Special Sub-Topic: Bio of a Space Tyrant
|Let's start easy. What is the name of the main character of these novels?|
Hope Hubris & hope. Beginning when he was a fifteen-year-old boy, Hope's adventures in space make for an awesome read.
|In the beginning of the series, which moon of Jupiter is the main character's family fleeing from?|
Callisto. In "Refugee", Callisto is populated mostly by persons of Hispanic descent. Hope defends his sister from a scion of a wealthy family, and they are forced to run to avoid his wrath.
|True or false: The main character is the only person to survive the journey to Jupiter. |
f. While Hope is the only person to arrive at Jupiter in the Bubble in "Refugee", his sisters Spirit and Faith do survive.
|In "Mercenary", the main character takes what job to survive after being mugged?|
Migrant harvester. Assisted by Joe Hill, Hope spends about two years moving from Bubble to Bubble picking various forms of produce for what is basically slave wages.
|The main character is given a song, describing his basic life by his fellow workers. What is it?|
Worried Man Blues. In "Mercenary", the migrant workers use songs to give themselves a type of esprit de corps among their fellow workers.
|After the riot by the workers in "Mercenary", the main character joins the military of Jupiter as a mercenary. Which branch does he join?|
Navy. Hope spends many years in the Jupiter Navy, doing all that he can to eliminate piracy from the System.
|The main character obtains the rank of E-3 after Boot Camp in order to be allowed a permanent female roommate so that he does not have to endure "The Tail". What was her name?|
Juana. After a very rude introduction to the Navy's version of sex in "Mercenary", Hope meets Juana, and they become friends. In order to avoid the "Tail", they do an excellent job on the final physical and training tests in order to be together.
|The main character possesses a magnetic key taken from a courier from what organization?|
QYV. Pronounced Kife, QYV is a huge organazation that works in secret to help Jupiter, though their methods are often little better than piracy.
|The main character begins to form a dream unit for the elimination of piracy, including his wife, the strategist. What was her name?|
Emerald. Hope marries Emerald to bring her into his unit at the direction of Lt. Repro.
|The main character later divorces his first wife so that he can marry a pirate wench in order to create an alliance. Name her.|
Roulette & Rue. Daughter of the leader of the pirate band that controls gambling in the Belt of Asteroids, Rue is a fiery red-head who is also a master strategist.
|True or false: At the end of "Mercenary" the main character is under arrest and awaiting Court-Martial. |
t. Arrested for going beyond his orders in attacking the pirates, Hope ends up retiring from the Navy in exchange for QYV's giving him access to Megan, the woman who reminds him of his almost-first wife, Helse.
|True or false: "Politician", the third book in the series, begins with the main character held prisoner aboard a space-going "Sub". |
t. Hope is running for President of Jupiter and has been taken prisoner and mem-washed by the opposing faction.
|True or false: The main character's adopted daughter is actually his real daughter. |
f. Hopie is actually the daughter of his sister Spirit. Her father is the newspaper columnist Thorley.
|In order to gain grass-roots support for his political campaign in "Politician", the main character joins what political group?|
Good Government Group. Aslo called 3-G, or Triple G, the Good Government Group was working towards reforming the government of Jupiter, which they claimed was no longer obeying the will of the people.
|The main character becomes the ambassador to which of Jupiter's moons in "Politician"?|
Ganymede. Primarily a communistic regime under the influence of Saturn, Ganymede is a thorn in Jupiter's side. Through shrewd political manoeuvering, Hope improves relations between the two powers.
|Winning the Presidency causes a major upheaval in the main character's life. What happens?|
His wife leaves him. Megan believes that Hope has been corrupted by power, and cannot bring herself to stay with him.
|The main character has a disabled secretary. What is her name?|
Shelia. Injured in an accident, Shelia, whose name was misspelled by her father, was confined to a wheelchair.
|The main character is introduced to a new female via the "Feelie" helmet. Who does she turn out to be?|
Amber. Amber is sent to him by the Premier of Ganymede. She is a language savant who changes linguistic modes through hypnotism activated by a gem in her ring.
|Who is the leader of the group that eventually causes the main character's downfall as President of Jupiter?|
Megan. Megan sees that Hope is becoming unstable in his running of the government, and so works against him. As soon as he realizes who it is that is fighting him, he abdicates his office, and accepts exile to Saturn.
|In "Statesman", the premier of Saturn asks for the main character's help in destroying what organization?|
Nomenklatura. The Premier wants to reform to Saturn system, but is being opposed by the Nomenklatura.
|The Saturn Premier also wants the main character's help in bringing a new technology to fruition. What technology does he want to bring into being?|
Faster than light travel. Khukov wants to begin interstellar space travel in order to spread the human race throughout the universe, and end war.
|The main character acquires a guard animal in "Statesman". What type of creature is it?|
A genetically recreated Smilodon. Smilo, the Smilodon, grows to trust only Hope and his family, and ends up dying in an attempt to save Hope from assassination. I couldn't resist adding the mog from "Spaceballs" in this question.
|The main character hires a specialist in emulation named Forta. Why?|
To pretend to be his sister. Hope sends Spirit to Jupiter to prepare it for his return. He hires Forta so that no one will be aware that she is missing from his staff during his tour of the Solar System.
|The main character is dying throughout "Statesman". What is killing him?|
Kidney failure. After a failed assassination attempt, Hope's kidneys were damaged. He is forced to go on dialysis in order to live. He is given only ten years maximum to live.
|Finally, at the end of the series, the main character is still alive. True or false.|
f. Unfortunately, Hope is assassinated just before the end of the fifth book. The sixth book in the series, "The Iron Maiden", tells the story of Hope's life from the perspective of his sister, Spirit.
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