Henry Kissinger
Living Person
Nationality: United States (born in Germany)
Date of Birth: 1923
Religion: Judaism
Occupation: Politician, Diplomat, Educator, Author of Non-Fiction, Businessman
Spouse: Ann Fleischer (divorced 1964),
Nancy Maginnes
Children: Elizabeth, David
Military Branch: United States Army (World War II)
Political Party: Republican Party
Political Office: U.S. Secretary of State
Turtledove Appearances:
POD: May 30, 1942
Appearance(s): Homeward Bound
Type of Appearance: Contemporary reference (as "The Doctor")
Date of Death: 2031?
Cause of Death: Died during cold sleep
Political Office(s): Ambassador to the Race
Henry Alfred Kissinger (born Heinz Alfred Kissinger on May 27, 1923) is a German-born American bureaucrat, diplomat, and 1973 Nobel Peace Prize laureate. He served as National Security Advisor and later concurrently as Secretary of State in the Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford administrations. He is best known for opening negotiations with Chou En-Lai to pave the way for the opening of diplomatic relations between the US and the People's Republic of China, as well as for receiving Nixon's letter of resignation as President of the United States.

Since leaving office, Kissinger has worked as a consultant, has given writing and speaking engagements, has taught at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, and has been a special foreign policy adviser to several American presidents and presidential candidates. In 2002, he briefly chaired a special committee to investigate the September 11 attacks, but stepped down at the end of that year rather than make public the client list of Kissinger Associates.

Henry Kissinger in WorldwarEdit

"The Doctor" (1923-2031?) was the American diplomat chosen to head the diplomatic mission of the Admiral Peary as the US ambassador to Home. Before this, he'd been the US ambassador to the Race on Earth.

Upon arrival, the Admiral Peary's medical staff attempted to revive The Doctor from cold sleep, but his heart had stopped and they were unable to restart it. Though a technology might someday exist to accomplish that, they had none, and so put The Doctor back into cold sleep.

In The Doctor's absence, the Race requested that Sam Yeager serve in his place.[1]

Literary NoteEdit

Though not identified by name, the brief description of "The Doctor" leaves virtually no room for doubt about Kissinger's identity. The moniker "The Doctor" when applied to a space explorer, is universally associated with the British television series Doctor Who, which may be a further in-joke on Harry Turtledove's part.

As the Peary medical staff do allude to the possibility that The Doctor might be revived with better technology, it is ambiguous as to whether he is truly dead or in a deep coma at the end of the novel. However, when the crew of the Commodore Perry hear that The Doctor didn't revive, none of them addresses that matter.


  1. Homeward Bound, pgs. 79-82.
Political offices
Preceded by
William P. Rogers
Secretary of State of the United States
Succeeded by
Cyrus Vance
Political offices
Preceded by
Last known is Henry Cabot Lodge
United States Ambassador to the Race on Earth
Succeeded by