|Stardance: The Movie|
Back in the previous millennium, I would occasionally take a break from studying, ride my bike to the local bookstore and see if any interesting science fiction novels had arrived. During most of the 1980s Stardance graced the shelves, but I've never
|cover art by Larry Kresek|
I had a theory: you can't judge a book by its cover, but you can judge a book by its last few pages.
Telepathy, Teleportation, Time Travel
Grean needed help. Grean needed to change the historical timeline of Earth, but the dirty work (Intervention) had to be done by bumbling humans. By the Rules of Observation, the primitive Earthlings of the 20th century could not be told about telepathy, teleportation and time travel. Solution: let your Interventionist agents believe that telepathy, teleportation and time travel are made possible by magic. To cast a magic teleportation spell, you need to wave your magic wand or say the magic word. Or, if you want to involve Jack Vance, maybe you can invoke the odd religion of Halma in which use of the proper dance steps can guide people into a magical science fantasy existence. So, Grean engineered a science fantasy adventure in which one of the two main characters is a dancer (Bet Pliqua).
|Space Dance. Ghyl and Bet stop at the Moon|
on their way from the Galactic Core to Earth.
|Practicing Telepathy by Bethy Williams|
Simultaneously, Grean needed to push the primitive humans of 20th century Earth slightly closer towards being able to understand hierion and sedronic physics. Killing two birds with one Intervention, Grean chose to target Albert Einstein. In the Asimov Reality, where Einstein impregnated fellow student Mileva Marić and then, because of his irresponsible actions, he was disowned by his family and badgered by the family of Mileva. Escaping his troubles, Albert became a musician for the Ballets Russe and nobody in the arts world ever noticed that he knew math and physics. In the Ekcolir Reality, Einstein and Mileva were married, but they lost their first child (Lieserl) to a childhood bacterial infection.
Time War. Genetically, Bet is the daughter of Carl Sagan and Lieserl Einstein. However, the father figure who Bet grew up knowing was the Selfie of Alexander Godunov, an artificial lifeform that originated as another Earthling who Grean rescued from the 20th century and brought to the Galactic Core.
|Bet in the role of Ghyl's Night|
Bet Pliqua is the daughter of Lieserl and Alexander and she grows up as a dancer. Eventually, she meets Ghyl (the other main character of Star Dance) and they are sent off on a mission to Earth as Interventionist agents. Next - Star Dance Chapter 4: Harlem
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