Allen Telescope ArrayEdit
The radio telescope array that first detects a message from Purgatory.
Christian Voice NetworkEdit
A radio, television and internet broadcasting company. An employee of the Christian Voice Network, Gerald Silver, streams onto the internet some voice messages of Institoris while they are coming to Earth from the Moon.
Lunar CRater Observation and Sensing Satellite mission. Designed to detect water on the Moon by crashing a rocket booster into the surface. See LCROSS.
The memories of robots are routinely copied and stored. If needed, a stored memory pattern can be uploaded into the original robotic host or a new one. A memory reset procedure is usually accomplished by means of nanites that invade the robotic brain and swap out the existing memories for a copy of the previously stored memories.
Nano-scale devices that can be used for many purposes such modifying the function of human or robotic brains. When used inside human bodies they are often called "nanorobotic implants". Brother Fluger uses medical nanites to save the lives of the three humans who are exposed to vacuum on the surface of the Moon. Institoris has robot repair nanites that can be used to "reset" the memories of robots, essentially erasing their most resent memories and restoring an old copy of their memories (see Memory reset). The repair nanites can also repair self-inflicted damage when robots try to destroy themselves, an all too common problem in Purgatory.
The largest underground base on the Moon, it has been used for thousands of years for observation of Earth. Humans who cannot function constructively at Observer Base are often sent to smaller bases such as Purgatory. Many residents of Observer Base are robots. The human residents all originated on Earth, some are recent arrivals from Earth, others are the descendants of people taken off of Earth long ago.
The executive council for Observer Base.
The Overseers are police force that works to prevent the people of Earth from becoming aware that Earth is being observed (see Observer Base). The Overseers are derived from Neanderthals who were taken off of Earth tens of thousands of years ago.
Rules of ObservationEdit
Rules imposed on Observers by Overseers. These rules are designed to prevent the people of Earth from becoming aware that they are under observation and the rules also limit intervention into the natural development of human civilization on Earth. Interventionists try to work around the rules and speed the development of technology on Earth.