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Chapter 286 of Book 3 is in the queue

July 4, 2014
Posted at 2:40 pm

This week with Arlene and Jeff:

Deep Space

...Last shift, the Captain had executed two crewmembers during an argument between the two. He had just walked up and shot both of them without even bothering to determine who was in the right.

His sub-engineers were terrified of the Captain - and justly so. But terrified sub-engineers made mistakes, and if things continued as they were, the Captain might very well execute one of them for an error that, in all probability, would be caused by their terror of him.

His sub-engineers were tired beyond anything they should have to endure - and they were not alone. He had nodded off several times as he began the assembly of the new coils. To his knowledge, no Engineer had ever taken on the task of building warp coils outside the repair dock, let alone been able to tune six of them. He had managed with three, and he was reasonably certain he could build the remaining coils and tune them to at least produce half speed for the ship. But he couldn't do it without reasonable periods of rest.

Still, if he defended himself and killed the Captain, he would, in all probability be executed as soon as the ship made it back to base. A First Officer on one of the ships had killed his Captain, and the whole crew had been tried and shot within hours of returning. But there were other ships that had mutinied and never returned, only two of them bothering to send a message torp to advise of their Captain's fate before the ship, crew and its new master went rogue...

Have a goodun;