Title: The Roads Must Roll

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Title: The Roads Must Roll Title Record # 40986
Author: Robert A. Heinlein
Date: 1940-06-00
Type: SHORTFICTION
Length: novelette
Series: Future History
Webpages: Wikipedia-EN
Language: English
Synopsis: Set in a future where the automobile has been replaced by The Roads, a gigantic set of parallel conveyor belts. The belts run at different speeds allowing a pedestrian to enter the Road at slow speed, and make his way to the center, where speeds are in excess of 100 MPH. Follows the exploits of Gaines, the Transport Commisioner, as he tries to put down a strike by the Rolling Roads Guild.
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Other Titles

Variant Titles Translations
Year Title
1940 The Roads Must Roll [as by Robert Heinlein]
Year Language Title
1966 Italian Rotostrada n. 20
1967 French Les routes doivent rouler
1971 German Die Straßen müssen rollen
1976 Dutch De Weg Zal Rollen
1977 German Die Straßen müssen rollen
1987 Italian Le strade devono correre
1988 German Die Straßen müssen rollen
1988 Croatian Ceste moraju ići [as by Robert Heinlein]

Awards

Place Year and Award Category
1 2016 Retro Hugo Best Novelette

Publications

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Title Date Author/Editor Publisher/Pub. Series ISBN/Catalog# Price Pages Format Type Cover Artist Verif
Astounding Science-Fiction, June 1940 1940-06-00 ed. John W. Campbell, Jr. Street & Smith Publications, Inc.   $0.20 164 pulp? mag Hubert Rogers Checkmark
Adventures in Time and Space 1946-00-00 ed. Raymond J. Healy, J. Francis McComas Random House   $2.95 xv+
997
hc? anth George Salter Checkmark
Adventures in Time and Space 1946-08-26 ed. Raymond J. Healy, J. Francis McComas Random House   $2.95 xv+
997
hc? anth George Salter Checkmark
The Man Who Sold the Moon: Harriman and the Escape from Earth to the Moon! 1950-00-00 Robert A. Heinlein Shasta   $3.00 288 hc? coll Hubert Rogers Checkmark
The Man Who Sold the Moon 1951-03-00 Robert A. Heinlein Signet 847 $0.25 167 pb? coll Stanley Meltzoff Checkmark
Adventures in Time and Space 1952-00-00 ed. Raymond J. Healy, J. Francis McComas Grayson & Grayson   9/6 327 hc? anth Mudge-Marriott Checkmark
Adventures in Time and Space 1953-00-00 ed. Raymond J. Healy, J. Francis McComas Random House     xv+
824
hc? anth  
The Man Who Sold the Moon 1953-00-00 Robert Heinlein Sidgwick & Jackson   9/6 256 hc? coll Hubert Rogers Checkmark
The Man Who Sold the Moon 1955-00-00 Robert A. Heinlein Shasta   $3.00 299 hc? coll  
The Man Who Sold the Moon 1955-00-00 Robert Heinlein Pan Books 327 2/- 252 pb? coll Gerard Quinn Checkmark
More Adventures in Time and Space 1955-02-00 ed. Raymond J. Healy, J. Francis McComas Bantam Books 1310 $0.25 142 pb? anth Chesley Bonestell Checkmark
Famous Science-Fiction Stories: Adventures in Time and Space 1957-00-00 ed. J. Francis McComas, Raymond J. Healy Modern Library (Modern Library Giant #31) G31 $2.95 997 hc? anth Salter Checkmark
Famous Science-Fiction Stories: Adventures in Time and Space 1957-00-00 ed. J. Francis McComas, Raymond J. Healy Random House   C$3.45 997 hc? anth  
The Robert Heinlein Omnibus 1958-07-00 Robert Heinlein The Science Fiction Book Club (UK) 33 5/6 256+
224
hc? omni C. W. Bacon  
The Man Who Sold the Moon 1959-04-00 Robert A. Heinlein Signet S1644 $0.35 vi+
159
pb? coll Checkmark
Journeys in Science Fiction 1961-00-00 ed. Richard L. Loughlin, Lilian M. Popp Globe Book Company   $3.52 655+
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Journeys in Science Fiction 1961-00-00 ed. Richard L. Loughlin, Lilian M. Popp Globe Book Company   $3.76 655+
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The Man Who Sold the Moon 1963-00-00 Robert Heinlein Pan Books X227 3/6 237+
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pb? coll W. F. Phillipps Checkmark
The Man Who Sold the Moon 1963-10-00 Robert A. Heinlein Signet / New American Library D2358 $0.50 159 pb? coll Stanley Meltzoff Checkmark
The Man Who Sold the Moon 1963-10-00 Robert A. Heinlein Signet / New American Library of Canada D2358 C$0.50 159 pb? coll Stanley Meltzoff Checkmark
Tomorrow X 4 1964-00-00 ed. Damon Knight Gold Medal Books d1428 $0.50 176 pb? anth Checkmark
The Best of Sci-Fi (Three) 1964-00-00 ed. Cordelia Titcomb Smith Mayflower-Dell 3160 5/- 288 pb? anth Richard Powers Checkmark
Great Science Fiction Stories 1964-02-00 ed. Cordelia Titcomb Smith Dell Laurel-Leaf Library 3160 $0.50 288 pb? anth Richard Powers Checkmark
A Robert Heinlein Omnibus 1966-00-00 Robert A. Heinlein Sidgwick & Jackson   30/- 158+
256+
224
hc? omni  
Urania #426 1966-03-06 ed. Carlo Fruttero, Franco Lucentini Arnoldo Mondadori Editore 426 200 Lit 128 digest? mag Karel Thole Checkmark
More Adventures in Time and Space 1966-09-00 ed. Raymond J. Healy, J. Francis McComas Bantam Books F3261 $0.50 142 pb? anth Checkmark
Tomorrow X 4 1967-00-00 ed. Damon Knight Coronet Books F124 3/6 176 pb? anth Checkmark
The Past Through Tomorrow 1967-03-00 Robert A. Heinlein Putnam   $5.95 667 hc? coll Ben Feder Checkmark
The Past Through Tomorrow 1967-03-00 Robert A. Heinlein Longmans (Canada)   C$6.95 667 hc? coll  
The Past Through Tomorrow 1967-04-00 Robert A. Heinlein G. P. Putnam's Sons / SFBC   $2.30 667 hc? coll Ben Feder Checkmark
Histoire du Futur: Tome 1 1967-10-10 Robert A. Heinlein OPTA (Club du Livre d'Anticipation #10)     xxxii+
402
hc? omni Checkmark
The Man Who Sold the Moon 1970-01-00 Robert Heinlein New English Library 0-450-00431-7 £0.30 237+
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The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Volume One 1970-04-00 ed. Robert Silverberg Doubleday   $7.95 xi+
558
hc? anth Sagebrush Checkmark
The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Volume One 1970-05-00 ed. Robert Silverberg Doubleday / SFBC 2265 $2.98 xi+
558
hc? anth Sagebrush Checkmark
The Man Who Sold the Moon 1970-07-00 Robert A. Heinlein Signet / New American Library T4307 $0.75 159 pb? coll Gene Szafran Checkmark
The Man Who Sold the Moon 1971-04-00 Robert Heinlein New English Library 0-450-00431-7 £0.30 238 pb? coll Checkmark
The Science Fiction Hall of Fame 1971-07-00 ed. Robert Silverberg Avon J115 $1.50 672 pb? anth Checkmark
The Science Fiction Hall of Fame 1971-07-00 ed. Robert Silverberg Avon J115 C$1.50 672 pb? anth Checkmark
Der Mann, der den Mond verkaufte 1971-11-00 Robert A. Heinlein Heyne (Heyne Science Fiction & Fantasy #3270) 3270 DM 2.80 143 pb? coll Gray Morrow Checkmark
Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Vol One 1972-00-00 ed. Robert Silverberg Sphere 78328 £0.40 349 pb? anth Checkmark
Great Science Fiction Stories 1972-07-00 ed. Cordelia Titcomb Smith Dell Laurel-Leaf Library 3160 $0.50 288 pb? anth Richard Powers Checkmark
The Science Fiction Hall of Fame 1972-11-00 ed. Robert Silverberg Avon J115 $1.50 672 pb? anth Checkmark
Present Imperfect: Facets of the Utopian Vision 1973-00-00 ed. Leo B. Kneer Scott, Foresman and Company 0-673-03434-8   308 hc? anth  
The Science Fiction Hall of Fame 1973-04-00 ed. Robert Silverberg Avon J115 $1.50 672 pb? anth Checkmark
The Best of Robert Heinlein 1973-10-00 Robert A. Heinlein Sidgwick & Jackson 0-283-97982-8 £ 348 hc? coll  
The Best of Robert Heinlein 1973-10-00 Robert A. Heinlein Sphere 0-7221-4462-8 £0.40 348 pb? coll Patrick Woodroffe Checkmark
Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Vol One 1974-00-00 ed. Robert Silverberg Sphere 0-7221-7829-8 £0.40 349 pb? anth Checkmark
Great Science Fiction Stories 1974-10-00 ed. Cordelia Titcomb Smith Dell Laurel-Leaf 3160 $0.95 288 pb? anth Richard Powers Checkmark
The Past Through Tomorrow 1975-01-00 Robert A. Heinlein Berkley Medallion 0-425-02738-4 $1.95 830 pb? coll Checkmark
The Past Through Tomorrow 1975-01-00 Robert A. Heinlein Berkley Medallion 0-425-02738-4 C$1.95 830 pb? coll Checkmark
The Past Through Tomorrow 1975-02-00 Robert A. Heinlein Berkley Medallion 0-425-02738-4 $1.95 830 pb? coll Checkmark
The Past Through Tomorrow 1975-04-00 Robert A. Heinlein Berkley Medallion 0-425-02738-4 $1.95 830 pb? coll Checkmark
Adventures in Time and Space 1975-08-00 ed. Raymond J. Healy, J. Francis McComas Ballantine Books 0-345-25374-4 $4.95 [xvii]+
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Galerij der Giganten 1 1976-00-00 ed. Robert Silverberg Elsevier (Elsevier SF) 90-10-01550-5   208 tp? anth Checkmark
Neutron Stars 1977-00-00 ed. Gregory Fitz Gerald Fawcett Gold Medal 0-449-13905-0 $1.95 480 pb? anth Richard Powers Checkmark
The Best of Robert Heinlein 1939-1942 1977-05-00 Robert Heinlein Sphere 0-7221-4469-5 £0.65 216 pb? coll Patrick Woodroffe Checkmark
Titan 6 1977-09-00 ed. Robert Silverberg, Wolfgang Jeschke Heyne (Heyne Science Fiction & Fantasy #3558) 3-453-30452-7 DM 3.80 127 pb? anth Christopher Foss Checkmark
The Past Through Tomorrow: Book One 1977-12-00 Robert A. Heinlein New English Library 0-450-03200-0 £4.95 320 hc? coll Tim White Checkmark
Adventures in Time and Space 1978-03-00 ed. Raymond J. Healy, J. Francis McComas Del Rey / Ballantine 0-345-27747-3 $6.95 xv+
997
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The Past Through Tomorrow: Vol. 1 1978-11-00 Robert A. Heinlein New English Library 0-450-04004-6 £1.25 320 pb? coll Tim White  
Adventures in Time and Space 1978-12-00 ed. Raymond J. Healy, J. Francis McComas Del Rey / Ballantine 0-345-28925-0 $9.95 997 tp? anth  
L'homme qui vendit la Lune 1978-12-20 Robert A. Heinlein Presses Pocket (Presses Pocket - Science Fiction #5043) 2-266-00667-3   351 pb? coll W. Siudmak Checkmark
The Man Who Sold the Moon 1979-04-00 Robert A. Heinlein New English Library 0-450-04374-6 £1.00 238 pb? coll Tim White Checkmark
The Man Who Sold the Moon 1979-06-00 Robert A. Heinlein Signet / New American Library 0-451-08717-8 $1.95 267 pb? coll Vincent Di Fate Checkmark
The Man Who Sold the Moon 1979-06-00 Robert A. Heinlein Signet / New American Library of Canada 0-451-08717-8 C$2.25 267 pb? coll Vincent Di Fate Checkmark
Adventures in Time and Space 1979-12-00 ed. Raymond J. Healy, J. Francis McComas Del Rey / Ballantine 0-345-27747-3 $9.95 997 tp? anth Checkmark
The Man Who Sold the Moon 1980-00-00 Robert A. Heinlein Signet / New American Library 0-451-08717-8 $1.95 267 pb? coll Vincent Di Fate Checkmark
De Man die de Maan Verkocht 1980-00-00 Robert A. Heinlein Elsevier (Elsevier SF) 90-10-03343-0   202 pb? coll Peter A. Jones Checkmark
The Past Through Tomorrow 1980-09-00 Robert A. Heinlein Berkley Books 0-425-04756-3 $3.25 830 pb? coll Checkmark
The Man Who Sold the Moon 1981-03-00 Robert A. Heinlein New English Library 0-450-05063-7 £1.50 238 pb? coll Tim White  
The Man Who Sold the Moon 1981-03-00 Robert Heinlein New English Library 0-450-00431-7 £1.50 238+
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The Past Through Tomorrow 1981-07-00 Robert A. Heinlein Berkley Books 0-425-04756-3 $3.25 830 pb? coll Checkmark
The Man Who Sold the Moon 1982-00-00 Robert A. Heinlein Signet / New American Library 0-451-11587-2 $2.50 267 pb? coll Vincent Di Fate Checkmark
The Past Through Tomorrow: Vol. 1 1982-05-00 Robert A. Heinlein New English Library 0-450-05463-2 £1.95 320 pb? coll Tim White Checkmark
The Best of Robert Heinlein 1983-12-00 Robert A. Heinlein Amereon House     344 hc? coll  
The Science Fiction Hall of Fame 1986-07-00 ed. Robert Silverberg Avon 0-380-00795-9 $4.95 672 pb? anth  
The Man Who Sold the Moon 1987-03-00 Robert A. Heinlein Baen Books 0-671-65623-6 $3.50 [9]+
295
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The Man Who Sold the Moon 1987-03-00 Robert A. Heinlein Baen Books 0-671-65623-6 C$4.95 [9]+
295
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The Past Through Tomorrow 1987-07-00 Robert A. Heinlein Ace Books 0-441-65304-9 $4.95 830 pb? coll Carl Lundgren Checkmark
The Past Through Tomorrow: Vol. 1 1987-09-00 Robert A. Heinlein New English Library 0-450-05463-2 £2.95 320 pb? coll Andrew Forrest Checkmark
La storia futura 1987-09-28 Robert A. Heinlein Arnoldo Mondadori Editore (Oscar #1976) 88-04-30302-6 8,000 Lit xi+
366
pb? coll Anna Montecroci Checkmark
Die Vergangenheit der Zukunft 1988-00-00 Robert A. Heinlein Heyne (Heyne Science Fiction & Fantasy #4444) 3-453-00464-7 DM 19.80 989+
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The Past Through Tomorrow 1988-05-00 Robert A. Heinlein Ace Books 0-441-65304-9 $4.95 830 pb? coll James Warhola Checkmark
Sirius, #146/147 1988-07-05 ed. Hrvoje Prćić? Vjesnik   2000 din. 148 pb? mag Mario Rosanda Checkmark
The Man Who Sold the Moon 1989-00-00 Robert A. Heinlein New English Library 0-450-00431-7 £2.99 238 pb? coll Danny Flynn Checkmark
Astounding Stories: The 60th Anniversary Collection (Vol. 1) 1990-00-00 ed. uncredited The Easton Press     x+
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Adventures in Time and Space 1990-08-00 ed. Raymond J. Healy, J. Francis McComas Random House / SFBC 17325 $14.98 1004 hc? anth Gary D. Lang Checkmark
La storia futura. Vol. 1 1997-04-00 Robert A. Heinlein Arnoldo Mondadori Editore (Classici Urania #241)   6,500 Lit 270 pb? coll Jacopo Bruno  
The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Volume One 1998-08-00 ed. Robert Silverberg Doubleday / SFBC 1-56865-878-8 $10.98 xi+
560
hc? anth  
The SFWA Grand Masters, Volume One 1999-06-00 ed. Frederik Pohl Tor 0-312-86881-2 $24.95 384 hc? anth Jack Coggins Checkmark
The Man Who Sold The Moon 2000-03-00 Robert A. Heinlein Baen 0-671-57863-4 $5.99 295 pb? coll Patrick Turner  
The Past Through Tomorrow 2000-06-00 Robert A. Heinlein Science Fiction Book Club 0-7394-1051-2 $14.98 785 hc? coll Bruce Jensen Checkmark
The SFWA Grand Masters, Volume 1 2000-08-00 ed. Frederik Pohl Tor 0-312-86880-4 $14.95 383 tp? anth  
Methusalems Kinder 2000-11-00 Robert A. Heinlein Bastei Lübbe (Bastei Lübbe Science Fiction & Fantasy #24280) 3-404-24280-7 DM 20.00 1114 pb? coll Michael Whelan  
The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Volume One 2001-00-00 ed. Robert Silverberg The Easton Press     xi+
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hc? anth Checkmark
Adventures in Time and Space 2001-11-00 ed. Raymond J. Healy, J. Francis McComas Science Fiction Book Club 0-7394-2214-6 $17.99 1004 hc? anth Gary D. Lang  
The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Volume One, 1929-1964 2003-02-00 ed. Robert Silverberg Tor 0-765-30536-4 $27.95 xiv+
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The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Volume One, 1929-1964 2005-02-00 ed. Robert Silverberg Orb 0-765-30537-2 $17.95 xiv+
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The Future History of Robert Heinlein: Volume I 2010-02-00 Robert A. Heinlein The Virginia Edition (The Virginia Edition #22) 978-1-897350-33-1   xi+
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The Man Who Sold the Moon / Orphans of the Sky 2013-08-20 Robert A. Heinlein Baen   $6.99   ebook? omni Bob Eggleton  
The Man Who Sold the Moon / Orphans of the Sky 2013-09-03 Robert A. Heinlein Baen 978-1-4516-3922-3 $13.00 384 tp? omni Bob Eggleton  
The Past Through Tomorrow 2014-02-27 Robert A. Heinlein Gollancz (SF Gateway Omnibus) 978-0-575-12086-0 £18.99 xv+
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The Past Through Tomorrow 2014-03-27 Robert A. Heinlein Gateway / Orion (SF Gateway Omnibus) 978-1-4732-0200-9 £9.49   ebook? coll  
The Man Who Sold the Moon / Orphans of the Sky 2014-11-25 Robert A. Heinlein Baen 978-1-4767-3705-8 $7.99 525 pb? omni Bob Eggleton  
The Man Who Sold the Moon 2014-12-22 Robert A. Heinlein Gateway / Orion 978-0-575-11310-7 £2.99   ebook? coll  
Science Fiction Hall of Fame 1: Die besten Storys 1934-1948 2016-02-29 ed. Robert Silverberg Golkonda 978-3-944720-55-5 €18.90 400 tp? anth s.BENeš Checkmark
The Past Through Tomorrow date unknown Robert A. Heinlein Ace Books 0-441-65304-9 $5.95 830 pb? coll Checkmark
The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Volume I date unknown ed. Robert Silverberg Avon 0-380-44933-1 $2.50 672 pb? anth Checkmark
The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Volume I date unknown ed. Robert Silverberg Avon 0-380-00795-9 $2.95 672 pb? anth Checkmark
The Past Through Tomorrow: Robert A. Heinlein's "Future History" Stories date unknown Robert A. Heinlein G. P. Putnam's Sons     667 hc? coll Ben Feder Checkmark
The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Volume I date unknown ed. Robert Silverberg Avon 26346 $1.95 672 pb? anth Checkmark
The Man Who Sold the Moon date unknown Robert A. Heinlein Signet E7196 $1.75 267 pb? coll Gene Szafran Checkmark
The Man Who Sold the Moon date unknown Robert A. Heinlein Signet / New American Library Y6233 $1.25 159 pb? coll Gene Szafran Checkmark
The Man Who Sold the Moon date unknown Robert A. Heinlein Signet E7196 $1.75 267 pb? coll Gene Szafran Checkmark
The Past Through Tomorrow date unknown Robert A. Heinlein Ace Books 0-441-65304-9 $5.50 830 pb? coll  
The Man Who Sold the Moon date unknown Robert A. Heinlein Signet / New American Library Q5341 $0.95 vi+
159
pb? coll Gene Szafran  
The Past Through Tomorrow date unknown Robert A. Heinlein Berkley Medallion 0-425-03785-1 $2.95 830 pb? coll Checkmark
The Man Who Sold the Moon date unknown Robert A. Heinlein Signet T4307 $0.75 159 pb? coll Gene Szafran Checkmark
The Man Who Sold the Moon date unknown Robert A. Heinlein Signet 0-451-12425-1 $2.95 267 pb? coll Vincent Di Fate Checkmark
The Past Through Tomorrow date unknown Robert A. Heinlein G. P. Putnam's Sons 0-399-10620-0 $9.95 667 hc? coll Ben Feder  
The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Volume I date unknown ed. Robert Silverberg Avon 0-380-00795-9 $2.95 672 pb? anth  
The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Volume I date unknown ed. Robert Silverberg Avon 26346 $1.95 672 pb? anth Checkmark
The Past Through Tomorrow date unknown Robert A. Heinlein Berkley Medallion 0-425-03178-0 $2.75 830 pb? coll Checkmark
The Man Who Sold the Moon date unknown Robert A. Heinlein Signet / New American Library Q5341 $0.95 159 pb? coll Gene Szafran Checkmark
The Past Through Tomorrow date unknown Robert A. Heinlein Berkley Medallion 0-425-03178-0 $2.75 830 pb? coll Checkmark
The Past Through Tomorrow date unknown Robert A. Heinlein Berkley Medallion 0-425-03785-1 $2.95 830 pb? coll Checkmark
The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Volume I date unknown ed. Robert Silverberg Avon 0-380-00795-9 $2.25 672 pb? anth Checkmark
The Man Who Sold the Moon date unknown Robert A. Heinlein Signet T4307 $0.75 159 pb? coll Gene Szafran Checkmark
The Man Who Sold the Moon date unknown Robert A. Heinlein Shasta   $3.00 288 hc? coll Hubert Rogers Checkmark
The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Volume One, 1929-1964 date unknown ed. Robert Silverberg Orb 0-765-30537-2 $19.99 xiv+
560
tp? anth Kenn Brown Checkmark
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