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The B’nei Elohim leased offices on the eighth floor of a building in Bellevue, Washington and advertised an opening for someone who could program the new eight-bit "computer on a chip" produced by the Intel Corporation. Lilith and Robyn handled the recruiting. Most of the prospective programmers turned around and walked right out of the interview room when they saw they were dealing with two women. Three of them, however, did not.
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Mark Felton had just graduated from the University of Washington. He thought the world of women and was more far interested in a job than maintaining any stupid "he man woman hater’s club" tradition.
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Paul Allen was in his third year at Washington State University, or “Wazoo”, going for a computer science major. His pal Bill Gates was still a senior in high school. The two of them were pretty ambitious and even started a little company to analyze traffic patterns so government agencies could issue reports, but the federal government began to offer the same service for no charge, so Traf-O-Data was going out of business. They needed the work.
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During the interviews Robyn sat quietly in a corner of the office while Lilith questioned Allen, Gates, and Felton, in that order. When it was Felton's turn, Lilith gave the same introductory spiel she had given the Traf-O-Data boys. “Welcome to the headquarters of the Astrodynamics Corporation. I’m the owner. My name is Lilith Gervasi. I’m interested in manufacturing a single-board microcomputer. In fact, we're proposing to call it a Micro. We intend to retail it for five hundred dollars, and that's set in stone. We're looking for a programmer to develop the operating system for the Micro, which we're going to call Budget Operating System Software, or BOSS.”
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“Single user, of course. No multi-tasking.”
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“Naturally.”
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“What kind of display do you have in mind?”
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“We were thinking just a standard black and white television at first.”
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“The resolution with that isn’t too hot. What about storage?”
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“Cassette tape.”
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“Then it looks like my job will be pretty easy. Most of the heavy lifting will be done with the hardware.”
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“The problem we have right now is that the 8008 only has fourteen address bits, so we're stuck at sixteen kilobytes of memory, tops. That might sound like a lot right now, but we're thinking long term. Do you know how we might solve that issue?”
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“Simple. You just have two 8008's going at the same time, one runs your BOSS in ROM and handles all your keyboard inputs, video out, cassette in and out, and swaps 16K banks of RAM when the user's program calls for more memory. Theoretically that would give you up to 256 megabytes of RAM, which is insane.”
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“Well, see, you're not really impressing me right now, Mr. Felton, because the 8008 costs three hundred sixty dollars, so two of them put us in the hole right away. The $500 price point I gave for the Micro is firm.”
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“The first run of chips are in that range, sure, three sixty, but put in a big enough buy order I betcha Intel brings it down to one fifty.”
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“Touche. I'd like to discuss this with my friend for a bit, Mr. Felton so if you'll wait outside, I think we can give you an answer quickly.”
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Mark shrugged and got up to leave. Robyn said, “I like that guy.”
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“What about the Gates and Allen show? Traf-O-Data.”
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“Paul Allen is okay,” Robyn said. “He knows the chip well enough to have written a complete simulator for a mainframe computer, so we can get started before our hardware is ready, and Gates writes tight code, but he's obsessed with using BASIC to run everything on the Micro. That might make it easy for people to program, but I think it would be too slow. And Gates doesn't seem to get the concept of money. He ran up a lot of computer time having some big iron play tic-tac-toe against itself, and sent the bill to his daddy. And he sure didn't like the name Budget Operating System Software.”
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“What do your enhanced instincts tell you?”
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“Gates and Allen already started one company on their own. I'm not seeing either one of them still working for us in 1975, so I figure they're going to take our ideas and try to compete against us. But Mark Felton is in for the long haul. He's the adult in the room. I say we go with him.”
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* 25. Elamites - Yeshua's reform of the colony in the New World results in a true utopia,at least for a little while.
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* 26. The Way - The followers of Yeshua transform Judaism until it is hardly recognizable. Unfortunately, no one stopped to think the Jews might have a problem with that.
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* 27. Raziel - A logistics officer and his wife join the first nephilim foray into space, but they might not share the goals of their companions.
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* 28. Rome - Corruption and decay mar the teachings of Yeshua as time goes on, in Europe as it is in America.
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* 29. Comet - Talishi personally corrects a deliberate oversight by Belial that would have killed millions of nephilim in a Third Deluge.
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* 31. Pilgrims - The cross-country adventures of the kissing cousins in the Five Corners Good Book Church.
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* 32. Beaters - Not content to fill Gorpai with strife, the Five Families bring their arguments into outer space.  church, and a rich land to settle. 
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* 36. Judith - Every story begins somewhere. For Judith Gervasi, it was the southern coast of England during World War II.
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* 37. Kim - Before Binah became Round Robyn, there was a little girl named Kimberly Lokken.
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* 38. The Camps - The greatest warrioress in Femina Caelestis was forged in the crucible of the Holocaust, coming through unspeakable horrors.
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* 40. Zion - It was a nation created from nothing, surrounded by mortal enemies, a new homeland with little chance of prevailing. Judith Gervasi thought it was perfect.
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* 47. Desecration - When the authorities learn of the Golden Gift and go looking for it, they leave a wee little mess.
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* 49. The Sharing - Hunky and Dory discover the Purple Cable makes a pretty darn good sex toy.
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* 50. Revolution - The men of Nath elevated reason over faith, but El Shaddai knew they were holding a shit hand and called their bluff.
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* 52. Inge - When Inge Hahn catches the Boda ransacking her home, there's only one thing to do, and that's to get Inge to join in the fun.
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* 53. Isle of Wight - When Robyn met Judith, languishing at her father's lighthouse, she offered a ride to Israel, if Lil didn't mind sharing the ride with Robyn's baby on the flying saucer.
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* 54. Jill - Two Boda members sneak off and have an affair. They bond so closely it's just like they were one person.
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* 55. Roland - Jill comes clean about her father, Earl Roland, not an easy thing to do after covering for a man whose hands are dirty with torture and running a shadow government. 
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* 56. Senate - Robyn and Jill get a chance to tell their side of the story to the US Senate, but it only gets them into even more trouble.
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* 57. The Interview - When Ed Conley conducted an interview, he did it old school, and would have made Torquemada proud. 
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* 58. DECON - It was the Domestic Enemies Classification, Observation, and Neutralizaion Agency, but it was run but the biggest domestic enemies of all.
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* 59. Stampede - In which Femina Caelestis singlehandedly invents the genre of rock 'n' roll, five years early.
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* 61. Kibbutz - The IDF has a secret weapon in the perennial Arab-Israeli wars, a soldier who won't stay dead. 
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* 62. Last Rites - Judith Gervasi trades in her old shrapnel-ridden body for a new one, a pretty goy-l.
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* 63. Provider - When NASA's first rockets were doing belly flops on the ocean, Femina Caelestis was already assembling a spacecraft to visit a near-Earth asteroid. 
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* 64. Fortuna - It was the first city on the moon, and the name Robyn chose for it reflected it's cost.
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* 65. Lawsuit - Never stand between a grieving family and a dead man's cash.
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* 66. Cryoscan - You've heard how Walt Disney had his head frozen upon his death, hoping to have it reattached to another body in the future? This is better.
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* 67. Joy - Not many children can say they grew up on the moon. Even fewer can say they did so before Neil and Buzz came calling.
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* 68. Six Days - Judith wanted back into the Tzva Hahagana LeYisra'el. Her ticket for admission was the destruction of the entire Egyptian air force.
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* 69. Geezers - Femina Caelestis finds a new herd of cash cows, old farts with a lot of money and not much courage facing their demise.
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* 70. Sellout - In which Joy pays a friendly visit to the Apollo 17 expedition and explains why NASA doesn't need to fly any more missions there.
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* 71. Yom Kippur - The Arabs have just one more chance to destroy the colony of Jews on the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea before they nuke up.
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* 73. El Shaddai - When you talk to God that's prayer. When God talks to you, that's business as usual in Femina Caelestis.
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* 74. Europa - Sometimes the Navy of Belial needs to freshen up the Jovian colonists with a reminder they really need the benefits of the Empire after all.
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* 75. Midway - The double-lunar capture of the Midway asteroid was like showing off in a game of billiards, with a cue ball large enough to destroy half of New Jersey.
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* 76. White Rock - The Emperor wanted that greenhouse asteroid at all costs. Starkad would make it a very expensive transaction indeed.
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* 78. Summit - For the first, last, and only time, the leaders of Earth, Gorpai, and the Land We Know meet in a single place, and the ramifications will echo forever.
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* 79. Grid - Another FC poke in the eye for the US government, an entirely new kind of broadcasting technology they can't even understand, let alone control.
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* 80. Project Hope - There's a cancer growing in Femina Caelestis and its name is Gina. Robyn proposes a radical solution but it will take years to unwind.
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* 81. Entranced - Every big war has its Fort Sumter, its Pearl Harbor. For the war between Femina Caelestis and the United States, it was a Hunky-Dory concert near Los Angeles.
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* 82. Brand - The son of Joy has masculinity issues an organization named Femina Caelestis is simply not equipped to address, and the only solution is to leave
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* 83. Jabs - Brand fell head-over-heels in love with Jabniel, and sha wasn't even human. But her father's price for her hand in marriage was even more inhuman.
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* 84. Saturn - Water is gold in the Solar System, and the rings of Saturn are a mother lode. But like any other human enterprise, there are parasites and to spare.
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* 85. Crossing - Babysitting a snowball for years is not the most exciting thing to do, so to liven things up, Brand and Jabniel make a baby.
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* 86. Ceres - The asteroid Ceres is to the moon in size as the moon is to the Earth, yet it was the biggest place young Victoria ever visited. There was even gravity!
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* 87. Victoria - This was business and Roth Wardian took it personally. Unfortunately for him, nothing would get Femina Caelestis riled up like kidnapping Joy's granddaughter.
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* 88. Mercury - The Russians were given very lucrative gifts at the Summit, so they took a very jaundiced view when Robyn needed some of them.
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* 89. Venus - When smuggling a robot through a hard-line Islamic society that forces women and girls to cover themselves head to toe, one only needs to work on the eyes.
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* 90. Andrews - If Femina Caelestis waltzed into DECON like it was made of swiss cheese, what makes the government think Andrews Airbase would be better?
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* 91. Vicky - Victoria was a hermaphrodite jen in a world of monosexed humans, but the real source of her unhappiness was her father's attempt to break himself and his family clean away from FC.
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* 92. Boot Camp - Basic training is mostly nothing but mind games, Femina Caelestis admits. But if you really want to live forever, it's the only game in town.
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* 93. Hope - Hers' may have been the shared childhood of millions of entities later, but there really was a first time through once upon a time.
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* 94. Bravo - Belial needed to get Judith out of the picture. Starting another Arab-Israeli war was a surefire way to do so.
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* 95. Air War - The moon may not have an atmosphere, but some traditions dating back to the days of the Red Baron cannot be denied.
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* 96. Suez War - Judith fought for Israel in every major tussle, and put up with a lot of crap along the way, but this is the straw that breaks the camel's back.
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* 97. Moon War - Belial thought human females would be a pushover in combat. Femina Caelestis quickly showed him the error of that assumption.
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* 98. Mission - Five top guns in the Navy of Belial are personally recruited by Talishi-Chokhmah and Yeshua Bat-El to crew the frigate Exiler.
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* 99. Briefing - The Exiler is sent to investigate and neutralize, if possible, Belial's rumored "star killer", for El Shaddai and Bat-El have both taken ill.
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* 100. Exiler - It was a dependent's "Tiger Cruise" from Hybla-Dia to the Land We Know, so naturally things started out a bit crowded.
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* 101. Menkal - King Stronghammer accepts the dependents of Exiler for safekeeping, but one of the Eyes of Belial grows suspicious at this breach of protocol, for Belial threatened dependents to ensure loyalty.
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* 102. Rogziel - The chief aide to Belial re-enters his service and is tasked to command Exiler to embark on a breathtakingly cynical mission
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* 103. Rhene - If there really was a hell in this universe, Rhene was a good candidate. But some of the inmates are so stupid they need to be asked twice to leave.
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* 104. Xanthos - The healing hot springs of Xanthos were justifiably famous but Iron Fist, the local crime syndicate, forgot the first law of the parasite, don't kill your own host.
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* 105. Arioch - He was one of Belial's best spies in the court of King Stronghammer, but his real forte was amid the endless machinations in the court of Belial himself.
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* 106. Proxima - Jerry Shy Bear did his best work in Binah's lab, and now a nephilim nobleman has made the greatest discovery of all there, whether by human, nephilim or elohim.
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* 107. Abduction - In Hebrew mythology, Judith was a she-demon who kidnapped children in the middle of the night. They might have been on to something.
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* 108. Balloon - In a forgotten corner of McWorld, Judith shows Hope a supersized balloon.
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* 109. The Council - The monarchs of the Land We Know finally realize they've been screwed by a republic whose sole business model is selling arms to those very same monarchs.
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* 110. Search - Sheriff Vic had dealt with missing person cases before. But she never counted on it happening to her own daughter.
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* 112. Freeball - The gals of Femina Caelestis love their Freeball and hate to be distracted when they're watching a game. And that's exactly what Judith was counting on.
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* 114. The Choice - Hope demonstrates that the essence of being human is the power to anchor a new chain of effects without a prior cause.
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* 115. Nyduly - Regrouping across the river, the royals lick their wounds and hatch a plan that sounds like it came from a booby hatch.
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* 116. Escape - Getting off Midway is only the beginning. There's still a task force of ships captained by Bunners to plow through.
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* 117. Invasion - In a broad attack, the monarchies learn that Blackseed wasn't bluffing when he said he reserved the best weaponry for Nath. A dragon for one thing.
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* 118. Mars - On the Red Planet, Hope's artificial body gets a rather grown-up makeover. Robyn and Judith break the new stuff in.
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* 119. Menkal The shards of Dragonthorn are re-hallowed with Vic standing in, but there are the usual jen jokes.
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* 120. Ganymede - Exiler makes a clean getaway to Ganymede nearside, where Robyn calls in a very old marker.
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* 121. The Arrangement - There's an old saying that the enemy of my enemy is my friend. But this was over the top.
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* 122. Wazol - Traipsing along the face of a 25,000 foot sheer cliff wall is a game for the young, so the Royals split up.
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* 123. Miranda - School-boy jokes aside, Uranus is pretty safe and obscure place to hide the archives of Femina Caelestis. And here the first dividends of Project Hope are paid.
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* 124. Sadl - The strip of Alodra south of the River Sabik has always been controversial, but now it is, without controversy, the only piece of Alodra left unoccupied by Nath. 
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* 125. Triton - The starship wasn't nearly as fast as Exiler but she was Binah's ace in the hole. When she got underway, Belial was doomed no matter what else happened.
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* 126. Cleverstep - Che was a jen who knew a way to traverse the Glob Nab, but to Vic, the biggest hazard was keeping hezself from jumping on hem. 
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* 127. Citadel - Eleven miles long, protected by all the lasers on Mercury, what was it shooting into space every few seconds, and why.
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* 128. Patrol - Commodore Lahatiel must choose between splashing a friendly or blowing his cover.
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* 129. Land of the Dead - In the Land We Know, purgatory is a real place, with one hell of a view.
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* 130. Nova Sol - Robyn discovers Belial is trying to kill the living suns El Shaddai and Bat-El by giving them heatstroke.
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* 131. Mount Fatho - It was the highest prominence west of the Glob Nab wall, riddled with treacherous ice fields, but anything was better than Cleverstep's catwalk.
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* 132. Retreat - When not even the Menkal Wall can hold back the forces of Nath, a strategic redeployment is in order.
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* 133. Brig - As Adnarel's "dependents" when Robyn and Judith get into trouble, that means Adnarel is in trouble too.
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* 134.10,000 Creeks - In which the young royals are dismayed to learn down-hiking abuses an entirely different set of muscles.
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* 135. Breakout - From Hanford to DECON to Andrews to the GIC, ain't no prison could ever hold Robyn for long.
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* 136. Goldstaff - In a land dominated by magic, Edik Goldstaff practiced a heresy called the scientific method. He thought of it as an insurance policy.
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* 137. Secret Ways - The Eyes of Belial see everything, everywhere, except, of course, those places where it would embarrass Belial to look.
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* 138. Cavalry - Last-minute reinforcements are a tired cliche, but in this case Robyn will take it.
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* 139. Hadal - It wasn't very large as cities went in the Land We Know, so how did Blackseed manage to hide a dragon there?
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* 140. The Scrap - The loyalist ships of Femina Caelestis go head-to-head against the Bunners and the Imperial fleet, turning one side into what the chapter is named after.
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* 141. Sabotage - Judith discovers a way to throw a monkey wrench into the Weapon's machinery and stop it once and for all. That's the good news. The bad news is the only monkey wrench available is herself.
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* 142. Dual Duels - Vic against a dragon, Robyn against an Empress, the eternal duet between good and evil strikes a powerful chord.
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* 143. Aftermath - It is the end of the Republic, but events in the Saiph League assure that Nath is not alone.
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* 144. Turnabout - Robyn's been thinking about the FTL pod in the Exiler and it occurred to her that she could turn the whole ship into a FTL pod.
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* 145. Unions - Spring is in the air, and with the Demonstick Affair behind them, the people of the Land We Know get back to more important things, like pairing off.
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* 146. Interglacial - Nothing like turning up the thermostat on Toliman to end the eternal ice age on Gorpai.
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* 147. Judgment - Binah labored long for Belial's day of reckoning, but when the day finally comes it's far more than Binah bargained for.
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* 148. Exiled - Nothing in the universe is more certain than the fact that the crew of Exiler will never return from where they ended up.
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* 149. Rapture - The past exists, the future doesn't, so the trick to messing with the timeline is to do it methodically backwards.
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* 150. Final Sunset - When Binah sees the Elysian Fields for what it is, and mounts a rescue attempt, El moves up his timetable and springs the trap. But Binah has the last laugh. 
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* 3 Patriarchs 2435 A
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* 14 Binah 2403 B
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* 15 Jashen 3837 B
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* 16 Yohanan 1313 B
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* 19 Anshar 2164 C
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* 20 Roshites 1469 C
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* Resurrection C
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* TC011 - 50 -  53 - Probation / 54 - Isle of Wight
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* TC012 - 55 - Second Front /58 - Menkant / 59 - Saturn
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* TC013 - 60 - Kibbutz / 61 - Dual Duel / 62 - Rings / 63 - Clinic / 64 - Aftermath
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* TC014 - 65 - Crossing / 66 - Suez War I / 67 - Ceres / 68 - Hanford / 69 - Six Days
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* TC015 - 70 - Nuptials / 71 - Yom Kippur / 72 - Desecration / 73 - Hospice / 74 - Becky
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* TC016 - 75 - Turel / 76 - The Sharing / 77 - Hybla-Dia / 78 - Roswell / 79 - Roland
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* TC017 - 80 - Senate / 81 - The Sting / 82 - Apostle / 83 - Julie / 84 - Road Trip
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* TC018 - 85 - Trish / 86 - Break-in / 87 - Break-out / 88 - Europa / 89 - Concert
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* TC019 - 90 - Apollo / 91 - Inspection / 92 - Taurus / 93 - Cryoscan / 94 - Green Rock
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* TC020 - 95 - Summit / 96 - Lawsuit / 97 - Audience / 98 - Micro / 99 - Transition
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* TC021 - 100 - Suriel / 101 - Swarm / 102 - Presser / 103 - Barakiel / 104 - Mercury
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* TC022 - 105 - Yellow Mountain / 106 - Kushiel / 107 - DECON / 108 - Venus / 109 - Adnarel
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* TC023 - 110 - Del / 111 - The Reveal / 112 - Xanthos / 113 - Egress / 114 - Project Hope
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* TC024 - 115 - Hadraniel / 116 - Barbuda / 117 - Sheriff Vic / 118 - Superluminal / 119 - Coup
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* TC025 - 120 - Boot Camp / 121 - Tiger Cruise / 122 - Suez War Two / 123 - Air War / 124 - Abduction
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* TC026 - 125 - Bird Farms / 126 - Dog Fight / 127 - Danica / 128 - Inbound / 129 - Galatea
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* TC027 - 130 - Moon War / 131 - The Search Begins / 132 - Second Big Blue / 133 - Infiltratiom / 134 - The Search Continues

Latest revision as of 18:35, 30 July 2020

The B’nei Elohim leased offices on the eighth floor of a building in Bellevue, Washington and advertised an opening for someone who could program the new eight-bit "computer on a chip" produced by the Intel Corporation. Lilith and Robyn handled the recruiting. Most of the prospective programmers turned around and walked right out of the interview room when they saw they were dealing with two women. Three of them, however, did not.

Mark Felton had just graduated from the University of Washington. He thought the world of women and was more far interested in a job than maintaining any stupid "he man woman hater’s club" tradition.

Paul Allen was in his third year at Washington State University, or “Wazoo”, going for a computer science major. His pal Bill Gates was still a senior in high school. The two of them were pretty ambitious and even started a little company to analyze traffic patterns so government agencies could issue reports, but the federal government began to offer the same service for no charge, so Traf-O-Data was going out of business. They needed the work.

During the interviews Robyn sat quietly in a corner of the office while Lilith questioned Allen, Gates, and Felton, in that order. When it was Felton's turn, Lilith gave the same introductory spiel she had given the Traf-O-Data boys. “Welcome to the headquarters of the Astrodynamics Corporation. I’m the owner. My name is Lilith Gervasi. I’m interested in manufacturing a single-board microcomputer. In fact, we're proposing to call it a Micro. We intend to retail it for five hundred dollars, and that's set in stone. We're looking for a programmer to develop the operating system for the Micro, which we're going to call Budget Operating System Software, or BOSS.”

“Single user, of course. No multi-tasking.”

“Naturally.”

“What kind of display do you have in mind?”

“We were thinking just a standard black and white television at first.”

“The resolution with that isn’t too hot. What about storage?”

“Cassette tape.”

“Then it looks like my job will be pretty easy. Most of the heavy lifting will be done with the hardware.”

“The problem we have right now is that the 8008 only has fourteen address bits, so we're stuck at sixteen kilobytes of memory, tops. That might sound like a lot right now, but we're thinking long term. Do you know how we might solve that issue?”

“Simple. You just have two 8008's going at the same time, one runs your BOSS in ROM and handles all your keyboard inputs, video out, cassette in and out, and swaps 16K banks of RAM when the user's program calls for more memory. Theoretically that would give you up to 256 megabytes of RAM, which is insane.”

“Well, see, you're not really impressing me right now, Mr. Felton, because the 8008 costs three hundred sixty dollars, so two of them put us in the hole right away. The $500 price point I gave for the Micro is firm.”

“The first run of chips are in that range, sure, three sixty, but put in a big enough buy order I betcha Intel brings it down to one fifty.”

“Touche. I'd like to discuss this with my friend for a bit, Mr. Felton so if you'll wait outside, I think we can give you an answer quickly.”

Mark shrugged and got up to leave. Robyn said, “I like that guy.”

“What about the Gates and Allen show? Traf-O-Data.”

“Paul Allen is okay,” Robyn said. “He knows the chip well enough to have written a complete simulator for a mainframe computer, so we can get started before our hardware is ready, and Gates writes tight code, but he's obsessed with using BASIC to run everything on the Micro. That might make it easy for people to program, but I think it would be too slow. And Gates doesn't seem to get the concept of money. He ran up a lot of computer time having some big iron play tic-tac-toe against itself, and sent the bill to his daddy. And he sure didn't like the name Budget Operating System Software.”

“What do your enhanced instincts tell you?”

“Gates and Allen already started one company on their own. I'm not seeing either one of them still working for us in 1975, so I figure they're going to take our ideas and try to compete against us. But Mark Felton is in for the long haul. He's the adult in the room. I say we go with him.”


  • 25. Elamites - Yeshua's reform of the colony in the New World results in a true utopia,at least for a little while.
  • 26. The Way - The followers of Yeshua transform Judaism until it is hardly recognizable. Unfortunately, no one stopped to think the Jews might have a problem with that.
  • 27. Raziel - A logistics officer and his wife join the first nephilim foray into space, but they might not share the goals of their companions.
  • 28. Rome - Corruption and decay mar the teachings of Yeshua as time goes on, in Europe as it is in America.
  • 29. Comet - Talishi personally corrects a deliberate oversight by Belial that would have killed millions of nephilim in a Third Deluge.
  • 31. Pilgrims - The cross-country adventures of the kissing cousins in the Five Corners Good Book Church.
  • 32. Beaters - Not content to fill Gorpai with strife, the Five Families bring their arguments into outer space. church, and a rich land to settle.
  • 36. Judith - Every story begins somewhere. For Judith Gervasi, it was the southern coast of England during World War II.
  • 37. Kim - Before Binah became Round Robyn, there was a little girl named Kimberly Lokken.
  • 38. The Camps - The greatest warrioress in Femina Caelestis was forged in the crucible of the Holocaust, coming through unspeakable horrors.
  • 40. Zion - It was a nation created from nothing, surrounded by mortal enemies, a new homeland with little chance of prevailing. Judith Gervasi thought it was perfect.
  • 47. Desecration - When the authorities learn of the Golden Gift and go looking for it, they leave a wee little mess.
  • 49. The Sharing - Hunky and Dory discover the Purple Cable makes a pretty darn good sex toy.
  • 50. Revolution - The men of Nath elevated reason over faith, but El Shaddai knew they were holding a shit hand and called their bluff.
  • 52. Inge - When Inge Hahn catches the Boda ransacking her home, there's only one thing to do, and that's to get Inge to join in the fun.
  • 53. Isle of Wight - When Robyn met Judith, languishing at her father's lighthouse, she offered a ride to Israel, if Lil didn't mind sharing the ride with Robyn's baby on the flying saucer.
  • 54. Jill - Two Boda members sneak off and have an affair. They bond so closely it's just like they were one person.
  • 55. Roland - Jill comes clean about her father, Earl Roland, not an easy thing to do after covering for a man whose hands are dirty with torture and running a shadow government.
  • 56. Senate - Robyn and Jill get a chance to tell their side of the story to the US Senate, but it only gets them into even more trouble.
  • 57. The Interview - When Ed Conley conducted an interview, he did it old school, and would have made Torquemada proud.
  • 58. DECON - It was the Domestic Enemies Classification, Observation, and Neutralizaion Agency, but it was run but the biggest domestic enemies of all.
  • 59. Stampede - In which Femina Caelestis singlehandedly invents the genre of rock 'n' roll, five years early.
  • 61. Kibbutz - The IDF has a secret weapon in the perennial Arab-Israeli wars, a soldier who won't stay dead.
  • 62. Last Rites - Judith Gervasi trades in her old shrapnel-ridden body for a new one, a pretty goy-l.
  • 63. Provider - When NASA's first rockets were doing belly flops on the ocean, Femina Caelestis was already assembling a spacecraft to visit a near-Earth asteroid.
  • 64. Fortuna - It was the first city on the moon, and the name Robyn chose for it reflected it's cost.
  • 65. Lawsuit - Never stand between a grieving family and a dead man's cash.
  • 66. Cryoscan - You've heard how Walt Disney had his head frozen upon his death, hoping to have it reattached to another body in the future? This is better.
  • 67. Joy - Not many children can say they grew up on the moon. Even fewer can say they did so before Neil and Buzz came calling.
  • 68. Six Days - Judith wanted back into the Tzva Hahagana LeYisra'el. Her ticket for admission was the destruction of the entire Egyptian air force.
  • 69. Geezers - Femina Caelestis finds a new herd of cash cows, old farts with a lot of money and not much courage facing their demise.
  • 70. Sellout - In which Joy pays a friendly visit to the Apollo 17 expedition and explains why NASA doesn't need to fly any more missions there.
  • 71. Yom Kippur - The Arabs have just one more chance to destroy the colony of Jews on the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea before they nuke up.
  • 73. El Shaddai - When you talk to God that's prayer. When God talks to you, that's business as usual in Femina Caelestis.
  • 74. Europa - Sometimes the Navy of Belial needs to freshen up the Jovian colonists with a reminder they really need the benefits of the Empire after all.
  • 75. Midway - The double-lunar capture of the Midway asteroid was like showing off in a game of billiards, with a cue ball large enough to destroy half of New Jersey.
  • 76. White Rock - The Emperor wanted that greenhouse asteroid at all costs. Starkad would make it a very expensive transaction indeed.
  • 78. Summit - For the first, last, and only time, the leaders of Earth, Gorpai, and the Land We Know meet in a single place, and the ramifications will echo forever.
  • 79. Grid - Another FC poke in the eye for the US government, an entirely new kind of broadcasting technology they can't even understand, let alone control.
  • 80. Project Hope - There's a cancer growing in Femina Caelestis and its name is Gina. Robyn proposes a radical solution but it will take years to unwind.
  • 81. Entranced - Every big war has its Fort Sumter, its Pearl Harbor. For the war between Femina Caelestis and the United States, it was a Hunky-Dory concert near Los Angeles.
  • 82. Brand - The son of Joy has masculinity issues an organization named Femina Caelestis is simply not equipped to address, and the only solution is to leave
  • 83. Jabs - Brand fell head-over-heels in love with Jabniel, and sha wasn't even human. But her father's price for her hand in marriage was even more inhuman.
  • 84. Saturn - Water is gold in the Solar System, and the rings of Saturn are a mother lode. But like any other human enterprise, there are parasites and to spare.
  • 85. Crossing - Babysitting a snowball for years is not the most exciting thing to do, so to liven things up, Brand and Jabniel make a baby.
  • 86. Ceres - The asteroid Ceres is to the moon in size as the moon is to the Earth, yet it was the biggest place young Victoria ever visited. There was even gravity!
  • 87. Victoria - This was business and Roth Wardian took it personally. Unfortunately for him, nothing would get Femina Caelestis riled up like kidnapping Joy's granddaughter.
  • 88. Mercury - The Russians were given very lucrative gifts at the Summit, so they took a very jaundiced view when Robyn needed some of them.
  • 89. Venus - When smuggling a robot through a hard-line Islamic society that forces women and girls to cover themselves head to toe, one only needs to work on the eyes.
  • 90. Andrews - If Femina Caelestis waltzed into DECON like it was made of swiss cheese, what makes the government think Andrews Airbase would be better?
  • 91. Vicky - Victoria was a hermaphrodite jen in a world of monosexed humans, but the real source of her unhappiness was her father's attempt to break himself and his family clean away from FC.
  • 92. Boot Camp - Basic training is mostly nothing but mind games, Femina Caelestis admits. But if you really want to live forever, it's the only game in town.
  • 93. Hope - Hers' may have been the shared childhood of millions of entities later, but there really was a first time through once upon a time.
  • 94. Bravo - Belial needed to get Judith out of the picture. Starting another Arab-Israeli war was a surefire way to do so.
  • 95. Air War - The moon may not have an atmosphere, but some traditions dating back to the days of the Red Baron cannot be denied.
  • 96. Suez War - Judith fought for Israel in every major tussle, and put up with a lot of crap along the way, but this is the straw that breaks the camel's back.
  • 97. Moon War - Belial thought human females would be a pushover in combat. Femina Caelestis quickly showed him the error of that assumption.
  • 98. Mission - Five top guns in the Navy of Belial are personally recruited by Talishi-Chokhmah and Yeshua Bat-El to crew the frigate Exiler.
  • 99. Briefing - The Exiler is sent to investigate and neutralize, if possible, Belial's rumored "star killer", for El Shaddai and Bat-El have both taken ill.
  • 100. Exiler - It was a dependent's "Tiger Cruise" from Hybla-Dia to the Land We Know, so naturally things started out a bit crowded.
  • 101. Menkal - King Stronghammer accepts the dependents of Exiler for safekeeping, but one of the Eyes of Belial grows suspicious at this breach of protocol, for Belial threatened dependents to ensure loyalty.
  • 102. Rogziel - The chief aide to Belial re-enters his service and is tasked to command Exiler to embark on a breathtakingly cynical mission
  • 103. Rhene - If there really was a hell in this universe, Rhene was a good candidate. But some of the inmates are so stupid they need to be asked twice to leave.
  • 104. Xanthos - The healing hot springs of Xanthos were justifiably famous but Iron Fist, the local crime syndicate, forgot the first law of the parasite, don't kill your own host.
  • 105. Arioch - He was one of Belial's best spies in the court of King Stronghammer, but his real forte was amid the endless machinations in the court of Belial himself.
  • 106. Proxima - Jerry Shy Bear did his best work in Binah's lab, and now a nephilim nobleman has made the greatest discovery of all there, whether by human, nephilim or elohim.
  • 107. Abduction - In Hebrew mythology, Judith was a she-demon who kidnapped children in the middle of the night. They might have been on to something.
  • 108. Balloon - In a forgotten corner of McWorld, Judith shows Hope a supersized balloon.
  • 109. The Council - The monarchs of the Land We Know finally realize they've been screwed by a republic whose sole business model is selling arms to those very same monarchs.
  • 110. Search - Sheriff Vic had dealt with missing person cases before. But she never counted on it happening to her own daughter.
  • 112. Freeball - The gals of Femina Caelestis love their Freeball and hate to be distracted when they're watching a game. And that's exactly what Judith was counting on.
  • 114. The Choice - Hope demonstrates that the essence of being human is the power to anchor a new chain of effects without a prior cause.
  • 115. Nyduly - Regrouping across the river, the royals lick their wounds and hatch a plan that sounds like it came from a booby hatch.
  • 116. Escape - Getting off Midway is only the beginning. There's still a task force of ships captained by Bunners to plow through.
  • 117. Invasion - In a broad attack, the monarchies learn that Blackseed wasn't bluffing when he said he reserved the best weaponry for Nath. A dragon for one thing.
  • 118. Mars - On the Red Planet, Hope's artificial body gets a rather grown-up makeover. Robyn and Judith break the new stuff in.
  • 119. Menkal The shards of Dragonthorn are re-hallowed with Vic standing in, but there are the usual jen jokes.
  • 120. Ganymede - Exiler makes a clean getaway to Ganymede nearside, where Robyn calls in a very old marker.
  • 121. The Arrangement - There's an old saying that the enemy of my enemy is my friend. But this was over the top.
  • 122. Wazol - Traipsing along the face of a 25,000 foot sheer cliff wall is a game for the young, so the Royals split up.
  • 123. Miranda - School-boy jokes aside, Uranus is pretty safe and obscure place to hide the archives of Femina Caelestis. And here the first dividends of Project Hope are paid.
  • 124. Sadl - The strip of Alodra south of the River Sabik has always been controversial, but now it is, without controversy, the only piece of Alodra left unoccupied by Nath.
  • 125. Triton - The starship wasn't nearly as fast as Exiler but she was Binah's ace in the hole. When she got underway, Belial was doomed no matter what else happened.
  • 126. Cleverstep - Che was a jen who knew a way to traverse the Glob Nab, but to Vic, the biggest hazard was keeping hezself from jumping on hem.
  • 127. Citadel - Eleven miles long, protected by all the lasers on Mercury, what was it shooting into space every few seconds, and why.
  • 128. Patrol - Commodore Lahatiel must choose between splashing a friendly or blowing his cover.
  • 129. Land of the Dead - In the Land We Know, purgatory is a real place, with one hell of a view.
  • 130. Nova Sol - Robyn discovers Belial is trying to kill the living suns El Shaddai and Bat-El by giving them heatstroke.
  • 131. Mount Fatho - It was the highest prominence west of the Glob Nab wall, riddled with treacherous ice fields, but anything was better than Cleverstep's catwalk.
  • 132. Retreat - When not even the Menkal Wall can hold back the forces of Nath, a strategic redeployment is in order.
  • 133. Brig - As Adnarel's "dependents" when Robyn and Judith get into trouble, that means Adnarel is in trouble too.
  • 134.10,000 Creeks - In which the young royals are dismayed to learn down-hiking abuses an entirely different set of muscles.
  • 135. Breakout - From Hanford to DECON to Andrews to the GIC, ain't no prison could ever hold Robyn for long.
  • 136. Goldstaff - In a land dominated by magic, Edik Goldstaff practiced a heresy called the scientific method. He thought of it as an insurance policy.
  • 137. Secret Ways - The Eyes of Belial see everything, everywhere, except, of course, those places where it would embarrass Belial to look.
  • 138. Cavalry - Last-minute reinforcements are a tired cliche, but in this case Robyn will take it.
  • 139. Hadal - It wasn't very large as cities went in the Land We Know, so how did Blackseed manage to hide a dragon there?
  • 140. The Scrap - The loyalist ships of Femina Caelestis go head-to-head against the Bunners and the Imperial fleet, turning one side into what the chapter is named after.
  • 141. Sabotage - Judith discovers a way to throw a monkey wrench into the Weapon's machinery and stop it once and for all. That's the good news. The bad news is the only monkey wrench available is herself.
  • 142. Dual Duels - Vic against a dragon, Robyn against an Empress, the eternal duet between good and evil strikes a powerful chord.
  • 143. Aftermath - It is the end of the Republic, but events in the Saiph League assure that Nath is not alone.
  • 144. Turnabout - Robyn's been thinking about the FTL pod in the Exiler and it occurred to her that she could turn the whole ship into a FTL pod.
  • 145. Unions - Spring is in the air, and with the Demonstick Affair behind them, the people of the Land We Know get back to more important things, like pairing off.
  • 146. Interglacial - Nothing like turning up the thermostat on Toliman to end the eternal ice age on Gorpai.
  • 147. Judgment - Binah labored long for Belial's day of reckoning, but when the day finally comes it's far more than Binah bargained for.
  • 148. Exiled - Nothing in the universe is more certain than the fact that the crew of Exiler will never return from where they ended up.
  • 149. Rapture - The past exists, the future doesn't, so the trick to messing with the timeline is to do it methodically backwards.
  • 150. Final Sunset - When Binah sees the Elysian Fields for what it is, and mounts a rescue attempt, El moves up his timetable and springs the trap. But Binah has the last laugh.


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  • TC013 - 60 - Kibbutz / 61 - Dual Duel / 62 - Rings / 63 - Clinic / 64 - Aftermath
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  • TC016 - 75 - Turel / 76 - The Sharing / 77 - Hybla-Dia / 78 - Roswell / 79 - Roland
  • TC017 - 80 - Senate / 81 - The Sting / 82 - Apostle / 83 - Julie / 84 - Road Trip
  • TC018 - 85 - Trish / 86 - Break-in / 87 - Break-out / 88 - Europa / 89 - Concert
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  • TC021 - 100 - Suriel / 101 - Swarm / 102 - Presser / 103 - Barakiel / 104 - Mercury
  • TC022 - 105 - Yellow Mountain / 106 - Kushiel / 107 - DECON / 108 - Venus / 109 - Adnarel
  • TC023 - 110 - Del / 111 - The Reveal / 112 - Xanthos / 113 - Egress / 114 - Project Hope
  • TC024 - 115 - Hadraniel / 116 - Barbuda / 117 - Sheriff Vic / 118 - Superluminal / 119 - Coup
  • TC025 - 120 - Boot Camp / 121 - Tiger Cruise / 122 - Suez War Two / 123 - Air War / 124 - Abduction
  • TC026 - 125 - Bird Farms / 126 - Dog Fight / 127 - Danica / 128 - Inbound / 129 - Galatea
  • TC027 - 130 - Moon War / 131 - The Search Begins / 132 - Second Big Blue / 133 - Infiltratiom / 134 - The Search Continues
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