Short Stories Not Forgotten
by Calvin Bender
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Short Stories Not
By Calvin Bender
2017 Calvin Bender
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Table of Contents
Ah - Ten - Hut
with Calvin Bender
space, anything can go wrong. And usually, often, anything does at
any given moment. Power converters; fail, igniter rockets; fail, warp
drives; they too may fail. However, they are all supposed to be
created not to fail when you need them the most but do exactly that,
well, when they're most needed. I used to tell myself on the first
mission to Venus, 'The magnetic coils will hold up during our jump to
deep space.' and in fact, on several occasions, they did. However, in
that case, silence crept through the ship like maggots in a dead dog
that ran out of flesh to eat on when the coils failed. There was just
nothing left. We were a floating tin can. A vessel with no life."
He advanced his coffee mug up to the air towards the glaring stars
roaring past the large view of his quarters. "And so, here's to
our new journey to Saturn. A journey with hope, one without failure,
and if we do fail...well, there's no turning back."