08/11/20 – One Last Chance

Spacetrawler, audio version For the blind or visually impaired, August 11, 2020.




One should always carry around an explosive cylinder and a match. Great way to get invited back to the best parties.


  1. TB

    She doesn’t have to carry an explosive cylinder and match around. Observation over many years has shown me that all cartoon characters can spontaneously generate these items. Much like they do hammers.

  2. Pete Rogan

    That’s our Yosemite Stangor!

    Tom Robbins used a similar device in “Still Life With Woodpecker” to save Princess Leigh-Cheri Furstenburg-Barcalona and her inamorata, Bernard Mickey Wrangle from the heart of a newly-constructed pyramid. With quasi-expected results. It’s not a commonly used literary device, explosives. You can’t point a bomb at somebody’s head, after all.

  3. nightgaunt492015

    You can actually aim the explosive. The technology is not unknown. Look at fire arms.

    Secret Service Agent James T. West (July 2,1842- November 9.1932) carried explosives on him and used them. Designed by his partner, Artemis Gordon. I know it would have been bad if one of them were accidentally set off by accident or design.

    That charge we see is large.

  4. Muzhik

    @Nightgaunt492015, I miss that show! It wasn’t until 10 years later that I realized it was a Wild West version of “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” (which I thought made a pretty good movie, capturing the spirit of the show, and really deserves a sequel).

    @Sean K, good one!

  5. Pete Rogan

    Sigh. I know about shaped charges. Worse, I also know they need not be launched by cannon to work. Iraqi teens in Fallujah could take out an Abrams M-1 tank with about four dollars’s worth of C-6 and a copper plate. On foot. And ding-all the Americans could do about it in a crowded alley where infantry couldn’t go.

    Nonetheless, you don’t find these charges used in literature. They tend to be kind of indiscriminate, even when aimed. I have yet to find any story that creatively uses a HESH round (High Explosive, Squash Head) for any storytelling purpose. Bombs tend to have only one line of dialog wherever they are found, and that dialog is SHUT UP.

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