Volume I: Beyond the Hidden Sky
Family dynamics: How sibling quarrels can produce dire consequences, i.e. be careful what you wish for.
Right-brain or left-brain, logic versus intuition and its affect on learning style and communications.
Consequences of impulsive behavior.
Assumptions can bring considerable risks when not backed by facts.
Being responsible for one's choices as well as their affect on others.
Basics of Kepler's Laws of orbital dynamics and Newton's Laws of motion.
Einstein's Special and General Relativity theories and their application to space travel including time dilation and theory behind warp drive technology.
Effects of zero gravity, need for countermeasures to maintain physical strength.
Metaphysical speculations, e.g. thoughts become things, consciousness' effects on reality, telepathy.
Chapters 1 - 2
1. Creena and Dirck clearly don't get along. What are their basic differences?
Creena is driven by feelings, emotion and intuition while Dirck prides himself on being logical. Is one approach better than the other? Why?
2. Creena is upset and frustrated by the conditions onboard the Aquarius. There is no privacy which is part of the problem but in addition the technology on Mira III helped mitigate feelings through "holographix" which offered soothing colors and sounds as well as other environmental effects to keep people calm. Do you think that such technologies would help control emotions? What is the difference between controlling and suppressing?
3. Creena wants to get away from everyone. Some individuals need solitude to "recharge" and others seek out friends or activities. Which one are you?
4. What was the first mistake that Creena made? Did she know it was wrong? How did she rationalize her decision? When you have to talk yourself into doing something is it usually right or wrong? How much was driven by logic and how much by emotion?
5. Once inside the escape pod did she immediately know what it was? Why not? It looked like a mini-learning module. What additional mistakes did she make? What had her father told her that would have kept her from activating the pod if she had followed his advice?
6. The INTEGRATOR notes that "Mirans were so very easy to deceive." Why?
They are predictable in their actions.
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