Glory Road

Glory Road is a science fantasy novel by American writer Robert A. Heinlein, originally serialized in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction (July – September 1963) and published in hardcover the same year. It was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 1964.

Glory Road
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Cover of the first edition of Glory Road
AuthorRobert A. Heinlein
Cover artistIrv Docktor
CountryUnited States
GenreFantasy, science fiction
PublisherG. P. Putnam's Sons
Publication date
Media typePrint (Hardcover and paperback)

Plot summary

Evelyn Cyril "E.C." Gordon (also known as "Easy" and "Flash"[1]) had been recently discharged from an unnamed war in Southeast Asia. He is pondering what to do with his future and considers spending a year traveling in France. He is presented with a dilemma: follow up on a possible winning entry in the Irish Sweepstakes or respond to a newspaper ad which asks "Are you a coward?". He settles on the latter, discovering it has been placed by Star,[2] a stunningly gorgeous woman he had previously met on Île du Levant. Star informs him that he is the one to embark on a perilous quest to retrieve the Egg of the Phoenix. When she asks what to call him, he wants to suggest Scarface, referring to the scar on his face, but she stops him as he is saying "Oh, Scar..." and repeats this as "Oscar", and thus gives him his new name.[1] Along with Rufo, her assistant, who appears to be a man in his fifties, they tread the "Glory Road" in swashbuckling style, slaying dragons and other exotic creatures.

Shortly before the final Quest for the Egg itself, Oscar and Star marry. The team then proceeds to enter the tower in which the Egg has been hidden, navigating a maze of illusions and optical tricks. Oscar scouts ahead and encounters a fearsome foe who, though unnamed, is clearly the legendary 17th-century swordsman Cyrano de Bergerac, the final guardian of the Egg.[3] After a long fight, the party escapes with the Egg. When they arrive in the home universe of Star and Rufo, Rufo informs Oscar that Star is actually the Empress of many worlds—and Rufo's grandmother.

The Egg is a cybernetic device that contains the knowledge and experiences of most of her predecessors. Despite her youthful appearance, she is the mother of dozens of children (by egg donation) and has undergone special medical treatments that extend her life much longer than usual. She has Oscar unknowingly receive the same treatments.

Initially, Oscar enjoys his new-found prestige and luxurious life as the husband of the Empress of the Twenty Universes. However, as time goes on, he grows bored and feels out of place and useless. When he demands Star's professional judgment, she tells him that he must leave; her world has no place or need for a hero of his stature. It will be decades before she can complete the transfer of the knowledge held in the Egg, so he must go alone. He returns to Earth but has difficulty readjusting to his own world, despite having brought great wealth along with him. He begins to doubt his own sanity and whether the adventure even happened. The story ends as he is contacted by Rufo to set up another trip along the Glory Road.


Samuel R. Delany called the novel "endlessly fascinating" and said that it "maintains a delicacy, a bravura, and a joy".[4] It was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 1964, losing to Way Station by Clifford D. Simak.[5][6]


  1. ^ a b M. E. Cowan. "Oscar Gordon". A Heinlein Concordance. Heinlein Society. Retrieved 2011-02-24.
  2. ^ M. E. Cowan. "Star". A Heinlein Concordance. Heinlein Society. Retrieved 2011-02-24.
  3. ^ M. E. Cowan. "Never-Born". A Heinlein Concordance. Heinlein Society. Retrieved 2011-02-24.
  4. ^ Samuel R. Delany. "Glory Road". Powell's Books. Retrieved 2010-08-21.
  5. ^ "1964 Hugo Awards". The Hugo Awards. Retrieved 2014-11-23.
  6. ^ "1964 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. Retrieved 2009-07-27.

External links

1965–66 Texas Western Miners basketball team

The 1965–66 Texas Western Miners basketball team represented Texas Western College, now known as the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), and was coached by Hall of Fame coach Don Haskins. The team made history by winning the 1966 NCAA University Division Basketball Tournament in 1966, becoming the first team with an all-black starting lineup to win an NCAA basketball national championship. The Miners defeated Kentucky (a team that was all white until 1969) 72–65 in the historic championship game, played at Cole Field House in College Park, Maryland on March 19, 1966.

The team was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2007

and inspired the book and film Glory Road.

1966 NCAA University Division Basketball Tournament

The 1966 NCAA University Division Basketball Tournament involved 22 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the national men's basketball champion of the NCAA University Division, now known as NCAA Division I. It began on March 7, 1966, and ended with the championship game on March 19 in College Park, Maryland. A total of 26 games were played, including a third place game in each region and a national third place game.

Texas Western, coached by Don Haskins, won the national title with a 72–65 victory in the final game over Kentucky, coached by Adolph Rupp. Coach Haskins started five black players for the first time in NCAA Championship history. Jerry Chambers of Utah was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player. The 2006 film Glory Road is based on the story of the 1966 Texas Western team.

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McAuley played Bucky in the Fat Albert movie. He also played Orsten Artis in the 2006 film Glory Road, based on the true story of the Texas Western Miners, and Walt in the film Pride. He went on to co-star with Tatyana Ali in the sitcom Love That Girl!. He also voiced the rooster Drake in The Lion of Judah. He is featured in the music video for Miracle by Matisyahu.

Bettina Gilois

Bettina Gilois is a screenwriter and author. She is known for her work on the HBO film Bessie, and Disney's Glory Road and McFarland, USA. Gilois won an Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Writing of a Television Movie and a Black Reel Awards of 2016 nomination for Bessie. She also won two Image Award nominations for Bessie and McFarland, USA. Gilois was a Humanitas Prize nominee in 2006 and a Black Reel Awards of 2007 nominee for Glory Road.Gilois is an associate professor in the Lawrence and Kristina Dodge College of Film and Media Arts at Chapman University.

Damaine Radcliff

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Derek Luke

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Dino Wells

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Wells was a boxer among the amateur ranks in the early 1990s, but had to stop for to personal reasons. As an actor, Wells appeared in the television series, Prison Break as the character Trumpet's Right-hand Man in the 2005-6 season. He appeared in the 2006 film Glory Road in the uncredited role of John Anderson. He also worked as an additional production assistant on Glory Road. Wells' first TV role was on the show Mama Flora's Family where he was cast as Willie's friend (Willie played by Blair Underwood).

Don Haskins

Donald Lee Haskins (March 14, 1930 – September 7, 2008), nicknamed "The Bear", was an American basketball player and coach. He played college basketball for three years under coach Henry Iba at Oklahoma A&M (now Oklahoma State University). He was the head coach at Texas Western College (renamed the University of Texas at El Paso in 1967) from 1961 to 1999. His greatest triumph occurred in 1966, when his team won the NCAA Tournament over the Wildcats of the University of Kentucky, coached by Adolph Rupp. The watershed game initiated the end of racial segregation in college basketball.

In his time at Texas Western/UTEP, he compiled a 719–353 record, suffering only five losing seasons. He won 14 Western Athletic Conference championships and four WAC tournament titles, had fourteen NCAA tournament berths and made seven trips to the NIT. Haskins led UTEP to 17 20-plus-win seasons and served as an assistant Olympic team coach in 1972.He was enshrined into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1997 as a basketball coach. His 1966 team was inducted in its entirety by the same Hall of Fame on September 7, 2007.

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Evan Jones (actor)

Evan Jones (born April 1, 1976) is an American actor who worked in films such as 8 Mile, Jarhead, Gangster Squad, The Book of Eli, Glory Road, and A Million Ways to Die in the West. Jones was a cast member of the television series October Road and has made guest appearances in series as Brothers & Sisters, and Going to California, among others.

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Glory Road (film)

Glory Road is a 2006 American sports drama film directed by James Gartner, based on a true story surrounding the events leading to the 1966 NCAA University Division Basketball Championship (the historic name for what is now known as the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament). Don Haskins portrayed by Josh Lucas, head coach of Texas Western College, coached a team with an all-black starting lineup, a first in NCAA history. Glory Road explores racism, discrimination, and student athletics. Supporting actors Jon Voight and Derek Luke also star in principal roles.

The film was a co-production between the motion picture studios of Walt Disney Pictures, Jerry Bruckheimer Films, Texas Western Productions, and Glory Road Productions. It was commercially distributed by Buena Vista Pictures theatrically and by the Buena Vista Home Entertainment division for the video rental market. It premiered in theaters nationwide in the United States on January 13, 2006, grossing $42,938,449 in box office business despite generally mixed reviews from critics. Glory Road was nominated for a number of awards including the Humanitas Prize; the film won the 2006 ESPY Award for Best Sports Movie.

On January 10, 2006, the original motion picture soundtrack was released by the Hollywood Records music label. The soundtrack was composed and orchestrated by musician Trevor Rabin. The DVD release, featuring theatrical trailers, extended interviews with players and colleagues of coach Haskins, and deleted scenes, among other highlights, was released in the U.S. on June 6, 2006.

Josh Lucas

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Larry Conley

George Larry Conley (born January 22, 1944 in Ashland, Kentucky) is a retired American professional basketball player.

A 6'3" guard, Conley played college basketball at the University of Kentucky under coach Adolph Rupp. During the 1965-66 season, Conley was a starter on a Kentucky team that also featured Tommy Kron and future Basketball Hall-of-Famers Pat Riley and Louie Dampier. The Wildcats lost the championship game of that season's NCAA Tournament 72-65 to Texas Western, this game was the center of the 2006 film Glory Road.

Conley played in the first Kentucky Colonels game of the American Basketball Association before committing to the army. He currently broadcasts college basketball for Fox Sports, after previously performing the same role for ESPN, NBC, CBS, ABC, and Raycom Sports.

Magic (Gillan album)

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Although the album was generally accepted by Gillan's staunch UK following, it failed to achieve the chart success of Glory Road or Future Shock, peaking at No. 17 in the UK chart.

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Two-Bit Manchild

"Two-Bit Manchild" is a song written and performed by Neil Diamond. It appears on Neil's 1968 album Velvet Gloves and Spit, and was released as an A-side with a B-side of "Broad Old Woman (6 a.m. Insanity)". It is a "strong and interesting" song according to Robert Jamieson."Two-Bit Manchild" also appears on the Neil Diamond compilation albums Glory Road 1968-1972, Play Me: The Complete Uni Studio Recordings Plus, Gold, and Reflections.

The site Allmusic recommends "Two-Bit Manchild" as one of the top four songs on the album Velvet Gloves and Spit, calling it, "a fascinating adaptation of his Brill Building-era sound to a personal/introspective lyric and approach (picture the Monkees' sound melded to a singer/songwriter persona)." It has also been described as "brilliant and very Bang-ish" and a "jewel". The opening riff is also reminiscent of Day Tripper by The Beatles.

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