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The twelve Speakers who made up the Executive Council of the Second Foundation. (13-7-24)
Tanto, Marlo
Supposedly a Trantorian news journalist, actually an agent provocateur for the Imperial security forces. (8-15-73,74)
Tarki, Lem
Foundation Action Party activist. (10-III-4)
Tazenda
Oligarchy of 27 inhabited planets. Not advanced scientifically, strictly neutral, and unambitious, Tazenda was chosen by the Second Foundation as the the first of the decoy locations to present to the Mule as their own, and was destroyed by the Mule's forces in consequence. (12-I-2,6)
Tech-man
Member of a hereditary caste of atomic power-plant supervisors. Their knowledge of the systems they tended was purely empirical. (10-V-10,11,12)
Tennar, Dugal
General in the Imperial forces, and head of the military junta which took power after the assassination of Cleon I. Originally from Mandanov, his desire to become Emperor led to his seeking advice from Hari Seldon. Seldon's recommendation that the tax system be simplified led to the introduction of the poll tax which was a large factor in the fall of his government shortly afterwards. (9-III-12,16,17)
Terens, Myrlyn
Native of Florina who, while employed in the Sarkite Civil Service, first interviewed the agent of the Interstellar Spatio-analytic Bureau later known as Rik on his arrival on Sark with the discovery that Florina's destruction was imminent. With an almost equal hatred of Florina's Sarkite overlords and distrust of an expansionist Trantorian Empire, he psychic-probed Rik and became Townman of a Florinian mill town in an attempt to play the competing interests of Sark and Trantor against one another and gain independence for Florina. Eventually he was forced to side with Trantor, and was employed by them to supervise the subsequent evacuation of Florina. (5)
Terminus
Isolated planet of the Periphery, between Anacreon and Smyrno, 50 light years outside the Province of Anacreon and 50,000 parsecs from Trantor. Predominantly oceanic, with 10,000 inhabited islands, and with relatively fertile soils but poorly-endowed with minerals, especially iron, copper and aluminium, it had been identified and named by explorers but never settled because of its remoteness.
It was rediscovered by the staff of the Galactic Library at the request of Hari Seldon, ostensibly as a suitable location for his Encyclopedia Galactica project, in reality as a world where the Foundation could work unmolested by the dying Empire while having ample opportunity to extend their own political and economic influence as the beginnings of a Second Empire. (9-IV-2; 10-II etc.; 13-4-16)
Thallos
Stettin's predecessor as First Citizen of Kalgan. (12-II-13)
Thalus, Emmer
Sergeant of Wye's security forces, who escorted Hari Seldon, Dors Venabili and Raych to Wye after they had fled the attentions of the Dahl police. Killed by Rashelle after he had refused to follow her order to kill Seldon. (8-17,18)
Thoobing, Littoral
Foundation politician capable enough to have been appointed Ambassador to Sayshell in exchange for not contesting the mayoralty with Harla Branno. He was fifty-four, and had held the post for seven years, at the time of the Gaian crisis, when he attempted, unsuccesfully, to point out to Liono Kodell that a military move against Sayshell would be likely to result in rebellion elsewhere and the disintegration of the Foundation Federation. (13-16-67)
Thool, Altim
Solarian doctor, and father of Gladia Delmarre. (2-7,17)
Thornbowe, Elizabeth
One-time friend of Jessie Baley. (1-14)
Three Mile Island
Location of the historical incident which turned Earth's public opinion against power from nuclear fission, and where Kelden Amadiro and Levular Mandamus made their base of operations during their plan to make Earth become radioactive. (4-V-18-88)
Time, Metric
See Metric Time.
Time Vault
Device on Terminus consisting of a simulacrum of Hari Seldon which operated at times of uncertainty (Seldon Crises) to explain something of the nature of the problem. The Time Vault was only "wrong" once, after the fifth Seldon Crisis, when the anticipated events were subsumed by the overrunning of the Foundation by the Mule's forces. Only the first, second, fifth and eighth operations of the Time Vault are described in any detail. (9-V; 10-II-7,III-9; 11-II-15,18; 13-1-1)
Tinter
Lieutenant on Hober Mallow's Far Star. (10-V-4)
Tippellum
Junior officer in the Foundation navy during the war with Kalgan. (12-II-19)
Tireless
Tyranni ship. (6-11)
Tisalver, Casilia
Jirad Tisalver's wife. (8-13-31)
Tisalver, Jirad
Man of Dahl, employed as a programmer at the local holovision station, and host to Hari Seldon and Dors Venabili during their stay in Dahl. (8-13-31)
Tithonus
The larger of Aurora's two satellites. Tithonus II was the smaller. (3-19-83)
Tobin, Jack
Colleague of Elijah Baley at New York's police department. (1-7)
Townman
Native governor of Florina, educated on and appointed by Sark, whose job was to keep Florina's milltowns quiet and up to quota. Despite being better-educated than most Sarkites, the Townmen had little power and, like members of the Sarkite Civil Service, were not allowed to have children to keep the Florinian gene-pool weak. (5)
Trans-Nebular Kingdoms
See Nebular Kingdoms.
Trantor
Planet in the inner subring of the spiral arms of the Galaxy, and as close to the Galaxy's centre as a habitable system could be. In the space of five hundred years, Trantor grew from the Trantorian Republic of five worlds, through Trantorian Confederation and Trantorian Empire, to become the administrative centre of the Galactic Empire, at its peak its 75 million square miles (200 million square kilometres) of surface were, apart from the 100 square miles (250 square kilometres) of the grounds of the Imperial Palace and Galactic Library and University, totally urbanized into some 800 domed sectors with varying degrees of autonomy from the Imperium and containing some 40 billion people.
Although some indigenous flora and fauna could be found outside the domes, it was more practical to grow food inside, and although the planet's seas were fished, luxury foods had to be imported. About half of Trantor's energy needs were met by the heatsinks, where the internal heat of the planet was converted into electricity, with the other half coming from orbiting solar power stations, island-based fusion stations, microfusion motors and wind-stations.
By the time Trantor had reached its peak the Galactic Empire was already in irreversible decline, and when Hari Seldon arrived for the Decennial Convention its population had been diminishing for some time, and its society was so complex and fragile that the Imperial Government could keep control only by encouraging just enough suspicion and factional fighting among its people to avoid rebellion on the one hand and anarchy on the other.
While the psychohistorians of the Second Foundation, hidden in the Galactic University and Library complex, successfully defended their grounds during the Great Sack, they could make no attempt to save the rest of Trantor without jeopardising their own existence. By 250 years after the Great Sack, Trantor was, apart from the Second Foundation, a sparsely-settled world of self-sufficient farmers who made up, in part, for the infertile soil by selling metal stripped from the ruined cities. (5-6; 8; 9; 10-I; 11-I-9,II-23; 12-II-18; 13-5,7,8,10)
Trevize, Golan
At one time a Lieutenant in the Foundation Navy, elected to Terminus City Council as a result of a political crisis over the location of the Foundation's capital. By then the Second Foundation Observer Munn Li Compor had already noted Trevize's unusual intuitive abilities and cultivated his friendship. Trevize was thirty-two when, as a result of his outspokenness in maintaining that the Second Foundation, believed destroyed 120 years earlier, was still active and exerting a covert influence over the Foundation's development, he was sent into exile by Harla Branno, with instructions to locate the Second Foundation.
With Janov Pelorat he joined in a search for the lost planet Earth, having come to realise from the information Pelorat supplied that Earth was a possible location of the Second Foundation. Their search initially took them to Gaia, despite Trevize increasingly becoming aware that he was subtly being manipulated into going there. On his arrival he discovered that Gaia was not the lost Earth, and was told that he held the balance of power between the First Foundation, the Second Foundation, and Gaia itself, and that he had to choose which of their proposed futures for the galaxy would be best for humanity.
Having chosen Gaia's vision of Galaxia, he discovered that the removal of all references to Earth from the Galactic University on Trantor was not Gaia's doing, and decided, with the support of Gaia, to continue his search for Earth. With Pelorat and Bliss, he travelled via Comporellon, Aurora, Solaria, Melpomenia and Alpha to Earth. After discovering Daneel Olivaw on Earth's moon, he realised that Galaxia was the best protection for humanity against invasion by non-human intelligence. (13; 14)
Tribesmen
Mycogenian term for non-Mycogenians. (8-8-35)
Turbor, Jole
Foundation visicastor who had publicly questioned the supposed role of the Second Foundation, and a co-conspirator with Toran Darell (the younger), Homir Munn, Elvett Semic and Pelleas Anthor in their plan to search for the Second Foundation. During the war with Kalgan he was a correspondent on board the ship which picked up Preem Palver on his attempt to reach Terminus, and recognised him as having knowledge of the whereabouts of the missing Arkady Darell. (12-II-9,19)
Twer, Jaim
Leader of an independent trader's party seeking political representation for traders on the Foundation Council. Hober Mallow's trial revealed him to be a religious reactionary employed by Jorane Sutt to watch Mallow during the latter's expedition to Korell. (10-V)
Twisting
Heliconian martial art of which Hari Seldon, Raych Seldon and Stettin Palver were skilled exponents. (8-2-6,14-70,16-78; 9-I-2,14,IV-24,25)
Tyrann
One of the Nebular Worlds. A relatively harsh planet consisting largely of desert, it concentrated its resources on building an advanced military capability, which it used to conquer its neighbours. These it ruled with ruthless efficiency, maintaining its position largely by retaining a monopoly of space navigation techniques, keeping knowledge out of the hands of its subjects. (6-10)