His father was xenoanthropologist Bradford A. Whittaker, his mother was a politician who in 1521 PD was appointed to a cabinet position in the system government. At the same time, Anders decided to accompany his father on an expedition to the planet Sphinx in the Star Kingdom of Manticore, where a new sentient species, the treecats, had recently been discovered.
Once there, he befriended Stephanie Harrington, the girl who made first contact with the treecats and also established the first permanent telepathic bond with a member of the species. The treecats gave him the treecat name "Bleached Fur". (SK2)