The Roads Must Roll

The Roads Must Roll
Publication date:1940.06
Genre:Science fiction short story
Series:Future History
Preceded by:Successful Operation
Followed by:Coventry
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“The Roads Must Roll” is a science fiction short story by Robert A. Heinlein, first published in “Astounding Science‐Fiction” magazine June 1940.

In the late 1960s, it was awarded a retrospective “Nebula Award” by the “Science Fiction Writers of America” (SFWA) and published in “The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Volume One, 1929–1964” anthology in 1970.


Conveyor-belt-like roads moving up to a hundred miles per hour, the only way to keep the congested future moving. But now a strike is shutting it all down. But functionalists from the ranks of technicians who’s servicing the roads have a special view for their place in the society.