Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Spin the Sky 1 - Kathy Stauber

"So Captain turns to us and he says, “Do we die slow or just take a walk out the airlock? My money’s on the airlock.” Seriously. That’s what he says and he’s totally calm about it. He fixes us with that steely look and drinks his coffee. Because Captain is just that cool and that’s how life was on the tinker ships after the Spacer War, right? In the history archives, they optimistically call them merchant ships and say we carried trade goods between the orbital colonies above Earth. But it’s a tiny bucket of bolts held together by duct tape and prayer, so everybody calls them tinker ships. We were a bit like Tinkers, sailing around swapping this and that for this and that, but really the name was a rip-off of Tinker Toys. You know those old wooden toys? The ones that were so popular with kids growing up in orbital colonies? I guess because they were one of the few default toys, the ones all the manuvats had plans for. This time I’m thinking about was almost two years after the Spacer War. Our ship was cobbled together from war wrecks and crewed mostly by soldiers too broke to go home. Most didn’t have homes to go to anymore. Damn dirt-loving Earthers. The Spacer War was just so devastating. Not that the Earthers got out of it looking so pretty. It was a long time before they recovered too. But we got our independence so now we can enjoy all the poverty and anarchy that entails." 4 out of 5

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