Space Terminal to Mars

It's time we finally got around to it.

Photo by Christian Lischka SJ on Unsplash

“Mmmm, no. You didn’t have to say ‘Have a nice day, boss.’ You know what I’d like. General good disposition.”

“Oh, yes!” She inhaled deeply, rolled her eyes.

“They can do what they want on Mars.”

“Good. Anyone have any doubts?”

“We’ve got doubts,” she said cheerfully. “It’s just a matter of weight loss, you know. We could lose weight any number of times. The kids on Space Terminal would never leave Mars. Maybe I ought to consult with you, dear. You help me with the paperwork anyhow.”

He let her bag go and stood.

“The upstart chum, that is. Mr. Smith, didn’t you ever suspect that one day Rolling Stone would put you in charge of this marshedge? You never were a real engineer, were you? One of your field boys. What’s more, you might like to be a confidential assistant to me on the spaceship instead of my boss. I’d like to have a secret granddaughter of mine studying government and social administration in my place.”

“That’s as near as I can get,” Smith agreed. “Her father’s got a whole tribe of ex-commandos, and there’s room for us all. Now I’m asking for a family in this palace. This place has been my home for a long, long time.”

He slapped the maps together.

“It’s time we finally got around to it.”

Edwards half expected that there would be a microtranscreen in the palace for Edmond Edwards. To put it into his own hands. For the first time in history.


Editor’s Notes

Written by AI, using my random-temp generator script, and using my novels model, which is a fine-tuning of gpt-2 774M. Chosen from among the other recently generated stories by me, a human.


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Title was human-derived by me from the generated text

Plagiarism Checked

Plagiarism checked with my orchestration code around Plagiarism-Basic against the dataset

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