| "The Last Word" |
|Nationality:||United States of America|
|Date of Birth:||c. 1940|
|Date of Death:||1998|
|Cause of Death:||Suicide|
|Affiliations:||United States Navy|
Anson MacDonald (c. 1941-1998) was a commodore in the United States Navy. In 1998, MacDonald was visting a redoubt in North Carolina when the final war between the Alliance for Democracy and the Domination of Draka finally erupted, which saw the utter defeat of the U.S. and the Alliance.
- Robert A. Heinlein, a historical science fiction author, on whom the fictional MacDonald is clearly based. "Anson MacDonald" was a penname Heinlein used for a time. Moreover, Turtledove's description of Anson MacDonald, "a lean, bald man...the graying hair he had left cropped close to the sides and back of his skull, a thin line of mustace...just above his upper lip" is nearly identical to Heinlein's physical appearance in his middle and later years. Heinlein, like MacDonald, also served in the United States Navy, although Heinlein had to be discharged for health reasons.