Tumbling within the wormhole, the
SLIDERS behold in astonishment as
Collin, who had burst on stage at the last possible second at
Worldstock:, and now turned ghostly and transparent, reaches out to brush
finger tips with Mallory. And, in a flash, Collin is solid once again, while
Mallory has fissioned back into Mallory and QUINN!
Deposited from the vortex, Remmy, Dianna, Maggie, Mallory, Quinn and Collin find themselves amid the throngs of a crowded Dominion Hotel lobby, where Remmy, Quinn and Maggie catch site of ARTURO and WADE!
But amid the surging crowds, they all become separated once again. Only to come upon multiple doubles of everyone! For, this is SLIDERCON, the Interdimensional Sliders Convention! And who's got the timer??!
Yes, our heroes have landed in the midst of an Interdimensional Sliders
convention! And since the Chandler isn't big enough, even with overflow to the
Motel-12, the Chandler's capacity has been expanded by using several alternate
For, on each world where the Dominion Hotel is hosting SLIDERCON, there is in operation a special hypersonic/subsonic tone oscillator uniquely effecting the inner ear, allowing attendees, with a little practice, to orient themselves just askew of whichever three dimensional plane they occupy, in order to find their way through the hotel corridors to adjacent planes, facets of the Dominion Hotel, so long as the tone generator is also in operation there as well.
And when our heroes find themselves separated, lost to one another amid the
burgeoning crowds, the fall back plan, as always, is to rendez vous in their
hotel room. But the only rooms available are the cheep ones left over in a run
down alternate Chandler in a neighborhood gone seedy.
And, of course, that will spell trouble!
Wade discovers an automated Sociometry terminal which connects her to
Diana who is at that moment Online via the wireless modem of her Personal
Digital Assistant (the palm top she caries) being matched with exactly the best
and most compatible scientific minds who can help them find their way past the
Slide Cage and reunite with Quinn and Collin's parents.
Remmy even participates in computer intermediated Sociometry in order to get fixed up on a hot date at the hotel dance club.
But, as Arturo hurries to book the last cheap room, so that everyone will be able to regroup according to the standard fall back plan, instead they all run afoul of a series of sly obnoxious diversionary pranks and unending malicious gossip! Even Remmy's hot dance club date is similarly ruined. Indeed, Arturo, blustering and outraged, finding his convention name tag stolen from off his jacket lapel, nearly gets hustled out of the hotel onto the streets of Babylonian America! It is this which affords ZHONA the diversion by which she gains entry to the Dominion Hotel, one step ahead of her violent John. Hotel security then let's loose of Arturo to pursue Zhona, instead, but she disappears into the throngs of convention goers.
Meanwhile, Collin, overhearing the malicious gossip, and ferreting out the conspiratorial abuse, seeks out the assistance of a group calling themselves the
TM, who offer to help orchestrate the
embarrassing exposure of the obnoxious bullies known as the Nouveau-Whipped, so that the Sliders can get
about their business unobstructed. And just in time, because that's just when
Maggie and Mallory finally turn up, ready to kick ass! But Wade calms her down.
Indeed, Maggie is overwhelmed to see Wade again. -Not to mention Arturo!
"Rickman killed you!" blurts out Remmy, arriving on the scene. "Rickman, whoever that is, killed my scheming double who was already terminal from cancer." retorts the Professor. "You left the real me behind!" "At the Assure gate! I always wondered! But Wade. The Chromaggs..." "It wasn't me, Remmy. I was lucky and escaped. They've been cannibalizing my doubles in some gruesome ESP experiment." "We blew up those inhuman Maggs real good." Remmy assures her. "The Maggs and the poor souls who's brains they mutilated."
Later, all crowded into the hotel room, just as Qinn and Mallory turn up, the
explain that the Sliders are targets of
bullying because Sliding has isolated them. And the Relational Bullies,
obnoxious cliquish Sadomasochist Dilettantes known as the Nouveau-Whipped,
resentful of competition and already slipping in control and influence thanks to
the egalitarian interactivity of
computer automated Sociometry, are desperate to keep our
heroes as socially isolated as possible in order to prevent their presence from
exciting any further serious interest in the teachings of Slidology
SLIDERCON from the
world of the Seer where the Sliders had found themselves celebrities of a new
religion founded by a blind psychic visionary dedicated to global redemption via
the promotion of all the positive values exemplified by our heroes in their
Remmy is grateful to Collin and the
TM for saving his hot Dominion Hotel Dance
Club date from disaster. And Quinn wishes they'd had a
TM chapter in his grade school. Quinn would
never have been driven to such desperation as to go after his tormentors with a
base ball bat, and that tragedy might have been averted.
Later, back out amid the convention throngs, JUDY TENUDA is cast as the
TM shill at
SLIDERCON, who helps entrap and
then publicly humiliate the self-serving "protective" Relational Bullies,
the Nouveau-Whipped, typical self
serving appointed chaperones and arbiters of feminine virtue, into her famous and
blisteringly contemptuous "fragile flower" damsel in distress parody, at their
(HEY, it could HAH-ppen!)
But New Age Wade disapproves of
TM, on the grounds that
promises to help lonely and miserable bullies too, non-confrontationally and
without shaming them, by matching them to better
influences, so that they will become happy and productive, and loose interest in
abusive behavior. Indeed, even one of the
TM himself is just such a reformed maladaptive.
In response, Collin argues that the
TM have, after all,
have come together via
Sociometry. -And why, if not to do exactly as
But, surprisingly, Arturo finds himself in agreement with Wade. Sociometricly intermediated interaction should not be anthropomorphized. Arturo rejects the notion that computerized Sociometry actually formulated a plan in creating the
It's simply that compatible people when networked together will tend to act in
concert towards common interests, for good or ill, social evolution then taking it's course.
While, on the other hand, anyone who is allowed to fall through the cracks in any kind of society may well come back to haunt them, in low or high places, birds of a dirty feather likewise flocking together, the abused becoming abusers, except, indeed, in some kind of Utopia.
Arturo then confides in the others his own experiences with Racists during the Civil Rights Struggle, and more particularly, how the police investigation seemed distinctly half-hearted following the Gaybashing of a close college of Arturo's, who actually happened to be straight, into permanent injury, simply because he'd been seen hugging Arturo goodbye in a restaurant where they had gone for dinner with friends. For such are the actions of marginal and disturbed personalities who otherwise won't come out of the woodwork, unless whatever it is that threatens them so, and sets them off, becomes more prevalent in society.
Case in point, computer Sociometric intermediation at SLIDERCON resulted open expression and acceptance such that fill repressed people with jealous rage which they then do tend to act out in just such a destructive and juvenile manner as the SLIDERS have just endured, even if not as overtly violent as the tactics of Racists and Gaybashers, but, likewise, with impunity, just so long as the society and it's authorities still tend to look the other way or simply fail in formulation of any coherent response.
Remmy agrees that he certainly did sense something ugly. Maybe this won't be the end off it. Bigots of what ever stripe just don't quit that easily. And discretion may prove the better part of valor.
In summation, and characteristically, Arturo urges his fellow SLIDERS not to become involved.
Quinn, however, insists that they are already inextricably involved, because backing down to bullies is actually what spurs them on the more.
More over, Quinn has come to a realization that a contributing cause of his father Michael Mallory's death in a car accident on the way to work, when Quinn was eleven, was extreme stress because his father quite suddenly found himself being bullied out of his job by a manipulative sociopath at his work place, a rival for a job promotion! Indeed, Quinn's father. normally a very meticulous individual, was actually obstructed and delayed from routine maintenance on his car by evil gossip and peer pressure, such that he felt uneasy and inhibited from making personal calls from work, even to the auto garage. Otherwise, the steering and breaks which where due for a regular tune up, would have been maintained in tip top peak condition, as was Michael Mallory's customary routine, indeed, which had made the crucial of survival difference on other Earths where he was not bullied and therefore took greater care.
Not surprisingly, the
TM are in full agreement, no less adamant that bullying
is, among so many other evils, reckless endangerment within society.
And so, Quinn and Mallory resolve to follow wily Collin's lead, and stage a quarrel, so that Mallory can pretend to yield to peer pressure, into the orbit of the obnoxious clique, and work with the
TM to turn the tables on them.
Under the guidance of the
TM, Mallory then makes introductions for
Diana the chronic relationship victim, who will be irresistible to the self-enamored
Nouveau-Whipped. Together with Maggie, also Wade -misgivings and all, Diana
pretends to fall under the sway of the Relational bullies in order to infiltrate
their clique and pump the self-absorbed braggarts for information by feigning
Sadistic approval for their petty intrigues! Because, as we all know, Relational
Bullies cannot resist validation by approval seeking enablers. Especially cute
ones leggy ones with cleavage! But hot tempered Maggie's beguiling smile finally breaks,
incensed with righteous indignation. At which point Wade also waffles into an
appeal to universal love and sweet reason.
Too late do the Nouveau-Whipped realize that something is amiss, and discover that Diana's PID is broadcasting their self incrimination over the Dominion Hotel Public Address system! But they vow revenge for the humiliating exposure!
Note: As this is Polynesian America, some part the Civil Code may be derived and updated from Potlatch, a Polynesian ceremony in which accounts are kept up to date, and barter debts squared off.
But Zhona, unsuspecting, has only placed herself in jeopardy, remaining fool enough and full enough of herself to actually believe in her own petty grievance, will slide back into the gutter from whence she came, like unto the shade of Eurydice slipping away down to Hades!
Making their weary way back to the Domion Hotel, our heroes finally have time to articulate nagging and surprising questions about SLIDERCON itself, to whit, how many sliding civilization are there throughout space-time, and just how is SLIDERCON promoted? Or is SLIDERCON just somehow just attractive to wormholes, situated on some manner of interdimensional nexus? And if that be the case, how is SLIDERCON protected or concealed from the the murderous Kromaggs? And, so musing and wondering, our heroes enter the hotel lobby, only to discover, much to their chagrin, Logan St. Claire and Kolitar billed as the key note speakers at SLIDERCON! -and run screaming from the hotel back out onto the streets of yet another alternate world!
In their mad dash, they fail to notice the scene of a hapless pimp bereted by his ho's shrill and overbearing union shop steward. The pimp is a double of Quinn, one of the Nouveau-Whipped, and the union rep is none other than Zhona*...
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