Excerpt from an insufferably moralistic sf parable

“It says the Strayns hated ‘boats’. Isn’t a boat something like Ship?” Wide-eyed shock at the very idea.
“Sort of. Boats were very ancient machines, much smaller and simpler than Ship. From before space. They were machines for moving around in the oceans, or sometimes the atmosphere.”
“But then all the Strayns must have got there in ‘boats’. Why would they hate them?”
“We’re not sure. Maybe the boats were horrible and made them feel bad. There are lots of things we don’t know about the ancient days. There are stories of boats carrying farm animals, like bulls and sheep, and the Strayans got very upset about them, too.”
“So did the bull-ships drive them all crazy?”
“Maybe.”

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One response to “Excerpt from an insufferably moralistic sf parable

  1. Careful – there will be one or two Strayn littywriters for whom this all cuts a bit close to the skelly.

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