01/18/21 – Book 9 Chapter 8 — The Strib Ship

Spacetrawler, audio version For the blind or visually impaired, January 18, 2021.




Never a dull moment around the Symbiont.


  1. Pete Rogan

    Oh, dear. As bad as what’s going to happen to Tesfay, I’m more disturbed by the thought that there could be a simple treatment for PTSD. The people I’ve talked to in care for the victims are well aware that PTSD is a complex socio-emotional issue for the sufferers, and no easy fix is apparent nor can be. Stress applied through living in danger and under threat, even when there’s a way to respond, is persistent and can be triggered by elements not even the sufferer is aware of. I suspect the symbiont’s “fix” is going to prove fragile when it is itself, and I do not apologize for the word, stressed.

  2. Muzhik

    This kind of reminds me of something that happened in the webcomic “Schlock Mercenary” a few years back. In order to avoid being mindripped by the “we-don’t-exist” intelligence agency of the UNS Space Marines, the band of mercenaries (“Tagon’s Toughs”) agreed to have their memories altered to erase knowledge of a secret project. A way to restore their true memories was found by one of their later employers, and after the leader Kaff Tagon went through the procedure and came out the other side no worse for wear, he ordered every member of the company to have their memories restored. All agreed, except for Nick.

    After his memories had been altered, Nick found a girlfriend — his first since he was 16. And now, he didn’t know if he would be different after having his memories restored. He chose to keep the false memories in order to know that he was the man (now) his girlfriend had fallen for. His love for her was too important to risk losing, and he chose to keep memories that he knew didn’t happen in order to keep a future he wanted.

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