History Creator / RobertAHeinlein

26th Dec '17 5:32:55 PM dlchen145
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Widely considered one of the most influential and iconic writers of SciFi and SpeculativeFiction of the Twentieth Century. He is counted as one of the "Big Three" of ScienceFiction along with Creator/ArthurCClarke and Creator/IsaacAsimov. Often the standard to which other {{science fiction}} writers are compared, although he caught considerable flak for some of his [[WriterOnBoard recurring philosophical and political themes.]] His works range from space adventure Young Adult novels to political manifestos, and generally score towards the "hard" side of MohsScaleOfScienceFictionHardness.

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Widely Robert Anson Heinlein (July 7, 1907 May 8, 1988) is widely considered one of the most influential and iconic writers of SciFi and SpeculativeFiction of the Twentieth Century. He is counted as one of the "Big Three" of ScienceFiction along with Creator/ArthurCClarke and Creator/IsaacAsimov. Often the standard to which other {{science fiction}} writers are compared, although he caught considerable flak for some of his [[WriterOnBoard recurring philosophical and political themes.]] His works range from space adventure Young Adult novels to political manifestos, and generally score towards the "hard" side of MohsScaleOfScienceFictionHardness.
8th Dec '17 4:12:50 PM nombretomado
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[[caption-width-right:300:Robert Heinlein and his wife on the set of ''DestinationMoon'' (1950)]]

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[[caption-width-right:300:Robert Heinlein and his wife on the set of ''DestinationMoon'' ''Film/DestinationMoon'' (1950)]]
5th Jun '17 8:31:32 PM PaulA
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* ''Literature/{{Gulf}}''



* ''Literature/{{Gulf}}''



* CapturedOnPurpose: "Gulf". When FBS agent Joseph Briggs is captured by Mrs. Keithley's men, "Kettle Belly" Baldwin (the leader of a secret society of geniuses) tricks them into thinking he's also an FBS agent so they'll capture him too. His plan is that Mrs. Keithley's operatives will put him and Briggs together so he can trick Briggs into telling him where the "Nova Effect" document has been sent. Later he and Briggs break out together.



* CounterEarth: "Gulf" has a downplayed variation. In the BackStory, an asteroid called "Earth-Anti" that is always on the other side of the Sun from Earth is destroyed by the "nova effect", a type of hydrogen bomb that can turn a planet into a nova.



* DoomsdayDevice: The Nova Bomb in "Gulf", capable of destroying entire planets.



* EarthShatteringKaboom: In "Gulf", the nova bomb is a theoretical bomb that could destroy the entire Earth.



* GiveMeBackMyWallet: Happens near the beginning of the novella "Gulf". FBS (Federal Bureau of Security) agent Joe Briggs grabs the hand of a pickpocket as he's picking Joe's pocket. Subverted when the pickpocket turns out to be a secret agent who had ''already'' switched the wallet for a duplicate.



* LanguageEqualsThought: "Gulf" features a one-phoneme-per-concept "Speedtalk."



* NeckSnap: In "Gulf", "Kettle Belly" Baldwin killed a guard this way when he and "Captain Gilead" escaped from the New Age Hotel.
* NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup: In "Gulf", there were plans and prototypes for the "nova effect", but they were destroyed as a security measure, along with everyone involved in creating it receiving hypnotic instructions to forget about it. Two sets of microfilms were made: one was to be taken to Earth for safe keeping, and a backup version was to be destroyed once the first set was safe. After a secret agent arrived on Earth with the first set the order was given to destroy the backups. Unfortunately the agent was pursued by the enemy and had to get rid of the first set before he could deliver them, and they were lost.



* RedPillBluePill: "Gulf". When former FBS agent Joseph Briggs goes to "Kettle Belly" Baldwin to try to find out what's going on, Kettle Belly offers to set him up anywhere in the world with an air-tight secret identity and enough cash for a new start. Kettle Belly warns him that this offer is his only chance for a normal, happy life and that if he doesn't take it and gets the answers he's looking for, his life expectancy will significantly decrease. Briggs insists on the truth and ends up joining Kettle Belly's secret society of geniuses.



* SecretTest:
** In the short story "Space Jockey", spaceship pilots are monitored to make sure they are psychologically stable. A space pilot is bothered by a "stupid tourist" who is secretly a psychiatrist to determine his state of mind before a flight.
** In the novella "Gulf", Joseph Briggs is being trained so he can join a secret society of geniuses. His teacher tests his personality in several ways, including not letting him eat or sleep, inflicting intense pain and subtly trying to goad him into irrational actions. He passes with flying colors, continuing to act rationally and reliably.

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* SecretTest:
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SecretTest: In the short story "Space Jockey", spaceship pilots are monitored to make sure they are psychologically stable. A space pilot is bothered by a "stupid tourist" who is secretly a psychiatrist to determine his state of mind before a flight.
** In the novella "Gulf", Joseph Briggs is being trained so he can join a secret society of geniuses. His teacher tests his personality in several ways, including not letting him eat or sleep, inflicting intense pain and subtly trying to goad him into irrational actions. He passes with flying colors, continuing to act rationally and reliably.
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* StaticStunGun: "Gulf" features a static stun gun called a "Markheim".



* SuperBreedingProgram: "Gulf" features a secret group of superintelligent humans who are engaged in a number of long term plans, including a breeding program to increase their own numbers as well as become a physically distinct species no longer capable of interbreeding with homo sapiens.
* TalkingThroughTechnique: In "Gulf", two supergenius spies locked in a monitored cell communicate through a game of cards.
2nd Jun '17 2:01:26 AM PaulA
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* ''Literature/PodkayneOfMars''



* ''Literature/PodkayneOfMars''



* AdvertOverloadedFuture: ''Podkayne of Mars''. While on Venus people are constantly barraged by ads. Podkayne and Gertie even have a hologram of a devil appear inside their taxi and try to get them to buy an addictive drink called Hi-Ho. The company that makes it pays the taxi company to force the ads on their captive customers, though the passengers can bribe the cabbie to at least lower the volume.



* BrattyHalfPint: Podkayne in ''Podkayne of Mars''.



* ColonizedSolarSystem: In ''Podkayne of Mars'', Earth has colonies on Luna, Venus and Mars.



* CosmeticCatastrophe: ''Podkayne of Mars'' has Podkayne try to imitate garish makeup from a magazine cover. Fortunately an older woman shows her how it should be done.



* {{Diary}}: ''Podkayne of Mars'' is presented as the diary of the heroine.



* EnfantTerrible: Clark Fries in ''Podkayne of Mars''.



* FantasticFightingStyle: ''Podkayne of Mars'' mentions a martial art called "Kill-Quick", which Podkayne's mother is skilled in.



* HandsOffParenting: Podkayne's parents, Professor and Dr. Fries, in ''Podkayne of Mars''.
* InfractionDistraction: In ''Podkayne of Mars'', the main character's brother makes a crack about smuggling drugs onto the space ship, thereby preventing the guards from discoving the bomb he hid in her luggage.



* KilledMidSentence: In the original version of ''Podkayne of Mars'', teenage heroine Podkayne says "Do listen please, because this is important. I love--" before she is killed by a bomb blast. However, Heinlein's publisher hated such a downbeat ending to a novel aimed at teens and insisted Heinlein revise the ending to allow Podkayne to live. The most recent editions have included both endings.



* LostAesop: In ''Podkayne of Mars'', Heinlein was trying for an Aesop about the dangers of HandsOffParenting. However, until the CharacterFilibuster at the end, there's really nothing in the novel that suggests that the characters' parents' lack of involvement was to blame for their problems -- or even that, by today's standards, the parents were uninvolved to begin with.



* OneNationUnderCopyright: In ''Podkayne of Mars'', the Venus Corporation controls the entire planet Venus, and runs it like Las Vegas IN SPACE.



* PenalColony:
** In "Coventry", the United States has used AppliedPhlebotinum to put a force field wall around an area of the country. Because of the respect for human rights, it is the law that anyone may choose to go to Coventry rather than have to agree to psychological therapy for criminal or antisocial behavior.
** The "Marsmen" of ''Podkayne of Mars'' are descended from prison colonists.

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* PenalColony:
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PenalColony: In "Coventry", the United States has used AppliedPhlebotinum to put a force field wall around an area of the country. Because of the respect for human rights, it is the law that anyone may choose to go to Coventry rather than have to agree to psychological therapy for criminal or antisocial behavior.
** The "Marsmen" of ''Podkayne of Mars'' are descended from prison colonists.
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* PopulationControl: In ''Podkayne of Mars'', Marsmen apply to the 'Population, Ecology and Genetics' Board to be 'pegged' at a preset number of children, probably because of the necessity of not exceeding the support potential of the semi-terraformed colony. However none of the mentioned families seem to have any trouble getting the number they want; Podkayne's parents are in fact offered seven children but her mother prefers five as 'all she has time for'.
* PrecociousCrush: In ''Podkayne of Mars'', Podkayne's younger brother develops a crush on a lady traveling with them on the space voyage to Venus.



* RevisedEnding: ''Podkayne of Mars'' had an original ending where Podkayne dies, intending it to be AnAesop about a working mother not properly taking care of her children. The publisher made him use a revised ending where she is injured but survives. It was eventually published with both endings, which differ only on the last page.
* RipTailoring: ''Podkayne of Mars''. The eponymous teenage heroine, free from the eye of her parents and determined to seem more cosmopolitan than her Martian upbringing, mentions altering her only party dress in the privacy of her cruise liner cabin to look a bit more grown-up.



* VenusIsWet: Venus is depicted as a swamp planet in ''Podkayne of Mars'', and the short stories "Logic of Empire" and "Tenderfoot on Venus".

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* VenusIsWet: Venus is depicted as a swamp planet in ''Podkayne of Mars'', and the short stories "Logic of Empire" and "Tenderfoot on Venus".
2nd Jun '17 12:53:48 AM PaulA
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* Revolution and its aftermath (''Literature/TheMoonIsAHarshMistress'' and the first part of its [[NonLinearSequel sorta-sequel]] ''The Cat Who Walks Through Walls'', "If This Goes On...", later packaged in the collection ''Revolt in 2100'')

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* Revolution and its aftermath (''Literature/TheMoonIsAHarshMistress'' and the first part of its [[NonLinearSequel sorta-sequel]] ''The Cat Who Walks Through Walls'', "If This Goes On...", "Literature/IfThisGoesOn", later packaged in the collection ''Revolt in 2100'')



* "Literature/IfThisGoesOn"



* "Literature/IfThisGoesOn..."



* BetterAsFriends: Zeb and Maggie from ''Revolt in 2100''. He sort of wants to pursue a relationship with her but doesn't want to get in the way, at which point he's told laughingly that by now they're great friends but that their personalities are far too aggressive to ever be stable together.
* BigBrotherIsEmployingYou: The protagonist of "If This Goes On..." is one of the guards at the HQ of the CorruptChurch that rules a dystopian future America.



* BrainwashingForTheGreaterGood: In the first published version of "If This Goes On--", the [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeVillified revolutionaries]], after overthrowing the CorruptChurch, decide to use SubliminalSeduction to "condition" the people to accept the restoration of democracy. Heinlein later thought better of it, and revised the story to have them reject the psych experts' proposal after an old man who "looked like Mark Twain" makes an impassioned speech on how "free men aren't 'conditioned'."



* CallingMeALogarithm: In ''If This Goes On'', Zeb does this deliberately, demonstrating that language can be weaponized. Unfortunately, the exact words aren't given, but John's reaction is:
-->''"You leave my mother out of this!"''\\
[after John calms down]\\
''"But what did I say? All I said, in fact, was that you were the legitimate offspring of a legal marriage. Right? What is insulting about that?"\\
"But--" I stopped and ran over in my mind the infuriating, insulting, and degrading things he had said -- and, do you know, that is absolutely all they added up to. I grinned sheepishly. "It was the ''way'' you said it."''



* ColdBloodedTorture: In "If This Goes On...", Johnny is captured and tortured by the authorities of the CorruptChurch. Later, when he is offered a position as assassin (to ensure he knows how serious his commitment must be), they point out that he has at least one useful qualification for it -- they know that if the enemy catches him and puts him to the Question, he won't crack. Later in the novella, we learn that LaResistance has a ready source of suicide agents: men whose wives have been tortured by the secret police.



* DearJohnLetter: In "If This Goes On--", John Lyle gets one. It's briefly depressing before he realizes that he can't remember her that well anyway.



* DividedStatesOfAmerica: "If This Goes On..." had an oppressive theocracy as one part of a divided U.S. The theocracy ruled pretty much the whole U.S., with the exception of Hawaii (mentioned as an independent republic).
* TheDogBitesBack: In "If This Goes On...", the Prophet dies in the gap between when the women at his headquarters realize he will lose and the actual arrival of enemy forces.



* TheDulcineaEffect: "If This Goes On--". John Lyle gets involved in the revolution against the Theocracy for the sake of a girl he barely knows.



* EmbarrassingCoverUp: In "If This Goes On", Lyle is advised to conceal resistance secrets by using a code that makes them look like notes for an illicit gambling system. Thus, if the notes are discovered, there will be a credible explanation for why they were hidden and he will draw only minor punishment.



* GiveMeLibertyOrGiveMeDeath: "If This Goes On--".
-->''You can't conquer a free man; the most you can do is kill him.''



* InfractionDistraction:
** In "If This Goes On....", Zach covers up Johnny's obviously guilty reaction to receiving a note from the Resistance by replacing it with one about gambling, because they won't believe innocence but will believe this.
** In ''Podkayne of Mars'', the main character's brother makes a crack about smuggling drugs onto the space ship, thereby preventing the guards from discoving the bomb he hid in her luggage.

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* InfractionDistraction:
** In "If This Goes On....", Zach covers up Johnny's obviously guilty reaction to receiving a note from the Resistance by replacing it with one about gambling, because they won't believe innocence but will believe this.
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InfractionDistraction: In ''Podkayne of Mars'', the main character's brother makes a crack about smuggling drugs onto the space ship, thereby preventing the guards from discoving the bomb he hid in her luggage.



* MilitaryMashupMachine: In "If This Goes On...", the major land force of the USA is Land Battleships.



* NeuroVault: In "If This Goes On...", Lyle is told he has been given critical information that he has to get to LaResistance. When he gets there he is put under anesthesia to extract the information. He later asks one of the Resistance scientists what was the nature of the "really important" message. He is disappointed when he is told that it was just lots of routine information. The scientist realizes he made a mistake, the man did have very important information. He also had his resistance credentials: "If they hadn't checked out, you would never have woken up."



* OppressiveStatesOfAmerica: In "If This Goes On--", the U.S. has become a theocratic police state.



* PresidentEvil: In "If This Goes On--", President Nehemiah Scudder proclaimed himself "First Prophet" and imposed a Christian theocratic dictatorship at some point between 2013 and 2016.
* PunchClockVillain: In "If This Goes On--", the hero is captured by the evil government. He notices that the several torturers for the government show no pleasure in their job, they are strictly business. It is implied that anyone who likes to inflict pain is not permitted in that job, as they are supposed to get information, not necessarily hurt people (although that is always an option if they think it will help).



* SuddenlySignificantCity: In "If This Goes On...", the theocratic dictatorship that now controls America rules from Kansas City, which is renamed New Jerusalem.



* TankGoodness: ''If This Goes On --'' has these. They are sort of "landships". To get an idea of the "landships", think of a WW2 battleship that goes overland like a tank.



* TortureTechnician: In ''If This Goes On--'', our hero is captured by the evil government. He notices that the several Torture Technician workers for the government show no pleasure in their job, they are strictly business. It is implied that anyone who likes to inflict pain is not permitted in that job, as they are supposed to get information, not necessarily hurt people (although that is always an option if they think it will help).



* {{Vibroweapon}}: Vibroblades appear in ''If This Goes On--''.



* YouAreInCommandNow: In ''If This Goes On--'', John Lyle, a junior officer in the rebel forces attacking the Prophet's capital of New Jerusalem, is thrust into the position of commanding the whole force, when his commanding officer is wounded and his tank-analogue seems to be the only one in effective communication with all the others. Lyle isn't technically next in the chain of command (he's a staff officer/aide de camp for the commander, doubling up as tank commander). However, he doesn't trust the next in line to handle the situation (too cautious) so he continues to issue orders in the commander's name, even though the commander is out of contact. Once things reach a "safe" state, he tells the real next-in-line "you are in command now".
1st Jun '17 8:25:56 PM PaulA
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* TheCoronerDothProtestTooMuch: In "Lost Legacy". "The coroner's verdict of heart failure did not fully account for the charred condition of his remains."



* TheDulcineaEffect: "If This Goes On--". John Lyle gets involved in the revolution against the Theocracy for the sake of a girl he barely knows.



* TheExile: In "Coventry", the United States has used AppliedPhlebotinum to put a force field wall around an area of the country. Because of the respect for human rights, it is the law that anyone may choose to go to Coventry rather than have to agree to psychological therapy for criminal or antisocial behavior. The protagonist, David [=MacKinnon=], is a romantic idealist who imagines a paradise without the noisy interfering big government getting in the way of rugged freedom lovers.



* TheGadfly: In ''Rocket Ship Galileo'', Dr. Cargraves adopts this role when debating with his three teenage apprentices, to get them to question their own assumptions and realize the importance of being able to prove their assertions. His contrary position is that the Moon might not have a "far side", because no one has ever seen it (the book was written before spacecraft were sent to photograph the far side).



* TheMutiny: In ''Orphans of the Sky'' (originally two short stories, "Universe" and "Common Sense"), the conditions on the generation ship are partly due to a mutiny during which the ship's piloting crew was killed off, the survivors later forgetting their original purpose.



* TheNounWhoVerbed: "The Man Who Sold the Moon".



** The setting of "Coventry".

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** The setting In "Coventry", the United States has used AppliedPhlebotinum to put a force field wall around an area of "Coventry".the country. Because of the respect for human rights, it is the law that anyone may choose to go to Coventry rather than have to agree to psychological therapy for criminal or antisocial behavior.


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* SuperBreedingProgram: "Gulf" features a secret group of superintelligent humans who are engaged in a number of long term plans, including a breeding program to increase their own numbers as well as become a physically distinct species no longer capable of interbreeding with homo sapiens.
* TalkingThroughTechnique: In "Gulf", two supergenius spies locked in a monitored cell communicate through a game of cards.
* TankGoodness: ''If This Goes On --'' has these. They are sort of "landships". To get an idea of the "landships", think of a WW2 battleship that goes overland like a tank.


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* TerminallyDependentSociety: In "The Roads Must Roll", America has replaced all their roads with massive moving walkways, which have to be maintained by teams of engineers and mechanics for the country's economy to function. Then one of the engineers attempts to use his control over the roads to effect a coup.
* ThrownOutTheAirlock: In ''Rocket Ship Galileo'', one of the heroes threatens to do this to a Nazi prisoner to get him to talk. He has to partially carry it out before the Nazi cracks.
* TitleRequiem: The short story "Requiem" is about D.D. Harriman's attempt to fulfill his dream of landing on the Moon. He succeeds, but dies soon after landing.
* TomatoSurprise: "Columbus Was A Dope". Some men are in a bar, discussing the launch of a new space ship. One of the men declares that it's ridiculous for men to go out exploring when everything is fine just the way it is. It's revealed in the very last sentence of the story that [[spoiler:the whole thing has been taking place on a bar on the Moon]].
* TortureTechnician: In ''If This Goes On--'', our hero is captured by the evil government. He notices that the several Torture Technician workers for the government show no pleasure in their job, they are strictly business. It is implied that anyone who likes to inflict pain is not permitted in that job, as they are supposed to get information, not necessarily hurt people (although that is always an option if they think it will help).
* VenusIsWet: Venus is depicted as a swamp planet in ''Podkayne of Mars'', and the short stories "Logic of Empire" and "Tenderfoot on Venus".
* {{Vibroweapon}}: Vibroblades appear in ''If This Goes On--''.
* WatchTheWorldDie: "Year of the Jackpot" is about a man who studies trends and realizes that the world is about to go to Hell in a hand basket. He and a young lady decide to live off the grid, as far away from civilization as possible, to avoid the madness and wait while everyone goes to pieces. [[spoiler:His plan fails, as the story ends with the sun dying.]]
* WeightWoe: Maureen, called "Puddin'", in the short story "Cliff and the Calories". She thinks her boyfriend would like her better if she were thinner, so she tries desperately to lose weight.
* YouAreInCommandNow: In ''If This Goes On--'', John Lyle, a junior officer in the rebel forces attacking the Prophet's capital of New Jerusalem, is thrust into the position of commanding the whole force, when his commanding officer is wounded and his tank-analogue seems to be the only one in effective communication with all the others. Lyle isn't technically next in the chain of command (he's a staff officer/aide de camp for the commander, doubling up as tank commander). However, he doesn't trust the next in line to handle the situation (too cautious) so he continues to issue orders in the commander's name, even though the commander is out of contact. Once things reach a "safe" state, he tells the real next-in-line "you are in command now".
* YourSoulIsMine: In "The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathon Hoag", the Sons of the Bird drain out the soul of one of the protagonists and place it in a bottle, leaving her in a coma.
1st Jun '17 2:06:47 AM PaulA
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* ReverseMole: In "Coventry", "Fader" [=McGee=] is a Secret Service agent.
* RevisedEnding: ''Podkayne of Mars'' had an original ending where Podkayne dies, intending it to be AnAesop about a working mother not properly taking care of her children. The publisher made him use a revised ending where she is injured but survives. It was eventually published with both endings, which differ only on the last page.
* RipTailoring: ''Podkayne of Mars''. The eponymous teenage heroine, free from the eye of her parents and determined to seem more cosmopolitan than her Martian upbringing, mentions altering her only party dress in the privacy of her cruise liner cabin to look a bit more grown-up.
* SecretTest:
** In the short story "Space Jockey", spaceship pilots are monitored to make sure they are psychologically stable. A space pilot is bothered by a "stupid tourist" who is secretly a psychiatrist to determine his state of mind before a flight.
** In the novella "Gulf", Joseph Briggs is being trained so he can join a secret society of geniuses. His teacher tests his personality in several ways, including not letting him eat or sleep, inflicting intense pain and subtly trying to goad him into irrational actions. He passes with flying colors, continuing to act rationally and reliably.
* SelfInflictedHell: In the short story "Elsewhen", when a person dies, they get whatever afterlife they expect they will find. If they were very religious, they go to a form of heaven where they subsist with God, etc. But nobody ever ceases to exist because it's impossible to believe in annihilation.
* SpaceBase: In ''Rocket Ship Galileo'', the protagonists discover a hidden Nazi base on the Moon after the end of World War II.
* SpaceCadet: "Misfit", which takes inspiration from the Depression-era Civilian Conservation Corps.
* SpaceMadness: The main character of "Ordeal in Space" develops severe acrophobia after an EVA accident sends him adrift in space until rescue arrives, forcing him to give up space flight. [[spoiler:He snaps out of it when he nerves himself up to rescue a kitten stuck on a ledge]].
* StaticStunGun: "Gulf" features a static stun gun called a "Markheim".
* StupidJetpackHitler: Heinlein brought this trope into its modern form by creating Nazis with atomic spaceships on the Moon in ''Rocket Ship Galileo'', written only a couple of years after WWII ended. For the readers of the time, the Nazis were probably the least fantastic part. Men on the Moon indeed!
31st May '17 9:35:18 PM PaulA
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* OppressiveStatesOfAmerica: In "If This Goes On--", the U.S. has become a theocratic police state.
* PeacefulInDeath: In "The Roads Must Roll", a man is murdered while trying to negiotiate with the striking workers. The main character is struck by the nobility of his expression, seeing him dead.
* PenalColony:
** The setting of "Coventry".
** The "Marsmen" of ''Podkayne of Mars'' are descended from prison colonists.


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* PopulationControl: In ''Podkayne of Mars'', Marsmen apply to the 'Population, Ecology and Genetics' Board to be 'pegged' at a preset number of children, probably because of the necessity of not exceeding the support potential of the semi-terraformed colony. However none of the mentioned families seem to have any trouble getting the number they want; Podkayne's parents are in fact offered seven children but her mother prefers five as 'all she has time for'.
* PrecociousCrush: In ''Podkayne of Mars'', Podkayne's younger brother develops a crush on a lady traveling with them on the space voyage to Venus.
* PresidentEvil: In "If This Goes On--", President Nehemiah Scudder proclaimed himself "First Prophet" and imposed a Christian theocratic dictatorship at some point between 2013 and 2016.


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* ReadTheFinePrint: In ''The Man Who Sold the Moon'', Delos D. Harriman, "the last of the Robber Barons", mentions that the roadways he owns that are used by most of the population to commute and move goods have small print on the ticket that says that the company will only "attempt" to get them or their goods to their destination and if the company fails it is only liable to refund the price of the ticket. Using the roadway means agreeing with this. Harriman says he got idea when he worked as a clerk for the Western Union telegram service. By signing the front of a telegram form most people didn't realize they were agreeing to all the small print listed on the back of the form. Harriman read the back in his free time on the job and admired it. This sort of caveat is actually fairly common in contracts, in the form of a "force majeure" clause that releases someone from a contractual obligation if uncontrollable circumstances make it impossible to comply.
* RebelliousRebel:
** In "The Roads Must Roll", when the workers are organizing their strike on the grounds that transportion being so necessary, they should use their clout for extortion, one worker objects that the terms of their employment are not actually oppressive; when the strike actually occurs, he goes to the boss to offer his help. [[spoiler:The strikers murder him in a parlay.]]
** In "The Long Watch", Interplanetary Patrol Lieutenant John Dahlquist, after a superior attempts to recruit him into a coup attempt, instead makes a HeroicSacrifice by barricading himself in the nuclear armory and manually disabling all the nuclear weapons, taking a fatal dose of radiation in the process. He [[DyingAlone dies alone]], sitting by the door he barricaded. Radiation levels are so high that robots must be used to recover his body and put it in a lead coffin for [[DueToTheDead a hero's funeral]].
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* MegaCorp: ''Podkayne of Mars''. The Venus Corporation, which controls the entire planet.


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* OneNationUnderCopyright: In ''Podkayne of Mars'', the Venus Corporation controls the entire planet Venus, and runs it like Las Vegas IN SPACE.
31st May '17 8:57:19 PM PaulA
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* MegaCorp: ''Podkayne of Mars''. The Venus Corporation, which controls the entire planet.
* MegaMealChallenge: "Cliff and the Calories".
-->'''Cliff:''' Have you ever had a Mount Everest?\\
'''Maureen:''' Huh?\\
'''Cliff:''' They start with a big platter and build up the peak with twenty-one flavors of ice cream, using four bananas, butterscotch syrup, and nuts to bind it. Then they cover it with chocolate syrup, sprinkle malted milk powder and more nuts for rock, pour marshmallow syrup and whipped cream down from the top for snow, stick parsley around the lower slopes for trees, and set a little plastic skier on one of the snow banks. You get to keep him as a souvenir of the experience.\\
'''Maureen:''' Oh, my!\\
'''Cliff:''' Only one to a customer and I don't have to pay if you finish it.
* MilitaryMashupMachine: In "If This Goes On...", the major land force of the USA is Land Battleships.
* MirrorMonster: In "The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag", the Sons of the Bird are powerful evil entities that enter and exit our world through mirrors.
* MissingTime: In "The Unpleasant Profession Of Jonathan Hoag", the title character experiences this every time he goes to work -- everything between leaving home in the morning and returning in the evening is a blank. He hires a private detective to find out what it is he actually does.
* MultipleHeadCase: Joe-Jim the two-headed mutant from ''Universe''.
* MyArtMyMemory: "They". A man believed to be insane can play beautiful music on the violin. Later on he dreams about his past life in a higher level of being, including hearing music swelling out of every living thing -- presumably the source of his musical ability.
* NeckSnap: In "Gulf", "Kettle Belly" Baldwin killed a guard this way when he and "Captain Gilead" escaped from the New Age Hotel.
* NeuroVault: In "If This Goes On...", Lyle is told he has been given critical information that he has to get to LaResistance. When he gets there he is put under anesthesia to extract the information. He later asks one of the Resistance scientists what was the nature of the "really important" message. He is disappointed when he is told that it was just lots of routine information. The scientist realizes he made a mistake, the man did have very important information. He also had his resistance credentials: "If they hadn't checked out, you would never have woken up."
* NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup: In "Gulf", there were plans and prototypes for the "nova effect", but they were destroyed as a security measure, along with everyone involved in creating it receiving hypnotic instructions to forget about it. Two sets of microfilms were made: one was to be taken to Earth for safe keeping, and a backup version was to be destroyed once the first set was safe. After a secret agent arrived on Earth with the first set the order was given to destroy the backups. Unfortunately the agent was pursued by the enemy and had to get rid of the first set before he could deliver them, and they were lost.
* OccupiersOutOfOurCountry: "Free Men" is about the resistance movement against invaders who occupied the US following the "Twenty Minute War". The origin of the occupiers is not specified.
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