A mode of transport, developed by Swells’ Bells®, that allows wealthy Gold Card® owners to travel over short (by Multiversal standards) distances without the use of a space-going craft. Swells’ Bells® leases their Walking On Depot® to various upscale venues around and about the settled Multiverse, then offers its Gold Card®, or the card’s niche-market cousins, the Casino and Boardroom cards, to the venue’s wealthy patrons. In order to protect their exorbitant service fees, the company guards their technology fiercely, though some of their customers have found their way around the wallet-rending expense. For example, The Dome, a posh nightclub on Rec Station 97, defrays part of the tremendous cost of this service by placing their Walking On Depot® in the club’s Freebetters Room and allowing their customers to place bets on “who’ll materialize next.” Even so, it is doubtful that Walking On® will ever replace Krystal driven starships as the primary means of transportation in the galaxy, as the cost is prohibitive and the distance one can travel in a single walk is limited.
Described as more of a “futuristic horror movie” than a work of speculative fiction, this best-selling novel by Hugo Award-winning author Ronnie Lee Ellis tracks the nefarious comings and goings of waxmeister Boris Hex and his mad sister Raquel, as they transform various galactic luminaries into mindless, wax-covered slaves, for the purposes of employing them in strange theatrical performances. Major themes include 1) the price of a life dedicated to art, 2) sibling rivalry, its costs and rewards, and 3) the madness that inevitably arises from the thwarted creative impulse. Not that the readers noticed any of that. The popularity of the novel has often been attributed to the public fascination with seeing their leaders and celebrities transformed into shambling monstrosities that are forced to “strut and fret” their marbec upon the stage in a very odd corner of the Multiverse. Wax Zombies of the Noh Zone was later made into the highly successful lasaround, WaxWorx, which spawned numerous (though less inspired) sequels.
Eldest son of General Typhoon Weatherall. As a young lieutenant in the graduating class of the Amercadian Space Academy, Windy’s misguided sense of honor played a part in the events surrounding the ASB Neutral Zone Fiasco of AE 134, which resulted in the deaths of an entire Brigade squadron and the Brigade’s banishment from Neutral Zone 8.
A general in the Amercadian Space Brigade and administrative head of the Amercadian Space Academy, who famously turned a blind eye to incursions by Academy cadets into the Cosmic Veil’s territory in Neutral Zone 8, resulting in the Amercadian Space Brigade Neutral Zone Fiasco of AE 134.