It is stated within the novel several times that the Eden
Advance group has been on G889 for weeks. But there do seem
to be some discrepancies: True's pet Koba is still
around; there is no mention of having met Gaal;
Alonzo's leg is still on the mend and he can't walk on
it, yet he is not depressed about it as he was up until the
events of "Natural Born Grendlers". The closest I can manage
from the events of the novel is that this story takes place
"A Memory Play"
and assume that True formed a new friendship with another
Koba before this story and parted with it after, and that
the group is aware that Gaal and other convicts were sent to
the planet in the past, despite indications here that they
are unaware of any other human involvement with G889.
On the cover, Uly is holding the same walking stick he uses
in "The Man Who
Fell to Earth (Two)".
On page 4, Alonzo muses that he blames Morgan for his
crippling accident. Morgan could be considered indirectly
responsible for Alonzo's broken leg in the crash landing of
the escape pod due to the fact that he cowardishly
launched pod 1 with just he and Bess in it in
"First Contact" Part 1,
resulting in pod 3 being overcrowded with evacuees, forcing
Alonzo to lay on the floor instead of being strapped in a
seat. The group learned of Morgan's actions in
"A Memory Play".
Page 5 reaffirms that the caravan is trying to make 12 miles
a day in their trek across the continent, as stated in
"First Contact" Part 2.
Page 5 reveals that one of Alonzo's favorite space ports for
R&R was Aurelia, in a double sun system.
Page 5 also reveals that, at least at this point, True is Alonzo's favorite member of
the group, possibly because of her attitude. Later, I would
imagine that Julia is his favorite since they become lovers
Alonzo has spirolina stew for breakfast on page 5. The
eating of Spirulina was first mentioned in
"A Memory Play".
On page 6 Alonzo is reminded of a line from an old blues
song, "If it wasn't for bad luck, we wouldn't have no luck
at all." This would seem to be a paraphrasing of
"If it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all,"
from the 1967 song "Born Under a Bad Sign", written by
Booker T. Jones and William Bell, first recorded by Albert
Page 7 reveals that Zero's head can be attached to the front
of the DuneRail to pilot the vehicle. Page 12 reveals
that his body can continue to walk along with the group
minus the head. Yale also somehow attaches Zero's head to
the ATV for controlling it on page 203.
Also on page 7, Zero is singing lyrics from an unidentified
song. From the lyrics, the song is "Michael Row the Boat
Ashore", an African-American spiritual song that seems to
have originated during the U.S. Civil War. Zero then
suggests singing "Kumbaya", another African-American
spiritual, this time from the 1930s. This depiction of Zero
seems to coincide with that in the novelization of the Earth
2 pilot "First Contact";
Zero does not sing, nor seem to have such an "outgoing"
personality, in the actual episodes as he does in novels.
On page 8, Yale compares the colonization of G889 to the
conquest of the New World by the conquistadors of Spain.
This is a reference to the Spanish (and Portuguese)
soldier/explorers who made inroads into the Americas during
the 15th-17th Centuries.
Page 8 reveals that other worlds besides G889 have been
colonized in the name of profit and greed. Presumably, he is
referring to colonies with protected internal environments
since "First Contact" Part
1 states that G889 is the first Earth-like world to be
On page 11, Yale muses that the river that carved the
immense canyon into which the group has run must have been
one of such magnitude as to make the Mississippi River look
like a mud puddle. The
Mississippi River is the largest river system in North
On page 13, Devon remarks on the "loss of the hovercraft".
The group has never had a hovercraft, so she is presumably
remarking upon the VTO
(Vertical Take-off) aircraft which Yale says should have
been in the cargo pod discovered in
"First Contact" Part 2
that was partially ransacked by Grendlers before they got
Page 13 reveals that True is still keeping her pet Koba in
her backpack. This despite the fact that this story must
take place after the events of "The Man Who
Fell to Earth (Two)", wherein Morgan is stung by
the Koba and Gaal reveals that he has merely fallen into a
death-like coma from which he will awaken in a day or two,
since this same page remarks upon the seeming death and
burial/resurrection of Commander O'Neill. In the
aforementioned episode, True claims to Morgan's wife, Bess,
that she has learned her lesson about the unknown, dangerous
life forms on this world and gives up the Koba. In the
"Notes from the Earth 2 chronology" above, I have
speculated, for continuity's sake, that True has found
another Koba to adopt and the group has accepted its
presence as a pet that is not dangerous if treated with
Page 14 suggests that, at least from Uly's point of view,
the Terrians fear the Grendlers. In the TV series, the
Terrians don't seem to be quite so concerned with the
Grendlers as to fear them. Neither do the Grendlers seem so
dangerous in the TV episodes as they are presented within
On page 17, Bess remarks that two or three Grand Canyons
could fit inside the one which the group has run up
On page 19, Yale remarks that the group is in approximately
the center of the continent.
On page 23, Morgan names the spectacular area they've found
Martin Canyon and Martin River, with plans to set up Martin
Mining as soon as possible to make a fortune off it. This
naming scheme also continues (with his first name) with a mineral he will later
name after himself in
"Better Living Through Morganite" Part 1. The
future timeline glimpsed in
"The Boy Who Would Be Terrian King"
reveals a river claimed by the human population as the
On page 23, Danziger remarks that Devon chose G889 because
it is too far away from Earth to make industrialization
practical. Uh, not really.
"First Contact" Part
1 makes it clear she chose it as the only Earth-like
planet thus far discovered, making it the most likely place
that Uly could be healed of the Syndrome.
On page 32, Zero reveals to us that part of his security
program is to check on the supplies and personnel every two
hours while on security duty.
This novel is much less subtle about a potential attraction
between Devon and Danziger than the TV episodes, including
Julia wryly commenting to Yale, after yet another argument
between the two, "They're made for each other."
On page 42, Devon reflects on a favorite African saying of
hers, "no struggle, no progress." I've been unable to
confirm that this is an African saying per se, but the
African-American escaped-slave-turned-orator Frederick
Douglass wrote, in 1857, "The whole history of progress of
human liberty shows that all concessions yet made to her
august claims have been born of earnest struggle. If there
is no struggle, there is no progress."
On page 60, having to huddle with the group for warmth in
the night and finding Danziger's arms around her, Devon
reflects that it has been a long time since a man held her.
On page 62, Yale seems to imply that the Grand Canyon of
Earth was leveled by mining companies by the year 2040.
The history of the Grand Canyon given by Yale on pages 62-63
On page 63, Yale quotes a wise saying, "Those who ignore
history are condemned to repeat it." This is a paraphrasing
of a quote by philosopher George Santayana (1863-1952), "the
one who does not remember history is bound to live through
Page 64 describes the Grendlers as being toad-like and
reptilian. I guess that sort of describes the creatures.
Using the holographic projector on his mechanical arm, Yale,
on page 60, shows images from the 20th Century of military
vehicles being parachuted down from airplanes to the ground.
These types of air drops have actually occurred in training
and wartime. In this story, Yale devises a plan to drive the
group's three vehicles over the canyon rim with parachutes
to land safely on the ground. Rigging some of the tents into
parachutes for the ATV and DuneRail seems like a somewhat
viable way of getting them to the bottom of the canyon.
But the TransRover is said to have its own braking
parachute, which they use as the chute to drop it, with all
of the group's supplies plus Yale, Alonzo, True, and Uly
strapped inside, as the sole chute to carry it down. It does
not seem terribly believable that a simple braking chute
could slow the loaded TransRover's plunge through air enough
to land safely. Not to mention, why would the TransRover
need to have a braking chute preinstalled in the first
Page 77 reveals that Morgan is 30 years old.
In his dream on page 77, Morgan is reading a first edition
copy of Swimming With the Sharks from the 20th
Century. As far as I can tell, this is a not real world book
at the time this novel was written. Possibly the author
intended the title to suggest a corporate shark mentality,
which might appeal to Morgan.
Also in Morgan's dream, he and Bess are enjoying Mumm
champagne and Beluga caviar. Mumm is a reference to the
G. H. Mumm &
Cie company, producers of French champagne. Beluga
caviar consists of the eggs of the Huso huso
species of sturgeon found in the Caspian, Black, and Adriatic
Seas and is the most expensive type of caviar.
On their hike down the Koba trail of the canyon, the group
eats pemmican. Pemmican is a high fat and protein food made
from dried meat and fruit. Traditionally it has been made by
Native Americans for thousands of years.
On page 87, Julia remarks to Devon that they have to cross
3,000 miles of wilderness. This seems to contradict the
novelization of the "First
Contact" 2-parter, in which Yale states New Pacifica is
about 5,409 miles away from the site of the salvaged cargo
pod; later in that novel (and part two of the episode), the
3,000 mile figure seems to be confirmed by Devon's statement
that they can reach New Pacifica in 9 months if they can
average 12 miles a day.
Julia mentions Dr. Vasquez, still on the slowly approaching
colony ship, on page 87. Vasquez was Uly's original doctor,
as stated in the early chapters of the
novelization. On page 172, Devon remarks she wants to be in
New Pacifica when he arrives so she can show him that he was
right (about the Syndrome children needing a world of nature
to make them well; though, more than just nature, the
Terrians made Uly well in
"First Contact" Part 2).
On page 89, Yale states that the fish spotted in the river
by Alonzo looks similar to a Coelacanth latimeria.
Coelacanth is a biological order and latimeria
a biological family of fish which were once thought to have
become extinct 65 million years ago at the end of the
Cretaceous period, but were rediscovered as living specimens
Also on page 89, Yale seems to suggest that the group has
been on their cross-country journey for weeks. Page 109
reinforces the "weeks" amount of time.
On page 99, the sight of the TransRover sinking helplessly
into the mud reminds Danziger of paintings he had seen of
trying to extricate themselves from the La Brea tar pit. The
La Brea Tar Pits is a real world educational site in Los
Angeles, CA, where a cluster of tar pits formed in
prehistoric times and still exists today. The bones of many
prehistoric animals have been removed from the muck and are
on display at the
Page Museum on site.
On page 101, Alonzo remarks that his mother taught him never
to throw anything away.
On page 102, Danziger states that there are no fish left on
On page 104, the group names the Coelacanth-like
fish an alonzo, in honor of Alonzo being the first to spot
On page 106, True thinks of her life on G889 as being like
those of the kids depicted in some of the stories by Mark
Twain. Twain, of course, was a famed American author in the
Page 110 reveals that the California Condor is extinct on
Earth. Currently, the
California Condor is an endangered species, but does still
exist in the wild thanks to conservation efforts since the
The Terrians in this novel live in the bottom of the huge
canyon and the rock of the canyon makes it difficult for
them to travel through the ground as do the Terrian tribes
previously encountered. Instead, these Terrians have
adopted artificial wings made from the dried skin of fish
and have learned how to glide along the air currents of the
canyon. They call themselves Leather Wings.
When Devon first points out the Leather Wings flying towards
the group from the distance, Danziger says they look like
harpies. As he explains to Devon, harpies are creatures of
Greek mythology. He goes on to say they were known to tear
apart people and eat them. This is true of some versions of
the harpy myth, but others describe them as merely stealers
of food. Harpies were described as having
bird feet and wings but
human bodies and heads, often female, sometimes beautiful
and sometimes ugly. Morgan thinks they look like
pterodactyls, a pterosaur that existed from the late
Triassic through Cretaceous Periods of Earth 210-65 million
As the Leather Wings approach for the first time, Danziger
shouts to the group that they have visitors from the air and
asks somebody to grab some jumpers. This book introduces the term
the electro-binoculars used often by members of Eden
Page 115 suggests that the Terrians are divided into
numerous different tribes on the planet.
On page 115, True, and the rest of the group, knows that
water makes the Terrians bloat. How do they know this? Maybe
there's an untold story before this one that reveals the
deadly bloating effect that occurs when Terrians are
drenched in water.
On page 116, Yale reveals that Terrians are much lighter
than humans, but how he knows this is not stated.
As the Leather Wings watch the group while soaring overhead,
Devon muses that they are watching the group in the way a
human might watch a stream of ants march across the patio.
This seems like somewhat of an odd metaphor to use in an
Earth 2 story considering most humans have never lived on a
planet, so wouldn't really know what it's like to have a
patio, let alone to have insects intruding upon it.
Page 118 describes the lodges of the Leather Wings' village
as looking similar to (gigantic) ant hills.
On page 119, Devon reminisces on a fountain she once had an
architect design in a park-like settings in front of one of
her corporate buildings. Again, since most human life exists
on the space stations, it seems unlikely there would be any
true buildings, let alone have room for a park and fountain
in front of it.
Apparently Terrians have a heartbeat similar to humans,
because Julia takes the pulse of the young Terrian who has
been rescued from the river by the human group.
On page 127, Danziger pushes a button to start the
TransRover. But in episodes of the TV series, the TransRover
is depicted as being voice activated.
On page 129, Danziger reflects that he has seen numerous
Terrians before, but never one who was wide-eyed in terror.
This indicates the story takes place after several previous
encounters with Terrians.
Page 139 states that Terrians don't express time in any way
that Alonzo has been able to interpret it.
In the second half of the book, Morgan also experiences some
of the Terrian dreamtime, thanks to his "friendship" with
the young Terrian who rides with the humans across the river
in the TransRover.
After the sacred healing grotto of the Leather Wings is seen
by Morgan in the dream, he begins to think of it as the
Fountain of Youth.
The Fountain of Youth is a myth that has been popular in
numerous cultures for thousands of years. Currently, it is
most popularly known in the West as the folly of Spanish
conquistador Juan Ponce de Leon, as later told by Yale to
the group; however, the story of de Leon's obsession with
finding the Fountain of Youth is now considered to be
largely apocryphal by historians.
On page 157, Yale uses the old phrase, "United we stand,
divided we fall." The origin of the phrase is associated
with the Greek fabulist writer Aesop (c. 620-564 BC) in his
fable The Four Oxen and the Lion.
Page 168 reveals that the group has traveled hundreds of
miles from the spot where Uly was healed by the Terrians in
"First Contact" Part 2.
On page 174, Yale implies that humans have plundered
resources all over the galaxy. This is probably just an
exaggeration on his part, as, if humans had traveled very far
from Earth's solar system, they would have discovered G889
Page 176 describes the Terrians has having scaly, fanged
faces. To call them "scaly" is arguable, but they didn't
really seem to have fangs in the televised episodes.
Possibly the writer had to go by early concept art of the
Terrians when he was writing the novel.
When the two Terrian tribes start battling each other in the
air, True exclaims, "They're hurting each other!" to which
her father responds, "Sometimes people do hurt each other."
She asks, "Even humans?" and he replies, "Especially
humans." This might suggest that the group has not
encountered Gaal at this point. But the references to having
spent weeks on the planet would seem to belie this.
When Danziger sees that the Leather Wings tribes do not
finish off grounded enemies after they've been forced down
to the ground, he is reminded of the pilots of WWI, who
often refused to fire upon a downed enemy. This is true of
the pilots of that war and equally true that the pilots of
WWII were held to a deadlier standard.
On page 190, Morgan remarks upon "giving up a bird in the
hand for who knows what in the bushes." This is a reference
to the proverb, "A bird in the hand is worth two in the
bush." The proverb dates back to medieval times and refers
to the hunting sport of falconry; the bird in your hand (the
falcon) is worth more than two (the prey) in the bush.
On page 208, Morgan fears he is about to die in the river
and his hoped-for fortune will be lost to Devon who, he
thinks, will open the Fountain of Youth Health Spa with his
From the patch of scaly skin that has appeared on Morgan's
elbow after it's exposure to the boiling waters of the
sacred grotto, Devon, Danziger, Morgan, and Bess speculate
that the pool might heal Terrians, but turn another type of
life form into a Terrian.
Page 231 implies that Yale spent some time on Mars in the
On page 233, the Terrians tell Alonzo that something the
humans did during their visit helped the two warring Terrian
tribes to settle their differences. What did they do? It's
not revealed. Was it Yale scaring off four of the enemy
tribe with a flare gun during the attack against Morgan
On the last page of the book, Alonzo assures the Leather
Wings that the human group will return someday. Did they? Of course, we
don't know if the group even survived its trek to New
Pacifica since the show was canceled after just one season.
Back to Earth 2