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Maximillian Arturo was born in England during the early 1940s. When he was a young child, his aunt's house was bombed while he and his mother were staying there. Both Aruro's mother and aunt were killed. His only memories of this incident were his mother's dead body being pulled off him. Since his father was fighting a war in India at the time, there was no way for Arturo to be identified so he was put in an orphanage. After the war ended Arturo's father came to get him. (Reference: "Seasons Greedings ")
Maximilian Arturo served in his country's armed forces as a young adult. After completing his service, Arturo emigrated to the United States, where he pursued graduate studies in physics and met fellow student Christina Fox, whom he later married. Christina died of a brain aneurysm when she was 27, but not before she and Arturo had a son. (Reference: "Eggheads ") At the beginning of Sliders, Arturo was a professor of cosmology and ontology at UC Berkeley.
As a travelling companion, Arturo was arrogant, hot-tempered, and pompous, often referring to people who failed to meet his expectations as "blistering idiots". But he was not without a soft spot, particularly toward individuals he perceived as kindred intellects. Having been estranged from his son before he began sliding, Arturo had expressed that he wished Quinn were his son. Arturo was somewhat resentful of Quinn, jealous of Quinn's greater intelligence as well as the fact that Quinn (and not Arturo) invented sliding.
In 1996, when the Sliders mistakenly believed they had landed home, Arturo's double attempted to impersonate him. Quinn, Wade, and Rembrandt never knew whether they took the right Arturo sliding with them or not. (Reference: "Post Traumatic Slide Syndrome") Later that year, Arturo was diagnosed with a terminal illness and attempted to stop sliding. He continued to slide because Quinn needed him, and Quinn was more fearful of his friend and mentor's death than Arturo himself was. (Reference: "The Guardian ") In mid-1997, while on an alternate Earth that was to be destroyed by a pulsar, Arturo was shot by ruthless Army colonel Angus Rickman . Rickman initally tried to shoot Quinn, but Arturo took the bullet for him. His last words to Quinn were, "Get them [Rembrandt and Wade] home . . . Sliders." (Reference: "The Exodus, Part Two ")
However, since the Sliders never determined which Arturo they took in "Post Trumatic Slide Syndrome", it is possible the Arturo from earth prime is still alive.
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