I want to thank those of you who have written, and/or are enjoying the story so far. I freely admit I don't read much of the SF on this site, so I didn't know what audiences were use to or would read. We'll see how many stick with it as it settles into a groove.
(a good musical soundtrack to the story is 'The Knife' by GENESIS)
Chapter 3, with bad singing and space ships (although no singing space ships) should be out by Monday. Earlier if I finish and the editor has time.