Questions tagged [orphans-of-the-sky]

This tag should be used for questions related to Robert Heinlein's 1963 novel "Orphans of the Sky," though it may also be useful in the context of questions dealing with the 1941 short stories "Universe" and "Common Sense," from which the novel was derived.

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Was “Orphans of the Sky” intended to parallel the Bible?

Heinlein's Orphans of the Sky contains some things that, to me at least, appear to be direct religious commentary / allegory / parody. For instance, the name of "Jordan" being God, and the mention ...
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First Story which Featured a Generational Ship where the Crew Have Forgotten

Is Heinlein's 1941 story Orphan's of the Sky the first instance of a generation ship where the current inhabitants have almost completely forgotten how to run the ship, and are mostly unaware of ...
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Structure of Heinlein's ship Vanguard (Orphans of the Sky)

I have a question regarding the structure of the spaceship Vanguard featured in Heinlein's 1941 novel Orphans of the Sky (Wikipedia' synopsys here). The ship is described as a huge cylinder with many ...