Alby Calvin is Lily West's best friend and a gifted young mathematician.
Before The Six Sacred StonesEdit
Born to Lois Calvin and her mining executive husband in 1996, Alby Calvin was diagnosed at an early age with partially deafness, requiring him to receive a hearing aid and be taught sign language in order to help compensate for his minor disability. Growing up, Alby was doted on by his mother, however his father and older brother largely distanced themselves from him due to their indifference towards his interests in astronomy and his bookishness.
By age eleven, Alby was sent to a boarding school for gifted students in Perth for his skills in mathematics. During his time there, Alby made friends with Lily West, and taught her sign-language. The school's sports-master, Todd Naismith, disapproved of Alby's lack of fitness skills, and often forced him to play soccer to meet the school's compulsory sport curriculum. However, during Jack West Jr's chat with Naismith regarding Lily, he warned the sports-master to go easier on Alby when it came to sports.
In late November of 2007, Alby's parents went away on a holiday, and arranged for Alby to stay with the Wests at their remote farm during their absence.
Between The Five Greatest Warriors and The Four Legendary KingdomsEdit
A few years after the Dark Star was averted, Alby was fast-tracked through the last two years of high school, leading him to an early acceptance into the California Institute of Technology, where he earned a degree in advanced astrophysics. To the surprise of his fellow Caltech students, Alby also studied for a degree in ancient history, as Alby had developed a taste for it during his previous adventures.
Alby kept in touch with Lily while he was studying in the States, and occasionally met up with his long-time friend when she later began attending Stanford.
During his holidays in 2016, Alby went to stay with the Wests. When Jack was called to a meeting at Pine Gap, Alby was among those who accompanied him to the facility on the Sky Warrior.
Alby is a very bright boy with exceptional skills in maths that impressed even the genius Adamson twins, and is able to think outside the box in order to find answers to questions no one has yet asked. Although few doubt him, Alby is still getting used to the approving attention of grown up, though he feels guilty about being a source of constant worry for his mother Lois.
Upon reaching adulthood, Alby becomes more self-confident and brave, embracing his interests in ancient history and astronomy to the fullest.
- He is initially described in The Six Sacred Stones as a small black boy with glasses.
- Alby is partially deaf, and thus knows sign language, which is only for when someone need to get something urgent across to him.