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ASIMOV - Foundation: The Traders

Fifty years after the Second Seldon Crisis, the Foundation has built an economic and political hegemon far beyond the original Four Kingdoms, extending across hundreds of systems in the galactic rim. The emissaries of this network are the Traders, solitary figures who spend months or years away from Terminus in their ramshackle spacecraft bringing the marvels of the Foundation to worlds which have slipped back into a pre-technological barbarism.

But one world, Askone, has a religious proscription against technology, perhaps in backlash to the general decline of human civilization in the galaxy. Askone has proven resistant to the blandishments of the traders, and now has placed one such trader, Eskel Gorov, who is also a secret agent of the Foundation, under arrest. Limmar Ponyets is sent in to get him free.

To the Grand Master, Ponyets pleads that Gorov has wandered into the Askone system unwittingly as a deplorable mistake, and when this is met with disbelief Ponyets assures him that the attempt to trade was made contrary to the strictest regulations of the Guild. The Grand Master assures him in turn that the indiscretion is likely to cost Gorov his life.

When Ponyets begs him to consider an alternative, the Grand Master tentatively says, "I have heard that the Foundation is rich." Ponyets admits that this is true, but the riches are technological, of a character that Askone refuses to accept. And when Ponyets asks to be allowed to speak to Gorov, this is refused, until Ponyets appeals to religion. "Even now he faces the prospect of going unprepared to the bosom of the Spirit that rules all."

This changes everything. When Ponyets affirms that he is a Tender of the Soul, the Grand Master says, "Every man should prepare his soul for the journey to his ancestral spirits. Yet I had never thought you traders to be believers."

Gorov knows Ponyets. They speak together in the cell, but Ponyets has brought a Field Distorter in the shape of a bracelet that confounds any listening devices. Gorov tells him that nothing will happen as long as the Grand Master has the scent of gold in his nose. He suggests that Ponyets return to the Foundation to get some, and return to set him free. Ponyets has a better idea.

In a demonstration before the Grand Master and a man named Pherl who was the sovereign's favorite, Ponyets demonstrated the operation of a device he constructed himself. "It is nuclear in nature, but none of you need touch it. If it contains abominations, I take the foulness of it upon myself."

The Grand Master raised his cain in a threatening guesture and mouthed a purifying invocation against it. Ponyets said, "With this machine, I can turn the iron you discard into gold of the finest quality."

The Grand Master scoffed that many fools had claimed the ability to transmute metals. "Success at producing gold would have been a crime that carried its own antidote," he said. "It is the attempt plus the failure that is fatal." And he asked Ponyets to see what he could do with his iron staff. But the staff is too long, so a courtier's buckles are used instead.

Ten minutes later, the buckles were gold. Ponyets offered a large quantity of gold made by this machine in exchange for Gorov's freedom. Pherl objected, saying, "Your Veneration, to accept this pseudo-gold made sinfully from iron in your presence is an affront to the living spirits of our holy ancestors."

Ponyets objected in turn, saying, "To give up a heathen is to lose nothing for your ancestors, whereas the gold you get in exchange can ornament the shrines of their holy spirits. And were the gold evil in itself, surely the evil would depart of necessity once the metal were put to such pious use."

The Grand Master is inclined to accept Ponyets argument. And the trader sweetened the deal, offering to put the gold in hostage for thirty days. If at the end of that time no disasters occur, he argued, surely it would mean the offering was accepted by the holy ancestors. Even Pherl had to agree to this.

A week later, Ponyets is taken to meet Pherl at his own villa, where Pherl mentions that it did not escape his notice that the demonstration seemed to be targeted at himself more than the Grand Master. He asks Ponyets what is the underlying motive of his clumsy move.

Ponyets answers that he has observed that Pherl is young and that it is said he is not a member of the Five Tribes. And further, that he has heard it said that the nation will not be willing to see any man outside of the Tribes as Grand Master, and one so young and well positioned as Pherl seems to be must have powerful enemies among the great ones of the State. The Grand Master is aging and his protection of Pherl cannot last past his death.

To remedy this, Ponyets offers to sell Pherl the machine that produces gold, the very one that he witnessed perform during the demonstration, in return for the equivalent value of a cubic foot of gold in wrought iron. Then Pherl's supply of gold will equal his supply of iron, sufficient to obtain the Grand Mastership at least, despite youth and enemies. And Pherl can use it in absolute secrecy, in his deepest dungeon, for the gold bears no trace of its artificial manufacture. Ponyets further states that Pherl himself can be the one to operate the device, he can teach him to do so in a mere five minutes. They strike a bargain.

Gorov was released on the 30th day, and five hundred pounds of gold took his place. Gorov's ship was returned to him, and both him and Ponyets were ushered away from Askone, except that it was Pherl's private navy, and not the Askonian fleet, that was doing the ushering. They were being taken to Pherl's mining estates to load up on tin, both of them.

Pherl had never heard of, nor conceived, of a microfilm recorder. Ponyets incorporated one in the device, and when he removed it for the next day's overhaul, he had a perfect record of Pherl operating the device and crowing over his first piece of gold as if it were an egg he had just laid. When Ponyets showed him the results, and suggested there was a projector set up in the city square set to go off at noon for a million fanatical Askonians to watch, and subsequently tear Pherl to pieces, Pherl was immediately ready to make a deal.

Ponyets admits to Gorov he didn't really have a projector set up in the city square, but it doesn't matter now, Pherl traded all the gadgets in both Ponyets and Gorov's ships in return for all the tin they could carry. And Ponyets speculates that Pherl will not only use the gadgets, after he buys the election with the gold he's making he'll even sell the devices, it's the only way he can recoup his losses and his pride. And at the same time he will become the best man the Foundation could have in its favor on Askone.

Contents

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.

Egress

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.

Truce

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
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

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.

Armageddon

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.

Refugees

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.

Watergate

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.

Selene

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

Apollo

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.

Union

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.

Genesis

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.

Deluge

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.

Viking

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
Beauties
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

Whirlpool

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.

Blackseed

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.

Nephilim

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.

Possession

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.

Summit

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
Beauties
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

Beaters

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.

Europa

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

Departure

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

Hope

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

Mercury

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.

Exiler

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
NBC CPO
Sharkey
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

Xanthos

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.

Suez

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
NBC Quark CPO
Sharkey
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

Proxima

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.

Leverage

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

Deversoir

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.

Resignation

Page Words Title Summary
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.

Haven

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
NBC Quark CPO
Sharkey
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

Retreat

Page Words Title Summary
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.

Goldstaff

Page Words Title Summary
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.

Freeball

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

Resurrection

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

Dilemma

Page Words Title Summary
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

D-Day

Page Words Title Summary
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

Sacrifice

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.

Inquiry

Page Words Title Summary
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
Friends
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.

Unveiled

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

Acceptance

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.

Fertility

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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