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. Volume XVII Number 13. . . .November 26, 2010
Humanity has expanded to the stars, colonizing all inhabitable planets that it discovers. When necessary, science has modified humans to suit their new environments, this being easier and faster than terra forming the planets. Stellar Transport and Research Section, a.k.a. STARS Inc., has just declared that an obscure human-settled planet, Pock’s World, has been infected by “Cuckoos,” otherwise known as synthetic hominins, or even, humanoid aliens. STARS solution in such cases is sterilization; the total destruction of all life on the infected planet. STARS has agreed to an independent fact-finding mission to examine the evidence. Five individuals from the planet Ayne are chosen to pass judgement on Pock’s World.
The Catholic Church chooses Father Andre, a recent runner-up to the office of pope, best described as saintly, but ruthless. Ratty Turnsole is a randy muckraking reporter with head implants that allow him to keep up, and perhaps manufacture, the news. His broadcasts reach several worlds. Athena Fimble is an important politician and Senator. She has just reached the decision to have a child with her younger lover rather than attempt a run for president of Ayne, Doctor Millie Backet, Director of Health and Population Studies for the Sector Council, appears to be a typical bureaucrat, whose main ambition seems to be to act as chair for the fact-finding mission, thus getting her name on the tile of their report. The final member of the committee is Linn Lazuline, a billionaire and probably their world’s richest person, who offers to sponsor Athena’s run for the presidency, in exchange for two nights in her bed, plus reasonable co-operation.
Ronald Hore, involved with writer’s groups for several years, retired from the business world in Winnipeg, MB.
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