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Jeff Sichta
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12/17/2010 8:37 AM
    Just finished "Omega Path", and at the end Kane and Baptiste basically kiss each other on New Year's Eve.  The way is clear to return to their own time, but did they stick around in the early 21st century for awhile? 

    And whatever became of Salvo?  Have they followed up with him in subsequent titles?
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    12/17/2010 4:41 PM
    Well, since it wasn't really "their" 21st century, neither Kane or Brigid saw much point in hanging around. The longer they stayed, the greater the risk of not being able to make the return trip through sidereal space.

    Salvo kinda-sorta reappears in the Lost Earth Saga trilogy, but after that I decided that his part in the OL series was over.
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    12/18/2010 12:25 AM
    Jax2, are you Mark Ellis, then?

    I think I have one or two books in the Lost Earth trilogy; will have to look for Salvo in there. What did happen to him, though?
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    12/18/2010 11:54 AM
    Yep, that's me.

    Since it's been nearly 13 years since Omega Path was published and 14 since I wrote it, there's no reason to play coy about spoilers.

    Salvo was fried in Manhattan on New Year's Eve 2000, like you saw at the conclusion of Omega Path. The Salvos who appear in the Lost Earth trilogy are parallel world versions of the character.

    Salvo was referred to a few times in later books...but not fondly.

    Inasmuch as you're just now getting into the Outlanders series, I should point out that unlike DL (and almost all other series published by Gold Eagle), it had book-to-book continuity, ongoing subplots, as well as character development and growth.

    And unlike DL, the characters even changed their clothes every once in awhile.

    It was not a static series, which admittedly made it difficult for other writers to contribute to it without consulting the creator in order to be kept updated about different details.

    The fact that Milan's OL books ignored ongoing continuity was one reason so many readers didn't like them and I don't consider them canonical.



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    2/15/2011 9:43 PM
    Sorry to be so late in my reply, but offline life intrudes. Thanks for the information you provided, Mark. I now have the Lost Earth trilogy, but am working my way towards it. Gonna be awhile. I can't say that I'll work my way through ALL of the Outlanders series, but thus far I've held onto more of that series than I have the Deathlands series.

    While I read "Exile To Hell" first, the next OL book I read was "Awakenings", so I didn't have a helluva lot of the OL universe knowledge to compare it to. And as a fan of Milan's "Guardians" series, I rather enjoyed "Awakenings"...but with a larger understanding of Outlanders and all of the work that has gone into the continuity of the OL universe, I can sure see why readers might be agitated that said continuity wasn't adhered to.

    Ironically, Victor Milan has expressed similar feelings about the last two "Guardians" books, which he did not write...
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    2/16/2011 7:32 AM
    Posted By Jeff Sichta on 15 Feb 2011 09:43 PM
    Ironically, Victor Milan has expressed similar feelings about the last two "Guardians" books, which he did not write...
    Yeah...but the primary difference is that Milan didn't create the Guardians series.

    For the record, referring to another post you made...I don't recall that the author of or the Guardians series itself was "universally reveiled" in the OL forums.

    What OL fans didn't care for--which is reflected in the reviews--is Milan's careless, thoughtless and often arrogant rewrites of established OL characters and continuity in order to accomodate the thinly-disguised versions of the Guardians.

    His work on the Guardians series wasn't criticized as far as I recollect. 

    Funny-- it was recently brought to my attention that a couple of posts were made  on the Graphic Audio forums where I was criticized for my handling of the Team Phoenix demise in Dark Goddess.

    Apparently Milan had written out his TP/Guardians characters in his last OL contribution, but that manuscript wasn't brought to my attention by the OL editor by the time I turned in Dark Goddess.

    It probably wouldn't have made much difference even if I had known it.
     
    And just guessing...maybe the OL editor found the TP demise scene too damn entertaining to have it either excised or altered.
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    2/18/2011 11:59 PM
    Posted By Jeff Sichta on 15 Feb 2011 09:43 PM
    Sorry to be so late in my reply, but offline life intrudes. Ironically, Victor Milan has expressed similar feelings about the last two "Guardians" books, which he did not write...

    You think he'd have been more sensitive and respectful about doing the same thing to another writer.
    "It's better to have a blaster and not need it than to need it and--" "Oh, spare me," Brigid said irritably. (Kane and Brigid Baptiste from Armageddon Axis)
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