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The Characters

This series of novels feature characters that have developed for many years and many revisions. Like people, they are not perfect. They don't necessarily reflect my personal beliefs or anything about me. For example, simply because Sally Buds is depicted as a lesbian doesn't mean that I support gay rights or the gay lifestyle. I simply accept that homosexuality exists and that some people live such lifestyles. I personally do not take a stand on this issue in most of this series. Sally Buds, on the other hand may. Likewise, many of my characters do things that I don't approve of or expect. If they didn't, something would be wrong with me as a writer.

Marker Stone

Sally Buds

Sally is a reluctant hero, but her sense of personal responsibility drives her to great acts of valor and self-sacrifice. First and foremost, she is a doctor and a healer. Her concern for her patients led her into trouble with LaValley, the station commander on CMC-6, yet her concern for justice led her to try to help LaValley through her research into the mysterious disappearance of the Canadian mining probe. This led her on a wild ride with her new friend Ian Merryfield and to a discovery that changed her life!

Ian Merryfield

Ian is a hero and an adventurer, but he needs Sally to reach his potential. He is brave but humble, but mostly he is innovative. He flies spacecraft as though they were an extension of his own body and he is devoted to his wife Angela and the quaint English village at home.

Jackie

Jackie is Sally's conscience. A mystical figure, Jackie sees beyond the physical. With a child-like innocence, she explores the world as an environment that supports play. Sally protects her from the world whose dangers she cannot always see. Her insights put Sally's world in context. And every once in a while she paints a picture that fortells the future.

Angela Merryfield

Angela is a down-to-Earth force in Ian's life, and she works out to be the voice of reason. She has no creativity but tolerates it in Ian. She values success and excellence, which explains why she is attracted to Ian. She is, however, the first one in the group to complain, and every new mission makes her less favorable to Sally's friendship with Ian.

Scott Anderson

Scott taught Ian everything he knows about flying, but he lack's Ian's creativity and vision. A farm boy from Nebraska, Scott loves the Corn Huskers and flying small airplanes. He's a boyish figure that nobody could not be friends with. Unfortunately, Scott Anderson was not the same after Homesick

Emry Viaud

An old and tough miner on CMC-6, Emry is a teddy bear with a big heart. He also is wise enough to know something about the Kelthy region and does not think that LaValley should be under estimating its danger. Emry is a decent man, but is not immune to the kind of coercion LaValley is apparently famous for. In the end, though, he proves to be an honorable man.

LaValley

The station commander, LaValley is an icon of a corrupt, politically-minded, mid-level manager. He has no sense of adventure, nor does he see any future in space travel for its own sake. He does, however, want to make money, and has no problem in cutting costs at the expense of others.

Homesick

Sally Buds

Sally is a reluctant hero, but her sense of personal responsibility drives her to great acts of valor and self-sacrifice. First and foremost, she is a doctor and a healer. Her concern for her patients led her into trouble with LaValley, the station commander on CMC-6, yet her concern for justice led her to try to help LaValley through her research into the mysterious disappearance of the Canadian mining probe. Later, the loss of her friend and colleague Scott Anderson led her on a daring rescue mission to New Ontario and to victory. As space commissioner, Sally fought for justice and peace even though she hated the paperwork involved. And ultimately, she fought to protect the Szzzyyyxx race and the preservation of time.

Ian Merryfield

Ian is a hero and an adventurer, but he needs Sally to reach his potential. He is brave but humble, but mostly he is innovative. He flies spacecraft as though they were an extension of his own body and he is devoted to his wife Angela and the quaint English village at home.

Jackie

Jackie is Sally's conscience. A mystical figure, Jackie sees beyond the physical. With a child-like innocence, she explores the world as an environment that supports play. Sally protects her from the world whose dangers she cannot always see. Her insights put Sally's world in context. And every once in a while she paints a picture that foretells the future.

Angela Merryfield

Angela is a down-to-Earth force in Ian's life, and she works out to be the voice of reason. She has no creativity but tolerates it in Ian. She values success and excellence, which explains why she is attracted to Ian. She is, however, the first one in the group to complain, and every new mission makes her less favorable to Sally's friendship with Ian.

Scott Anderson

Scott taught Ian everything he knows about flying, but he lack's Ian's creativity and vision. A farm boy from Nebraska, Scott loves the Corn Huskers and flying small airplanes. He's a boyish figure that nobody could not be friends with. Unfortunately, Scott Anderson was not the same after Homesick

4702

The Masters took Scott Anderson's soul and stamped a number on it. 4702 loves the Masters and will do anything possible to return to the labor camp Sally rescued him from. 4702 knows nothing but love for the Masters. He dreams of serving them and looks forward to a death in which the very skin and bones of his body would decorate their homes. Even after Scott Anderson returned to Earth, 4702 was always a part of him.

Carrie Anderson

Carrie is a tireless wife and mother of three. She provides the glue that holds their family together and provides Scott with the security he needs to be himself. She is a maternal wife, but this relationship works for them.

Rachel Poole

Rachel is a small woman with a big problem. She sees the future of human technology as a monster that will ultimately devour all life. VR technology specifically is her nemesis. When she finds out about the Masters, she will stop at nothing to protect Earth from them even if it means putting Sally and her crew into quarantine. She is all business, and carries with her a difficult secret that keeps her from enjoying life. This is explored in Web of Life.

Web of Life

Sally Buds

Sally is a reluctant hero, but her sense of personal responsibility drives her to great acts of valor and self-sacrifice. First and foremost, she is a doctor and a healer. Her concern for her patients led her into trouble with LaValley, the station commander on CMC-6, yet her concern for justice led her to try to help LaValley through her research into the mysterious disappearance of the Canadian mining probe. Later, the loss of her friend and colleague Scott Anderson led her on a daring rescue mission to New Ontario and to victory. As space commissioner, Sally fought for justice and peace even though she hated the paperwork involved. And ultimately, she fought to protect the Szzzyyyxx race and the preservation of time.

Ian Merryfield

Ian is a hero and an adventurer, but he needs Sally to reach his potential. He is brave but humble, but mostly he is innovative. He flies spacecraft as though they were an extension of his own body and he is devoted to his wife Angela and the quaint English village at home.

Jackie

Jackie is Sally's conscience. A mystical figure, Jackie sees beyond the physical. With a child-like innocence, she explores the world as an environment that supports play. Sally protects her from the world whose dangers she cannot always see. Her insights put Sally's world in context. And every once in a while she paints a picture that foretells the future.

Angela Merryfield

Angela is a down-to-Earth force in Ian's life, and she works out to be the voice of reason. She has no creativity but tolerates it in Ian. She values success and excellence, which explains why she is attracted to Ian. She is, however, the first one in the group to complain, and every new mission makes her less favorable to Sally's friendship with Ian.

Col. Maxwell

Maxwell is a tough guy and a war hero, who fought in the bloody Chinese Border War. Though Sally ultimately has a certain respect for him, they are not friends. Maxwell is ruthless and sometimes reckless. He is a controlling man with a sizeable ego. But, though he may not always have the right motives, he respects the chain of command and believes in defending the world he grew up in.

Lt. Commander Felx

Felx is an enigmatic character, though he is mostly nothing more than Maxwell's shadow. A good detail man, he is devoted to keeping order and maintaining readiness. He also fought in the Border War, and memories of it clearly weigh heavily on his heart.

Gordon Burns

Burns is a young soldier with a sense of humor and adventure. He laughs too loudly at times and does not always endear himself to authority figures, including Sally, but he has a hard core of honor and courage that comes out when needed.

Rachel Poole

Rachel is a different person in Web of Life. In Homesick we see her professional side. Now we find that she carries a terrible secret that is destroying her. She desires to come on the Roanoke mission for reasons she won't divulge, and she knows far too much about the Japanese ship and it's mission. But what she truly desires is peace from something she did years ago, which happens to involve the Japanese ship. She will risk her life to make things right even if it means crossing Sally and losing her reputation.

Julie Hicks

Hicks is a no-nonsense soldier who is resourceful and brave. She finds herself playing the straight-man to Burns on occasion

Trevor

Trevor is a medic who prefers wisdom to knowledge and who works incredibly hard to save lifes. A humble man, he speaks with a thick southern accent and is quick to crack a joke while saving lives.

Benson

Private Benson is the personification of the strong silent type. He is a soldier who has seen too much, but has become stronger as a result. He is particularly loyal to Sally out of respect for her bravery, but is not much of a conversationalist.

Herbert Fontain

Fontain is the current space commissioner. He is a social climber and a politician who knows nothing else. To him Sally is an enigma because the does not play the political games, yet manages to earn the respect of others.

Swipe

A beast who is largely misunderstood, Swipe is a wounded animal and a tortured soul, who only wants to be free. He is, however, very angry at those who imprisoned him and will do incredible things to punish them.

Captain Yoshiro

The Japanese commander of the Kyoto is man of many faces. Maxwell and Felx know him as the monster who opposed them in the Chinese Border War, but Sally sees him very differently. He is the only survivor of the Kyoto and she finds him hungry, dehydrated, and insane.

Crystal Nelson

Crystal is a dedicated soldier who is experiencing something she can't understand. She mistakes the situation the crew is in to something it is not, and she leads a band of her followers to destruction.

Pruit

A genius with no social graces whatsoever, but enough brains that he doesn't appear to need them. He works for Maxwell, but has no loyalty to him whatsoever.

Splashdown

Sally Buds

Sally is a reluctant hero, but her sense of personal responsibility drives her to great acts of valor and self-sacrifice. Now, as space commissioner, Sally has new responsibilities and must see a broader perspective. Having been invited to Baltan City, her hope is to end a war, but more importantly to prevent Baltan from potentially gaining access to future technology.

Ian Merryfield

Ian is a hero and an adventurer, but he needs Sally to reach his potential. He is brave but humble, but mostly he is innovative. He flies spacecraft as though they were an extension of his own body and he is devoted to his wife Angela and the quaint English village at home.

Jackie

Jackie is Sally's conscience. A mystical figure, Jackie sees beyond the physical. With a child-like innocence, she explores the world as an environment that supports play. Sally protects her from the world whose dangers she can not always see. Her insights put Sally's world in context. And every once in a while she paints a picture that fortells the future.

Angela Merryfield

Angela is a down-to-Earth force in Ian's life, and she works out to be the voice of reason. She has no creativity but tolerates it in Ian. She values success and excellence, which explanes why she is attracted to Ian. She is, however, the first one in the group to complain, and every new mission makes her less favorable to Sally's friendship with Ian.

The Sovereign Judge

Ivan Kovetch is Sovereign Judge of Baltan City, a position which prevents him from proposing action, but gives him the final say among those who do. He is a hero who does much to keep the war-torn city together

Howard Beasley

Dr. Beasley is both a hero and an opportunist. As one of the only doctors on the city, he has his hands full. But he also uses the fact that Baltan is no longer under Earth control to perform what would be illegal experiments. Where he crosses the line is that he is willing to work with the Mercy Party to do some very questionable things.

Hans Melba

The fanatical leader of the Mercy Party, Melba is extremely unstable. With the loss of his wife, Mercy Collins, he has lost his conscience. And as a victim of the horrific blight he is even more dangerous. The problem is that he has a huge following and almost absolute authority.

Rachel Poole

Rachel stays on Earth this time, but has an important role. Once again her genius because very much in demand. At Sally's request she investigates the Ultrablitz. Fortunately for Sally, she helps in many other ways as well.

Diego

A renegade from Earth, Hal Solomon or Diego has made a home for himself on Baltan, and has somehow managed not to take sides in the many conflicts. He is amazingly intelligent and has an incredible sense of adventure. He can, however, be extremely eccentric. In short, he's trouble!

Travis Winston

Several years ahead of Sally, Travis Winston is in command of the Ultrablitz, an experimental spacecraft that will do the impossible. Travis is an angry man who is suspicious of his own government and its colonial nature, but fears Earth's new allies even more.

Betty Underhill

Navigator on the Ultrablitz, Betty is a high strung person, but very intelligent. Her husband Glen keeps her focused, however, and without him she gradually falls apart. Gradually meaning over several hundred years.

Herbert Fontain

Fontain is the former space commissioner who helped Sally get to where she is. He is no less a politician, however, and has more than a few skeletons in his closet. As the war with Baltan is revealed for what it is, much more comes to light concerning his misbehaviors.

Arthur Greenslade

Engineer on the Ultrablitz, Greenslade is a stoic, left-brain genius who figures out before the others just how screwed they are. Fortunately, he is not short of solutions for their problems, crazy though they will be.

Mercy Collins

Wife of Hans Melba, Mercy Collins is larger than life during the war as a spiritual leader and a symbol. In real life she is just a friendly person who longs for peace. Too bad there is war all around her.

Charles Taylor

A pilot who flew a squadron of doomed aircraft. What does he have to do with this story? Spolers!

Captain Worley

Captain of a very old Navy ship. What does he have to do with this story? Spoilers!

Eeetoop

A Szzzyyyxx crew member isolated from his kind by the accident. A creature who knows virtually nothing of humanity, but is eager to learn.

Dr. Lassitter

Future space commissioner. A good detail man, but also a pure politician. A man who has the imagination to think up the mission of the Ultrablitz, but may lack the common sense to see its potential problems.

Infinity Machine

Sally Buds

Sally is a reluctant hero, but her sense of personal responsibility drives her to great acts of valor and self-sacrifice. Now, as space commissioner, Sally has new responsibilities and must see a broader perspective. While negotiating a permanent peace with Baltan, Sally is made aware of a major threat from an old enemy.

Ian Merryfield

Ian is a hero and an adventurer, but he needs Sally to reach his potential. He is brave but humble, but mostly he is innovative. He flies spacecraft as though they were an extension of his own body and he is devoted to his wife Angela and the quaint English village at home.

Jackie

Jackie is Sally's conscience. A mystical figure, Jackie sees beyond the physical. With a child-like innocence, she explores the world as an environment that supports play. Sally protects her from the world whose dangers she cannot always see. Her insights put Sally's world in context. And every once in a while she paints a picture that foretells the future.

Angela Merryfield

Angela is a down-to-Earth force in Ian's life, and she works out to be the voice of reason. She has no creativity but tolerates it in Ian. She values success and excellence, which explains why she is attracted to Ian. She is, however, the first one in the group to complain, and every new mission makes her less favorable to Sally's friendship with Ian.

The Sovereign Judge

Ivan Kovetch is Sovereign Judge of Baltan City, a position which prevents him from proposing action, but gives him the final say among those who do. He is a hero who does much to keep the war-torn city together

Diego

A renegade from Earth, Hal Solomon or Diego has made a home for himself on Baltan, and has somehow managed not to take sides in the many conflicts. He is amazingly intelligent and has an incredible sense of adventure. He can, however, be extremely eccentric. In short, he's trouble!

Mother

The Szzzyyyxx species are not strictly a hive mind, but they all answer to a single authority, who is the mother of all of them. This entity lives in the very center of the Szzzyyyxx Domain and is as large as a water tower!

Zeesheeez

A friendly and engaging Szzzyyyxx who works closely with Ian and Angela to learn of the human species. Ever the optimist, this creature can't believe there is any evil in humanity, but that includes the Masters as well!

Vavavezzz

Basically the same as Zeesheeez, but a slightly different color.

5186A

A former slave of the Masters, 5186a is an angry, vengeful woman who wants to destroy the Masters all over the planet and will do whatever it takes to make that happen. Her alliance with the Benefactor is supposed to ensure that this happens, but it doesn't appear to be working out.

The Benefactor

An engineer from a distant future, the Benefactor is a distant relative of humanity, but greatly enhanced by technology. His goals are extremely selfish and he has no patience with the primitive human beings he must depend on to build his machine, which can and will impact all human history.

Muelteee

A brutish former slave who is lucky enough to remember his name. He is a hateful and impatient man who sees no reason to make alliances with such creatures as the Earth people or the Benefactor.

Bass

On the surface, Dr. Bass appears to be nothing more than a very bad linguist who does nothing to help in the cause of learning the Szzzyyyxx language, but he is also a poor excuse for a crew member as well. And, when things really start to get problematic, he becomes something worse.

Window in the Sky

Sally Buds

Sally is a reluctant hero, but her sense of personal responsibility drives her to great acts of valor and self-sacrifice. Now, as space commissioner, Sally has new responsibilities and must see a broader perspective. While performing a favor for Mother, Sally finds herself facing the ultimate evil!

Ian Merryfield

Ian is a hero and an adventurer, but he needs Sally to reach his potential. He is brave but humble, but mostly he is innovative. He flies spacecraft as though they were an extension of his own body and he is devoted to his wife Angela and the quaint English village at home.

Jackie

Jackie is Sally's conscience. A mystical figure, Jackie sees beyond the physical. With a child-like innocence, she explores the world as an environment that supports play. Sally protects her from the world whose dangers she cannot always see. Her insights put Sally's world in context. And every once in a while she paints a picture that foretells the future.

Angela Merryfield

Angela is a down-to-Earth force in Ian's life, and she works out to be the voice of reason. She has no creativity but tolerates it in Ian. She values success and excellence, which explains why she is attracted to Ian. She is, however, the first one in the group to complain, and every new mission makes her less favorable to Sally's friendship with Ian.

The Sovereign Judge

Ivan Kovetch is Sovereign Judge of Baltan City, a position which prevents him from proposing action, but gives him the final say among those who do. He is a hero who does much to keep the war-torn city together

Diego

A renegade from Earth, Hal Solomon or Diego has made a home for himself on Baltan, and has somehow managed not to take sides in the many conflicts. He is amazingly intelligent and has an incredible sense of adventure. He can, however, be extremely eccentric. In short, he's trouble!

Mother

The Szzzyyyxx species are not strictly a hive mind, but they all answer to a single authority, who is the mother of all of them. This entity lives in the very center of the Szzzyyyxx Domain and is as large as a water tower!

Zeesheeez

A friendly and engaging Szzzyyyxx who works closely with Ian and Angela to learn of the human species. Ever the optimist, this creature can't believe there is any evil in humanity, but that includes the Masters as well!

Spotty

A caterpillar-like creature with no personality whatsoever. Spotty only obeys orders and thinks nothing for its own comfort. A cold being, but a useful one.

Julius Trent

A former blight victim, Trent is Sally's friend. And, for reasons she cannot understand, they appear to share dreams of another reality.

Smolensky

A KGB agent who is more than ruthless and ambitious. A man with no conscience whatsoever, and access to amazing power.

Povin

Another KGB agent, older and more seasoned than Smolensky, who may actually have the ability to distinguish between right and wrong.

Bruce Blake

A doctor in the resistance army, Blake is a problem solver, but has no bedside manner. Cold and Calculating, he does what it takes the advance the mission.