List of Heinlein planets

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The following planets appear in the fictional works of Robert A. Heinlein.

Citizen of the Galaxy[edit]

  • Akka — A planet where Creighton and Martha Rudbek were last seen alive.
  • Far-Star — The planet Creighton and Martha Rudbek were headed to after Akka.
  • Finster — A planet where Sisu trades. Populated by slug-like creatures which live in telepathic symbiosis with lemur-like creatures with delicate hands. They are fond of colourful picture books and pin-up pictures.
  • Hekate — A planet where the Great Gathering is held. Has the finest shipyards in the explored Galaxy and is a licensed bottler of Coca-Cola. Hecate was the Roman goddess of magic.
  • Jubbul — A planet where Baslim first meets Thorby. With its capital at Jubbulpore, Jubbul is capital of the Nine Worlds and residence in chief of the Great Sargon.
  • Losian — A planet where Sisu trades. Populated by a six-legged, two-mouthed race of aliens.
  • Lotarf — A planet where Sisu trades. Famous for hard bargaining - "… if you buy a beer without an hour's dickering you're ahead."[1]
  • Mars — A planet where Rudbek of Rudbek owns a domehome.
  • Proxima — A planet with an embassy on Terra. Proxima Centauri is the closest star to the Sun.
  • Riff — Home planet of Colonel Brisby, Commanding Officer of Guard Cruiser Hydra.
  • Shiva III — A planet with a spaceport called New Finlandia. Registered home port of the Free Trader Sisu (Captain Fjalar Krausa). Named for Siva, the Hindu god of destruction.
  • Terra (Earth) — Home planet of the human race.
  • Thaf Beta VI — A planet through which Doctor Margaret Mader transits on her way home after her work in Sisu is complete.
  • Thoth IV — A planet where Sisu trades. Mentioned only in passing. Thoth was the Egyptian god of wisdom.
  • Ultima Thule — A Rim region Planet mentioned only in passing. Pytheas of Massalia mentioned visiting "Thule" during a voyage to Britain.
  • Woolamurra — A planet where Sisu trades. The capital is New Melbourne and it appears to have been settled by Australians. Thorby contemplates jumping ship and Grandmother dies.

Starman Jones[edit]

  • Beta Corvi III — A planet where the inhabitants are humanoid. Beta Corvi is a star in the constellation Corvus.
  • Epsilon Ceti IV — A planet, mentioned only in passing, populated by "… intelligent but phlegmatic crustaceans".[2] Epsilon Ceti is a multiple star in the constellation Cetus.
  • Epsilon Gemini V — A planet populated by 8-foot-tall (2.4 m) Extraterrestrials with more than one left arm and "… multiple eyes, like a wreath of yellow grapes around the head".[3] Epsilon Gemini is a star in the constellation Gemini.
  • Gamma Leonis VI(b) — A planet known as 'New Mars', where the native saurians are used as draft animals. Gamma Leonis is a binary star system in the constellation Leo.
  • Garson's Planet — A planet of Theta Centauri. The least unpleasant of the thirteen planets of that star, with a surface gravity of 1.25 g, an unbreathable methane atmosphere and very cold. The only reason it is settled is that it is relatively close to six plotted congruencies which makes it invaluable to interstellar transport.
  • Hespera — A planet from which the spider puppy (Pseudocanis hexapoda hesperae) 'Mr Chips' originates and home of Miss Eldreth (Ellie) Coburn. "Hespera" means "west" in Greek and both Michigan and California have towns named "Hesperia".
  • Mars — A planet where the inhabitants, when visiting Earth, wear "…trefoil sunglasses and respirators".[4]
  • Paldron — A planet inhabited by "…wealthy elephantine amphibians…" who are "…anything but gentle…".[5]

Starship Troopers[edit]

  • Terra (Earth) — Terran homeworld. Location of boot camp "Arthur Currie".
  • Faraway — A Terran colony planet occupied by the Klendathu Arachnids.
  • Hesperus — A Terran colony planet.
  • Iskander — A Terran colony planet around Proxima Centauri and home of Sergeant Zim. "Iskander" is the Arabic name of Alexander the Great.
  • Klendathu — Home planet of the Arachnids. Location of "Operation Bughouse".
  • Planet P — A planet occupied by the Arachnids as a forward base, attacked and excavated by the Terran Mobile Infantry in "Operation Royalty". Location of first captured Arachnid leaders, and 3rd Lt. Juan Rico's first command as an (probationary) officer. A 1980s pop band had this name.
  • Sanctuary — A planet with an orbital stardock. A Mobile Infantry/Navy headquarters, R&R station, and backup headquarters of the Terran Federation. Its location was a carefully maintained secret enforced by implanted suicide orders in astrogation officers should they be captured. Described by Rico as being "like Earth, but retarded" due to a lack of Earth-like natural background radiation that prompted mutation and evolution of life.
  • Sheol — An Arachnid colony planet, decimated by the Terrans. In the Old Testament the land of the dead has this name.

Time Enough for Love[edit]

  • Blessed — A theocratic planet with a state-supported slave trade.
  • Fatima — A planet settled by Muslims (and named for the daughter of Muhammad), where Lazarus Long lost his ship and livelihood and had to work his way back up from being a story-teller in the market square. Part of a twin-planet system and a slaving culture that had "fallen back from what they had fetched from earth some five centuries before"
  • Felicity — A planet roughly equivalent to Old Home Terra-Earth, colonized with ostracized people (from Secundus).
  • Landfall — A planet colonized by Americans, main city New Canaveral. Lazarus Long lived here as landed gentry sometime in the early fourth millennium.
  • New Beginnings — A colony planet colonized by Lazarus Long under the pseudonym 'Ernest Gibbons'. While living here, 'Dora' became Long's adopted child and, much later, his mate.
  • Ormuzd — A planet that suffered a quarter of a billion dead during a plague. Its name comes from the Zoroastrian god of light.
  • Secundus — A planet colonized by the Howards in c2250.
  • Tertius — A planet colonized by the Howards in c4300. Also called "Tertius Tellus", or "Third Earth".
  • Valhalla — A planet colonized by Scandinavians, visited by Lazarus Long with the freed slaves Joe and Llita when he was a "sky merchant". Valhalla was the afterlife of heroes according to the Elder Edda.
  • Pitcairn Island - Moon of a gas giant, home of settlers escaped from the starship "Vanguard" during the novel Orphans of the Sky. These people had returned to barbarism.

Time for the Stars[edit]

  • Capella VIII — A planet (presumably of one of the binary pair Capella A/B in the constellation Auriga) mentioned only in passing.
  • Ceres — A dwarf planet for which a campaign ribbon was awarded.
  • Constance — A planet in the Tau Ceti system. The first planet discovered by the torchship Lewis and Clark
  • Elysia — A planet in the Beta Ceti system. Inhabited by large amphibians.
  • Ganymede — A moon of Jupiter from which the simultaneity of telepathy was established.
  • Inferno — A planet of the Beta Hydri system. Surface gravity is twice that of Earth and temperature is such that ammonia is liquid i.e. between -77.73 °C (195.42 K) and -33.34 °C (239.81 K).
  • Jupiter — A planet, some moons of which, were open for emigration.
  • Mars — A planet which was open for emigration and on which a "horrible mistake"[6] was made during first contact with unspecified aliens.
  • Pluto — A planet (although no longer recognised as such), the first Governor of which was the youngest child of a large family.
  • Venus — A planet which was open for emigration.
  • Whistle Stop — A planet of an unnamed star in (from Earth) the constellation Phoenix. Noted as "…not worth a stop."[7] The Sun-like dwarf star Nu Phoenicis is forty-nine light years from Earth.

Tunnel in the Sky[edit]

  • Byer's Planet — A planet scheduled for 'pacification'.
  • Heavenly Mountains — A planet which is being colonized by the Australasian Republic. Its official designation is GO-8703-IV.
  • Mithra — A planet where the dangerous snow ape lives. Mithras was the Roman soldier god born on December 25.
  • New Canaan — A colony planet described as a "rose without thorns". Named for Palestine; the name is Phoenician/Hebrew.
  • Ratoon — A planet which is occupied by non-humans but has diplomatic ties with Earth. The name refers to harvesting the top of a plant and leaving the roots to resprout.
  • Spica IV — A planet where the Bessmer's Griffin lives, an extremely tough to kill predator with no central nervous system.
  • Tangaroa — A planet which is used as a location for the final examination in Advanced Survival. Its official designation is GO-73901-II. The name comes from the Maori sea god.
  • Territa — A colony planet located near the Hyades. Means "little Earth".
  • Thule — A planet mentioned in passing. Named for the island at the "end of the world" visited by Pytheas of Massalia

References[edit]

  1. ^ Heinlein, Robert A (1984). Citizen of the Galazy. Puffin Books. p. 114. ISBN 0-14-031119-X.
  2. ^ Heinlein, Robert A (1980). Starman Jones. New England Library. p. 8. ISBN 0-450-04799-7.
  3. ^ Heinlein, Robert A (1980). Starman Jones. New England Library. p. 30. ISBN 0-450-04799-7.
  4. ^ Heinlein, Robert A (1980). Starman Jones. New England Library. p. 39. ISBN 0-450-04799-7.
  5. ^ Heinlein, Robert A (1980). Starman Jones. New England Library. p. 57. ISBN 0-450-04799-7.
  6. ^ Heinlein, Robert A (1978). Time for the Stars. Ballantine Books (Del Ray imprint). p. 120. ISBN 0-345-26073-2.
  7. ^ Heinlein, Robert A (1978). Time for the Stars. Ballantine Books (Del Ray imprint). p. 139. ISBN 0-345-26073-2.