finally get the payoff for the beacon Neeyala stuck in
Moya’s hull over a cycle ago, and what a payoff it is!
We also learn what happened to Moya at the end of Season
Interdimensional Being that John dubbed “Einstein”
sensed Neeyala’s beacon and hauled Moya through the
wormhole in Dog with Two Bones expecting to find
the Pathfinders. Instead, he got a Leviathan. Those aboard
spoke of John, so much so that Einstein decided he needed
to meet John in person. So John, who’s floating in space
dreaming of Aeryn, dreaming of wormholes, dreaming of
home, gets his ass hauled through to intergalactic Siberia
for a crash course in relativity.
is all about lessons. Lessons learned, lessons forgotten
and lessons ignored.
begin with Aeryn learning English from Talyn-John’s
journal. I’m not sure how she does this, because any
sound T-John made while teaching her would be
microbe-translated into a Sebacean noise, but that
doesn’t really matter. She’s not learning a science
lesson, she’s learning John’s language to get closer
to him. Chiana, however, doesn’t think that’s the
language she needs to learn. So, is Chi going to coach her
in relationships? Aeryn should listen closely for the
first couple of classes, then branch out on her own. Chi
doesn’t have that great a track record as far as
long-term affairs go but she’s an expert at
Relationships 101: “Attracting a Mate”, and 201:
“Keeping Him Interested.” For 302: “Long Term
Relationships” and 303: “Fidelity” Aeryn should
probably enroll in a home-study program.
John is floating in space, having learned more about
wormholes than he thought possible a short while ago. His
pal D'Argo is giving him a few very strong nudges toward
the local Betty Ford center because of all the junk
Granny’s been feeding him. D'Argo’s also trying to
pass along a huge life lesson that he learned regarding
lost causes from Chiana – let Aeryn go. Or rather, let
his dreams of Aeryn go. This is one of those ignored
lessons I mentioned earlier.
goes from floating in front of a wormhole in space to
floating on an iceberg at the other end of that wormhole.
He meets “Einstein” who learns that John has a few
more aggressive species chasing him for the wormhole
knowledge. In return, he teaches John about alternate
realities, unrealized realities, could-have-beens, and
might-yet-becomes. It’s all about time, not only where
he goes but when he goes there. If he pops out of a
wormhole at the wrong time it will become his reality,
like it or not.
shows John several realities, any of which could become
permanent if he takes a wrong turn in the wormhole. The
more John sees, the more terror he feels and this seems to
be what Einstein wants. When John finally admits to the
fear, Einstein gives him some travel tips and sends him
back to fight the Scarrans, the Peacekeepers, the Charrids
and anyone else who's a threat to the universe.
clicks his heels together and mutters, “There’s no
place like home, there’s no place like home,” a few
times, and plunges into the wormhole. He’s trying to get
back to Moya, but when he senses something familiar he
takes the exit ramp and…“Whoops!”
The pull of earth was stronger in John’s mind
than the pull of Moya, but is it the earth John knew or an
unrealized version of it? I don’t think there’s any
doubt that it’s an alternate reality, one close to his
own, and John’s going to need to put right the first
(and probably the second third and forty-seventh) thing
that goes wrong before the ripples spread.
he won’t do it for more than four long Farscapeless