1725. He was proclaimed emperor in 1721. He transferred the capital to St. Petersburg to involve Russia more with the rest of Europe; completely reformed the Russian government and military system; and increased the power of the monarchy at the expense of the nobles and the Orthodox Church.
(Time for the Stars)

Gaius Petronius Arbiter
(d. 66 CE; original name Titus Petronius Niger) Reputed author of the Satyricon, a satirical portrait of Roman society of the 1st century CE. He served as governor of the Asian province of Bithynia, and was the Roman consul in 62 or 63. He became a member of the emperor Nero's inner circle; but having earned the enmity of the commander of the emperor's guard, he was accused of complicity in a conspiracy to assassinate Nero and was forced to commit suicide.
(The Door Into Summer)

Petticoat Lane
Location of a market in the East End of London, England. It was established around 1600 CE by Huguenot lacemakers, and still attracts visitors from all over the world.
(The Cat Who Walks Through Walls)

City in southeastern Pennsylvania, situated at the confluence of the Delaware and Schuylkill rivers. It was founded by a Quaker, William Penn, in 1681; its name is from the Greek for "city of brotherly love". Philadelphia was the largest city in Colonial America, and played a central role in the American War for Independence and the early United States; both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were drafted and signed there.
(The Puppet Masters, "The Roads Must Roll")

Philadelphia Phillies
U.S. baseball team formed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1883, a member of the National League.
(The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress)

The inner and larger of the two moons of Mars. It is an irregular, heavily cratered body that measures 16.5 miles (26.6 km) across at its widest point, and circles Mars west to east every 7.65 in a nearly circular orbit at a distance of 5,814 miles (9,378 km) from the surface. The moon is named for the son of the Greek war god, Ares, by the goddess Aphrodite; [Greek phobos, "panic"]
(Podkayne of Mars, The Rolling Stones)

In myths originating in Egypt, a bird that dies and is reborn, symbolizing immortality. Only one phoenix exists at a time. After an extremely long life, it builds its own funeral pyre and immolates itself; the new phoenix arises miraculously from the ashes.
(Glory Road)

Physical Review
Professional journal published by the American Physical Society since 1893 "for the advancement and diffusion of the knowledge of physics".
(Time for the Stars)

A temporary or secondary dwelling, for example an apartment maintained by someone whose primary residence is in the country, for use during trips to the city. [French, "foot to the ground"]

John Robinson Pierce
(1910– ) U.S. communications engineer whose inventions contributed significantly to the creation of the communications satellite. Pierce became a professor of engineering at California Institute of Technology in 1971, and chief technologist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in 1979. He has published science-fiction stories under the pseudonym J.J. Coupling. His nonfiction works include Traveling-wave Tubes (1950) and Symbols, Signals and Noise (1961).
(The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress, The Number of the Beast)

Pikes Peak
Mountain in the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains in El Paso County, Colorado, near Colorado Springs. It is named for explorer Zebulon Pike. At 14,110 feet (4,301 mi), it ranks 32nd among Colorado peaks.
(Have Space Suit — Will Travel, The Puppet Masters, The Rolling Stones, Space Cadet, To Sail Beyond the Sunset)

In general, a person who travels to a shrine or holy place. In U.S. history, one of the religious separatists that founded Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts in 1620. The settlers did not call themselves Pilgrims; the name Pilgrim Fathers was first used by Daniel Webster in 1820, in an oration commemorating Plymouth's founding.
(Farmer in the Sky, "If This Goes On—")

pillar of fire
According to the Biblical book of Genesis (13:21–22), Yahweh led the Israelites through the desert by appearing before them as a pillar of cloud by day, and a pillar of fire by night.
(The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress)

Pitcairn Island
Volcanic island in the south-central Pacific Ocean, 1,350 miles (2,170 km) southeast of Tahiti. It is the only inhabited island of the British colony consisting of Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie, and Oeno Islands. It was discovered in 1767 and named for the sailor who first sighted it. Its population is descended from the mutineers of the British ship HMS Bounty and their Tahitian companions.
(Time Enough for Love)

One of the primary ores of uranium, containing 50 to 80 percent of that element. Deposits have been found in Congo; the Czech Republic; England; the Northwest Territories and Saskatchewan in Canada; and Arizona, Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, and Utah in the United States.
("Blowups Happen")

Seat of Allegheny County in southwestern Pennsylvania, where the Monongahela and Allegheny Rivers converge to become the Ohio River. After wresting the territory from the French, the British built Fort Pitt in 1761. Pittsburgh was laid out in 1764 in the area around the fort.
(Time Enough for Love)

Any of the discrete elements of light or color that together form an image on a television screen or computer monitor. The pixel is also the unit of measure for such images.
(The Cat Who Walks Through Walls, To Sail Beyond the Sunset)

(Also spelled pixy) In English folklore, a mischievous spirit or fairy that dresses in green and dances in the moonlight. Pixies delight in leading travelers astray.
(Double Star)

Plato Crater
Crater located near the north pole of the Moon; it is about 95 kilometers (57 miles) in diameter. Plato first sees sunlight not long after the first quarter. It was the landing site for the Apollo 14 lunar mission.
(The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress)

Playboy Club
Chain of nightclubs founded by Hugh Hefner in association with his Playboy magazine. The clubs were famous for the "Playboy bunny" waitresses, who dressed in outfits resembling strapless one-piece swimsuits, with fishnet stockings, stiletto heels, and headbands sporting rabbit ears. The first Playboy Club opened in Chicago in 1960 and quickly became the busiest nightclub in the world. The chain spread worldwide, but changing tastes and economic conditions eventually diminished their popularity and profits; the last surviving Playboy Club closed in 1991.
(The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress)

Outermost of the nine planets in Earth's solar system (although its eccentric orbit crosses Uranus' orbit, so that sometimes Pluto is closer to the sun); its average distance from the sun is about 3.7 billion miles (5.9 billion km). The planet is only two-thirds the size of Earth's moon. It rotates on its axis every 6.387 Earth days, and orbits the sun every 248 Earth years. Its one satellite, Charon, was discovered in 1978. It was discovered in 1930 by the American astronomer Clyde W. Tombaugh, based on calculations by Percival Lowell and William H. Pickering, and named for the Roman god of the underworld.
(Have Space Suit — Will Travel, Starship Troopers)

A triple star, Alpha Ursae Minoris, located at the end of the "handle" in the Little Dipper in the constellation Ursa Minor. It is called the Northern Star or pole star because it appears to be aligned with Earth's north pole.
("Delilah and the Space Rigger", Starship Troopers)

Jeanne-Antoinette Poisson, Marquise de Pompadour
(1721–1764) Mistress of King Louis XV of France. She wielded considerable political influence by acting as a liaison between petitioners and the king. She founded the royal porcelain factory at Sèvres, and was a notable patron of literature and the arts, particularly of the writer and philosopher Voltaire. (The Cat Who Walks Through Walls, Have Space Suit — Will Travel, I Will Fear No Evil)

Marco Polo
(c. 1254–1324) Venetian merchant and adventurer who traveled from Europe to Asia in 1271–95, remaining in China for 17 of those years. His memoir of the journey, known in English as Travels of Marco Polo, is a classic of travel literature.
(Time for the Stars)

Islands in the east-central Pacific Ocean defined by the ethnic and linguistic identity of their inhabitants. They include Samoa; the Cook Islands; Tahiti and the other Society Islands; the Marquesas Islands; the Austral Islands; the Tuamotu Archipelago; Niue; the islands of Tokelau; Tuvalu; the islands of Tonga and of Wallis and Futuna; the Hawaiian Islands; and Pitcairn Island. New Zealand's original inhabitants, the Maori, are also Polynesian; Fiji is sometimes included in Polynesia because of the proportion of its population that is Polynesian.
(Job: A Comedy of Justice)

Ancient city of Campania, Italy, 14 miles (23 km) southeast of Naples, at the southeastern base of Mount Vesuvius north of the mouth of the Sarno River. Pompeii was destroyed by the violent eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79. The ashfall preserved the city so thoroughly that it is an archeological treasure trove, providing detailed and unique information about everyday life in imperial Rome.
(I Will Fear No Evil)

(Also called Pune) City in Maharashtra state in western India, at the junction of the Mula and Mutha rivers. It was the capital of the Bhonsle Marathas in the 17th century. Poona was temporarily captured by the Mughals but again became the official Maratha capital from 1714 until its capture by the British in 1817.
(The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress)

Aleksandr Stepanovich Popov
(1859–1905) Physicist and electrical engineer acclaimed in Russia as the inventor of radio. Although inventor Guglielmo Marconi's invention preceded Popov's, Popov built his first receiver in 1895 without knowledge of Marconi's work. Popov is credited with the first use of an antenna to transmit and receive radio waves.
(The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress)

Daily newspaper, published in Moscow and distributed nationwide, that was the official organ of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union from 1918 to 1991. It was founded in 1912 in St. Petersburg as a workers' daily. After the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the paper became the voice of conservative-nationalist politics, but suffered steadily declining readership. It ceased publication in July 1996. [Russian, "truth"]
(The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress, The Number of the Beast)

Prince Edward Island
One of the maritime provinces of Canada, an island located across the Northumberland Strait from Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. Prince Edward Island became the seventh province of Canada in 1867. Its capital, Charlottetown, is named for the wife of King George III.

Prince of Wales
The traditional title of the heir to the British throne. According to an apocryphal story, King Edward I, after completing his conquest of Wales, promised the Welsh "a prince born in Wales, who does not speak a word of English" — then brought his pregnant wife to Wales, and bestowed the title Prince of Wales on the son born soon thereafter.
(Starman Jones)

Princeton, New Jersey
City in Mercer County in western New Jersey, on the Millstone River northeast of Trenton. It is the site of Princeton University. The area was settled by Quakers in 1696. First called Stony Brook, it was renamed in 1724 to honor William III of England.
(Have Space Suit — Will Travel)

In Greek myth, a bandit dwelling in Attica. He had an iron bed on which he made his victims lie. If the victim was shorter than the bed, Procrustes stretched him to fit; if the victim was longer than the bed, he cut off the legs to match the bed's length. Procrustes was ultimately slain by the young Attic hero Theseus. "Procrustean" has come to mean forcing someone to meet an arbitrary and unreasonable or unnatural standard.
(To Sail Beyond the Sunset)

Alpha Canis Minoris, the brightest star in the northern constellation Canis Minor (the Lesser Dog). It is a yellow-white binary star about 11 light-years from Earth. [Derived from Greek, "before the dog"]
(The Star Beast)

In Greek myth, the Titan who stole fire from the gods on Mount Olympus to give to humans. In some stories he is credited with teaching all the arts and sciences to humans. His name means "foresight".
(Friday, "The Menace from Earth")

Promised Land
In the Biblical book of Exodus, the land to which Yahweh led the Israelites, so that they could conquer the inhabitants and claim the land as their own home. The land is usually identified as Canaan.
(The Cat Who Walks Through Walls)

In Greek myth, shepherd of the sea's flocks (e.g., seals). He had prophetic powers, but those who wished to consult him had to surprise and bind him during his noonday slumber. When caught, he would try to escape by assuming many different shapes. If his captor held him fast, the god at last returned to his proper shape, gave the wished-for answer, and then plunged into the sea.
(The Door Into Summer)

Proxima Centauri
One of three stars that comprise the triple star Alpha Centauri. A red dwarf, it is the star closest to the Sun, at 4.3 light-years distance. Alpha Centauri forms one of the forehooves in the southern constellation Centaurus.
(Orphans of the Sky)

1. The traditional territory of the Prussian people on the southeastern coast of the Baltic Sea, which was ruled by Poland and Germany during the Middle Ages; 2. the kingdom ruled from 1701 by the German Hohenzollern dynasty with Berlin as its capital, which seized much of northern Germany and western Poland in the 18th and 19th centuries and united Germany under its leadership in 1871; and 3. the German state created in 1918, which included most of the former kingdom and which was abolished in 1947 as part of the political reorganization of Germany after World War II.

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