Here is a taste of the characters I am writing about:
1938. We are at a cocktail party.
Allow me to introduce the young woman with blonde hair and startling pale grey eyes. This is Helen – she hasn’t been born yet. She will be the child of Mark, that kind-looking man over there talking to his friend. Oh yes, his friend Hugo is about to experience a doomed love affair with an alien woman who eats silver. There she is, the short young lady... but I digress.
Look across at the tall, Scandinavian-looking man who is watching Helen’s every move. That is Garamond, he is from the dead planet Illandra. He will find Helen in the future.
If you look over through that doorway, you will see the purple view of his home. Be careful as you walk past the mirror: Lily is watching you.
Steady as you go, Tobias is turning the ship so that we have a fine view of Earth. Oh I am sorry, did you think that you were on Earth?