|Exode pulped: a whimsical depiction|
of how Hollywood might present
the secret history of Earth...aliens
created the human species and then
used us as slave labor. Image source
|Prediction: Hollywood's obsession with alien monsters|
in space is just as silly as imagined sea monsters.
and melodramatic Space Opera spin to the plot of Exode, I'd say that poor Hana had secretly been used as a convenient incubator for a human-alien embryo. As a scientist in training, Hana could not help studying both her daughter and the mysterious puzzle of how a virgin (Hana) could get pregnant.
|Hana finds the unique|
gene pattern of Hilde.
|Far left: Hilde.|
Hana was a good mother, but when she was offered a chance to leave Earth and go exploring among the stars, she went. Hank had arranged for his assistant (an artificial life form that, for simplicity, I'll call a robot) to become the surrogate mother for Hilde. Exode was intended to be the story of Hana's travels among the stars and her discovery of what motivated the Interventionists to work secretly on Earth.
|Click image to enlarge. Kirk loses another redshirt.
Space Opera: male protagonist, damsels in distress, alien
monsters, dead redshirts...all sadly lacking from Exode.
The term "Hana's husband" is really a misnomer. Hana was never married, so if "Hana's husband" has any real meaning then it is something like: "the father of Hilde".
Suspicion of who might be the father of Hilde has, through the years, fallen on a few likely suspects.
|Peter pulped. source|
The second suspect was Peter. Peter did know Hana when they were in college and Peter, as a carrier of many alien genes, believed that he could not father children with Earth women. Confident that he could not become a father, Peter had unprotected sex with several women, including Hana's college roommate. Later, after discovering that Peter was inter-fertile with some Earthlings, some commentators noted that there was a theoretical possibility of Peter being Hilde's father, but there was never any evidence to support this idea.
|Hilde's family tree.|
Surprisingly (for Hilde, Hana and the Editor), Hilde turned out to be one of the Atlantis clones, a group of alien-human hybrids who play an important role in the Exode Trilogy.
Peter had rather callously implanted an embryo inside Hana, but he never bothered to explain his actions to Hana.
|Ivory's attempt to use the Bimanoid Interface.|
1) Marta, realizing that no human male on Earth could father her children, simply cloned herself. In other words, Marta might have been the original Atlantis clone.
2) The Atlantis clones originated as a woman who long ago lived in the Galactic Core. According to this hypothesis, when Marta wanted to have a child, she was simply implanted with an "Atlantis clone embryo".
Next: I had so much fun with the Hank Montpellier character (A.K.A. Parthney) that I decided to give him a larger role in Exode.