Heinlein's Time Line 3 - The Moon is a Harsh Mistress

This is a draft version. It was based only on The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, The Cat Who Walks Through Walls (CWWTW), To Sail Beyond the Sunset, and (as a working hypothesis) on Friday. It's my guess that Friday is set in this timeline, and I have some evidence for that; however, since I can't be 100% sure about it, I will precede the events that are based on Friday by a F.

The Rolling Stones is canonically placed in this timeline, however there are so much contradictions between The Rolling Stones and the other books of this timeline that I will only select what can be saved. These data are marked by a RS.

Some of the dates are shown in intervals, for example 2100 ± 12. This means that I've run a Monte-Carlo simulation with the data and this is the 95% confidence interval. In other words: just my guess :-)

I have put some arrows to help the reader follow some characters that jump in time, or out of this timeline

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This timeline is very similar to the real history until about 1966 (and possible even further)


  • Birth of Jubal Harshaw (TSBTS, p.428) (This contradicts CWWTW, p.164 and p.322, where his birthdate is given in 1904 and 1906)

    July 20, 1969

  • Neil Armstrong becomes the First Man in the Moon (real)


  • The Moon becomes a Penal Colony

    1996 and 2021

  • Riots in the Moon, put down by shutting lights


  • Destruction of Paris


  • F Something important happens (Friday, page 210: the password uses dates 1066, 1492, 4004 BC, 1776, and 2012).

    July 14, 2040

  • Birth of Manuel Garcia O'Kelly

    25 December, 2063

  • Birth of Hazel Meade Stone, daughter of Roger something (CWWTW page 204)


  • Mort the Wart becomes Warden of Lunar Administration (TMIAHM page 16)


  • Birth of Uncle Jock


  • Mycroft Holmes aka Mike aka Adam Selene becomes sentient

    May 13, 2075 21:00

  • Meeting in the Styliagi Hall begins

    May 14, 2075

  • Adam Selene, Bernardo de la Paz, Manuel Garcia O'Kelly-Davis and Wyoming Knott start the movement for the Independence of the Moon

  • The Moon population is 3 million, Earth population is 11,000 million (TMIAHM pages 22 and 23)

    May 3rd, 2076

  • Every Loonie called Simon is arrested, in search for Simon Jester (TMIAHM Chapter 12)

    July 4th, 2076

  • The Moon declares Independence

    October 12, 2076 19:00

  • Earth invades the Moon (tMiaHM Chapter 23)

    October 16, 2076 09:00

  • The bombing of Earth by rocks thrown from the Moon begins (tMiaHM Chapter 25)

    October 18, 2076

  • China accepts the armistice, followed by other nations.

  • The War between Earth and Moon ends (tMiaHM Chapter 28).

    September 22, 2078

  • Birth of Roger Stone, son of Hazel Stone (14) and Slim Lemke (Fall Equinox)


  • Birth of Ingrid Stone, daughter of Hazel Stone and Slim Lemke (named Ingrid for Slim's mother)


  • Epidemic on the Moon (RS Ch IX p.129)


  • The Moon and Mars sign a treaty (RS Ch XI p.146)

    2122 - 2130

  • Roger Stone becomes major of Luna City

    2130 or 2131

  • Birth of Meade Stone, daughter of Edith Stone and Roger_Stone (RS)


  • Big Quake of '31 on the Moon (RS Ch V p.64)


  • Birth of Colin Campbell aka Richard Ames, bastard son of Lazarus Long (CWWTW page 226) and Wendy Campbell.

  • Around this year (± 1 Year) are born Castor and Pollux Stone, twin sons of Dr Edith Stone and Roger Stone


  • Birth of Lowell Stone, son of Edith Stone and Roger Stone (66) (RS)

    2146 or 2147

  • Roger Stone begins writing The Scourge of the Spaceways (RS p.23)

    2148 or 2149

  • The Rolling Stones begins


  • Colin Campbell enters the Army (Navy?) and leaves Uncle Jock's house (CWWTW page 342)


  • Time Head Quarters move to Uncle Jock's house in Iowa

    September 2175

  • Birth of Gretchen Henderson, great great granddaughter of Hazel Stone (CWWTW page 142)

    July 1st, 2177

  • Lots of time travelers go to the Time Head Quarters at Uncle Jock's house in Iowa (CWWTW page 339)


  • Battle somewhere, General Evans was defeated, Colin Campbell loses a leg, he and his friends eat General Evans's body

    May Day, 2188

  • West Coast Secedes from USA

    June 30, 2188

  • Gwen Novak kills "Enrico Schultz", who would kill Richard Ames

    Tuesday, July 1st, 2188

  • Gwen Novak marries Richard Ames (CWWTW page 337)

    July 5th, 2188

  • Gwen Novak, Richard Ames et al are rescued to Time Line 2

  • The Moon Computer, that holds Adam Selene's "soul" is rescued

  • Time Head Quarters leave Uncle Jock's house in Iowa, and go to New Harbor

    September 9, 2199

  • Birth of Georges Perreault (F p.144)

    2249 ± 20

  • F Action of _Friday_ [except that _Friday_ follows _Gulf_, and _Gulf_ doesn't fit this timeline :-(]

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