New panel at the top; second panel reworked into something wider so everything down below fits. A funny fact about the reformat – while the amount of space gained from the move to 6:9 is significant, it isn’t really enough to squeeze in a flat-out filler panel when one is called for. In this case, the bottom three panels had to fit Exactly, and keeping the panel with the {heart|brain} monitor would have meant either scaling it up or living with a hueg-like-xbox amount of black somewhere on the page. So it got shrunk and an establishing shot of the Psyobs exterior got tossed in.

This is a good thing. If you’ve read the first edition, you’re finally seeing around the corner.

An upside of over-modeling the early environments – plenty of bits to show off, with no additional work!

From a technical and continuity standpoint… I just can’t mentally wrap my head around the time zones. It’s Near Dawn in Australia and Early Evening at Bedlam (3am + 14 == 5pm EST) at present. The Daedalus leaves around six am local time (8pm EST) and somehow takes about 12 hours to get to Bedlam… meaning a relative velocity of something like 800 miles an hour. Brisbane to NYC is 9,637 the short way, so that math makes a kind of sense, though it isn’t taking into account things like the planet’s own rotational speed, etceteras. This is about the only time in the ENTIRE STORY in which time zones become a problem – if it was a persistent issue, you can bet I’d spend the time required to learn the math I’d need to know to make this scientifically accurate instead of Vaguely Plot Feasible.

Cast

  • Aleksis Murnau

    One of several resident psychotherapists at Bethlehem Medical Centre. A trained psionicist with a specialty in stealth spelunking and event recovery, Murnau can poke around the average mind without raising much of a ruckus....

  • Annathena Val

    BMC Long Term Care patient 6656, Annathena Val (hence Val) is a Cognitive Empath, born with an incredibly rare neurological disorder that arises only under a “perfect storm” of genetic abnormalities – a condition...

Glossary Articles

  • Bethlehem Medical Centre

    Bethlehem Medical Centre (BMC) is a hospital and detention facility located in the first parallel universe attached to Earth (aka “Earth 2.0”). Were it in this universe, the building would be a short drive...

  • Psi-Obs

    The Psionic Observation Ward is located in the most secure part of Bethlehem Medical Centre – Sub-level Three, way in the back. When properly staffed a number of security checkpoints prevent casual access to...

  • Sub-level Three

    Bethlehem Medical Centre Sub-level Three connects Psi-Obs and the secret exit to the Rail Tunnel as well as a number of storage bays and offices to the rest of the facility. It is one...