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When high school freshman Michael Gurrick's father is killed by supervillains, he takes up his father's supersuit and seeks justice (or will it be vengeance?) against his father's killers. (e)

1947

     The year that the Nova Genesis alternate history branched from ours.

1947A

     See Supernova 1947A.

Acme Pest Control

     The name of the company on the side of the Dispenser's Mobile Command Center.

Aegis Team

     A team of superheroes consisting of the Dispenser, Lady Lightning, Silver Archer, and Tsunami. It broke up in 1974 after the death of Lady Lightning.

Agent Psmith

     A famous psionic secret agent movie character.

AI

     An acronym for artificial intelligence.

alien

     Alien Someone or something not descended from Earth life.

American Super Football League (ASFL)

     A football league whose players are supers or near-supers.

android

     Android A robot with a humanoid shape.

Android Assassins vs. Kung Fu Clones

     A board game involving the invasion of a computer controlled fortress by martial arts clones.

angel-wire projector

     Angel-wire projector One of the Dispenser's weapons based on mono-molecular wire.

antigravity

     Antigravity Galactitech that negates gravity.

Aqua Dome

     A Galacticity concert venue, partially submerged in Lake Michigan.

Archer

     The Archer the Archer See Silver Archer.

Arcobaleno Rex

     A super known for his garish costume.

arcology

     A self-contained city.

Arcology

     The Galactics' arcology, or self-contained city, dropped into southern Lake Michigan in 1948.

artificial intelligence (AI)

     Artificial intelligence An artificial intelligence, or AI, is machine or computer based intelligence approaching or surpassing human intelligence.

ASFL

     An acronym for the American Super Football League.

Astral Agent

     A member of the Astral Agents superhero group sponsored by the Galactics. Every Astral Agent has an Astral Orb through which the Agent derives his or her powers.

Astral Orb (or Orb)

     A Galactitech device issued/used by Astral Agents.

Atomic Jack's

     A restaurant in Galacticity.

Backslash

     A supervillain.

balloon-grenade

     Balloon-grenade One of the Dispenser's weapons.

Bang Galore

     A cyborg supervillain. She is a member of the Demolition Squad.

Baron Atom

     A supervillain.

Bayside

     A fusion-based electrical power plant run by Galacticity Metro Edison. Located in Southshore.

Black Lagoon Dojo The Black Lagoon Dojo is a martial arts training facility run by A.J. Fox. It is located in Galacticity not far from Lake Michigan. Blowback

     A supervillain.

booger-bomb

     Booger-bomb One of the Dispenser's weapons.

Brain Trust, The

     A superhero. Member of the Galacticity Nova League.

brick

     Brick Bricks bricks Superslang for a super who is tough and strong.

British Ballistics

     A UK-based international transportation company.

Cape and Banter Improv

     A comedy improvisation troop based in Galacticity.

cape tugger

     Cape tugger Superslang for superhero fan.

Captain Fusion

     A superhero.

Centurion High School (CHS) Template:Centurion High School Cerberus Defense Systems

     One of Doc Styx's many corporations.

Chainsaw

     A cyborg supervillain. He is a member of the Demolition Squad.

Charon Aerospace

     One of Doc Styx's many corporations.

chimera

     Chimera An animal or plant that is a genetically mixed with another species of animal or plant.

CHS

     An acronym for Centurion High School.

Cold fusion

     Cold-fusion Fusion that doesn't produce significant quantities of neutrons.

Cosmic Bowling (tm)

     Cosmic Bowling A kind of bowling similar to bumper bowling, but much more interactive. Reminiscent of old-style pinball.

Cosmic Bowling Station

     A bowling alley in the suburbs of Galacticity. Known for its kid-friendly Cosmic Bowling.

Cowl, The

     The Cowl the Cowl A bar notorious for catering to low-powered superheroes and supervillains.

Crash-Foam (tm)

     Crash-Foam A rapidly expanding foam that absorbs kinetic energy.

cryocapsule

     Cryocapsule A freezer container, usually used to store dead bodies or live ones in suspended animation.

cyber

     Cyber Of or pertaining to computers.

Cyber City

     A company that sells mass-market versions of superhero gear and gadgets, such as exoskeletons.

Cyberion

     A retired superhero.

cyborg

     Cyborg A human-machine combination.

Demolition Squad (The Squad) The Demolition Squad is a supervillain team composed of the four cyborgs: Bang Galore, Chainsaw, Dragline, and Wreckingbar. The were created by Doctor M in 1963 effectively making them Second Generation. Dispenser, The

     The Dispenser the Dispenser Dispenser A superhero. He is a member of the Nova League. Former member of the Aegis Team.

Doc

     Short for Doc Styx.

Doc Styx

     Doc Styx, sometimes referred to simply as Doc, is a superhero and sole owner of Styx Enterprises. He is a founding member of the Nova League.

Doctor M A supervillain. He is the most notorious nemesis of the Nova League. Doctor M's Robotic Horde

     An army of robots created and controlled by Doctor M.

doppelgänger

     Doppelgänger Doppelgängers doppelgängers Doppelganger doppelganger Doppelgangers doppelgangers A duplicate of someone. May be a shapeshifter or a construct.

Dragline

     A cyborg supervillain. She is a member of the Demolition Squad.

Dragon's Teeth

     A code name for one of the Dispenser's defensive systems.

Dungeon Inglorious

     The role-playing dungeon run by Max, a friend of Michael, Penny, and Kim.

Earth-Firster

     A radical group seeking to oust the Galactics and return Earth to the humans.

Earth-tech

     Technology whose lineage does not include Galactitech.

Electrode

     A supervillain.

EMP

     An acronym for 'electromagnetic pulse'.

Enhanced ERA

     An amendment to the U.S. Constitution ensuring that all sentient citizens of the U.S. have equal rights.

Exoskeleton (X-K)

     Exoskeleton Exoskeletons exoskeletons An external, power assisted skeleton. Exoskeletons are used to enhance an individual's strength, or allow someone to walk that would otherwise be wheelchair bound.

Family Protective Division (FPD)

     A subdivision of the U.S. Government Secret Services, charged with protecting the spouses and children of superheroes.

First Bank of Terra

     A bank established after the arrival of the Galactics.

First Generation

     Superheroes born with powers or created directly after Supernova 1947A.

FPD

     An acronym for Family Protective Division.

G.I.D.

     An acronym for a Galactics' ID. A Galactitech identification system, mostly used by superheroes to ensure their identity is not used by someone else.

Gadgeteer

     A UPCS classification.

Galactic

     An alien. Less frequently, someone with Galactic Citizenship.

Galactic Bounty Hunter 4 (tm)

     Galactic Bounty Hunter Galactic Bounty Hunter 4 A computer game.

Galactic Citizen

     An alien or human with Galactic Citizenship.

Galactic Citizenship

     The status of a citizen of the galaxy. Some supers have become Galactic Citizens in order to cut their ties with Earth governments.

Galactic Sentinel

     A Galactic and superhero. Arrived on Earth in 1947.

Galacticity (GC) Galacticity, or GC, is a city on the south eastern shores of Lake Michigan, established in 1948 shortly after the arrival of the Galactics' Arcology. Galacticity Library

     See Galacticity Nova Genesis Memorial Library.

Galacticity Metro Edison (GCME)

     The primary (electrical) power production company in Galacticity.

Galacticity Nova Genesis Memorial Library

     Galacticity's main library.

Galactics

     Galactic The galaxy spanning culture composed of a diverse collection of aliens.

Galactitech Technology from the Galactics. GC

     An abbreviation for Galacticity.

GCME

     An acronym for Galacticity Metro Edison.

GCTV

     An acronym for Galacticity Television.

Genetics, Transgenetics, and Molecular Research

     A journal.

GME

     An acronym for Galacticity Metro Edison.

Graviton

     A supervillain, best known for his hijacking of the entire United Nations building, which he placed in Earth orbit while he held everyone inside hostage.

Heroes Weekly

     A magazine.

Heroic Relations

     A public relations firm specializing in superhero PR.

Hijacking, The

     The Hijacking the Hijacking The the simultaneous hijacking of every major commercial aircraft in the world by Doctor M in 1970 that killed the demand for commercial flights.

HUD

     An acronym for Heads Up Display.

hypernaut

     Hypernaut A super who has the power of speed.

hypersense

     A supersense.

I Am Legion

     A blog.

IBS

     An acronym for International Ballistic Shipping.

Ice Fall

     The rain of comet ice containing the Galactics' repair nanites.

IFF

     An acronym for Identify Friend or Foe.

International Ballistic Shipping (IBS)

     A global shipping company.

inTouch (tm)

     inTouch A popular model of cell phone with touch screen.

Iodine

     A supervillain. She is currently incarcerated.

JASON

     An acronym for Joint Authentication Superidentification Open Net.

jetpack

     Jetpack A strap-on rocket backpack.

Jetstream

     A superhero.

JFK High School

     A Galacticity high school.

Joint Authentication Superidentification Open Net (JASON)

     An open standards identification system. It can interface with the G.I.D.

kata

     Kata A specific series of martial arts moves.

Kill Switch

     A supervillain. He assassinated President John F. Kennedy in 1963.

Kinethis

     A psionic superhero with telekinetic powers. He is a member of the Nova League.

Kingfisher

     A supervillain.

Kissing Creek

     A teen lovers' lane used by CHS students.

Lady Lightning

     A superhero. Former member of the Aegis Team. Deceased.

League, The

     The League the League Short for Nova League.

Lensark

     A psionic superhero.

Leviathan-bot

     A water-going member of Doctor M's Robotic Hordes.

levitate

     To rise vertically or float in one location via telekinesis. A psionic power.

Light Fantastic

     A superhero.

linear accelerator

     Linear accelerator A device that accelerates objects down a set of rails via electromagnetics.

Magician, The

     The Magician the Magician A superhero. He is a member of the Nova League.

Magnetic Mistress

     A superhero.

Mallet, The

     The Mallet the Mallet A minor supervillain.

Man in Black

     One of the Men in Black.

Mars Wars

     A series of fantasy movies. The first, called Mars Wars, came out in 1977. It's darker, edgier sequel was released in 1983.

Master Mind

     A UPCS classification.

MCC

     An acronym for Mobile Command Center.

Megabot

     A giant robot member of Doctor M's Robotic Hordes.

Men in Black

     Agents of the U.S. government.

micro-mesh

     Micro-mesh A kind of armor composed of an extremely fine, extremely tough wire.

Mind Fire

     A psionic superhero.

Mindspike

     A psionic supervillain.

Mobile Command Center (MCC)

     Mobile command center Mobile Command Center A mobile command center, or MCC, is a communications and control hub installed in a vehicle.

Mobile Powers Containment Vehicle

     A Mobile Powers Containment Vehicle, or MPCV, is a vehicle designed to transport supers.

molecular edge

     Molecular edge An edge a single molecule thick, thus extremely sharp.

monomolecular wire

     Monomolecular wire Mono-molecular wire mono-molecular wire A single molecular strand, extremely strong, and capable of cutting through extremely tough substances.

MPCV

     Acronym for Mobile Powers Containment Vehicle.

mutant

     Mutant Mutants mutants A human or animal with altered genetics.

nannite

     Nannite nannites Nanite nanites The smallest unit of nanotechnology capable of independent action.

nanoborg

     Nanoborg nanoborgs A cyborg created by Galactitech nanites. As with nearly all macro-scaled powered Galactitech, nanoborgs use v-taps for energy.

nanotech

     Nanotech Short for nanotechnology.

Neutrino

     A superhero. She is a member of the Nova League.

Nexus War

     A board game of strategic maneuvering and tactical spaceship combat.

Nova Day

     February 3rd, the day commemorating Supernova 1947A.

Nova Genesis

     A term used to refer to February 3rd, 1947, when Supernova 1947A impinged on Earth, or the milieu that followed.

Nova Genesis Day

     February 3rd, the day commemorating Supernova 1947A.

Nova Genesis Memorial Plaza (Nova Genesis Plaza)

     One of Galacticity's main plazas.

Nova Genesis Plaza

     See Nova Genesis Memorial Plaza.

Nova League (The League)

     The largest and most prominent superhero group on Earth. It operates predominantly in North America and its main headquarters are in Galacticity.

Nova League Tower

     The main headquarters of the Nova League.

nunchaku

     Nunchaku A weapon based on the Japanese rice flail. Two short pieces of wood or metal attached together by a short length of rope or chain. More of a danger to the wielder than the target for the untrained.

Orb

     Short for Astral Orb.

Orpheus Information Systems (Orpheus IS)

     One of Doc Styx's corporations.

Orpheus IS

     Short for Orpheus Information Systems.

PICSEA

     An acronym for Powers Investigation, Control, and Security Enforcement Agency.

PICSID

     The PICSEA version of super identification. PICSID is an acronym for Powers Investigation, Control, and Security Identifier.

pixie

     Pixie A derogatory, superslang term for a member of PICSEA, or Powers Investigation, Control, and Security Enforcement Agency.

pneumatic-pogo

     Pneumatic-pogo A fire pole--like device that is a one-man elevator.

Popular Superscience

     A magazine about the superscientists, their experiments, and gear.

power

     Power Powers powers A super ability or characteristic. Typically derived from a mutation, cyborg enhancement, Galactitech, or a great of deal of training.

power armor

     Power armor A sealed suit of armor incorporating strength augmentation.

Power Registration Act

     An early attempt to force all supers to register with the U.S. government.

power tap

     A Galactitech device for diverting and/or storing energy generated via a v-tap.

Powered Detention Center

     A prison for supers.

Powers Investigation, Control, and Security Enforcement Agency (PICSEA)

     An arm of the U.S. government responsible for monitoring and tracking supers as well as peforming various law enforcement duties related to supers.

Powers Oversight Committee

     A U.S. Senate committee focused on supers.

Proxima Drive

     The street that Michael and Penny live on. It's located in the suburbs east of Galacticity.

Pscreamer

     A psionic supervillain.

psi-scope

     A device for measuring psionic abilities.

Psicorp

     A corporation that manufactures psionic related gear.

psionic

     Psionic Psionics psionics A mental power or ability.

psionotropic

     Psionotropic An active response to psionic energies. For example, some psionotropic materials glow in the presence of psionic activity.

purple piss

     Superslang for a useless power.

Ragnarok City

     A board game involving an AI-controlled supertank, the Ragnorak Machine, attacking a heavily defended city.

Ragnarok Machine

     An AI supertank unit from the board game Ragnarok City.

retch gas

     One of the Dispenser's weapons.

Robotic Horde

     Short for Doctor M's Robotic Hordes.

Roswell

     A town in New Mexico where the first recorded contact between Earth humans and Galactics occurred shortly after Supernova 1947A.

Rust Never Sleeps

     A code name for one of the Dispenser's weapons.

S3PI

     An acronym for Supplemental Strategic Super Powers Initiative.

SCU

     An acronym for Supers Crime Unit.

shapeshifter

     Shapeshifter Shapeshifters shapeshifters Someone who can alter his or her appearance.

Shield, The

     The Shield the Shield The system constructed by the Galactics to block the Earth from the effects of Supernova 1947A.

Silhouette and Supersuit Recognition Agent

     A computer program capable of matching a silhouette or supersuit to a database in order to identify the super. Similar to face recognition software.

Silver Archer (The Archer)

     A superhero and member of the Nova League. Former member of the Aegis Team. She is a brick.

SimOlympus (tm)

     SimOlympus A computer game.

smartmask

     Smartmask An advanced form of mask capable of, among other things, mimicking the facial movements of the wearer.

SNN

     An acronym for Superhero News Network.

Sociological Impact of Supernova 1947A, The

     A non-fiction book by Dr. Jane Myers about the effects on society and culture of Supernova 1947A and the arrival of the Galactics.

Southshore

     An industrial section of Galacticity.

Spungi (tm)

     Spungi A spongy material used to make toys.

spy-ray

     Spy-ray Spy-rays spy-rays A terahertz-based scanner capable of penetrating many opaque substances.

spycam

     Spycam Spycams spycams A spy camera.

Squad, The

     The Squad the Squad Short for the Demolition Squad.

star wisp

     A kind of Galactics starship.

StarNet

     The Galactics' interstellar communication network.

Strong Man (tm)

     Strong Man A line of exoskeletons sold by Cyber City.

Styx Enterprises

     The top level Doc Styx corporation.

super

     Super Supers supers Someone with powers.

super-ID

     Super-ID Short for superidentity.

superhero

     Superhero Superheroes superheroes Someone with powers who fights crime.

Superhero News Network (SNN)

     A cable TV news channel that focuses on the superhero world.

Superhero Vigilante Act (SVA)

     A law enacted by U.S. congress to give, among other things, the legal basis for superhero crime fighting independent of the local police.

superhuman

     Superhuman Superhumans superhumans A human with superpowers.

Superidentity (super-ID)

     Superidentity Superindenties superidentities The persona, including supersuit, of a super. Legally recognized to be independent of any secret identity.

Supernova 1947A

     The first supernova of 1947, whose wavefront reached Earth on February 3rd, 1947, and the event that branched the Nova Genesis alternate history from ours. 1947A occurred close enough to Earth to destroy all life, but due to the intervention of the Galactics, life on Earth was saved.

Superpeople

     A magazine focused on gossip about superheroes and supervillains.

superpower

     Superpower Superpowers superpowers A power or ability not normally enjoyed by a human.

Supers Crime Unit (SCU)

     An arm of law enforcement equipped and/or enable to operate against supers. Similar to SWAT.

Supers Registry

     A list of supers and their known powers. Maintained by the Nova League.

superscientist

     Superscientist Superscientists superscientists A scientist whose scientific abilities, at least in part, derive from their superpower.

superslang

     Superslang Slang used by or about supers.

supersuit

     Supersuit The "costume" worn by a super. Also known as superwear.

supervillain

     Supervillain Supervillains supervillains Someone with superpowers who commits crimes.

superwear

     Superwear Another term for supersuit.

Supplemental Strategic Super Powers Initiative (S3PI)

     An initiative to recruit and use supers for the strategic defense of the U.S. and NATO.

surujin

     Surujin A weapon consisting of two weights separated by a length of rope or chain.

SVA

     An acronym for Supers Vigilante Act.

syntheskin

     Syntheskin A synthetic skin, commonly used in medical applications.

Tantalus Microdevices

     One of Doc Styx's corporations.

telekinesis

     Telekinesis Telekinesis, or TK, is the ability to move things with your mind. A psionic power.

telekinetic

     Telekinetic Someone who has the power of telekinesis. A psionic power.

telepath

     Telepath Someone who has the power of telepathy.

telepathy

     Telepahty The ability to read minds. A psionic power.

Telepathy blockers

     Telepath-blockers A drug that blocks telepathic powers.

teleport

     Teleport The ability to shift from one location to another without moving through the intervening space. A psionic power.

Things in the Saucer Tomb, The

     A board game involving the exploration of a downed flying saucer in the Antarctic.

Titan, The

     The Titan the Titan Usually short for Titanium Titan.

Titanium Titan (The Titan)

     A superhero and member of the Nova League. He is classified as a Tool Master under the UPCS.

TK

     An abbreviation for telekinesis.

Tool Master

     A UPCS classification.

Tough Guy (tm)

     Tough Guy The brand name of a type of armor sold by Cyber City.

transgenetic

     Transgenetic Transgenetics transgenetics Genetics that span species or are artificial in origin.

Transgenetica

     A scientific journal specializing in transgenetics.

transit pod

     Transit pod A small, automated vehicle running on rails. Part of the mass transit system in Galacticity.

Tsunami

     A superhero. He is a former member of the Aegis Team. Retired.

Turbocharger

     A hypernaut superhero. Deceased.

Übermind

     A psionic supervillain.

Unified Powers Classification System (UPCS)

     A system established by the U.S. government to classify supers.

UPCS

     An acronym for Unified Powers Classification System.

V-tap (vacuum-tap)

     Galatitech that makes the universal vacuum energy available for use. A powerful energy source used by nanoborgs and most other macro-scale Galatitech devices that require power.

Vermillion

     A superhero. She is an Astral Agent.

vocoder

     Vocoder An electronic voice transformation system. Often used to disguise a person's voice.

wake-me-up

     Wake-me-up A drug, similar in effect to a combination of caffein and adrenalin.

White Whirlwind

     A retired superhero. He founded a very successful cleaning supplies company after retirement.

Witness

     A member of a group (some would argue a religious in nature) that considers the Galactics saviors of the human race and Earth who should be treated with the utmost respect.

Wolverine Dispatch and Security Services

     A security and transport company operating in Galacticity.

Wreckingbar

     A cyborg supervillain. He is the leader of the Demolition Squad.

X-K

     Abbreviation for exoskeleton.

Zircon Man

     A superhero. He works for Wolverine Dispatch and Security Services.

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