Port Eternity Author:C. J. Cherryh The Maid of Astolat, a sleek, exquisitely beautiful luxury ship is owned by the rich and slightly spoiled Dela Kirn. For Dela, The Maid is a plaything, but for the tight-knit family of androids who run and serve on her, The Maid is a beloved home. In order to live out her fantasy of a medieval Lady and her court, Dela has named the androids afte... more »r characters in Tennyson's great epic of King Aurthur and the Round Table, The Idylls of the King; Elaine, the beautiful loyal maid; Vivian, the efficient keeper of the accounts; the handsome Lancelot, programmed to love Dela, and fated to wait out each of her habitually short affairs before he is called upon for comfort; and Percival, Lynette, Gawain and Mordred, the reliable crew of the ship.
From the very start of the trip, Elaine and the rest of the servants sense that something is wrong. Griffin, Dela's new lover, seems to be more than the usual mindless gigolo--he has brains, financial connections, and most importantly, seems to command from Dela a feeling none of them has ever seen in her before. They fear that she might even plan on marrying Griffin-and then, what would become of them? Especially Lancelot?
Into the already tense atmosphere on The Maid suddenly rips genuine crisis. Unexpectedly, the ship is jerked by a malfunction into jumpspace......« less