In his youth, Professor
Algernon Haley was a critical player in early attempts to
reach space (see A
Habit of Adventure).
Today he remains active as a freelance inventor and astro-micro-robo-science
analyst. Among his many notable inventions are the Bubble Helmet
and the Orange Drive propulsion system (see Some Assembly Required).
After working as a consultant
and "Inventor In Residence" with the legendary Drop
Corps exploration squads, Haley returned to Earth
and founded a robotics company he called Botco, which
produced innovative designs for robots that nobody wanted or
could afford. After Botco's hasty slide into bankruptcy,
Haley returned to space where he is a semi-permenent member
of the 2XL+ crew and a celebrity among Smallonauts
In recognition of his achievements
and contributions in the discovery and exploration of space,
the Articulated Space Administration has awarded Haley
the honorary rank of "Vice Admiral of the Universe,"
a more or less meaningless status that Haley enjoys flaunting.