11/19/20 – Not Worth It

Spacetrawler, audio version For the blind or visually impaired, November 19, 2020.




Sorry to leave you with a cliffhanger! (Kidding, I’m no sorry at all) 🙂


    1. Meran

      Some have even added pieces or at least mass/volume (take your pick).
      And I se that Stangor has her values lined up properly: Ship first (after all, out in space you will usually die if you don’t have an intact ship…); meat packages are minor, and can always be replaced… especially from the gullible crowds on Earth.

  1. Rikard

    With a little morbidly creative semantics, the last sentence can be understood as “Nogg in one piece”, hence the ship could fit in a matchbox as long as Nogg is in one piece.

    Nogg in One Piece, or >shudder< Nogg in a one-piece is left to the imgination.

  2. Pete Rogan

    Science fiction author R. A. Lafferty said that the worst crime in the universe is killing a songbird. A sentiment that comes back to me every December 8th.

    But close behind it has to be terrifying a little girl. We are beyond uncool here. We are now in the realm of universal crime. Not to be borne. Certainly deserving punishment.

    I disliked the symbiont for its parasitic nature originally. But now it has gone well past one step too far. I’m not sure how one could kill it, but we need to consider what has to be done with it for this crime. Even if Tesfay survived. You don’t deal in horror and terror without paying a price. No. You don’t. Hear me, symbiont. You just don’t.

      1. Efogoto

        Sesame Street puppeteer Caroll Spinney, the animator of Big Bird, died at his home in Connecticut on Dec 8, 2019 – though I’m pretty sure Big Bird isn’t classified as a songbird despite several recordings demonstrating an ability to warble.

          1. Pete Rogan

            This year Lennon would have been 80. If that doesn’t blow your mind, consider that this year is the first in which our time without him exceeds the time he lived with us. And will forevermore. Time leaves such big footprints.

  3. Buck

    Complex, interesting antagonists are one of the many strong points of this saga. It’s a testament to Cristopher’s skill and consistency, when a sentient jacket slowly morphs into a convincing villain. Mad props!

  4. meerling

    The symbiont is that character in an RPG that is always making things worse for the party because his player got bored with all the non-action bits, like talking.
    (Prime MurderHobo material there.)

  5. Pete Rogan

    As a Game Director myself, one rando is tolerable and can provoke or just catapult characters into action. Two just strings people out between them, and can rapidly polarize a group depending on which rando they think is more fun.

    Between Stangor and the symbiont is the quicksand of hasty decisions and no escape in any form. The Earthlings may be forced into making just such a choice, and I’m not sure they have to. But I’m not there, and it’s not my game, so….

    I rely on an old Polish proverb: Nie mój cyrk, nie moje ma?py.

    (Trans: Not my circus, not my monkeys.)

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