Saturday, 22 October 2016

Heaven And Earth And Life

Horatio: This is most strange.
Hamlet: And therefore as a stranger give it welcome. There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.
-quoted from memory.

Chee Lan: I didn't expect this.
Van Rijn: To be that not to be again and again surprised?
-David Falkayn: Star Trader, p. 405.

Van Rijn can respond to any surprise. The stakes have suddenly changed. Serendipity Inc. is not a commercial rival but the agent of a hostile power. The profit may now be:

"'...keeping our lives or our freedom. Right?'" (ibid.)

Right. Different rules apply.

1 comment:

  1. Kaor, Paul!

    Who knows? If the non human aliens puppet mastering Serendipity, Inc. had not been barbarians they might have developed into enemies as dangerous as the Merseians were to be.