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More than two thousand years passed as the human colonists of Barbelo were shaped by the savage flora of the icy world and by the struggles between the seven families of men. The memory of the great flood passed into ancient history, then finally into mythology. Only the Gerash family remembered Mastema. Only House Gerash spoke with Mastema through the agency of his avatar and obeyed his commandments. The six other families plainly rejected him and held his commandments in contempt. And so matters remained for many years.

The northern and southern ice caps had moved a bit closer together after the Great Deluge but there remained a single belt of land that remained unfrozen, irrigated by a single river that arose in mountain uplands now claimed by House Larund that wound east all the way around Barbelo. In the Sumerian-derived tongue of Barbelo this was called the Really Big River, and it lost five miles in elevation as it made the circuit around the world. The Really Big River passed in turn through lands claimed by Antero, Bellon, Gerash and Sala before reaching Thalury, the largest body of water on the planet, which was contained by a vertical wall nearly four miles high forming the western bulwark of Larund territory.

In time Mastema found another large object to be on course to strike the temperate belt. The Gerash family would be safe enough in their icy redoubt, supplied by Egyptian priests on Earth. Speaking through them, Mastema commanded the Kulsu family to make an alliance with the Anteros and store enough grain and fruit in their ice caves to supply both families for a generation.

Two sons of the Gerash ruling patriarch were given as hostages to the family Kulsu and the family Antero to vouchsafe the prophecy of Mastema, though it greatly offended his divine sovereignty to order such a thing. Likewise Mastema commanded the Gerash patriarch to send two other sons as hostage to family Ornis and Sala in the south, and command them to make alliance also. If no second great flood came to pass, their life would be forfeit.

None of these four families heeded the words of Mastema and they slew the four sons of Lord Gerash whose very lives guaranteed the truth of the word of Mastema. So it came to pass that a second great icy mountain from the sky smote Barbelo in the temperate belt, and the people were largely unprepared.

When the rains began to fall, the sea-faring Bellon and Larund families boarded their ships, but they did not have enough time to fully stock them with supplies. In their hunger the ships raided one another, Bellon against Larund, and later as their bellies rumbled it was Bellon against Bellon and Larund against Larund.

By the time the rains stopped only a mere handful of ships on both sides were victorious and fully stocked. The Kulsu and Ornis families who farmed the river-irrigated flats of Barbelo were completely wiped out; every man, woman, child, and every one of their food animals perished. House Antero and House Sala survived on the ice, but they experienced a severe dieback because the farms of their host families were completely under ice for twenty-five years.

Mastema said to El Shaddai, "Behold, the faithfulness of the world-dwellers burns fiercely like kindling, but then quickly dwindles in unbelief."

El Shaddai said to him in reply, "Who are we that these creatures should bend their will to our whims as the test of their moral righteousness?"

Mastema replied, "Is it not clearly evident to you that we elohim are far higher on the chain of being than human?"

El Shaddai said, "We have more knowledge of the things of creation, that much is true, but given time their knowledge will increase without limit, and knowledge and wisdom are not the same thing. Unless we live as they, it is impossible for us to know whether our greater craftiness makes us their moral superior."

Mastema said, "Enough! If the world-creatures will not or can not obey their superiors, it will be time to take drastic measures. Perhaps next time I will not provide any of them a warning of a coming comet or asteroid strike. Then they shall have neither knowledge nor wisdom."

And El Shaddai knew from that moment that Mastema secretly did not want the humans to pass his own test of obedience. So El Shaddai vowed to herself that when the humans were able to accept it she would begin teaching some of them how to watch the skies with instruments made by their own hands. In that way they would be able to provide their own warning of a coming world-flood and not have to rely on the knowledge imparted by faithless Mastema.

El Shaddai knew that Mastema would stand ready to point out any act of defiance on the part of the humans, no matter how small, to justify his delay in bringing the news of the existence of the planet-dwellers to the greater elohim community. Mastema had taken the role of an accuser, or divine prosecutor. But El Shaddai knew such delaying tactics were useless. In the end, one way or another, she would prevail. Mastema and Belial would be exposed before El, and they would cease to exist. It only remained to be worked out the precise path to that end, and the role of the planet-dwellers in that path.

El Shaddai reminded Mastema that the Gerash family on Barbelo remained faithful to their god but Mastema said, "The House of Gerash remains faithful to me only because I speak to them directly from time to time. Yet if I were to turn away from them for only a short span, they would soon dwindle in unbelief.”

So El Shaddai said, "Then this shall be the manner by which the humans of Earth are tested. Release three servants from Barbelo to bring my commandments to the humans of Earth while I remain aloof from them."

Mastema agreed it would be a good test, and made arrangements with the House of Gerash to carry it out.


From ancient days Mastema ruled Barbelo, which was almost completely covered in ice, but no human beings were found there, and in his heart Mastema realized it would be meaningless to exercise power over a cold empty world, so Mastema counseled that El Shaddai populate Barbelo with people from Earth to test them. By injecting the fold-line link between themselves with dark energy, the line could grow to become a tube, and the end-points located anywhere in their respective star systems.

A few curious humans were lured into crossing between the worlds by crawling a short distance through this narrow tunnel as though they were simply moving from one cave to another. Inside the passage they felt no weight. The humans and their possessions floated within it, as though through water, and they propelled themselves hand-over-hand for a short time until they emerged under a purple sky with an orange sun.

There were no animals on Barbelo in the beginning, but most of the growing things moved of their own accord and all of them were dangerous. A grove of whipping trees could render a person down to a pile of broken bones and crushed flesh in only a few moments. Thorny ball bushes rolled under their own power by shifting their weight. There were flowers with teeth and many plants which were too poisonous to touch, let alone eat. None of the human colonists survived their first season.

In the land of Mesopotamia, El Shaddai caused a temple to be erected around his end of the tunnel, through which priests could shove human sacrifices. At first the priests sent criminals through, which seemed to be equivalent to a death sentence because the priests never saw anyone reemerge from the altar chamber. But Mastema required female humans for his colony as well, so El Shaddai commanded the sacrifice of virgins from time to time. During periods of famine on Barbelo, the priests of El Shaddai were commanded to send along meat and grain offerings also.

When Mastema had one hundred breeding pairs he set his most obedient pair in what he called a garden on Barbelo, which was an oasis of relatively harmless plants. The male human was named Adamu, while the female was named Hava. Mastema commanded them to maintain the garden by removing intruder plants before they sprouted and went to seed. In return Adamu and Hava could eat of any of the fruit produced in the garden. Later Adamu and Hava were blessed with children. Their offspring were put to work expanding the garden by taming more and more of the wild lands of Barbelo that surrounded it. Livestock animals were imported from Earth also, and given into their care.

Every year a chunk of ice the size of a small hill smote Barbelo with enough force to destroy a city, but every thousand years a chunk of ice the size of a large mountain smote Barbelo with enough force to destroy a region. In most cases these intruders from the sky crashed harmlessly on the extensive ice of Barbelo, for it was a frigid place, and before the First Deluge there was only one narrow strip of land that was ever free of ice. If the strike occurred in this ice-free band it rained for many months and then froze over again, covering the fertile areas of Barbelo with a thick and solid sheet of ice that remained in place for a generation. That was why from the beginning only growing things existed on Barbelo and there were no native animals there. Plants could survive for many years under the ice in the form of seeds or spores, but with nothing to eat animals quickly died off.

One time Mastema discerned that one of the larger chunks of ice would land in the temperate band, so he commanded all of the people to construct arks for themselves and stock them with enough food to preserve them and their animals during the coming catastrophe. But only the patriarchs of seven families obeyed Mastema, to his great surprise.

First to obey was family Gerash, who were the direct descendants of Adamu and Hava and who dwelt still in the garden which Mastema had made on the flanks of the mountain which bore his name. Also the families Antero, Bellon, Kulsu, Larund, Ornis and Sala obeyed Mastema, for they dwelt in lands close to the Garden and had much intercourse with family Gerash. All of the other families that dwelt on Barbelo had been content to obey Mastema during times of comfort and plenty, but his commandment to completely abandon the life they knew and labor for years to construct arks was too much for them.

Worse than their disloyalty to Mastema was the mocking derision the unbelievers showed for the sons of the faithful families as they built the arks. The scoffers did not cease to amuse themselves in this manner until the very day when the ice mountain struck Barbelo and hot rain began to fall in sheets. The unbelievers begged to be allowed to board the arks then, but Mastema had sealed each of the seven families inside their respective arks, together with all their animals and everything they possessed.

On Earth, in Mesopotamia, nearly all the people of the world had gathered themselves together into a single vast city named Shinnar which boasted a tower exceeding in height any other human artifact. This great tower of stone held El Shaddai’s altar and the mouth of the tunnel leading to Barbelo. The people of Shinnar spoke a single language, and they looked confidently into the future as they piled up their knowledge precept by precept.

And El Shaddai said to Mastema, “If now, while they are one people, all speaking the same language, they have started to do this, nothing will later stop them from doing whatever they presume to do.” Mastema, therefore, widened the tunnel connecting the Earth and Barbelo. Some of the floodwaters on Barbelo began to pour out of the altar at the summit of the Tower of Shinnar. Mastema made the tunnel wider still, and the floodwaters bounced down the steps of the ziggurat to flood the streets of Shinnar itself. Some of the people of the city drowned, but the flood increased gradually enough that most of them could escape in time.

The people watched outside the city as the inundation continued, even to the point of overflowing the walls. Not even the plains of Shinnar were safe as the watery tentacles reached out toward the onlookers. The whole valley was flooded from the sea to nearly the place where it divides into the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. The weight of the water on the land caused the sea inlet called the Gulf of Shinnar to crawl to the northwest and mingle with the waters from Barbelo, and part of the plains of Shinnar remain under the sea to this very day.

The former inhabitants of the city of Shinnar scattered to every part of the Earth then, each one of them carrying an account of this flood, and a garbled memory of the rituals and laws of El Shaddai whom they believed they had somehow offended. The diverse religions of mankind had their origin here, and when the many different kindreds and clans of Shinnar drifted apart to settle distant lands over the Earth, the single language of man changed to become babble. So it was that the city and tower of Shinnar were later called Babel in the oral and written histories.

The transfer of much water from Barbelo to Earth did not remedy the flood, but it did lessen the impact. The seven arks of the faithful were held in the places where they stopped for only five years before the ice melted and freed them again. Barbelo was deeply changed. Half of the land along the temperate band remained immersed in water, except on the highest mountains and hills. In years to come the families Bellon and Larund remained sea-going peoples, competing fiercely for those islands.

Much snow fell in the years after the flood, and in the highlands of the temperate band the northern and southern ice sheets came together as one. It was here that family Gerash melted caves and tunnels in the ice and also where Mastema placed the Barbelo end of the tunnel. On Earth the other end was moved by El Shaddai to Egypt. The Gerash family enjoyed a close relationship with Mastema on account of their obedience. Although Gerash land consisted solely of ice, they were continually sustained by grain and animal offerings from Earth, and they carried Mastema’s commands to the other people on Barbelo.

Snow melt from the Gerash ice bridge was the source of the Great river between the first and second Deluges. This river bent and flowed east for twelve thousand air miles and thirty thousand land miles as the river flowed. On its course the Great River dropped twenty-four thousand feet as it irrigated the whole of the temperate belt.

The Kulsu family claimed all the land north of the river, while the Ornis family claimed everything to the south. They tamed and cultivated the riot of native flora which emerged from the flood, and grew rapidly, as though to make up for the lost time in dormancy. The Great river was, however, alluvial, and changed its course from year to year, while the prevailing concept of land ownership emphasized fixed boundaries. This led to constant warfare between the two families as they fought over lands which were ever transferred from one family to the other by the whim of the river.

The northern ice was miles deep but punctuated in diverse places by the summits of very high volcanoes, much like Mount Anshar. This was the land of family Antero, who roamed over it at will. Like the Gerash family, the Anteros also riddled their ice with caves, but this was to hide the bounty from their constant raids upon the farms of family Kulsu.

The southern ice belonged entirely to the family Sala, whose ways were very much like family Antero, except they fed upon the farms of family Ornis. Six families then were immersed in the constant violence of their natural rivalries, while the seventh, privileged by the oracles of Mastema, were ever vigilant to defend themselves from the other six who resented the status of family Gerash as a priestly people bred to teach and rule over all.



Terminal Cruise First Season

Fall 1975 Thursday TV Lineup

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Barney Miller On the Rocks The Streets of San Francisco Terminal Cruise
CBS The Waltons Hawaii Five-O Barnaby Jones
NBC The Montefuscos Fay Ellery Queen Medical Story

Winter 1976 Thursday TV Lineup

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Barney Miller On the Rocks The Streets of San Francisco Terminal Cruise
CBS The Waltons Hawaii Five-O Barnaby Jones
NBC The Montefuscos Fay Ellery Queen Medical Story

SEPARATE WAYS (Terminal Cruise Season 1 Episode 7)

Page Words Title Summary
C0 752 Vernita Bridge Jerry has a new-found talent for avoiding unpleasant law enforcement situations.
C1 635 Separate Ways The remaining test subjects split up into two groups to increase their odds of escaping.
C2 627 Belial Belial puts on Nephil flesh and gloats, Talishi says Bat-El already did it long ago.
C3 677 Khondiel Princess Khondiel and her Fallen Angels are ambushed by the Eyes of Belial.


Page Words Title Summary
C4 659 Buried Alive Jill and Mike discover their talent in a god-forsaken gravel pit.
C5 705 Egress Earl Roland's own lying eyes watch Lilith and Robyn make good their escape.
C6 607 Alliance King Gordiel comes to the aid of his daughter and the Fallen Angels.

The Knot

Page Words Title Summary
C7 669 The Knot Khondiel impresses Talishi when one of her infamous plans actually works.
C8 698 The Swim Jill and Mike go for a late winter river swim, accompanied by bullets.
C9 614 The Drive Lilith offers the four others one more chance to turn around.


Page Words Title Summary
D0 732 House Calls Talishi voyages to House Larund and Antero, seeking aid.
D1 700 Truce Queen Firegem calls for a council of Royals in the Land We Know.
D2 683 Disposal Dr. Roland loads all the loose ends into a special plane that takes off but doesn't land.

The Sacred Pool

Page Words Title Summary
D3 545 Sacred Pool Lilith's "Gervasi Crime Family" takes a hike that's out of this world.
D4 748 Aramel Belial marches on Aramel with his entire force. Khondiel and Talishi flee west.
D5 697 The Dream Princess Kari Stronghammer relates a strange dream to her parent, the king of Menkal.

The Truth

Page Words Title Summary
D6 733 Flashback In Reality version 1.0, the Plumbers were not arrested at the Watergate June 17, 1972.
D7 688 Four Questions Yeshua Bat-El answers certain questions about the Land We Know, and the women therein.
D8 652 The Truth Talishi and Belial visit the West Lands by turns. The king prefers Talishi's language.

Yom Kippur

Page Words Title Summary
D9 735 Demonstroke On the nature and origin of the last winged dragon in the Land We Know.
E0 682 Yom Kippur North In Reality 1.0 Lilith Gervasi fought on the Syrian front of the 1973 Arab-Israeli War.
E1 613 Worlds Apart The Gervasi crime divides again, this time to entirely different worlds.

Spring 1976 Thursday TV Lineup

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Barney
On the
The Streets of
San Francisco
Terminal Cruise
CBS The Waltons Hawaii Five-O Barnaby Jones
Fay Ellery Queen Medical Story

The initial setting for Terminal Cruise was 1992, in a timeline very different from our own. Beginning in March, the series jumped back in time to the early 1970s.


Page Words Title Summary
E2 736 Sealiah War comes at last between House Gerash and House Bellon, with Talishi caught in the middle.
E3 613 Council The Council of Royals in Alodra begins with the arrival of the Hamar delegation.
E4 671 Yom Kippur South Under an arrogant President Nixon, the Yom Kippur war escalates to World War Three.


Page Words Title Summary
E5 625 Road Trip Robyn and Lilith head back East on I-90 by car, and find interesting ways to kill time.
E6 661 Refugees Belial captures the city of Mandakar as Talishi and Khondiel struggle to escape Sealiah.


Page Words Title Summary
E7 649 Arrival In the castle of Queen Firegem, more royal delegates arrive.
E8 565 Intervention The Watergate break-in takes a completely different turn thanks to Robyn and Lilith.
E9 743 The Ride The Gervasi Crime Family crosses the Kingdom of Nath making for the Temple of El Shaddai.

The Change

Page Words Title Summary
F0 698 Rumbek Talishi and Khondiel flee to Rumbek as Sealiah Island falls to House Gerash.
F1 665 The Visitors The final delegations of royals arrive in Atria for the Queen's council.
F2 600 Reality 2.0 Robyn lays out the changes they wrought by interfering with the Watergate burglary.

Nine Mile Wall

Page Words Title Summary
F3 757 Hadal The Gervasi Crime Family nears the Temple of El Shaddai in Nath.
F4 702 Nine Mile Wall Belial gains the upper hand in the battle against the other Houses of Gorpai.
F5 691 Testimony The Council convened in Alodra by Queen Firegem begins.

Lost Angel

Page Words Title Summary
F6 697 Cis-Lunar The Gervasi Crime Family meets up again, this time on the Moon.
F7 660 Lost Angel Talishi suffers an terrible and eternal loss.


Page Words Title Summary
F8 611 Luzea The royals have a midday meal and Luzea Cedarbranch incurs the wrath of the Queen.
F9 567 Taurus The Gervasi Crime Family get their first look at Taurus City, Selene.
G0 573 Interlude Kari Stronghammer confronts Telan Blackseed in his chamber.

Terminal Cruise Second Season

Fall 1976 Saturday TV Lineup

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Holmes & Yo-Yo Mr. T and Tina Starsky and Hutch Terminal Cruise
CBS The Jeffersons Doc The Mary Tyler
Moore Show
The Bob
Newhart Show
The Carol Burnett Show
NBC Emergency! NBC Saturday Night at the Movies


Page Words Title Summary
G1 688 Deviation The Apollo 17 mission goes wildly off-script.
G2 708 Retreat Talishi evacuates west with the defeated Houses of Gorpai.
G3 649 Apollo Robyn encounters the Apollo 17 crew in the Taurus-Littrow valley.


Page Words Title Summary
G4 673 Baron Bayard Firegem attempts to "punish" Luzea Cedarbranch, and fails.
G5 692 Micro Lilith hires a software guru after interviewing legendary nerds from Reality 2.0
G6 674 Stronghammer The Queen proposes a union of kingdoms in the Land We Know to bring about peace.


Page Words Title Summary
G7 714 Eden As Talishi walks west, she reflects on the real Garden of Eden, which was in Gorpai.
G8 723 Ariel Robyn gives birth to Ariel, and Astrodyne gives birth to the Micro.
G9 684 Dragonthorn When Lord Blackseed expresses displeasure at the new Union of Kingdoms, Princess Stronghammer breaks protocol.


Page Words Title Summary
H0 717 Hunky Jill gives birth to a baby dirk, and Astrodyne ships the Micro-75 computer.
H1 748 First Deluge Talishi-Chokhmah remembers events that transformed the surface of Gorpai.
H2 627 Apostle Lilith attempts to heal a breach in a project that preceded Jerry by many decades.
H3 706 Desecration Princess Keri's poor choices reach the light of day, with far-reaching consequences

There Will Be War

Page Words Title Summary
H4 658 Crowded Moon Apollo 18 was five guys instead of just three, and they had to jostle with Russians and Gervasi's folks.
H5 747 Second Deluge The final Five Houses emerge intact on Gorpai after a second world-spanning flood.
H6 693 Menkal War comes to the Land We Know with an invasion at the Sadl river crossing.

With the episode "Viking" the internal timeline of Terminal Cruise caught up with the actual timeline of the broadcasts. After this point, the series would race ahead and be set increasingly into the near future, reaching as far as 2007.


Page Words Title Summary
H7 689 Viking Carl Sagan tries to explain new images coming from the Viking Orbiter, and the Micro-77 comes out.
H8 580 Godspeed Sen. John Glenn and Aleksei Leonov meet up with Jill and Ambe in Taurus City and have a chat.
H9 720 Sala Talishi is welcomed by the one House on Gorpai that embraces her teachings.

Winter 1977 Saturday TV Lineup

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Blansky's
Fish Starsky and Hutch Terminal Cruise
CBS The Mary Tyler
Moore Show
The Bob
Newhart Show
All in
the Family
Alice The Carol Burnett Show
NBC Emergency! NBC Saturday Night at the Movies


Page Words Title Summary
I0 736 Binah's Lab Belial sends Field Marshal Ithuriel through the fold-door to examine Binah's workshop at Proxima.
I1 641 Cartel Robyn and Jill get bored, but quickly find something very interesting to do together.
I2 701 Charybdis A mysterious and deadly whirlpool appears in the ocean near New Zealand.


Page Words Title Summary
I3 687 Hybla-Dia With Yeshua in attendance, Talishi offers Belial his pick of one of a pair of her planets
I4 731 Conquest Lord Telan Blackseed, despite some setbacks, rapidly conquers most of the kingdom of Menkal.
I5 714 Liaison Jerry and Lilith get together, and Astrodyne ships the Micro-79.


Page Words Title Summary
I6 729 Colony The nephilim of Gorpai begin to move out into the Rigilkent system.
I7 728 Nath The war in the Land We Know expands to the kingdom of Nath.
I8 728 Brand Lilith gives birth to her own son, Brand, and Astrodyne rolls out the Micro-80
I9 701 Eggbeater The nephilim spread out into the great swarm of rocks between Rigilkent and Toliman.

The House of Lael

Page Words Title Summary
J0 637 The Ark Belial is arrested for trying to seize the Ark of El Shaddai
J1 606 Monopoly Astrodyne pushes out the Micro-81 and Mark Felton ends up in court
J2 637 Shyla & Brand Yeshua rounds up Shyla and her half-brother Brand after they fulfill a task for him
J3 699 Lael The first human colonists are sent to the Land We Know.


Page Words Title Summary
J4 707 Chayn Talishi rounds up Chayn after she delivers horses to the Roshites in Nath.
J5 698 Del Lilith rounds up her grandchild Del, a healer of wounded Roshites in Hamar.
J6 696 Axis of Evil The Earth delegations arrive at Taurus City
J7 728 Victoria Victoria flies over the Land We Know before being summoned to Taurus City
J8 712 Possession Hunky talks Chuck into having sex and ends up having Chuck's body...literally.


Page Words Title Summary
J9 683 Summit Belial opens the Summit by bringing his eternal warfare to an end
K0 759 The Acquisition Hunky adds Chayn to hyz growing collection of Bene Elohim
K1 754 World Shaping Lilith begins to describe the terraforming of the worlds of Sol
K2 753 Defection Jill confronts har son Hunky, who attempts to possess har

Mother Node

Page Words Title Summary
K3 720 New Lands Lilith gives the final details of the terraforming program
K4 699 Loose Ends The Summit wraps up with a bone tossed to the Americans
K5 703 Mother Node The Micro-82 comes out, and changes everything

Spring 1977 Saturday TV Lineup

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Blansky's
Fish Starsky and Hutch Terminal Cruise
CBS The Mary Tyler
Moore Show
The Bob
Newhart Show
All in
the Family
Alice The Carol Burnett Show
NBC Emergency! NBC Saturday Night at the Movies


Page Words Title Summary
K6 667 Apollyon Hunky meets the son of Emperor Abaddon
K7 713 Beaters Gorpai seeds the Toliman system with enemies of Belial
K8 646 InterWorld Lilith asks Jill to embark on the first Beater starship.


Page Words Title Summary
K9 754 Europa Belial thought he'd cherry-pick the best moon at Jupiter, but Europa turned out to be the shit end of the stick.
L0 749 Harem Hunky's ambition takes him to a place where his luck runs out.
L1 739 The Raid Exiler attacks Terel's homestead on Europa


Page Words Title Summary
L2 736 Preferences Jill knows Hunky is dead, after making love to Mike one last time
L3 528 The Frigate Terel's family fights off Exiler's crew
L4 654 Underway Jill is seen off to Barnard's Star by Lilith, who warns about Hunky's work


Page Words Title Summary
L5 657 White Rock Terel flees to White Rock, obtains sanctuary, but Exiler must go
L6 713 Project Hope Lilith plots Project Hope with Robyn, Mike, and Jerry.
L7 732 Transit Lahatiel and Nuriel transit to Palato, make love enroute

White Rock

Page Words Title Summary
L8 708 Audience Lahatiel brought before Belial, Lilith storms in saying he's a dead god walking
L9 737 Doubling Down White Rock besieged by Chastizer, which is destroyed
M0 624 Confrontation Lahatiel witnesses exchange between Lilith and Belial


Page Words Title Summary
M1 749 Inbound Robyn and Lilith to Mercury in tethered ships
M2 685 Promotion Azibeel defeats opponent, Belial makes Lahatiel commodore
M3 686 Umbilical Robyn and Lilith cut their tether and separate.


Page Words Title Summary
M4 711 The Draft Lahatiel hand-picks crew of Exiler
M5 732 Bots Robyn and Lil steal bots, Robyn tells of projectiles
M6 677 Shakedown Exiler shakedown cruise puts down some Beaters

Terminal Cruise Third Season

Fall 1977 Friday TV Lineup

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Donny & Marie The Friday Night Movie
CBS Wonder Woman Logan's Run Terminal Cruise
Chico &
the Man
The Rockford Files Quincy, M.E.

For the third season of Terminal Cruise the series was dropped by ABC and optioned by CBS, which added it to their Friday night all science-fiction lineup with Wonder Woman and Logan's Run.

The Bots

Page Words Title Summary
M7 693 Catalyst Lilith ignores Robyn, dies in laser hit from Mercury
M8 674 The Recruit Lahatiel's parents are safe in the LWK, Lahatiel is recruited by Yeshua
M9 787 Venus Robyn to Venus, Bot made into Hope.

The Recruit

Page Words Title Summary
N0 844 Insurrection The officers of Exiler join Lahatiel in his cabal against Belial
N1 746 Birthday Parents Hope to Earth, Victoria and Mike to adopt
N2 644 Deception The crew Exiler prepare an elaborate ruse for Abbadon

The Canal

Page Words Title Summary
N3 757 Hope and the Tadpoles Hope and eleven other children attend Nyduly Academy
N4 666 The Errand Abbadon orders Exiler to Proxima via Xanthos
N5 744 The Canal Egypt invades Sinai, Lilith reports for duty

The Beach

Page Words Title Summary
N6 730 Skiin' USA Bite the Wax Tadpole records their first song
N7 701 Incursion Belial and John Glenn embark on their raid of Selene
N8 687 The Beach Del hits beach at Suez


Page Words Title Summary
N9 701 Rhene Lahatiel to Rhene, uses blank orders to release criminal in name of Belial.
O0 601 Concert Bite the Wax Tadpole gives a concert, Hope spots her mother
O1 713 Xanthos Exiler identifies Gnome Dome as the heart of the Iron Fist.


Page Words Title Summary
O2 674 Picket Belial's invasion force found by Jerry and Debby on patrol.
O3 746 Suez City The Suez City attack.
O4 624 Cabala Dome Lahatiel captured, held in Cabala Dome

Winter 1978 Friday TV Lineup

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Donny & Marie The Friday Night Movie
CBS Wonder Woman The Incredible Hulk Terminal Cruise
The Rockford Files Quincy, M.E.

In January 1978 CBS retained the science fiction theme for Thursday night, but replaced Logan's Run with The Incredible Hulk.

Iron Dome

Page Words Title Summary
O5 698 First Line Orbiting mines thin out invading force.
O6 604 Buttream Del and Brand are chewed out by Colonel Adan.
O7 773 Treehouse The children of Nyduly Academy teach themselves their final lesson


Page Words Title Summary
O8 685 Air-to-Air Dogfight gets Belial's fleet strung out on a line.
O9 693 To the Front Del goes to the front against's Adan's orders.
P0 713 Proxima Exiler to Proxima, bed down for the night.

Change of Heart

Page Words Title Summary
P1 693 Crossing the T Taurus City laser takes out ships, Belial takes out Jerry.
P2 670 Airburst Shyla in avatar of Binah takes out Egyptian column.
P3 649 The Convert Ithuriel receives son, decides to give Lahatiel a great gift.


Page Words Title Summary
P4 697 North Massif Abaddon goes cross-country towards Taurus City.
P5 676 Galatea Suez City to Galatea, meet up with other half of Bravo Battalion
P6 706 Leverage Exiler crew is shown the FTL pod


Page Words Title Summary
P7 739 Massacre The entire DECON detachment is wiped out
P8 613 Deversoir Galatea to Deversoir, attack begins
P9 642 Superluminal Exiler directly to Gorpai, through jumpspace.


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Q0 720 Outsider Abaddon reaches the Taurus City rooftop.
Q1 624 Resignation Del resigns hez IDF commission
Q2 700 Purgatory Inge returns to Earth, and Glenn speaks with Yeshua.


Page Words Title Summary
Q3 688 Duel Abaddon and Gordon fight to the death.
Q4 694 The Mission Exiler to Alodra, dependents received by the queen
Q5 737 Malekwa Malekwa is trained and returned to Earth with a gift.

Spring 1978 Friday TV Lineup

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Donny & Marie The Friday Night Movie
CBS Wonder Woman The Incredible Hulk Terminal Cruise
The Rockford Files Quincy, M.E.

Show Me Yours

Page Words Title Summary
Q6 713 Hostage Azibeel uses Chayn as a "hostage" to escape Selene.
Q7 664 Marching Orders Exiler departs Central
Q8 626 Nurse Abaddon is prevented from dying by Del.

Blue Skies

Page Words Title Summary
Q9 714 Judas Chayn faces Yeshua in the Land We Know after her death.
R0 754 Refurbishment Hope is taken to Earth, and Chuck is entrusted with the Ark
R1 786 Ambush Malekwa hankers after some beef on the hoof.

The Mission

Page Words Title Summary
R2 740 Liberty Call The crew of Exiler enjoys some down time at Taurus City.
R3 695 McWorld Victoria takes Hope to school in the Seattle suburbs
R4 709 Midway El Shaddai has a heart-to-heart talk with Chuck


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R5 659 Shiprock Captain Smalley is called in after the People.
R6 656 The Quest The Royals in the Land We Know vow to kill Demonstroke
R7 703 Abduction Hope chooses to go with Robyn

The Kidnapping

Page Words Title Summary
R8 684 The Pilgrims 'Malekwa casts his lot with Mark Lange's settlers.
R9 631 Gods & Demigods Belial is confronted by Lahatiel.
S0 759 Veritas Robyn tells Hope the truth and nothing but the truth.

The Search

Page Words Title Summary
S1 762 End Dome Malekwa and Mark Lange lay the groundwork for a new sect.
S2 771 Thalury Bayard relates the tale of Will o the Whisp
S3 683 The Search Victoria and Mike search in morning, find DECON agents searching too
S4 749 Reina Regenta Mark Lange dies when a U-boat torpedoes his passenger liner

Doll Hill

Page Words Title Summary
S5 705 Balloon Robyn and Hope ascend Doll Hill without detection.
S6 759 Desecration The temple of the End Dome Church is destroyed
S7 695 Museum Mark, Mike, and Vic visit a very strange museum

Terminal Cruise Fourth Season

Fall 1978 Sunday TV Lineup

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Battlestar Galactica Sunday Night Movie
CBS Terminal Cruise All in
the Family
Alice Kaz
NBC The Big Event Lifeline

The Balloon

Page Words Title Summary
S8 719 Milk Run Exiler to low Earth orbit, with Abaddon aboard
S9 638 The Trail Ends Mike and Victoria follow trail to Sacred Pool, go to LWK
T0 702 The Drop Balloon drop to orbit, Exiler is waiting.


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T1 718 Fertility Jill arrives at a new world orbiting Barnard's Star
T2 686 Countermeasures Exiler evades US laser with chaff.
T3 676 Plan B Mike, Mark, and Victoria join the quest.


Page Words Title Summary
T4 670 Freeball During a Freeball game, Robyn searches for Ark, Chuck follows.
T5 704 Food for Thought Bayard describes the dangers of the Catwalk.
T6 688 The Choice Chuck tries to stop Robyn, Hope offers her Golden Gift

The Catwalk

Page Words Title Summary
T7 681 For the Young The company of the Quest is winnowed down to eight persons.
T8 590 Blink and Miss It Exiler to Mars, Chuck assumes ship destroyed
T9 725 Ascent The Young Royals choose a leader for themselves


Page Words Title Summary
U0 648 The Ready Room Yeshua recruits Jerry and other pilots to fly a final air combat mission
U1 769 Phobos Exiler arrives at Phobos, and Hope is backed up
U2 729 Cascade Mike begins his solo journey to the rim of the Sacred Mountain

The Rim

Page Words Title Summary
U3 767 The Attempt Abaddon makes his bid to escape to Palato
U4 636 Aliwe Aliwe falls off the Catwalk.
U5 772 The Rim Jerry and Mike say their farewells on the rim of the Sacred Mountain
U6 676 Download Binah takes possession of Hope's body

Winter 1979 Sunday TV Lineup

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Battlestar Galactica Sunday Night Movie
CBS Terminal Cruise All in
the Family
Alice Kaz
NBC The Big Event Weekend

The Cavalry

Page Words Title Summary
U7 701 Loose Ends Aliwe and Victoria part ways
U8 754 Relieved Binah confronts Belial once more and lays down the law.
U9 680 Volunteers Mike relates what he saw concerning Jerry and his pilots on the rim


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V0 568 Inbound Exiler approaches Mercury.
V1 720 The Swarm Jerry and his eleven volunteers begin their mission
V2 698 Genders Bayard and Victoria speak together as they traverse the Catwalk


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V3 Half-hearted Selenites battle Mercury, Adnarel deliberately misses them.
V4 Hadal Royals arrive at Hadal
V5 D-Day Robyn and Lilith search for mass-driver (Lil on Admiral Ramsey)

The Lair

Page Words Title Summary
V6 Lair Royals find Demonstroke's lair in Hadal
V7 Breaking Rules Robyn and Lilith search for mass-driver (Lilith on camps)
V8 Close-Circuit Azibeel recognizes Robyn on screen.

The Tussle

Page Words Title Summary
V9 Tram Robyn and Lilith ride a tram (Lil on after the camps)
W0 Air Duel Joy mounts Demonstroke to attack, Victoria meets her in the air
W1 The Crux Robyn and Lilith find mass-driver
W2 The Tussle Royals engage in combat with Blackseed's guards


Page Words Title Summary
W3 Unraveling Story Lahatiel's explanation fails, Suriel ordered back to Mercury
W4 Auguring In Aerial combat, Vic vs. Joy, and Demonstroke dies.
W5 Sacrifice Play Robyn dies, but saves Sol. Lilith is captured soon after.


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W6 Choosing Sides After Suriel and Barakiel restrain Belkin, Suriel turns against Belial's fleet.
W7 Inquiry Lilith witnesses the brutal torture of Lahatiel
W8 Final Business Blackseed stands between Goldstaff and fallen Victoria
W9 Still Neck When Azibeel refuses to stand down, Lilith instructs Jill to wake Yefefiah.
X0 Roll the Bones On Lahatiel's final orders before dying, Suriel goes FTL blind

Spring 1979 Sunday TV Lineup

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Battlestar Galactica Sunday Night Movie
CBS All in
the Family
One Day
at a Time
Alice Just
Terminal Cruise
NBC The Big Event Lifeline

With Terminal Cruise losing in the ratings head-to-head against ABC's Battlestar Galactica CBS relocated the show to the original 10-11 Sunday slot and put All in the Family and Alice in the 8-9 PM slot, which effectively destroyed both ABC's show and Terminal Cruise.


Page Words Title Summary
X1 Slumber's End Yefefiah wakes up to Jill's mind-touch
X2 Unveiled Last Selenite ship destroyed. Hope reveals she is Binah.
X3 Ground Duel Blackseed killed by Goldstaff
X4 All-Points Bulletin Yefefiah reports what Jill has told her to El

The Investigation

Page Words Title Summary
X5 Girlfight Azibeel and Lilith fight
X6 Rejection Binah is investigated by El, who is repulsed by her memory of torture
X7 Lovebirds Goldstaff courts Victoria
X8 725 Hybla Chokhmah assassinated at Central, rejected by El
X9 Unmasked Azibeel removes mask, reveals he is neither the emperor nor Belial, but Hunky


Page Words Title Summary
Y0 Melchizedek In a flashback, an agent of El Shaddai journeys to the Fertile Crescent.
Y1 772 The Execution Yeshua's death is investigated by El and Bat-El is rejected
Y2 Kurgan Young royals approve new Kingdom of Kurgan.
Y3 746 Abram El Shaddai accepted by El.
Y4 Acceptance Hope kills Azibeel, takes control of GIC

Plea Bargain

Page Words Title Summary
Y5 675 Jacob Belial's ass-whopping at the hands of Jacob is investigated by El.
Y6 Plea Bargain Mastema pleads to save his life, betrays thousands.
Y7 Startup Robyn and Erik begin hike to Sacred Mountain
Y8 Fate Judgment against Belial, killed by antimatter.
Y9 Third Deluge Gorpai's ice melting, mountains are islands

To the Death

Page Words Title Summary
Z0 Waterfall Robyn and her father cross Catwalk on their way up.
Z1 Lucky roll Exiler finds a new system, moves toward Fertility.
Z2 Side benefits Belial's second harem nearby uncovered.
Z3 Returnees Some of the Belters begin to resettle Gorpai.


Page Words Title Summary
Z4 The Top Robyn and Erik reach the top of the Sacred Mt.
Z5 Planetfall Exiler crew settle Fertility, a Kansas planet.
Z6 669 Selene Immortal Del takes charge of graviformed Luna.

Omega Point

Page Words Title Summary
Z7 668 Nuptials Queen Victoria and Edik Goldstaff are wed, and Talishi attends.
Z8 714 City of God Robyn and Erik Lokken attain the ultimate destiny which awaits all things.
Z9 601 Fertility A pregnant Lilith finds the Exiler crew on Fertility with matching bellies, and joins their colony.


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