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In Verse Proportion


With permission from Valdron Inc, we have successfully presented seven previous Multiverser novels in serialized format.  In them we have followed the adventures of now half a dozen primary verser characters--Joseph Wade Kondor, Lauren Elizabeth Meyers Hastings, Robert Elvis Slade, Derek Jacob Brown, James Donald Beam, and Tomiko Takano--plus perhaps twice as many associated characters, as they travel from universe to universe, trying to survive, make homes for themselves, and frequently make a difference in the worlds they visit.  You can learn more about those characters from their character sheets in the novels' support site, Multiverser Novel Support Pages, where there are Multiverser game-style character sheets for major characters in the novels, to be expanded gradually over time.  Even better, you can read their stories in the books, still posted on the web:

  1. Verse Three, Chapter One:  The First Multiverser Novel;
  2. Old Verses New;
  3. For Better or Verse;
  4. Spy Verses;
  5. Garden of Versers;
  6. Versers Versus Versers;
  7. Re Verse All.

This one now being complete, we have begun publishing the ninth, Con Verse Lea.

If you haven't read the first seven books, they're not essential; as we bring you the eighth novel, In Verse Proportion, it is in a sense a complete story in itself, and while continuing the stories of those characters it is also a discrete book despite being part of a longer story.  On the other hand, the first seven books are free and easily accessed by anyone who can get here, so you can't complain that you wish you'd read them first if you don't.

For the reasons discussed on the indexing page of that first novel, we've chosen this format.  Below are two columns, the one on the left listing all the chapters published so far in sequence--the sequence in which they are published as well as the sequence in which they appear in the book.  The right hand column reverses the order, such that the first chapter listed there is the most recently published one, the last chapter currently available.  That way if you've just discovered the book you can begin with chapter one and work your way down the left hand side, but if you've been reading regularly you can immediately go to the latest installment by hitting the top of the right column.  Again each chapter is on its own web page, with a link near the top to the previous chapter and, once it is published, a link at the bottom to the next one, plus links back to this page to help you navigate.  You'll have to keep track of your place, but that shouldn't be too difficult--I'm including a blurb with each chapter that should help you remember what you've read.  To be first to hear of new publications, support my Patreon campaign, or follow me in social media.

Again I have collected some "behind the writings" materials, which will be published on the mark Joseph "young" web log and listed and linked here.  These are quite replete with spoilers, so you might want to delay reading them until you're well past the chapters they discuss, but quite a few readers have found them interesting.  One has told me he is not much of a book reader but loves reading about creative process, and thus the posts on how it was created are to him more interesting than the story itself.  I do hope you find the story interesting, but I admit that the behind-the-writings posts interest me as well.

Credit should be given.  The above image was based again on the cover of the first novel, which was created by Valdron art director Dimitrios "Jim" Denaxas, with reference to previous covers I devised by modifying that original image and with Kyler C. B. Young's help on the fifth.  The images on the individual pages were done by me usually by compositing images gleaned from the Internet which were said to be free for commercial use (I'm not sure this is commercial use, but I'm not sure it is not, so I'm not taking a risk there) with elements of some previous images some done by Eric York for the first novel and occasionally snippets from images by Jim and Multiverser artist William "Bill" Kozak; I again added the lettering in all cases.  I did not have an outside editor on this, but I went through a rather rushed read-through editing process over a few days to hone the text.  Kyler is also responsible in significant part for the creation of the major characters in the James Beam stories.

Chapter 1:  Kondor 172, in which Joe and Zeke shoot holes in boats.
Chapter 2:  Slade 168, in which Bob meets a bird who has already heard of him.
Chapter 3:  Brown 196, in which Derek and Vashti meet the ship's captain.
Chapter 4:  Kondor 173, in which Joe and Zeke think to swamp boats.
Chapter 5:  Slade 169, in which Slade and Shella learn some of the ancient history of their new world.
Chapter 6:  Brown 197, in which Derek discusses languages with the captain.
Chapter 7:  Kondor 174, in which the war ends and Joe returns to being a guest of the castle.
Chapter 8:  Slade 170, in which Bob and Shella get food and shelter.
Chapter 9:  Brown 198, in which Derek notices an oddity about the ship's clock.
Chapter 10:  Kondor 175, in which Zeke tells Joe he got a job.
Chapter 11:  Slade 171, in which Bob and Shella discuss what they can do to continue living in the parakeet world.
Chapter 12:  Brown 199, in which Derek and Vashti move into their new quarters.
Chapter 13:  Kondor 176, in which Joe ponders bringing medicine to Arabia.
Chapter 14:  Slade 172, in which Bob discusses long-term housing and income plans with the antiquities professor.
Chapter 15:  Brown 200, in which Derek and Vashti eat, study, and sleep.
Chapter 16:  Kondor 177, in which Joe meets Mohammed.
Chapter 17:  Slade 173, in which Bob discusses invention ideas with a professor of physical sciences.
Chapter 18:  Brown 201, in which Derek and Vashti learn the operations of their stations while on shift.
Chapter 19:  Kondor 178, in which Joe agrees to meet the proposed bride.
Chapter 20:  Slade 174, in which Bob runs into legal obstacles.
Chapter 21:  Kondor 179, in which Joe discusses the marriage proposal with Zeke.
Behind the writing:  mark Joseph "Young" blog entry #432:  Whole New Worlds, looks at some of what was behind the writing decisions, covering chapters 1 through 21.
Chapter 22:  Slade 175, in which Bob describes several possible inventions to an engineering professor.
Chapter 23:  Brown 202, in which Derek's pilot training moves to a new level.
Chapter 24:  Kondor 180, in which Joe discusses arrangements for a private dinner with the Amir.
Chapter 25:  Slade 176, in which the university begins solving Bob and Shella's problems.
Chapter 26:  Brown 203, in which Derek broaches the issue of educating the passengers.
Chapter 27:  Kondor 181, in which Joe formally meets Leah.
Chapter 28:  Slade 177, in which Bob gets the engineering department started on his first invention.
Chapter 29:  Brown 204, in which Derek and the Captain discuss how to educate the indigs.
Chapter 30:  Kondor 182, in which Joe seriously considers getting married.
Chapter 31:  Slade 178, in which Bob works on learning the language and thinks about cooking with gas.
Chapter 32:  Brown 205, in which Derek begins a computer search for computers.
Chapter 33:  Kondor 183, in which Joe agrees to a wedding.
Chapter 34:  Slade 179, in which Bob focuses on the avian equivalent of Morse Code.
Chapter 35:  Brown 206, in which Derek envisions a faster way to access the computer.
Chapter 36:  Kondor 184, in which Joe becomes involved in wedding preparations.
Chapter 37:  Slade 180, in which Bob discusses the design of his home with an architect.
Chapter 38:  Brown 207, in which Derek gets a lead in his search.
Chapter 39:  Kondor 185, in which Joe attends a royal wedding.
Chapter 40:  Slade 181, in which Bob invents hot water and heat.
Chapter 41:  Brown 208, in which Derek and Vashti descend to a maintenance and storage level.
Chapter 42:  Kondor 186, in which Joe sits through a wedding reception.
Behind the writing:  mark Joseph "Young" blog entry #437:  Characters Relate, looks at some of what was behind the writing decisions, covering chapters 22 through 42.
Chapter 43:  Slade 182, in which Bob introduces the concept of audio recording.
Chapter 44:  Brown 209, in which Derek finds a robot.
Chapter 45:  Kondor 187, in which Joe and Leah enter their honeymoon suite.
Chapter 46:  Slade 183, in which Bob practices while Shella sleeps, and then they go to lunch.
Chapter 47:  Brown 210, in which Derek awakens in a cage.
Chapter 48:  Kondor 188, in which Joe awakens with his bride.
Chapter 49:  Slade 184, in which Bob outlines future invention ideas.
Chapter 50:  Brown 211, in which Derek must evade a robot.
Chapter 51:  Kondor 189, in which Joe and Leah bathe.
Chapter 52:  Brown 212, in which Derek battles a robot.
Chapter 53:  Slade 185, in which Bob and Shella walk to the edge of the campus.
Chapter 54:  Kondor 190, in which Joe and Leah have dinner with the Caliph and Zeke.
Chapter 55:  Brown 213, in which Derek considers how to reprogram a robot.
Chapter 56:  Slade 186, in which Bob spars with a swift-footed parakeet.
Chapter 57:  Kondor 191, in which Joe gets a local geography lesson.
Chapter 58:  Brown 214, in which Derek decides to restart the robot.
Chapter 59:  Slade 187, in which Bob faces a second avian opponent.
Chapter 60:  Kondor 192, in which Joe and Leah discuss Mithra.
Chapter 61:  Brown 215, in which Derek deals with the reactivated robot.
Chapter 62:  Slade 188, in which Bob battles both birds.
Chapter 63:  Kondor 193, in which Joe attempts to explain to Leah how he knows there are no gods or spirits.
Behind the writing:  mark Joseph "Young" blog entry #440:  Changing Worlds, looks at some of what was behind the writing decisions, covering chapters 43 through 63.
Chapter 64:  Brown 216, in which Derek reprograms the robot for food preparation.
Chapter 65:  Slade 189, in which Bob accepts a teaching position.
Chapter 66:  Kondor 194, in which Joe waits for Leah.
Chapter 67:  Slade 190, in which Bob assesses his new students.
Chapter 68:  Brown 217, in which Derek and Vashti eat their first robot-cooked meal.
Chapter 69:  Kondor 195, in which Joe and Leah discuss Mithra over dinner.
Chapter 70:  Slade 191, in which Bob begins training his new students.
Chapter 71:  Brown 218, in which Derek and Vashti eat a different kind of egg for breakfast.
Chapter 72:  Kondor 196, in which Joe and Leah discuss how to practice fighting.
Chapter 73:  Slade 192, in which Bob fences with his students and then meets a more formidable opponent.
Chapter 74:  Brown 219, in which Derek and Vashti practice their weaponless combat against each other.
Chapter 75:  Kondor 197, in which Joe and Leah's combat practice session gets interrupted.
Chapter 76:  Slade 193, in which Bob spars against a formidable avian.
Chapter 77:  Brown 220, in which Derek revises his routine.
Chapter 78:  Kondor 198, in which Joe and Leah are invited to travel home with her brother.
Chapter 79:  Slade 194, in which Bob and Shella once again discuss whether a war is coming.
Chapter 80:  Kondor 199, in which Zeke agrees to travel with Joe and Leah to her family home.
Chapter 81:  Slade 195, in which Bob explains the telephone to his engineering students.
Chapter 82:  Kondor 200, in which Joe chats with Mohammed on the ride to the palace.
Chapter 83:  Brown 221, in which Derek begins learning to fly smaller spaceships.
Chapter 84:  Kondor 201, in which Joe's caravan breaks for lunch.
Behind the writing:  mark Joseph "Young" blog entry #443:  Versers Acclimate, looks at some of what was behind the writing decisions, covering chapters 64 through 84.
Chapter 85:  Slade 196, in which Bob invents the atomizer.
Chapter 86:  Kondor 202, in which Joe barely arrives at Leah's home.
Chapter 87:  Brown 222, in which Derek makes progress on his translation program.
Chapter 88:  Kondor 203, in which Joe, still recovering, eats some dinner.
Chapter 89:  Slade 197, in which Bob solves the last problem with his cental heating system.
Chapter 90:  Kondor 204, in which Joe awakens in his new bedroom at his wife's family home.
Chapter 91:  Brown 223, in which Derek finds a solution to his education problem.
Chapter 92:  Kondor 205, in which Joe meets Leah's friends and family over breakfast.
Chapter 93:  Slade 198, in which the Slades move into their new home.
Chapter 94:  Brown 224, in which Derek teaches Vashti to read minds.
Chapter 95:  Kondor 206, in which Joe settles into the new palace as Zeke departs.
Chapter 96:  Brown 225, in which Derek devises a psionic shortcut to understanding the local language.
Chapter 97:  Kondor 207, in which Joe meets Zilpah.
Chapter 98:  Slade 199, in which Bob and Shella begin furnishing their new home.
Chapter 99:  Brown 226, in which Vashti detects an approaching object.
Chapter 100:  Kondor 208, in which Joe begins to think something is going to happen.
Chapter 101:  Slade 200, in which Bob starts work on moving pictures and internal combustion with the new school year.
Chapter 102:  Brown 227, in which Derek steers the spaceship toward a new destination.
Chapter 103:  Kondor 209, in which Joe agrees to help lead an army.
Chapter 104:  Slade 201, in which Bob discusses advanced weaponry with the combat history professor.
Chapter 105:  Brown 228, in which Derek begins preparing for a planetary survey mission.
Behind the writing:  mark Joseph "Young" blog entry #448:  Inventive Versers, looks at some of what was behind the writing decisions, covering chapters 85 through 105.
Chapter 106:  Kondor 210, in which Joe calls Zeke to go with him into battle.
Chapter 107:  Slade 202, in which Bob introduces the concept of automatic weapons.
Chapter 108:  Brown 229, in which Derek recommends a planetary survey mission.
Chapter 109:  Kondor 211, in which Joe leads the infantry toward Esai.
Chapter 110:  Slade 203, in which Bob continues supervising the inventing process.
Chapter 111:  Brown 230, in which Derek and Vashti pack for a long short trip.
Chapter 112:  Kondor 212, in which Joe rides into a Copt ambush.
Chapter 113:  Slade 204, in which Bob and Shella welcome Joe and Zeke to a familiar new world.
Chapter 114:  Brown 231, in which Derek flies a shuttle to the ground.
Chapter 115:  Kondor 213, in which Zeke showers while Joe mourns.
Chapter 116:  Slade 205, in which Bob tries to comfort Joe.
Chapter 117:  Brown 232, in which Derek and Vashti begin a planetary survey.
Chapter 118:  Kondor 214, in which Joe gets oriented to his new world.
Chapter 119:  Slade 206, in which Bob informs the antiquities professor of Joe's arrival.
Chapter 120:  Brown 233, in which returning to the colony ship Derek recommends landing on the planet.
Chapter 121:  Kondor 215, in which Kondor and Zeke begin helping the parakeets with their electronics.
Chapter 122:  Brown 234, in which Derek decides to run a simulated landing.
Chapter 123:  Slade 207, in which Bob and Zeke argue with Joe about starting an arms race.
Chapter 124:  Brown 235, in which Derek practices landing the ship in the simulator.
Chapter 125:  Kondor 216, in which Joe begins working on airfoils and lasers.
Chapter 126:  Brown 236, in which Derek begins actually landing the huge ship.
Behind the writing:  mark Joseph "Young" blog entry #452:  Versers Ready, looks at some of what was behind the writing decisions, covering chapters 106 through 126.
Chapter 127:  Slade 208, in which Bob contemplates their arms race.
Chapter 128:  Brown 237, in which Derek lands The Wanderer.
Chapter 129:  Kondor 217, in which Joe explains interchangeable parts and assembly lines.
Chapter 130:  Brown 238, in which Derek attempts to avert boredom while the ship begins the process of preparing the planet for settlement.
Chapter 131:  Slade 209, in which Slade contemplates simple inventions for the home and the need for residential electricity.
Chapter 132:  Brown 239, in which Vashti and Derek detect a massive problem.
Chapter 133:  Kondor 218, in which Kondor and Slade discuss electrical power generation.
Chapter 134:  Brown 240, in which Derek and Vashti propose a potential suicide mission to save the colony.
Chapter 135:  Slade 210, in which Slade and Kondor develop wind power.
Chapter 136:  Brown 241, in which Derek attacks a rock.
Chapter 137:  Kondor 219, in which Kondor again deals with his grief.
Chapter 138:  Brown 242, in which Derek lands hard in a new place.
Chapter 139:  Slade 211, in which Derek Slade and Kondor find a robot next to a flying saucer.
Chapter 140:  Kondor 220, in which Kondor is reminded of Leah by Vashti.
Chapter 141:  Brown 243, in which Derek and Vashti begin to become integrated into the parakeet world.
Chapter 142:  Slade 212, in which Bob wonders why the gods have gathered them here.
Chapter 143:  Kondor 221, in which Joe notes that Derek has inspired and led advances in flight and the construction of a giant calculator.
Chapter 144:  Brown 244, in which Derek begins teaching calculus, alternate number systems, and orbital mechanics.
Chapter 145:  Slade 213, in which Bob considers relaxing.
Chapter 146:  Kondor 222, in which Joe sees a flying saucer.
Chapter 147:  Brown 245, in which the versers discuss the significance of Joe's sighting, and whether war is imminent.
Behind the writing:  mark Joseph "Young" blog entry #456:  Versers Prepare, looks at some of what was behind the writing decisions, covering chapters 127 through the end, chapter 147.
Behind the writing:  mark Joseph "Young" blog entry #456:  Versers Prepare, looks at some of what was behind the writing decisions, covering chapters 127 through the end, chapter 147.
Chapter 147:  Brown 245, in which the versers discuss the significance of Joe's sighting, and whether war is imminent.
Chapter 146:  Kondor 222, in which Joe sees a flying saucer.
Chapter 145:  Slade 213, in which Bob considers relaxing.
Chapter 144:  Brown 244, in which Derek begins teaching calculus, alternate number systems, and orbital mechanics.
Chapter 143:  Kondor 221, in which Joe notes that Derek has inspired and led advances in flight and the construction of a giant calculator.
Chapter 142:  Slade 212, in which Bob wonders why the gods have gathered them here.
Chapter 141:  Brown 243, in which Derek and Vashti begin to become integrated into the parakeet world.
Chapter 140:  Kondor 220, in which Kondor is reminded of Leah by Vashti.
Chapter 139:  Slade 211, in which Derek Slade and Kondor find a robot next to a flying saucer.
Chapter 138:  Brown 242, in which Derek lands hard in a new place.
Chapter 137:  Kondor 219, in which Kondor again deals with his grief.
Chapter 136:  Brown 241, in which Derek attacks a rock.
Chapter 135:  Slade 210, in which Slade and Kondor develop wind power.
Chapter 134:  Brown 240, in which Derek and Vashti propose a potential suicide mission to save the colony.
Chapter 133:  Kondor 218, in which Kondor and Slade discuss electrical power generation.
Chapter 132:  Brown 239, in which Vashti and Derek detect a massive problem.
Chapter 131:  Slade 209, in which Slade contemplates simple inventions for the home and the need for residential electricity.
Chapter 130:  Brown 238, in which Derek attempts to avert boredom while the ship begins the process of preparing the planet for settlement.
Chapter 129:  Kondor 217, in which Joe explains interchangeable parts and assembly lines.
Chapter 128:  Brown 237, in which Derek lands The Wanderer.
Chapter 127:  Slade 208, in which Bob contemplates their arms race.
Behind the writing:  mark Joseph "Young" blog entry #452:  Versers Ready, looks at some of what was behind the writing decisions, covering chapters 106 through 126.
Chapter 126:  Brown 236, in which Derek begins actually landing the huge ship.
Chapter 125:  Kondor 216, in which Joe begins working on airfoils and lasers.
Chapter 124:  Brown 235, in which Derek practices landing the ship in the simulator.
Chapter 123:  Slade 207, in which Bob and Zeke argue with Joe about starting an arms race.
Chapter 122:  Brown 234, in which Derek decides to run a simulated landing.
Chapter 121:  Kondor 215, in which Kondor and Zeke begin helping the parakeets with their electronics.
Chapter 120:  Brown 233, in which returning to the colony ship Derek recommends landing on the planet.
Chapter 119:  Slade 206, in which Bob informs the antiquities professor of Joe's arrival.
Chapter 118:  Kondor 214, in which Joe gets oriented to his new world.
Chapter 117:  Brown 232, in which Derek and Vashti begin a planetary survey.
Chapter 116:  Slade 205, in which Bob tries to comfort Joe.
Chapter 115:  Kondor 213, in which Zeke showers while Joe mourns.
Chapter 114:  Brown 231, in which Derek flies a shuttle to the ground.
Chapter 113:  Slade 204, in which Bob and Shella welcome Joe and Zeke to a familiar new world.
Chapter 112:  Kondor 212, in which Joe rides into a Copt ambush.
Chapter 111:  Brown 230, in which Derek and Vashti pack for a long short trip.
Chapter 110:  Slade 203, in which Bob continues supervising the inventing process.
Chapter 109:  Kondor 211, in which Joe leads the infantry toward Esai.
Chapter 108:  Brown 229, in which Derek recommends a planetary survey mission.
Chapter 107:  Slade 202, in which Bob introduces the concept of automatic weapons.
Chapter 106:  Kondor 210, in which Joe calls Zeke to go with him into battle.
Behind the writing:  mark Joseph "Young" blog entry #448:  Inventive Versers, looks at some of what was behind the writing decisions, covering chapters 85 through 105.
Chapter 105:  Brown 228, in which Derek begins preparing for a planetary survey mission.
Chapter 104:  Slade 201, in which Bob discusses advanced weaponry with the combat history professor.
Chapter 103:  Kondor 209, in which Joe agrees to help lead an army.
Chapter 102:  Brown 227, in which Derek steers the spaceship toward a new destination.
Chapter 101:  Slade 200, in which Bob starts work on moving pictures and internal combustion with the new school year.
Chapter 100:  Kondor 208, in which Joe begins to think something is going to happen.
Chapter 99:  Brown 226, in which Vashti detects an approaching object.
Chapter 98:  Slade 199, in which Bob and Shella begin furnishing their new home.
Chapter 97:  Kondor 207, in which Joe meets Zilpah.
Chapter 96:  Brown 225, in which Derek devises a psionic shortcut to understanding the local language.
Chapter 95:  Kondor 206, in which Joe settles into the new palace as Zeke departs.
Chapter 94:  Brown 224, in which Derek teaches Vashti to read minds.
Chapter 93:  Slade 198, in which the Slades move into their new home.
Chapter 92:  Kondor 205, in which Joe meets Leah's friends and family over breakfast.
Chapter 91:  Brown 223, in which Derek finds a solution to his education problem.
Chapter 90:  Kondor 204, in which Joe awakens in his new bedroom at his wife's family home.
Chapter 89:  Slade 197, in which Bob solves the last problem with his cental heating system.
Chapter 88:  Kondor 203, in which Joe, still recovering, eats some dinner.
Chapter 87:  Brown 222, in which Derek makes progress on his translation program.
Chapter 86:  Kondor 202, in which Joe barely arrives at Leah's home.
Chapter 85:  Slade 196, in which Bob invents the atomizer.
Behind the writing:  mark Joseph "Young" blog entry #443:  Versers Acclimate, looks at some of what was behind the writing decisions, covering chapters 64 through 84.
Chapter 84:  Kondor 201, in which Joe's caravan breaks for lunch.
Chapter 83:  Brown 221, in which Derek begins learning to fly smaller spaceships.
Chapter 82:  Kondor 200, in which Joe chats with Mohammed on the ride to the palace.
Chapter 81:  Slade 195, in which Bob explains the telephone to his engineering students.
Chapter 80:  Kondor 199, in which Zeke agrees to travel with Joe and Leah to her family home.
Chapter 79:  Slade 194, in which Bob and Shella once again discuss whether a war is coming.
Chapter 78:  Kondor 198, in which Joe and Leah are invited to travel home with her brother.
Chapter 77:  Brown 220, in which Derek revises his routine.
Chapter 76:  Slade 193, in which Bob spars against a formidable avian.
Chapter 75:  Kondor 197, in which Joe and Leah's combat practice session gets interrupted.
Chapter 74:  Brown 219, in which Derek and Vashti practice their weaponless combat against each other.
Chapter 73:  Slade 192, in which Bob fences with his students and then meets a more formidable opponent.
Chapter 72:  Kondor 196, in which Joe and Leah discuss how to practice fighting.
Chapter 71:  Brown 218, in which Derek and Vashti eat a different kind of egg for breakfast.
Chapter 70:  Slade 191, in which Bob begins training his new students.
Chapter 69:  Kondor 195, in which Joe and Leah discuss Mithra over dinner.
Chapter 68:  Brown 217, in which Derek and Vashti eat their first robot-cooked meal.
Chapter 67:  Slade 190, in which Bob assesses his new students.
Chapter 66:  Kondor 194, in which Joe waits for Leah.
Chapter 65:  Slade 189, in which Bob accepts a teaching position.
Chapter 64:  Brown 216, in which Derek reprograms the robot for food preparation.
Behind the writing:  mark Joseph "Young" blog entry #440:  Changing Worlds, looks at some of what was behind the writing decisions, covering chapters 43 through 63.
Chapter 63:  Kondor 193, in which Joe attempts to explain to Leah how he knows there are no gods or spirits.
Chapter 62:  Slade 188, in which Bob battles both birds.
Chapter 61:  Brown 215, in which Derek deals with the reactivated robot.
Chapter 60:  Kondor 192, in which Joe and Leah discuss Mithra.
Chapter 59:  Slade 187, in which Bob faces a second avian opponent.
Chapter 58:  Brown 214, in which Derek decides to restart the robot.
Chapter 57:  Kondor 191, in which Joe gets a local geography lesson.
Chapter 56:  Slade 186, in which Bob spars with a swift-footed parakeet.
Chapter 55:  Brown 213, in which Derek considers how to reprogram a robot.
Chapter 54:  Kondor 190, in which Joe and Leah have dinner with the Caliph and Zeke.
Chapter 53:  Slade 185, in which Bob and Shella walk to the edge of the campus.
Chapter 52:  Brown 212, in which Derek battles a robot.
Chapter 51:  Kondor 189, in which Joe and Leah bathe.
Chapter 50:  Brown 211, in which Derek must evade a robot.
Chapter 49:  Slade 184, in which Bob outlines future invention ideas.
Chapter 48:  Kondor 188, in which Joe awakens with his bride.
Chapter 47:  Brown 210, in which Derek awakens in a cage.
Chapter 46:  Slade 183, in which Bob practices while Shella sleeps, and then they go to lunch.
Chapter 45:  Kondor 187, in which Joe and Leah enter their honeymoon suite.
Chapter 44:  Brown 209, in which Derek finds a robot.
Chapter 43:  Slade 182, in which Bob introduces the concept of audio recording.
Behind the writing:  mark Joseph "Young" blog entry #437:  Characters Relate, looks at some of what was behind the writing decisions, covering chapters 22 through 42.
Chapter 42:  Kondor 186, in which Joe sits through a wedding reception.
Chapter 41:  Brown 208, in which Derek and Vashti descend to a maintenance and storage level.
Chapter 40:  Slade 181, in which Bob invents hot water and heat.
Chapter 39:  Kondor 185, in which Joe attends a royal wedding.
Chapter 38:  Brown 207, in which Derek gets a lead in his search.
Chapter 37:  Slade 180, in which Bob discusses the design of his home with an architect.
Chapter 36:  Kondor 184, in which Joe becomes involved in wedding preparations.
Chapter 35:  Brown 206, in which Derek envisions a faster way to access the computer.
Chapter 34:  Slade 179, in which Bob focuses on the avian equivalent of Morse Code.
Chapter 33:  Kondor 183, in which Joe agrees to a wedding.
Chapter 32:  Brown 205, in which Derek begins a computer search for computers.
Chapter 31:  Slade 178, in which Bob works on learning the language and thinks about cooking with gas.
Chapter 30:  Kondor 182, in which Joe seriously considers getting married.
Chapter 29:  Brown 204, in which Derek and the Captain discuss how to educate the indigs.
Chapter 28:  Slade 177, in which Bob gets the engineering department started on his first invention.
Chapter 27:  Kondor 181, in which Joe formally meets Leah.
Chapter 26:  Brown 203, in which Derek broaches the issue of educating the passengers.
Chapter 25:  Slade 176, in which the university begins solving Bob and Shella's problems.
Chapter 24:  Kondor 180, in which Joe discusses arrangements for a private dinner with the Amir.
Chapter 23:  Brown 202, in which Derek's pilot training moves to a new level.
Chapter 22:  Slade 175, in which Bob describes several possible inventions to an engineering professor.
Behind the writing:  mark Joseph "Young" blog entry #432:  Whole New Worlds, looks at some of what was behind the writing decisions, covering chapters 1 through 21.
Chapter 21:  Kondor 179, in which Joe discusses the marriage proposal with Zeke.
Chapter 20:  Slade 174, in which Bob runs into legal obstacles.
Chapter 19:  Kondor 178, in which Joe agrees to meet the proposed bride.
Chapter 18:  Brown 201, in which Derek and Vashti learn the operations of their stations while on shift.
Chapter 17:  Slade 173, in which Bob discusses invention ideas with a professor of physical sciences.
Chapter 16:  Kondor 177, in which Joe meets Mohammed.
Chapter 15:  Brown 200, in which Derek and Vashti eat, study, and sleep.
Chapter 14:  Slade 172, in which Bob discusses long-term housing and income plans with the antiquities professor.
Chapter 13:  Kondor 176, in which Joe ponders bringing medicine to Arabia.
Chapter 12:  Brown 199, in which Derek and Vashti move into their new quarters.
Chapter 11:  Slade 171, in which Bob and Shella discuss what they can do to continue living in the parakeet world.
Chapter 10:  Kondor 175, in which Zeke tells Joe he got a job.
Chapter 9:  Brown 198, in which Derek notices an oddity about the ship's clock.
Chapter 8:  Slade 170, in which Bob and Shella get food and shelter.
Chapter 7:  Kondor 174, in which the war ends and Joe returns to being a guest of the castle.
Chapter 6:  Brown 197, in which Derek discusses languages with the captain.
Chapter 5:  Slade 169, in which Slade and Shella learn some of the ancient history of their new world.
Chapter 4:  Kondor 173, in which Joe and Zeke think to swamp boats.
Chapter 3:  Brown 196, in which Derek and Vashti meet the ship's captain.
Chapter 2:  Slade 168, in which Bob meets a bird who has already heard of him.
Chapter 1:  Kondor 172, in which Joe and Zeke shoot holes in boats.

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