Monday March 24, 2003
Book 3: Under New Management — Part I: The REALLY Clever Monkeys
Jevee repeatedly uses the phrase "Tinth-Philkra" to refer to both the data she is looking for and the star system where it may be found. Depending on your perspective, this is either incorrect or prophetic. You see, it's the Philkra system -- "Tinth" refers to a class of massive space-station in that system. The fact that a very infamous piece of whistle-blowing 'historical' commentary (the source of which Jevee and the Toughs are trying to track down) seemed to originate from Tinth III in the Philkra system, and was subsequently named "The Tinth-Philkra Dialogues" led most folks to assume that the name of the system was actually "Tinth-Philkra." Eventually the new name stuck.

Of course, it took years for the new name to stick, so Jevee is either way ahead of the curve on nomenclatural error, or she can see into the future and has decided to drop some hints as to how it'll turn out.

(Now you know that the star system survives our heroes' upcoming adventures in it. Sorry to spoil the ending.)


Jevee Ceeta: Lovely. We can probably get our hands on the tinth-philkra logs, but we don't have the expertise to use them.
Jevee Ceeta: There will be enormous amounts of data sift through, a relevance matrix to build, and conclusions to draw.
Ennesby: Sounds like a job for an A.I., Colonel.
Jevee Ceeta: Ship A.I.s like yourself are not wired right for sensitive work like this.
Ennesby: first of all, I'm smarter than any of your usual ship A.I.s
Ennesby: And secondly, if you think I'm not sensitive enough, perhaps you'd like me to try being careless while I'm piloting your sorry sack of tainted fluids across the galaxy.
Tagon: Colonel, please don't upset our ride.