Publication date:1940.07
Genre:Science fiction short story
Series:Future History
Preceded by:The Roads Must Roll
Followed by:Blowups Happen
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“Coventry” is a science fiction short story by Robert A. Heinlein and part of his “Future History” series. First time publushed in “Astounding Science‐Fiction” July 1940.


The protagonist, David MacKinnon, is a romantic idealist up for trial for assault. Since the government fears that he will repeat his action, he is given a choice: either allow trained psychologists to fix him, or leave to an area known as Coventry. MacKinnon chooses to leave, he is sent to the rugged outland beyond the Barrier, where people who refuse to abide by social norms—are exiled.