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So, you've made it this far, have you? It takes dedication to find this page hidden deep within the Tagonist Knights Website.

Congratulations! 

The puppets created by Jim Henson become the central inspiration for many individuals featured in this novel, most of which the audience may not catch. However, you can learn about these details in the Easter Eggs and inspiration section found on this page. Explore this fascinating universe through a fan favorite scene and quotes provided. Entertaining images give a playful introduction to this sometimes bizarre reality. It is here that you can learn about the story behind the story as we delve into this ongoing series.

“You are absolutely the strangest, most peculiar individuals I have ever encountered. I like that. Now then, follow me. Might as well get this suicide mission over with.” – Zoon

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Fan Favorite

A scene selected from the book.

Lexia is nearly killed when the ship she is destroyed. This leads to her being sent back in time. There is a shock to the audience reading about these events, "Is she...?" This novel continues the tradition of making links to real life space travel and discovering that the captain of the Sunfire is on Mars after the first attempt to colonize it. It is an optimistic hint of that occurring one day in our future, their past. For those who were heartbroken to learn that the Mars rover lost power and was essentially abandoned where it was last located, this is a redemption story that also links to the current events of the Sunfire Chronicles. It's a thrill for fans to learn of the fate of the Opportunity Rover and how it links to Jamahe's origins.

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“Yay me, an entire race of godlike beings wants to kill me. I’m so happy I could scream with joy.” – Lexia

Relevant Images

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“When you’ve gone up against something that could destroy the entire Universe, twice in a lifetime, being shot between the eyes doesn’t seem all that threatening by comparison.” - Lexia

Origin Story:
If only...

Parallax's Paradox was meant to be another stand alone story just like the previous two books in the series. Parallax would be tempted to become what she once was in the form of an artificial intelligence integrated into a computer mainframe, have a confrontation with Lexia, and somehow resolve their differences by the end of the story. If only it was that simple. Then again, if it was, there wouldn't have been four novels to finish the story arc. It was worth it.

The author knew going into the story how it would end for Dryad. He was inspired by a song that a fully developed scene played out in his mind nearly a year before writing the book. The idea of this tragic event leading to her opening up her mind to the multiverse felt perfect for a series that pushed the limits.

There were no plans as to where the story was going to develop beyond some basic concepts. It underwent several rewrites before its final version. At one point Dryad sneaks on board the Oria ship using the twins to cloak her position and she observes the fate of the Swogs. Parallax detects her presence and tries to save her using the twins to send her somewhere else, linking to the ending.

Another changed concept was that Parallax comes back with Lexia, then turns traitor. Having been tempted by the Oria, she attacks the captain, and that leads to Dobuho saving Lexia by going back in time. It led to Parallax to make an unexpected change of personality. The author hated the idea and had to fix it.

A minor change was Dobuho telling Dryad to bring her helmet, setting up for the end. A being that can see in the future allowed for a plot hole to be averted.

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Origin Story:
The Muppet Show!

Going into the story, the author was in need of inspiration for new life forms and concepts for new individuals to be introduced to the series. He had been wanting to make a "Pigs in Space!" throw away joke for awhile. That one idea, a random thought, sparked an entire series of individuals that would later develop into a major influence of the series. From that point forward a multitude of those written about were directly inspired by the works of James Maury Henson, AKA Jim Henson. His full name inspired the title of the puppet master: Jamahe.

What was fascinating concerning what developed was that Jamahe brought these creations to life, each with their own personalities and yet, if he chose to do so, he could communicate through them. This is much like each individual puppet had their own personality separate from the puppeteer, yet it was the puppeteer controlling them. This seemingly random idea led a group who would continue to play a major role in influencing the future of the series.

Being a huge Jim Henson fan, having a version of Gonzo the Great joining the crew of the Starship Sunfire was a dream come true for the author. Adding a little bit more comedy in the form of Zoon also helped balance the grim, darker tones of what was happening at the end of the book. He had learned how to do this in the Age of Shadows books, humor to balance out the darker setting.

What begins as a small spark of an idea, such as wanting to tell a joke or explore a scientific phenomenon that is only theoretical in our reality, may lead to story concepts. The yearning to include historical events concerning space travel also serve as inspiration. The possibilities are limitless with the Sunfire Chronicles.

“Let us not speak of the cookie, for it may be the cause of a horrifying destruction on a level that not even I can possibly grasp, and I am well versed in the impossible.” – Dobuho

Easter Eggs and Inspiration

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A "rotation" is one year, inspired by the phrase "rotation of the galactic axis" from the movie: Galaxy Quest.

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The Cosmic Union was greatly inspired by the Star Trek Universe, The Next Generation being my favorite.

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The scene with Lexia's legs propped up while Parallax pilots the ship is inspired by a panel from a Batman Comic Book.

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Brent is named after Brent Spiner, who played Data on Star Trek: The Next Generation

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The scene of the attack on the planet was greatly inspired by the movie: Starship Troopers.

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The Starship Sunfire is named after the author's second car, a Pontiac Sunfire.

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Officer Dean derived his name from the lead actor from Starship Troopers, Capser Van Dien. Yes, intentional spelling difference.

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The red visor sliding into place and, “We die.” A homage to the movie: The Last Starfighter.

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On page 4, Tinker, a former crew member is mentioned. He was in the first two books of the series.

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On Page 9, Dryad's confrontation with a snake creature occurred in Book 2: Tinker's Treasure.

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Tedorn gets his name from rearranging the letters in the word "Rodent".

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Tedorn's species, the Nimrev, is the word "Vermin" spelled backwards.

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Dryad activates her energy shields by saying, "Engage". This is a reference to Captain Picard from Star Trek: TNG.

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Rua'So'Nid, a former crew member, left the series at the end of the second novel.

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The race of androids that Brent belongs to is called the Erocatad. It is the words Data Core spelled backwards.

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On page 14, Lexia says, "We're going to need a bigger gun." A reference to a line from the movie: Jaws.

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This line spoken by Glen refers to the first novel, Lexia's Legacy, where her crew stole her ship.

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A Grootill that is mentioned first appeared in the opening scene of Lexia's Legacy.

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Glen is named after the creator of Battlestar Galactica, Glen Larson, since he was once Nolyc.

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Captain Stewart is named after Patrick Stewart who played Captain Jean Luc Picard on Star Trek: The Next Generation.

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Frea and Ferno are former crew members that departed the series at the end of the first novel: Lexia's Legacy.

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Gold is inspired by Guinan from Star Trek: Next Generation who was played by Whoopie Goldberg, thus the name "Gold".

Rough Surface

On page 33, the stone block container in Dryad's room was first introduced int the first book: Lexia's Legacy.

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Dryad says she doesn't dream. This is a set up for the next novel concerning the dreams she experiences for the first time.

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The Henson Galaxy is named after James Maury Henson. One of many references to him.

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On page 43, Glen mentions the Vostok can separate into two parts. The Enterprise could do so in Star Trek: TNG series.

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Milla is named after Camilla, a chicken from the Muppets television series.

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Milla peering down from a large pedestal refers to a "demon" questioning the heroes in the novel: The Phantom Tollbooth.

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Milla says a vampire taught her how to count, a reference to the Sesame Street character: "The Count".

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Waka is named after Fozzie the Bear's famous line, "Waka, waka" He was inspiredby that character.

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Milla refers to trying to eat "Slim". Slim appears in the first two books and is inspired by the Earthworm Jim character. 

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The encounter on page 53 is inspired by a scene from the Star Wars movie when Luke is threatened at the cantina.

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Dobuho is modeled to resemble and named after Doctor Bunsen Honeydew from the Muppets. 

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On page 57, Dryad's salute is a blending of one used in the Futurama TV series and in the movie: Spaceballs.

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The quantum fissure mentioned on Page 60 occurred in the novel: Tinker's Treasure.

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The word Grimalkin means "old female cat", first introduced in the novel: Lexia's Legacy.

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Pintac, the home world of the Grimalkin, is the word "Catnip" spelled backwards. 

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Gene Douglas Lucas, is named after Gene Rodenberry (Star Trek), Ray Douglas Bradbury (Science fiction author), and George Lucas (Star Wars).

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On page 70, Lexia mentions a "sonic wrench", a reference to the Sonic Screwdriver from the Dr. Who television series.

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Apophis, named after an Egyptian snake god, appeared in the novel: Tinker's Treasure.

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On page 73, “…to go boldly where there was the unknown.” This is a homage Star Trek’s famous opening credits quote.

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Ter is named after and her appearance is that of Tyger, a cat I adopted. She was named after the William Blake poem.

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“…misfits, refugees, and lost souls.” refers to the back of book text for Lexia's Legacy.

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The Rubeken is a combination of the two words: Rubber Chicken. Fozzie the Bear would often use it in his comedy act.