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Meaningful Background Event: During a confrontation between security agents and two of the main characters in a crowded spaceport, some pirates kidnap a random passenger. Tellingly, no one notices, especially not the ubiquitous security.
Steven Ulysses Perhero: Parodied with a cover ID. Daniel gives his name as Martin Gary Stewart only to be met with an incredulous "And I'm Mary Sue Smith." A bit later on, they get the cover IDs "Maria Suzanya Stuvarta" and "Martin Yuri Stuvart."
Sarah: I see what she did there.
Interestingly enough, the names don't work in Russian. Word of God states that a revision will call this out.