I’ve always loved mythology, especially Greek myths—regarding them, I suppose, as just another form of fantasy. So it came as no surprise to me as I was writing the first draft of Judgment on Tartarus that the Malkis/Rona storyline was following along the line of the Hades/Persephone myth. If you aren’t familiar with that story you should look it up—or simply read Judgment and you’ll get the drift.

My love of Greek myths heavily influenced the names of the planets I used. Aside from Earth, the planets that comprise the Interplanet Compact are: Eris, Cythera, and Tartarus. Eris, of course, is aptly named for the Greek god of discord; Eris is a planet where tribal factions are still at war. Cytherea was named for the Greek goddess of love and beauty ( also known as Aphrodite.) That planet is pristine, exquisitely beautiful, but hedonistic. Its inhabitants tend to be laid back and have a “what! me worry?” attitude.

Tartarus—well, let’s put it this way—Tartarus is like no other place in my “known-Galaxy”. Named after the ancient Greeks’ lower depth of Hell, Erebus being the first Hell, the planet is a hellish nightmare: cold, dark, its barren surface subject to near-constant ice storms. And its twin moons were dubbed Erebus and Cerberus by early Terran explorers. ( Cerberus was the three-headed dog that guards the gate to Hell.)

And if you’ve already read Book 2: True Son of Tartarus, you no doubt recognized that one of the ships in the ISS Fleet is named Persephone. Some other ship names are taken from Norse mythology.And so it goes.

All for now,