The Mad Emperor

“Men are moved by two levers: fear and self-interest,” Bonaparte says and as if the words were a match the crowd erupts into curses and threats. “This is not what was promised.” “Fuck you, and your dreams.” But the speech dwindles though when the emperor turns, and with only a quiet murmur following, leaves theContinue reading “The Mad Emperor”

Barry Golds and the Very Very Bad Memory

When human launches into space, they will undergo the type of violence normally reserved for death. And Commander Barry Golds thought he was going to die. So, situation normal. But he didn’t, and after a career trying to get here, he is aware the bit of engineering wrapped around himself helped, but that help wasContinue reading “Barry Golds and the Very Very Bad Memory”

Progeny of Daisy

Retired Navy Captain John Kelly has started his one hundred and twenty-seventh day in space. He has not slept in many weeks and needs to aim the surgical scalpel a second time at the matured plant in front of him, red leaf romaine. While doing so he hums a flat tone. The same tone heContinue reading “Progeny of Daisy”