Heinlein Society

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The Earth is just too small and fragile a basket for the human race to keep all its eggs in.

—Robert A. Heinlein

Heinlein Society
NicknamesHeinleinians, Longs, Juvies, Sky Farmers, Nesters
Home BaseScattered across Mars, the Main Belt and Jupiter
Population (2015 rough)n/a
Political InfluenceMinimal-to-zero
AlliesPulpers, Timelords, Belters
Major Achievementsn/a
StereotypeLongs: Oversexed self-reliant pioneers

Juvies: Boy Scouts, both figuratively and literally

Nesters: (The rest of Fenspace tries to not think about the Nesters)
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The formal collection of fans of Golden Age grandmaster Robert Heinlein. While in theory the Society runs the Heinleinian show, the actual situation breaks down into three major subfactions.

Howard Foundation

Fans of Heinlein’s “Future History” and “World-As-Myth” novels.[1] The majority are on Luna or scattered through the Belt, but are rumored to be working on constructing an interstellar colony ship. Many are trying to biomod themselves into immortals, or at least give themselves very long lifespans (and red hair); it’s far too early to tell whether any have been successful.

This type takes the Old Man's statement "Specialization is for insects" seriously and are usually found with five or six heavily-marked-up textbooks in tow. Some experiment with (or were already implementing, pre-Handwavium) "alternate lifestyles" such as polyamory.

Space Cadets

Fans of the Heinlein juveniles. Mostly concentrated in long-term colonization projects in the solar system; Sky Farmers can be found almost anywhere where there’s a dome colony in need of agriculture, but Luna and Ganymede are their spiritual homes. Most teenaged male Space Cadets are active Boy Scouts, affiliated with the organizations in the US and the UK. Many Juvies wouldn’t know what to do with a romantic relationship if they stumbled into one face-first.

Church of All Worlds

Fans of Stranger In A Strange Land who migrated to Mars in search of native intelligent Martians. They pattern their lives after the society shown in that novel; their weddings can be entertaining for people who’ve passed the age of majority, but don’t eat from the buffet at one of their funerals unless you know exactly what you’re doing.

If any faction is going to squick the 'Danes enough to make them come after the Fen, it'll be the Nesters.


  1. The “World-As-Myth” fen were ecstatic when they heard about the Interdimensional Incursion Incident, as it proved their beliefs true at least in part.