Friday, October 17, 2008

The Quiet War, Chapter 9

Sri Hong-Owen and her eldest son, Alder, travelled to Callisto in a small freighter, the Luís Inácio da Silva, that had been fitted with a prototype of the new fusion motor. It cut the record for transit between Earth and Jupiter by two-thirds, a fine demonstration of the Peixoto family’s technological prowess, and an important contribution to their elaborate and extensive sales pitch to the Callistans. Sri had a packed schedule: touring farms and factories and laboratories, meeting with the Callistan Senate and leading citizens of Rainbow Bridge, taking part in a ceremony to mark the first stage of the quickening of the biome’s lake, and so on and so forth. And she wanted to meet the gene wizard Avernus, too. First of all, though, she needed to straighten out the tangled business of the failed attempt at sabotage, the murder of Ursula Freye, and the defection of Macy Minnot, so she made room in her schedule for a meeting with the junior diplomat who seemed to be in the middle of it all.


Blogger Keith Ferrell said...

My favorite subject line arrived just this morning: "Your order has dispatched..."

Now I can start reading the chapter posts, having restrained myself until I knew the whole novel was bound, and bound for me.

All best wishes for a(nother) great success.

October 17, 2008 5:34 pm  
Blogger Paul McAuley said...

Hi Keith,

Thanks for you good wishes. And I hope it lives up to yr expectations...

October 17, 2008 10:59 pm  

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