I hope I’m not being too personal, but what was your religious upbringing? I ask because I was raised Jehovah’s Witness (now lapsed) and noticed a lot of details in the Mercury series line up with JW teachings. Did you ever have any interactions with JWs or were they just part of your theological research bor the series?

I was raised in the Christian Reformed Church. I’m definitely not JW, so I guess my seeming familiarity with it was due to my extensive research (browsing Wikipedia).