"And call me Callie. Mrs Hickson sounds like an elderly postmistress." ― Callie Hickson to Matt Wheeler[1]
Callie Hickson was the mother of Elena Hickson. She had bipolar disorder and had to be fed pills (ibuprofen and quetiapine) - she got scared often after seeing the news/reading things online which was why her house had no internet connection.[2]


Elena once wondered whether her mother was agoraphobic. She commented that she didn't want that as her mother was already afraid of:

  • Global warming
  • Flu pandemics
  • Tsunamis
  • Meteor strikes
  • Conservative government getting back in
  • Rising house prices
  • Falling house prices
  • Conservative government not getting back in
  • Fracking
  • Ash tree dieback
  • Bee colony collapse
  • Anthrax
  • Too many immigrants
  • Not enough immigrants
  • Getting eaten alive by bears (after a couple dying in the Canadian wilderness)

These were just what Elena could remember.[2]



  1. Night Raiders, Chapter 6
  2. 2.0 2.1 Night Speakers, Chapter 22