A Heinlein Concordance

created by M. E. Cowan

Robert A Heinlein

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A Heinlein Concordance ©2004 M.E.Cowan

Sacramento, California
Capital of California and seat of Sacramento County. It is located in the Central Valley at the confluence of the Sacramento and American rivers. John Augustus Sutter established the colony of New Helvetia there in 1839. His son laid out the present city on the site in 1848.
("The Roads Must Roll")

Donatien-Alphonse-François, Marquis de Sade
(1740–1814) French nobleman whose perverse sexual preferences and erotic writings inspired the term sadism. His best-known work is the novel Justine (1791).
(Space Cadet)

Saint Louis
1. (1214–1270) Louis IX, king of France from 1226 to 1270. He led the Seventh Crusade (1248–50) and died during another crusade to Tunisia. He was canonized by the Roman Catholic Church in 1297.
2. See St. Louis.
(Citizen of the Galaxy)

Salt Lake City, Utah
Capital of Utah and seat of Salt Lake County. It is situated on the Jordan River near the southeastern end of Great Salt Lake. The city was founded in 1847 by Brigham Young and his Mormon followers as a refuge from religious persecution. Until 1868, it was known as Great Salt Lake City.

Member of the community of Jews who were not deported by the Assyrian conquerors of the kingdom of Israel in 722 BCE, but remained in Samaria, the central region of ancient Palestine. When the exiled Jews returned to their homeland after the Babylonian exile, they refused the help of the Jews who still dwelt there (the Samaritans) in rebuilding the Temple of Jerusalem. The Samaritans, therefore, built their own temple at Mt. Gezirim north of Jerusalem. The rift continued, and the descendants of the returned exiles held the Samaritans in low esteem as heretics or worse. Jesus' parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25–37) contrasted this common opinion with the virtuous behavior of the Samaritan who succors a robbery victim.
(Space Cadet)

San Andreas Fault
Major fracture of the Earth's crust along the Pacific coast of North America. The fault runs northwestward from the northern end of the Gulf of California through western California into the Pacific Ocean near San Francisco. It has been associated with major earthquakes in the region, including the legendary San Francisco Earthquake of 1906.
(Time Enough for Love)

San Diego
Seaport in southern California, site of an important Naval base. The area was named San Diego de Alcalá de Henares in 1602 by Sebastián Vizcaíno. It was the site of the first mission established by Father Junípero Serra. European settlement was confined inside a military post until Mexico claimed the area and a town was built. The United States conquered the territory in 1846; the current city was laid south of the old fort in 1867.
(Farmer in the Sky, "The Roads Must Roll")

San Francisco
City in northern California, at the northern end of the peninsula between the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay on extremely hilly terrain. It was founded in 1835 by Captain William Anthony Richardson of England, and originally named for Yerba Buena Cove. When the United States took possession of California, the city was renamed San Francisco, after the nearby Spanish fort and mission.
(The Number of the Beast, Starship Troopers, To Sail Beyond the Sunset)

San Joaquin Valley
The southern part of the Central Valley, or Great Valley, of California, which extends parallel to the Pacific Coast for nearly 450 miles (725 km). The Central Valley is defined by the Klamath Mountains (north), Sierra Nevada (east), Tehachapi Mountains (south), and Pacific Coast Ranges (west).
(Starship Troopers)

San Jose
Seat of Santa Clara County in west-central California. The first civic settlement in California, it was founded in 1777 as a Spanish military-supply base named Pueblo ["town"] de San José de Guadalupe.

José de San Martín
(1778–1850) Argentine soldier and statesman who helped lead the revolutions against Spanish rule in Argentina, Chile, and Peru. One of Peru's provinces is named for him, as is the county in which Buenos Aires, Argentina, is located.
(Starship Troopers)

Sandia National Laboratories
Government facility near Albuquerque, New Mexico, where research related to nuclear weapons is conducted.
(Between Planets, The Door Into Summer)

César Augusto Sandino (no first name)
(1893–1934) Nicaraguan guerrilla leader who was assassinated after being invited to negotiate with the head of country's National Guard. The revolutionary party that controlled the Nicaraguan government from 1979 to 1990 is called the Sandinistas in his honor.
(Starship Troopers)

Santa Fe Trail
Historic wagon trail that ran from Independence, Missouri, to Santa Fe, New Mexico. It was an important commercial route from 1821 until 1880 when the railroads superseded it. From its eastern terminus on the Missouri River, the trail followed the divide between the tributaries of the Arkansas and Kansas rivers to the site of Great Bend, Kansas; then followed the Arkansas River. At the western end, three routes went south to Santa Fe.
(Between Planets)

Alberto Santos-Dumont
(1873–1932) Brazilian aviation pioneer who constructed prize-winning dirigible airships, and produced monoplanes that were the forerunners of the modern light plane.
(Job: A Comedy of Justice)

The Hebrew rendering of the Assyrian Sharru-kin ("the king is legitimate"), the name of three rulers in ancient Mesopotamia. The first known ruler of that name conquered all of southern Mesopotamia as well as parts of Syria, Anatolia, and Elam (western Iran) in the 23rd century BCE. The second was a ruler in Assyria during the Akkadian period (c. 19th century BCE). The third reigned 721–705 BCE at the end of the Assyrian empire.
(Citizen of the Galaxy)

In Judaism and Christianity, the prince of evil and adversary of God. In Christianity, Satan became identified with the angel (often called Lucifer) who led the rebellion against God and was cast into Hell.
(Job: A Comedy of Justice, The Puppet Masters)

Saturday Evening Post
U.S. publication founded in 1728 as the Pennsylvania Gazette. The name was changed to The Saturday Evening Post in 1821. During the 19th and into the 20th century, the magazine was one of the most popular in the nation; it published the original works of prominent authors, and illustrations from such notable artists as N.C. Wyeth and Norman Rockwell. Rising costs and competition from other media, however, sent the magazine into decline and it ceased publication in 1969. It was revived in 1971 as a quarterly magazine, it is now published bimonthly. [Robert Heinlein's stories "The Green Hills of Earth", "Space Jockey", "'It's Great to Be Back!'", and "The Black Pits of Luna" were first published in The Saturday Evening Post.]
("'It's Great to Be Back!'")

Sixth planet from the sun, and the second largest. Its average distance from the sun is about 856 million miles (1.427 billion km); it orbits the sun every 29.46 Earth years. Its most notable feature is the vast ring system that orbits the planet. It also has at least 19 moons of various sizes. Saturn is named for the Roman god of agriculture.
(Citizen of the Galaxy)


The Scarlet Pimpernel
Novel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy (1908, New York and London, G. P. Putnam's sons, Library of Congress call number PZ3.O65Sc7). It recounts the exploits of "the elusive" Sir Percy Blakeney, smuggling aristocrats out of France during the French Revolution. "The Scarlet Pimpernel" was his nom de guerre.

Giovanni Virginio Schiaparelli
(1835–1910) Italian astronomer whose reports of groups of straight lines on Mars inspired speculation about the possible existence of life on that planet. Schiaparelli called the markings he observed canali. The word was incorrectly translated into English as "canals" instead of "channels," creating the impression that the features must be constructed, not natural.
(Between Planets)

George Scithers
(1929– ) Founding editor of Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, for which he won the Hugo Editor for Best Editor in 1979 and 1981. He has been active in science-fiction fandom since the 1950s.
(The Number of the Beast)

Organizations of boys and girls that aim to develop in them good citizenship, responsible behavior, and skill in various outdoor activities; in recent years, the activities have been expanded to include skills for urban life. The Boy Scout movement was founded in Great Britain in 1908 by cavalry officer Lieutenant General Robert S.S. (later Lord) Baden-Powell; he created the Girl Guides in 1910 as a parallel organization to the Boy Scouts. Within a few years, both Boy Scout and Girl Scout organizations were being established in other countries.

Seat of Lackawanna County in northeastern Pennsylvania, in the Lackawanna River valley on the western edge of the Pocono Mountains. Founded as the village of Deep Hollow in 1788, it was called Unionville, Slocum Hollow, and Harrison before it was named Scrantonia and finally Scranton in 1851, to commemorate the founder of the Lackawanna Iron and Coal Company.
(The Puppet Masters)

Sears, Roebuck & Company
One of the world's largest retailers of general merchandise, sold in department stores and by mail order. It was founded as a mail-order company in 1893 by Richard W. Sears and Alvah C. Roebuck. The first retail store was opened in Chicago in 1925.

Seattle, Washington
Seat of King County, situated between Elliott Bay (Puget Sound) and Lake Washington. It is the largest metropolis in the Pacific Northwest, and a major seaport. Seattle is the headquarters of Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, on the western slopes of the Cascade Mountains.
(The Day After Tomorrow, Friday)

In Greek myth, the goddess of the moon, daughter of the Titans Hyperion and Theia and sister of Helios (the sun). She was worshipped at the new and full moons. Selene was usually represented as a woman with the moon (often in crescent form) on her head, driving a two-horse chariot. She was sometimes identified with Artemis.
(I Will Fear No Evil, The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress)

Junípero Serra
(1713–1784) Spanish Franciscan priest who established missions throughout California. He was beatified (the first step to being declared a saint) in 1988.
(Farmer in the Sky)

William Henry Seward
U.S. Secretary of State from 1861 to 1869. He is best known for negotiating the purchase of Alaska from Russia in 1867. It was called "Seward's Folly" at the time, the apparently barren territory being deemed worthless at the time. The Seward Peninsula in western Alaska and the city of Seward on the Kenai Peninsula in southern Alaska are named for him.

William Shakespeare
(1564–1616) English poet and playwright, widely considered be the greatest playwright of all time. His plays, written for a repertory theater in the late 16th and early 17th centuries, are today translated into many languages and performed throughout the world.
In The Tempest, the magical spirit that serves the magician Prospero.
Lady Macbeth
In the historical play Macbeth, Shakespeare portrays her as driving her husband on to murder King Duncan in order to usurp the throne. According to historical records, however, Macbeth killed Duncan in battle, not through a murder plot. Shakespeare's version is much better known than the historical facts, so Lady Macbeth has become a byword for conniving ruthlessness.
Romeo and Juliet
Tragedy in which young lovers from feuding families marry secretly but then, each thinking the other has died, kill themselves.
The queen of the fairies in A Midsummer Night's Dream. She is depicted in the play as quarreling with her consort, Oberon, over a changeling boy.
(Farnham's Freehold, Podkayne of Mars, The Star Beast, Stranger in a Strange Land, Time Enough for Love, Tunnel in the Sky)

A drink made from beer and lemonade.
(Time for the Stars)

Seaport in east-central China on the East China Sea coast between the mouth of the Yangtze River (north) and Hangchow and Yü-p'an bays (south). Shanghai was the first Chinese port to be opened to trade with the West; the city was dominated by European powers from the mid-19th century until the Communist revolution in 1949.
("The Green Hills of Earth", The Red Planet)

Fictitious Tibetan valley in which the events of James Hilton's novel Lost Horizon take place (1933, W. Morrow & Co., Library of Congress call number PZ3.H5677Lo). The name has become a byword for a lost paradise or a secret, idyllic existence.

In ancient Jewish beliefs, the dwelling place of the dead: "the land of gloom and deep darkness" (Job 10:21). It was generally believed that the good and the wicked alike dwell in Sheol. The apocryphal First Book of Enoch, however, describes Sheol as being divide into different regions, where the dead are rewarded or punished according to the lives they led.
("If This Goes On—", Starship Troopers)

In Hindu beliefs, one of the major gods. He embodies seemingly contradictory qualities: destruction and restoration, asceticism and sensuality, benevolence and vengeance. [Sanskrit, "Auspicious One"; also transliterated as "Siva"]
(Citizen of the Galaxy, To Sail Beyond the Sunset)

Sinus Medii
Region of the moon that contains the center point from which longitude and latitude are measured. [Latin, "central hollow", i.e. a bay or gulf, as a body of water]
(The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress)

A Finnish word that embodies the Finns' collective self-concept. Impossible to translate or define literally, it has the general connotation of persistence, doing the right thing at any cost, "guts".
(Citizen of the Galaxy)

A Norwegian and Icelandic poet of the 9th through 13th century. Skaldic poems were descriptive and subjective, featuring strictly syllabic meters and much use of metaphor. The subjects were shield poems (descriptions of the mythological engravings on shields), praise of kings, epitaphs, and genealogies, dreams, magic curses, lampoons, and love songs (though they were prohibited by law). Their poems about kings provide valuable information about historical events.
(Job: A Comedy of Justice)

Skip to My Lou
American folk song, possibly of Scottish origin; in Scots and Southern dialect, "lou" means "sweetheart". It was traditionally an accompaniment for dancing.

Czechoslovakian automobile manufacture, which produced its first car in 1906.
(I Will Fear No Evil)

Sloppy Joe
Sandwich made from ground beef mixed with a spiced tomato sauce, and usually minced onions, served on a bun.
(The Cat Who Walks Through Walls)

Alfred Emanuel Smith Jr.
("The Happy Warrior"; 1873–1944). New York politician. He was elected governor in 1918; after losing his first re-election bid, he won the next three two-year terms. In 1928 he was the Democrats' presidential nominee; he lost the election overwhelmingly, in part because of anti-Catholic prejudice.
(To Sail Beyond the Sunset)

E. E. "Doc" Smith
(1890–1965) Author of the "Skylark" and "Lensman" space-opera series. His first novel, Skylark of Space, was written in 1919 and serialized in Amazing Stories in 1928.
(The Number of the Beast)

Joseph Smith
(1805–1844) Religious leader whose writings, along with the Bible, provide the theological foundation of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and other Mormon denominations. Smith claimed that the church that he organized on April 6, 1830, at Fayette, N.Y., restored the ancient, primitive Christian religion.
(Citizen of the Galaxy, "If This Goes On—", "The Menace from Earth")

Political system in which property and the distribution of income are subject to social (usually government) control rather than controlled by individual owners or market forces. In practice, the term has been applied to a range of political practices, from providing government subsidies for basic needs such as housing, education, and health care to government ownership of industries and infrastructure. Official Socialist political parties exist in many countries, but are often considered on the political fringe.
(I Will Fear No Evil)

Society for Creative Anachronism
(SCA) an International organization dedicated to researching and re-creating pre-17th-century European history. Members hold events in which medieval and Renaissance crafts and activities are enjoyed, including jousting, music and dance, costumes, and feasting.

In philosophy, the belief that the human mind has no valid ground for believing in the existence of anything but itself. In psychology, extreme egocentrism; the belief that one's own thoughts and experiences are the only reality, and that the "outside world" is only a projection of one's own mental processes. Other people, for example, are not separate entities but only exist as a manifestation of the solipsist's image of reality.
(Stranger in a Strange Land)

"The Son of God Goes Forth to War"
Hymn composed in 1872 by Henry S. Cutler (1824–1902) for lyrics written in 1812 by Reginald Heber (1783–1826).
(Job: A Comedy of Justice)

"Sons of Toil and Danger"
Song from the operetta The Vagabond King, composed in 1925 by Rudolph Friml with libretto by Brian Hooker, Russell Janney, and W.H. Post.
(Starship Troopers)

Name frequently used for the University of Paris [France] because its first endowed college was the Sorbonne, founded as a residence for theological students in 1253 by Robert de Sorbon (1201–74), chaplain of Louis IX.
(Space Cadet)

South Africa
Southernmost nation in Africa, bordered by Namibia (northwest), Botswana and Zimbabwe (north), Mozambique and Swaziland (northeast and east), the Indian Ocean (southeast), and the Atlantic Ocean (southwest). Its capital is Pretoria. The nation's political history has had a worldwide significance because of its former policy of strict segregation of the races, which created severe oppression of the non-European population. The South African government finally began repealing the apartheid laws in 1990, and a new, nonracial constitution was ratified in 1997.
(Stranger in a Strange Land)

Southern Cross
The most recognizable constellation in the Southern Hemisphere. The cross is formed by two first-magnitude and two second-magnitude stars.
(Job: A Comedy of Justice)

Soviet Union
(Union of Soviet Socialist Republics) From 1917 until 1991, Eurasian empire extending from the Baltic and Black seas to the Pacific Ocean and ultimately consisting of 15 Republics: Azerbaijan, Belorussia, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakstan, Kirgiziya, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldavia, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan. The capital was Moscow, also the capital of Russia, which dominated the other constituent states of the USSR. Resurgence of nationalist movements within the constituent states and attempts at economic and political reform under Soviet premier Mikhail Gorbachev led to an abortive coup by Communist hardliners; the failure of the coup resulted in a rapid collapse of the Soviet empire.
(The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress)

Carl "Tooey" Spaatz
(1891–1974) Leading U.S. air commander in World War II, in both the European and the Pacific theaters. He was named the first chief of staff of the independent U.S. Air Force.
(Rocket Ship Galileo)

The Sperry Gyroscope Co. was founded in 1910 to manufacture navigational equipment. In 1955, it merged with computer manufacturer Remington Rand to form Sperry Rand; and in 1986 Sperry Rand merged with another computer manufacturer, Burroughs, to form Unisys.
("If This Goes On—")

Alpha Virginis, the brightest star in the constellation Virgo. It is a bluish binary star with an apparent magnitude of 0.96, and is about 270 light-years from Earth. The name refers to from the sheaf of wheat the maiden represented by Virgo is presumed to be carrying. [Latin, "head of grain"]
(Tunnel in the Sky)

spring tide
A tide of greatest range (between high and low tides), which occurs near the new and full moon, when the alignment of Earth, sun, and moon exerts maximum gravitational pull on the waters.
(Between Planets)

Springfield, Illinois
State capital and seat of Sangamon County, situated on the Sangamon River in central Illinois. The city took its name from nearby Spring Creek.
(Starman Jones)

Dr. John P. Stapp
(1910–1999) Physician and U.S. Air Force officer whose research in aerospace medicine contributed significantly to the exploration of space. In particular, he helped develop ways to protect the human body from the stresses of extreme acceleration and deceleration. His research is applied to automobile design through the annual Stapp Car Crash Conference, instituted in 1955.
(Have Space Suit — Will Travel)

Statue of Liberty
(Liberty Enlightening the World) Colossal copper statue erected in 1886 on Liberty Island (formerly Bedloe's Island) near Manhattan. Standing 305 feet (93 meters) tall including the pedestal, the statue is a woman dressed in flowing robes and wearing a spiked crown, holding a torch in her raised right hand and a tablet inscribed with the adoption date of the Declaration of Independence (July 4, 1776) in her left. Designed by Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi, it was donated to the United States by the people of France to commemorate the friendship between the two countries. The Statue of Liberty has come to symbolize the spirit of American democracy, and in particular the contribution of immigrants to the national character.
(Tunnel in the Sky)

St. Louis, Missouri
City in east-central Missouri on the west bank of the Mississippi River below its confluence with the Missouri River. It was founded in 1764 as a fur-trading post. The territory was claimed by France, Spain, and then France again until the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. St. Louis was the seat of government for the Louisiana Territory (1805) and Missouri Territory (1812).
(Friday, "If This Goes On—", To Sail Beyond the Sunset)

Stockton, California
Seat of San Joaquin County in central California on the San Joaquin River. Founded as Tuleburg in 1847, it grew rapidly as a miners' supply point during the 1849 gold rush. Much of it was destroyed by fire in 1850; the rebuilt town was renamed to honor Commodore Robert F. Stockton, who had claimed California for the United States in 1846.
("The Roads Must Roll")

St. Petersburg, Florida
City in Pinellas County in west-central Florida, near the tip of Pinellas Peninsula adjacent to Tampa Bay. Founded in 1876 by John C. Williams of Detroit and Peter A. Demens, it was named for Demens' birthplace in Russia. It is primarily a resort city, and was one of the first Florida cities to encourage retirees to move there.
(Stranger in a Strange Land)

Hubertus Strughold (no first name)
(1898–1986) German-born American pioneer in space medicine. He was among the first faculty members at the Air Force School of Aviation Medicine at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas. He had been recruited for the U.S. space program following World War II in spite of having been involved in experiments on the inmates at Dachau.
(Have Space Suit — Will Travel)

In Greek myth, a river god, son of either Oceanos and Tethys or Pontos and Thalassa. He is the personification of the Strymon River in Thrace (northern Greece).
(The Red Planet)

U.S. manufacturer of horse-drawn vehicles and automobiles. The company was founded in 1852 by Clement Studebaker, who joined in the enterprise over the next two decades by his brothers Henry, John, Peter, and Jacob. It began building electric cars in 1902, and gasoline-powered cars in 1904. The Studebaker Corporation merged with the Packard Motor Car Company in 1954. This company's car production ceased in 1966.

Students for a Democratic Society
(SDS) A radical youth group established in the United States in 1959, an offshoot of the youth branch of the League for Industrial Democracy. The most popular of SDS’s rallying cries — "Make Love—Not War!" — became the motto for the antiwar movement. SDS organized acts of civil disobedience to protest the Vietnam War, including burning draft cards and disrupting ROTC activities on college campuses. The end of the Vietnam War eliminated much of the incentive for SDS activism, and by the mid-1970s the organization essentially ceased to exist.
(I Will Fear No Evil)

Kingdom of Swaziland
Country in southern Africa, bordered by South Africa (north, west, and south) and Mozambique (east). The administrative capital is Mbabane, and the legislative and royal capital is Lobamba. The name Swazi is the Anglicized name of Mswati II, who ruled from 1840 to 1868.

"Swing Low, Sweet Chariot"
American spiritual, sometimes attributed to Wallace Willis, who had been a slave on a Choctaw plantation near Doaksville, Oklahoma, in the 1840s.
("If This Goes On—")

Swope Park
Large park within Kansas City, Missouri. It contains nature trails, a zoo, two golf courses, a nature center, athletic fields, and picnic areas. It is named for Colonel Thomas Swope, who donated the land to the city in 1896.
(Time Enough for Love)

Syrtis Major
Distinctive dark marking on the surface of Mars, centered near 10 degrees north latitude and 290 degrees west longitude. It was observed as early as 1659.
(The Red Planet)

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