James Henry Ferguson
Fictional Character
POD: Set in the future
Appearance(s): All Fall Down;
Things Fall Apart
Type of Appearance: Direct
Nationality: United States
Race: Half-Mexican and half white.
Date of Birth: 21st century
Parents: Louise Ferguson,
Teo Acosta
Relatives: Rob, Vanessa and Marshall Ferguson (Half siblings)

James Henry Ferguson[1] was the son of Louise Ferguson and her lover, Teo Acosta.

James Henry was conceived after Louise divorced Colin Ferguson, sometime after the eruption of the Yellowstone Supervolcano.[2] Afraid of commitment, Teo initially suggested Louise get an abortion. When she refused, Teo left. Just to spite him, Louise opted to carry the child to term.[3] Louise couldn't remember how she got into the habit, but she and everyone else referred to the baby with both the first and middle name.[4]

James Henry was baby-sat by his half-brother, Marshall Ferguson, who treated his mother very coldly, as he blamed her for the breakup of the family.[5] Marshall didn't have any animosity towards the child as James Henry was probably as nice as a baby was likely to be, but he would have liked to tell his mother to find a professional care-giver if he could afford it.[6]

However, when Louise lost her job when the ramen noddle importer closed shop in the U.S., she no longer needed Marshall to babysit James Henry as much.[7] She did have Marshall babysit whenever she had to go to the California Employment Development Department to show proof of her job search and pick up her unemployment check and when she went out to physically look for Help Wanted notices in storefronts.[8]


  1. See Inconsistencies in Turtledove's Work#Inconsistencies in Supervolcano
  2. Eruption, pgs. 348-350, HC.
  3. Ibid, pgs. 362-366.
  4. All Fall Down, pg. 164, HC.
  5. Ibid, pgs. 68-73.
  6. Ibid, pg. 169.
  7. Ibid, pg. 227.
  8. Ibid, pgs. 242-243.