Alonzo is walking around in this story, but Julia is still
concerned about his "recently-healed" leg, so the story must
take place shortly after "Water",
where he begins walking without crutches again.
Sean Dalton is a pen name used by author Deborah Chester.
On page 2, Zero's head is again attached to the ATV to
navigate the vehicle.
Page 4 reveals that the hard-copy map of the region used by
Devon was hand drawn by Yale from probe information and the
government's orbital surveys of the planet.
On page 4, Alonzo answers Devon's question of what he
found with, "Nada, querida." This is Spanish for "Nothing,
Page 5 reveals that the group has encountered animals
similar to antelope recently. On page 24, Morgan mentions
goldbucks, seeming to be a reference to these antelope-like
Several times in the book, Uly is referred to as being 10
years old. This is incorrect, as he was 8 years old (not
counting hibernation time during the 22-year trip to G889)
in "First Contact" Part 1
(and is also stated as such later in
"The Enemy Within").
True is 10 years old, possibly the source of the author's
True still has her pet koba and the other members of the
group are even aware of it. No mention is made of the danger
of its poison claws. However, the koba does not play an
important role here, so it could easily be ignored to make
the story fit into continuity. It would seem that early
plans for the TV series must have included True keeping the
koba for an extended amount of time.
Page 13 reveals that the group has a number of electric fans
to help cool the air around them when they make camp.
Gaal is mentioned a few times in the novel, with the
impression that he's still alive and could choose to
threaten the group again. However, since Alonzo is back on
his feet again, this story must take place some time after
"Promises, Promises" where Gaal seemingly meets his doom at
the hands of the Terrians and in which Alonzo is still
crippled. As such, the reader may want to substitute "penal
colonists" still lurking about when the Eden Advance
characters mention Gaal, in order for this
story to fit into continuity.
As he stops Uly and True from squirting each other with
their precious and minimal supplies of water on page 23,
Danziger refers to Uly, saying, "Spoiled little--" before
Devon cuts him off. Obviously, he was about to call him a
"spoiled little brat" or something along those lines, which
doesn't sound like the Danziger we know from the TV series.
As the stampede of what the group comes to refer to as
buffaloes through their camp comes to an end, Danziger
shoots one of the stragglers on page 27, saying they need
food. But he and Walman already shot two down during the
stampede on page 25! Why couldn't they make use of those
instead of killing a third? The earlier two animals were
trampled as the stampede continued, so I suppose it's
possible the bodies were useless by the end of it.
Page 36 refers to Yale as a Teacher, with a capital T, and
mentions that Devon knows that Yale is outdated as far as
robotic teachers go, but she's too fond of him to let him
go. From elements of the TV series, Yale is more than just
outdated, the entire Yale series was recalled decades ago
due to malfunctions that allowed the former criminals to go
against their programming and rebel. It is implied in the
series that Devon's Yale cyborg is the only Yale left in
On page 37, Julia remarks that they recovered some of their
medical supplies from the Grendlers a few weeks ago, but
they still do not have any cytokine tabs. Cytokines are
protein molecules that act as messengers between cells and
aid in immuno-response. The particular interaction with the
Grendlers mentioned by Julia here is not chronicled in any
of the TV episodes.
On page 38, Devon mentions Dr. Vasquez. Vasquez was Uly's original doctor,
as stated in the early chapters of the
novelization. He is
still on the slowly approaching colony ship and Devon
expects to be reunited with him when the ship arrives at New
On page 40, Alonzo tells Devon he found a road of sorts
about 7 klicks from their current location. A klick is
military slang for "kilometer".
On page 41, Alonzo calls Julia "querida". This is Spanish
Throughout the book, Devon (and others) are making
announcements to the group over their gear, implying
everyone has gear which they wear at virtually all times!
Even when the members of the group are in relatively close
proximity in camp and a simple shout could gather them all
together for an announcement, Devon seems to use gear
Page 52 reveals that the standard Grendler greeting sounds
similar to "Hey!"
The Grendler the group meets in Chapter 3 is able to speak
and understand a bit of English and the humans don't seem
surprised by it. Perhaps this Grendler is one of the ones
who learned some of the phrases taught to the Grendlers by
Gaal, as he mentions in
"The Man Who
Fell to Earth (Two)". It's also possible that the
Grendlers from whom the group recovered some of their medical
supplies (as mentioned above) was also able to communicate
in English to a degree.
For some reason, Morgan seems to be the primary go-between
for interactions with the Grendlers. Is this due to his
interaction with one in "A Memory Play"? Wouldn't Bess be a
better choice since she also developed a trading
relationship with one in
"Natural Born Grendlers" and she is
much more trustworthy than her husband.
The large energy rifles carried by Eden Advance are known as
Mag-Pros, firing magnetic projectiles, "concentrated
electro-magnetic vortices with tremendous velocity and
"Earth 2: Interactive Broadcast Companion", formerly
posted on the official Earth 2 web site when the
show was first airing on NBC.) On page 55 of this novel,
Devon seems to be carrying a Mag-Pro pistol, which may the
type of pistol also used by Morgan in
"A Memory Play".
Page 62 reveals that Alonzo has grown familiar with the
local constellations in the night sky and seems to refer to
one of them as the dragon, with a glowing red planet as its
eye. That would also suggest there is a red planet within
the solar system of G889.
Page 62 states that Alonzo is 70 years old. But in
"Natural Born Grendlers",
stated that he is 109-110 years old.
Page 62 also reveals a bit of Alonzo's past, stating he'd
been a belt pilot, among the asteroid belts, doing
scouting for mining companies. The asteroid belts
referred to are probably the ones lying between Mars and
Jupiter or the similar Kuiper Belt extending from the orbit
of Neptune outward, 30-50 astronomical units from the sun.
Page 63 reveals that the Terrians refer to Alonzo as
Starstrider. On page 106, they refer to Danziger as
Firestriker, due to his having used a Mag-Pro rifle to kill
one of the buffaloes, which had been forbidden to them.
Page 66 reveals that something called salt fruit is a
dietary necessity of the Terrians. Somehow Alonzo knows this,
but this fact is not revealed in any previous (or
On page 71, Alonzo says, "nada". This is Spanish for
Page 75 refers to the electro-binoculars used by Eden
Advance as jumpers. This is confirmed by the
"Earth 2: Interactive Broadcast Companion".
On page 81, Yale remarks that the architecture of the lost
city they've found is reminiscent of ancient Egypt and
Mesopotamia. By this, he is probably referring to structures
of mud bricks and stone.
Page 92 refers to the TransRover's wheels as being gigantic,
but I would hardly call them that. The Rover itself is also
consistently described in the novel as being very large, but
it's not really. It may be that early information on the
series provided to the author suggested a larger vehicle
than what finally was designed for the TV series.
On pages 105-106, Danziger also has a visit by the Terrians in
his dreams, as does Devon on page 107. Normally, only Alonzo
can interact with the Terrians via dream.
Page 107 refers to a Terrian's staff as a lightning stick.
On page 123, Uly remarks to True, in the lost city, that she
was staring into space like she'd had her mind wiped. This
is probably a reference to the type of blanking of memories
that was done to some criminals such as Yale, to make them
On page 125, when True no longer remembers what she did
inside one of the buildings in the
lost city, Uly tells
her she was acting like she was geared out. This is probably
meant as a reference to the virtual reality function of
some types of communications gear, which allows the wearer to
experience an illusory reality. The VR gear was introduced
"Natural Born Grendlers".
Page 138 refers to Uly's old wheelchair as a Mag-Lev chair.
"Mag-lev" is short for "magnetic levitation". Uly and True
later use the chair to lift themselves to the top of a
barrier in the lost city. But Uly's wheelchair as seen in
"First Contact" Part 1
had wheels on it and did not seem to have hovering
Realizing the lost city is actually a humongous tomb, Uly
remarks that it's like the Valley of Kings in old Egypt.
The Valley of the Kings is a real
world archaeological site where the Pharaohs of the Egyptian
New Kingdom (16-11th Centuries BC) were entombed.
Throughout the novel, Baines and Walman are presented as
the only "secondary" members of the group. This may be
another instance of the author working from pre-production
notes for the series, before the characters of Magus,
Cameron, Denner, Mazatl, and Eben were added to the pilot
Although the Terrians don't seem to live in cities now, the
novel suggests they may have thousands of years ago. The
tomb the group has discovered (the lost city) may have been
for one of their ancient kings.
On page 216, Danziger scans the strange metal/stone
substance that has been found in places around the lost city
and realizes it is orstanium, a space-made alloy. This
appears to be a fictional alloy invented for the novel. The
presence of orstanium in the tomb suggests that the Terrians
either had some kind of space-based technology in the past
or they had trade with a space-faring civilization thousands
of years ago.
Besides the traps, is the lost city haunted? It seemed that
a couple of times, True had a co-habitating personality in
her head with her, which she later could not remember. It is
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