Far From Home
Larry Maple’s childhood was dominated by neglect. His mother left early on, unable to deal with the strain of raising a child. His father, Professor Maple, was often away on the supranatural talk show circuit, promoting his latest Xenology book. Left to his own devices and starved for affection, Larry grew into a troubled young man.
When his father was granted permission to travel to Rama aboard the Santa Maria, Larry thought he would be free, until one of his father’s colleagues reminded the absent-minded Professor that Larry would also need a seat. Larry’s temperament has gotten much worse since learning that he was going to be sent far away from everything he’s ever known, his only link to his old life his father.
To complicate matters, in the crash Larry’s father received severe head wounds, which several days later he succumbed to.