This document explains the continuity references, allusions and scientific concepts contained in Orion's Hounds (OH). I assume that the reader is familiar with the basic characters and background of the Trek universe. The novel is a sequel to the first two Titan novels, Taking Wing and The Red King, both written by Andy Mangels & Mike Martin.
Be aware that this document contains spoilers for the whole of Orion's Hounds and for numerous episodes, films, novels and comics from all Trek series, particularly the A Time to... series of TNG novels. I would also recommend not reading it until one has completed the novel, due to the spoiler content, and so as not to ruin the fun of trying to figure out the references for yourself.
Episode and book titles are TNG unless otherwise indicated. Episode and short-story titles are in quotes, while film and book titles are italicized.Abbreviations:
|ENT -- Enterprise||TOS -- The Original Series||TAS -- The Animated Series|
|TNG -- Next Generation||DS9 -- Deep Space Nine||VGR -- Voyager|
| SCE – Starfleet
Corps of Engineers (e-book series)
||TTN -- Titan
|NEM -- Star Trek: Nemesis
||TW -- Titan: Taking Wing
||TRK -- Titan: The Red King
||Alien crew sketches
||Map of Titan's route
||"Starpull" is gravity in star-jelly parlance.
"Lifewarmth" is energy. "Coldstuff" is matter. "Fluid-ice"
is how the jellies would interpret water, a substance which, as spacegoing
organisms, they would encounter mainly in solid form.
||Imzadi is a Betazoid word meaning
"beloved," established in "Encounter at Farpoint."
|Shinzon's telepathic assault on Deanna was
depicted in Star Trek: Nemesis (NEM). The name Vkruk was
established in J. M. Dillard's novelization of the film.
||The assault by Jev was shown in "Violations."
|"A bit of undigested
chocolate": Deanna is riffing on Ebenezer Scrooge's rationalization
of Jacob Marley's ghost as a bad dream resulting from undigested beef
or cheese, in Dickens' A Christmas Carol. She substitutes
her own favorite vice, chocolate.
|"Eyes in the dark":
From "Night Terrors," a recurring phrase Deanna heard in a telepathic
||Titan's first mission to Romulus
was established in NEM and depicted in TTN: Taking Wing (TW).
The subsequent journey to the Small Magellanic Cloud was depicted
in The Red King (TRK).
|Beta Stromgren is the star where the living
spaceship Gomtuu was encountered in "Tin Man." Given its relative
proximity to the Vela Association ecosystem depicted in OH, Gomtuu and
its kind may well have evolved there. Kappa Velorum is a real star
in the vicinity with no Trek-universe significance.
|The Olympia survey of the Beta Quadrant
was established in DS9: "The Sound of Her Voice."
||Riker's ordeal on Tezwa was depicted in
A Time to Kill and A Time to Heal by David Mack.
Enterprise experiment of a century before: Established
in TOS: Ex Machina (ExM) by me. Decker's loss on his maiden
voyage was depicted in Star Trek: The Motion Picture.
||The Ba'ku planet was seen in ST: Insurrection
as the site of an unethical Starfleet plot.
||"...after a hesitant
start and a little prompting from Deanna, he had proven a gregarious
captain": As seen in TW.
||Caitians were established in the animated
series (TAS). Betelgeusians are from Star Trek: The Motion Picture
(TMP) and ExM. S'ti'ach are original to TTN. "Chelon" is the
name for the "sabertooth turtle" Rigellians
seen in TMP publicity materials.
||Efrosians are the species
represented by the Saratoga helmsman in ST IV and the Federation
president in ST VI. The name was used only by the films' production
staff, as an homage to unit production manager Mel Efros.
|A Selkie is a half-human, half-seal creature
from Earth mythology; the term is used as a nickname for the Pacificans.
Pacifica was established in "Conspiracy" and "Manhunt," though its
natives were never seen onscreen.
I've known have been rather flexible about [marriage]": Unbeknownst
to Deanna, one of the Betazoid women Ra-Havreii has known is her own mother,
the irrepressible Lwaxana Troi (a liaison established in TW).
|Panyarachun is a Thai name.
||Melora Pazlar was introduced in DS9: "Melora."
The name of her homeworld and its crystalline composition were established
in the Gemworld duology by John Vornholt.
||T Tauri stars are newborn stars which are
still in a turbulent state, blowing off much of their atmospheres. See
|The Gum Nebula is a real astronomical feature,
named for British astronomer Colin Stanley Gum. See http://www.daviddarling.info/encyclopedia/G/Gum_Nebula.html.
stators emitted virtual gravitons which could be calibrated to decay
at short distances": To explain how it is possible for personnel
walking on the hull of a ship to be in free fall even though the people
just one deck below them would feel full gravity (as, for instance, in
|Assumptions about the geography and size
of the Federation and known space are based on the book Star Trek Star
Charts by Geoffrey Mandel.
||Excelsior's Beta Quadrant survey
was established in the opening scenes of ST VI, which showed the ship
returning from that survey. Captain Sulu's log entry claimed they
had spent three years studying gaseous anomalies, but we can assume
they looked at some other stuff while they were there.
|"Coreward" and "rimward" mean toward the
core and rim of the galaxy, respectively. Coreward is toward the
top of the page on the relevant Star Charts maps. (Many Star
Charts readers like to refer to this as "north," which is inaccurate,
since the galactic north-south axis is perpendicular to the page.)
|HII regions are nebulae of electrically
excited hydrogen, including the familiar reddish/purplish nebulae like
Orion and Trifid (and presumably the fictitious Mutara Nebula). OB
associations are clusters of young stars, containing a large percentage
of superhot white O stars and blue B stars. These hottest spectral
types are the shortest-lived, and thus are mainly found in regions of new
star formation. Cometary globules are clumps of interstellar gas
and dust with "tails" blown off them by the radiation pressure or stellar
wind from nearby bright stars.
||"During the crisis
on her homeworld four years ago": Refers to the events of
||"It reads over
a kilometer in diameter": "Farpoint" established the star-jellies
as being twelve times the Enterprise-D's volume. Using
water displacement to measure the volume of a miniature of the ship,
I estimated the full-size ship's volume as approximately 5.8 million
m3. Twelve times that is about 70 million m3.
A star-jelly is roughly lens-shaped, so half of it can be treated
as a spherical segment of volume V =πh((c2)/8 + (h2)/6),
where h is the height and c is the length of the chord (which
is the diameter of the jelly). From a side-view screencap of the
star-jelly, it looks to me like half its height (i.e. the height of our
spherical segment) would be about 0.09c, or c = about 11h. So V = πh((121/8)h2
+ (1/6)h2) =πh((363/24)h2 + (4/24)h2)
= (367π/24)h3 = 48h3, roughly. Since this is for
half a lens, the volume to use is half of 70 million. So h3
= 35x106/48, giving an h of about 90, making the diameter
of the creature about 990 meters. Presumably different jellies vary
in size, though.
|I am indebted to the defunct TrekPulse.com
website for "Farpoint" screencaps which I used as photo reference. If
and when the successor site TrekCore.com
gets the screencaps back up, the reader can study them for comparison. (Or
just freeze-frame your DVDs.)
||The name "skymount" is meant to evoke "mount"
in the sense of a steed and the sense of a mountain. Which of those
it represents in the Pa'haquel's own language is something I left deliberately
||Captain DeSoto (Michael Cavanaugh) was established
as Riker's former captain on the Hood in "Farpoint," and seen
in "Tin Man."
|Riker's "promise" to disregard his first
officer's advice to stay behind was seen in NEM. He acted on that
promise in TRK.
||The second line should read "Qui'chiri's teams
were hard at work...." Mea culpa.
Coelenterates are the order of life that includes jellyfish, hydras,
sea anemones, and corals. The term "astrocnidarian" (with a silent
c and a long i in "cnid") might have been more specific,
but also more awkward. Finding a good name for these creatures was
difficult, which is why they ended up with several.
||Christine Vale made her debut as Enterprise
security chief in SCE #1: Belly of the Beast by Dean Wesley Smith.
Her hair color was inconsistently described in her first several
appearances, which was easily enough remedied by assuming she liked to
change it. To learn her original hair color, read SCE #54: Security
by Keith R. A. DeCandido.
|The Syrath were first seen in TW. Zaranites were seen in
TMP, TVH and ExM.
||The evacuation of Oghen was part of the
events depicted in TRK.
||I guess a Trill
would know: See p. 152 note.
||the horrific costs
of ex-President Zife's clandestine interference on Tezwa:
Depicted in A Time to Kill and A Time to Heal.
|"But we've also
seen whole worlds die because we refused to help them": See
"Pen Pals" and "Homeward."
||"Cosmozoan" is not my own coinage, though
I have broadened the term from its original context, the theory that
Earthly life was seeded by microbe-bearing comets/meteoroids from other
star systems (known as panspermia). It is indeed possible for certain
airborne bacteria to survive hard vacuum and radiation when encased in
spores, and to be accelerated into space by a planet's magnetic field.
||The Three-Kiloparsec Arm is the nearest
arm to the Central Bulge of the galaxy, and was the region Voyager
occupied from VGR: "Dark Frontier" through the end of the series, according
to Star Charts.
||The nebular life-form was seen in VGR: "The
Cloud." The "Grendel" entity was seen in "Heroes and Demons."
The Komar were seen in "Cathexis." (All episode titles for
this scene are VGR unless otherwise indicated.)
|"I'd discount your 'Grendel'
as a cosmozoan... We have no evidence it could exist in interstellar space":
In fact, the "Grendel" creatures travelled space in a "photonic lattice,"
a fact I'd forgotten when I wrote this scene. However, Jaza's statement
is still valid, since the fact that they needed the lattice as a kind of
spaceship implies that they couldn't exist in space naturally.
||The flagellate organisms were encountered
||The 2000-km telepathic "pitcher-plant" creature
was seen in "Bliss." The life form from the J-class nebula was
seen (mostly in flashback) in "The Haunting of Deck Twelve." The
dark matter entities were seen in "Good Shepherd."
|The Devore Imperium was established in "Counterpoint."
||The OB association between Kazon and Vidiian
space is my own fudge to fit VGR's first-season cosmozoans into my theory.
|A subspace "sinkhole" was seen in "Gravity."
A subspace "sandbar" was seen in "Bride of Chaotica!" Chaotic
space was seen, not in "Bride of Sandbara," but in "The Fight."
||For more on the Scorpius-Centaurus OB Association,
see the ExM annotations, p. 56.
It and the Vela Association can be considered as the two
ends of a long corridor of star formation.
|The Intrepid's survey of the Sco-Cen
Association was established in ExM. Its destruction by a giant
amoeba was seen in TOS: "The Immunity Syndrome."
|The Orion Association is the OB cluster
including most of the bright stars in the constellation of Orion, and
is close to the Orion and Horsehead Nebulae. The Taurus Dark Cloud
is directly behind the Pleiades cluster from Earth's POV, and is the
near end of a larger star-formation corridor with the Orion Association
at the far end.
|Titan's wide-band sensor net was
established in TW. Sean Tourangeau's winning design for
the Titan establishes that it is contained within a dedicated
sensor pod mounted above the saucer. OH was written before the contest
officially opened, so I had no opportunity to incorporate elements of the
winning design into the narrative.
||Torvig's wager with Eviku was seen in TRK.
||The Incompleteness Principle is actually
of theorems formulated by mathematician Kurt Gödel in 1931. Torvig
is either misremembering the term or using an equivalent Choblik term.
||The exclamation point in K'chak'!'op's name
represents an alveolar-palatal click, made with the tip of the tongue
against the roof of the mouth. It is one of the four clicks used
in the !Kung language of southwest Africa, and was also an element of Tenctonese
language in the Alien Nation television series. In
fact, the name "K'chak'!'op" is only an approximation of a series of clicks,
scrapes and pops that would require a set of percussion instruments to
replicate more exactly. Given the Pak'shree's use of gestural language,
without technological help it would require six interpretive dancers and
a percussionist to converse with a Pak'shree.
||Though I created Chaka and her species,
Andy Mangels & Mike Martin established the decor of her quarters
and her "silk"-spinning ability, as well as her reluctance to leave her
quarters. My original concept was mainly a cross of crustacean
and beetle with a bit of squid, but Andy & Mike apparently chose to
inject some elements of a trapdoor spider.
||Alexander of Platonius (Michael Dunn) appeared
in TOS: "Plato's Stepchildren."
||For more on Zaranites' special environmental
needs, see ExM.
||Fred Hoyle's The Black Cloud was
published in 1957. His cloud creature was much like what I describe
here, only sentient.
||Betazoids' inability to read Ferengi minds
was established in "The Last Outpost" and DS9: "The Forsaken."
||The "Gaia principle" was formulated in the
1960s by Dr. James Lovelock, who proposed that all of Earth's life forms
functioned together as a single self-regulating superorganism. See
||Kestra Troi and her fate were established
in "Dark Page."
female": Small-eared by Ferengi standards, that is; still
large by human or Selkie standards.
||The Ferengi expletive frinx was established
in DS9: Millennium by Judith & Garfield Reeves-Stevens, although
I am not sure whether its literal definition was established clearly in
any prior work.
||Kazarites were established
in costume designer Robert Fletcher's background notes for TMP. His
notes stated that Kazarites could "transport [them]selves mentally." This
is sometimes interpreted as teleportation, but I chose to interpret it
simply as a limited levitation ability.
||To see what a Betelgeusian looks like, see
my ExM Cast page.
||A magneton pulse was established in DS9:
"Hippocratic Oath" as "a burst of polarized magnetic energy... usually
produced by a damaged warp core." Since I described star-jelly energy
stings as plasma-based and therefore electrically charged, it stood to reason
that a magnetic effect could alter their courses.
||"The attempted genocide
of the Founders": Revealed in DS9: "When it Rains," "Tacking
Into the Wind," and "Extreme Measures."
|The Borg attacks are those from "The Best
of Both Worlds," "Descent" and First Contact. The Klingon
conflict and the Dominion War occurred in DS9.
||The Cardassian border wars were established
in "The Wounded." The conflict with the Tzenkethi was established
in DS9: "The Adversary."
||The events on Delta Sigma IV were depicted
in A Time to Love and A Time to Hate by Robert Greenberger.
||Lt. Eviku is a member of the Arkenite species, first
seen in ST IV. Their name and aquatic ancestry were established
in FASA gaming materials.
||The vampire cloud that destroyed the Farragut
was established in TOS: "Obsession." The similar creature encountered
by the Klingons is my own conjecture.
|"which had the ability
to change mass and composition, implying that they extended into higher
dimensions": An object could only change mass by extending some
of that mass into higher dimensions outside our universe's plane. This
is the behind-the-scenes explanation (devised by DS9 producer Robert Hewitt
Wolfe) for how Odo and other changelings could alter their mass. The
vampire cloud could also alter its elemental composition; short of nuclear
fission and fusion, such transmutation might only be possible if the cloud
contained all the necessary elements but could shift them in and out of
our dimension. Alternatively it could have been made of some kind
of gaseous programmable
matter, able to mimic the chemical properties of different elements
||"I think it's a
form of display": Why would a species totally nonviolent amongst
itself need to have a non-aggression display in the first place? Perhaps
the display behavior evolved before their nonaggression did. Perhaps
it evolved for interaction with other species. Perhaps Deanna is wrong.
Or perhaps the author just failed to notice the contradiction until
it was too late.
||Tuvok's brainwashing by a Maquis operative
was revealed in VGR: "Repression." The "telekinetic accident" was
inflicted by Kes in "Cold Fire." His meld with Betazoid sociopath
Lon Suder occurred in "Meld" (see p. 244 of the book). His infection
by the dormant memory virus was revealed in "Flashback." His brain
damage from neuroleptic shock occurred in "Riddles." His Borg assimilation
occurred in "Unimatrix Zero, Part I." His fal-tor-voh was
revealed in "Endgame."
||Tuvok's imprisonment and torture by the Romulans
were depicted in TW.
||"It's being stored inside one of the jellies":
In retrospect, the amount of dirt beamed out to accommodate the corpse
would have to be comparable to, if not greater than, the mass of an entire
star-jelly. Storing it inside a star-jelly would be difficult. More
likely only part of it is stored. The rest is probably beamed inside
the hollow portions of the corpse, to shore it up against ground collapse.
||The Trill's past secrecy regarding their
joined nature was established in "The Host," when that secret was exposed.
The concealment of the percentage of the population fit for joining
was discovered in DS9: "Equilibrium." The ancient genocide was
revealed in Worlds of Deep Space Nine: Trill: Unjoined by Mangels
& Martin, which also portrayed the chaos resulting from these secrets'
||The death of Keru's lover Sean Hawk at Worf's
hands was seen in First Contact. Keru was introduced and
established as Hawk's lifemate in Section 31: Rogue by Mangels &
|Picard's liberation from Borg assimilation
was seen in "The Best of Both Worlds, Part 2." Annika Hansen, aka
Seven of Nine, was liberated by the crew of Voyager in VGR: "The
||"it hadn't been a full hour": If Haaj's
premature cutoff of the session is reminiscent of the Monty Python "Argument
Clinic" sketch, this is perhaps not coincidental, any more than Haaj's
own resemblance to the professional arguer in said sketch.
||The existence of naturally occurring tachyon
streams and their ability to propel a solar sail at warp were established
in DS9: "Explorers." Though the idea seems fanciful, there is a
certain logic to it. Normal matter cannot travel faster than light,
while tachyons cannot travel slower than light. If tachyons struck
a surface they could not penetrate, this would create a paradox. The
only way to resolve it would be if spacetime itself stretched behind the
sail, allowing the region of spacetime containing the sail to move forward
faster than light while the sail remained motionless relative to the spacetime
within that region. This is essentially the same thing as a warpfield.
The kinetic energy of the tachyon/sail collision would be the source
of energy for the warp.
||Note that I mention nothing about a sensation
of extreme cold when Che'sethri is beamed into space. Contrary to
popular belief, freezing is the least of one's concerns if one is exposed
to hard vacuum. As any thermos-bottle manufacturer could tell you,
vacuum is a superb insulator. With no matter to conduct or convect
heat away, the only method of heat loss is radiation, the least efficient
one. Astronauts generally need to worry more about overheating than
||Titanomachy is Ancient Greek for "war
of the Titans." Or, if you prefer, "Clash of the Titans."
||The date of Riker's promotion to commander
is unknown. "Second Chances" established that his promotion to
lieutenant commander came aboard the Potemkin in 2361, and he was
a full commander by the time he transferred to the Enterprise from
the Hood in "Farpoint," set in 2364.
||a sort of localized ekpyrotic Big Bang:
The ekpyrotic Big Bang theory proposes that our universe is one of several
"branes" (membranes generalized to more than two dimensions) existing
side-by-side in higher-dimensional space, and that the collision of two
such universe-branes could have triggered the Big Bang -- making it not
so much the birth of the universe as the beginning of a new phase in its
existence which eradicated whatever came before. For more, see http://www.npl.washington.edu/AV/altvw111.html
||The Riker/Vale ready-room scene is a flashback
that actually takes place several hours before the Interlude.
||Autism is now understood to be a spectrum
of neurological conditions which, at its milder, high-function end, simply
represents a highly rational and orderly, if not very empathetic or social,
way of thinking and behaving -- not so much a disorder as simply a different
way of processing experience and interacting with the world, only detrimental
when taken to an extreme. Essentially the behavior of high-function
autistics is not unlike the Vulcan ideal.
|Keethara blocks are a Vulcan meditation
technique introduced in VGR: "Flashback," a set of building blocks requiring
great focus and precision to erect into the desired shape. Kal-toh
is a mentally challenging Vulcan game introduced in VGR: "Alter Ego."
|Deanna's involvement in counseling the returned
Voyager crew was depicted in VGR: Homecoming by Christie
||The Kobliad were introduced
in DS9: "The Passenger," but did not exhibit Fo Hachesa's grammatical
oddities. Perhaps they were relying on universal translators.
|The impact event and its consequences depicted
here would most likely take several minutes to occur, and the shock wave
would take hours to travel around the whole planet. The entire
combat would unfold very slowly, given the scale on which it takes place.
Assume that the crewmembers are watching dumbstruck for long stretches.
||Deanna visited the Mintaka system in "Who
Watches the Watchers?" Mintaka is Delta Orionis, the star on the
right end of Orion's belt (when the constellation is viewed "right-side
up"), and is about 900 light-years away. We know the Federation must
have visited this region before 2267, because in TOS: "City on the Edge
of Forever," Kirk was aware of a novelist living on "the far left star in
Orion's Belt" (which would have to be Alnitak, Zeta Orionis). This
is why I assume they found the region "irresistible to travel to," since
by the assumptions made in Star Charts and used in this book,
it's considerably beyond the Federation's borders.
||Presumably, cosmozoan ecosystems can be found
in most of the thousands of star-formation regions that define the arms
of the Milky Way galaxy. (The arms are concentrations of gas, dust
and bright young stars, essentially pressure waves in the interstellar medium.
The spaces between the arms are not devoid of stars, just devoid
of nebulae and the brightest, short-lived stars.) We can assume that
the star-jellies have spread to many more such regions than just the ones
mentioned here, and that other branches of Pa'haquel civilization have followed
them to at least some of those regions. Also we can assume that there
may be other cosmozoan-hunting societies elsewhere in the galaxy. But
it's a very big galaxy, beyond the scope of even an ambitious tale like
||James Cook arrived in Hawai'i at a time when
the indigenous people were celebrating an annual ritual commemorating
the arrival of a conquering god from overseas. The Hawai'ians incorporated
him smoothly into the role of the deity and treated his crew well for
the duration, then sending him on his way. But when Cook's crew
was forced to return some time later, the ritual was over and it upset
the balance of things for the god to return at that time. So the
Hawai'ians killed him.
|James Kirk's experience on Miramanee's World
was depicted in TOS: "The Paradise Syndrome."
|"I refuse to let
arithmetic decide questions like that!": Declared by Picard
in "Justice." Contrary to my recollection when I wrote this scene,
Deanna did not hear the line firsthand, since it was in a private conversation
between Picard and Data. However, either one of them could have told
her about it afterwards.
||Mok'bara is the Klingon analogue of
T'ai Chi, a martial-arts exercise form, established in "Birthright, Part
|Deanna infamously defended herself by breaking
pots over heads in "Qpid."
||The Crystalline Entity and its destruction
of Data's homeworld were established in "Datalore." Its subsequent
destruction of the Melona IV colony, and Carmen Davila's relationship
with Riker, were established in "Silicon Avatar."
||Dr. Marr and the graviton beam were seen
in "Silicon Avatar."
||Twentieth-century humpback whale expert Gillian
Taylor was introduced in ST IV.
||"Only Soval could
go to Andoria": Ambassador Soval (Gary Graham) represented
Vulcan during the time of ENT, when Vulcans and Andorians were bitter
enemies. The human "translation" is Spock's line "Only Nixon could
go to China" from ST VI, which he cited as a Vulcan proverb.
||"when Mr. Neelix
and I were... joined into Tuvix": In the VGR episode "Tuvix,"
||Picard's meld with the Bendii's Syndrome-afflicted
Sarek was seen (again surprisingly) in the TNG episode "Sarek."
||The RCW-33 region is an HII region in the
Vela association, containing the T Tauri association Vela T2. In
other words, a stellar nursery. See http://www.astro.uu.se/~bertil/research.html.
||The Enterprise's mission to Dokaalan
was depicted in A Time to Sow and A Time to Harvest by Dayton
Ward & Kevin Dilmore. The Dokaalans lived in low-gravity conditions
in an asteroid field, and thus required assistance in the Enterprise's
Note that gravity pulls inward in all directions, not just down. An
observer in the middle of a large gravity plate would feel no imbalance
because the pull from all sides would cancel out. Toward the edge,
however, one would feel more of a sideways pull from one side than the
other, and one's sense of "down" would become slanted toward the center
of the plate. Someone just off the edge of the plate would also feel
pulled toward it. The rapid decay of virtual gravitons which I postulated
on p. 20 would tend to minimize these edge effects, since
gravitons from more than 2-3 meters off to one side would not reach the
observer. We can also assume the gravity plates are polarized in
some way so that the gravitons are emitted mainly upward. (Apparently
they emit nothing downward, since they seem to be on every deck; otherwise,
being between two gravity sources in floor and ceiling would leave one more
or less in free fall.) However, in this case we can assume there's a
bit of sideways leakage, enough to exert a slight pull on Melora.
||Risa is a famously uninhibited resort planet
introduced in "Captain's Holiday." Argelius is a hedonistic society
introduced in TOS: "Wolf in the Fold."
||"a species of predatory cloud creature":
See p. 121 note.
||The Kasheeta are one of the
nonhumanoid species glimpsed in background scenes of ST IV. Their name
and herbivorous nature come from FASA gaming materials.
||Grazerites were established
in DS9: "Homefront," though their name was never mentioned onscreen.
||Kyle, in honor of
his recently deceased father: Kyle Riker's demise is depicted
in A Time to Hate.
||For more on the Local Group and its members,
see the SEDS
Local Group page and An Atlas of the Universe.
||"An alien energy
being impregnated me": In "The Child." Deanna named her
"son" Ian Andrew Troi, after her father.
||[Keru] had tended
the symbiont pools for a few years: As seen in Worlds of
DS9: Trill: Unjoined.
|The spinners are an homage to the jawanda,
a species of extragalactic predators created by Alan Dean Foster in Star
Trek Log Eight. They also incorporate elements of my ramjet starship Arachne from "Aggravated Vehicular Genocide."
Magnetic materials have their atomic structures aligned so that all the
atoms' magnetic axes point in the same direction, adding up to a strong
field. Heating the material makes its atoms vibrate harder, and eventually
a point is reached where the vibration is enough to break up the alignment
of the axes.
||For more on proplyds, see http://www.daviddarling.info/encyclopedia/P/protoplandisk.html.
|The concept of using magnetically manipulated
stellar flares as a form of jet propulsion was proposed in Larry Niven's
1974 essay "Bigger than Worlds" (available in his collection A Hole
in Space). His proposal was to use the method as a propulsion
system for a Ringworld. As far as I know, the concept of a cosmozoan
using such a method of propulsion is original to me.
||The specifics of the graviton-beam communication
method are the same as in "Silicon Avatar."
||"Datalore" showed Lore appearing to converse
with the Crystalline Entity over subspace radio, but "Silicon Avatar"
suggested that conventional communication was ineffective (which is why
the graviton-beam method was needed in the first place).
a lambda hyperon field. Transporters won't work.": "The
Ensigns of Command" established that hyperonic radiation interfered with
transporter function. Hyperons are unstable baryons (the class
of "heavy" subatomic particles including protons and neutrons) which
are more massive than neutrons. Lambda hyperons are the least massive
and nearly the longest-lived class of hyperons; I therefore figured they
would be the easiest ones to generate and use as an anti-transporter field.
Hyperons decay swiftly into protons (aka hydrogen nuclei); therefore,
we can assume that the skymounts generating these "hyperon fields" were
surrounded by diffuse clouds of ionized hydrogen (somewhat denser than the
surrounding medium), and leaving tails of it behind them as they moved.
This is a detail I wish I'd thought to include in the text.
||The restraint harnesses on bridge seats are
a feature established in TW, following the suggestion of the deleted finale
||To a Vulcan, to
rest was to rest, to cease using energy: Apparently
a common saying, since Spock said it word-for-word (aside from tense)
in TOS: "Shore Leave."
||"The woman who inspired
me to join Starfleet": The events Vale describes are seen
in flashback in SCE #54: Security.
||"the ruins of my
mother's house on Betazed": The destruction of the Troi estate
during the Dominion invasion of Betazed was depicted in "The Ceremony
of Innocence is Drowned" by Keith R. A. DeCandido, in the Tales of
the Dominion War anthology. The invasion of Betazed was established
in DS9: "In the Pale Moonlight."
|Additional Story Notes
|Orilly Malar (Irriol species)
||Torvig Bu-kar-nguv (Choblik
||K'chak'!'op (Pak'shree species)
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