Turn the World Around, Part 33

Turn the World Around, Part 33

by Chapter 30 Heart is of the river Body is the mountain Spirit is the sunlight Turn the world around We are of the spirit Truly of the spirit Only can the spirit Turn the world around Paper had significance for everyone.  That was something we all had in common. Electronic copies of the Treaty, …

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Branch Santa, Part 8

Branch Santa, Part 8

by “It’s a variation on the original magic that made you Santa.  A little different, a little more focused.” The booth hummed, an oscillating pitch putting Santa in mind of 1970s science fiction.  Lights inside the booth flashed cheery colors against its walls.  He looked down at Eugene.  “Different how, exactly?” Eugene kept watching the …

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Branch Santa, Part 7

Branch Santa, Part 7

by Most meetings happened on the workshop floor, out of the way but with activity swirling around them.  Once in a while events called for something more formal.  Once in a long while.  Frank thought back to the last time they’d used room, three years ago, or was it four?  A multimedia presentation on, well …

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Branch Santa, Part 7

Branch Santa, Part 7

by Most meetings happened on the workshop floor, out of the way but with activity swirling around them.  Once in a while events called for something more formal.  Once in a long while.  Frank thought back to the last time they’d used room, three years ago, or was it four?  A multimedia presentation on, well …

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Turn the World Around, Part 31

Turn the World Around, Part 31

by Chapter 26 My heart hammered so hard everyone in the chamber should have been able to hear it beating.  The laptop tucked under my arm weighed twenty kilos, or felt like it, and I felt self-conscious carrying the thing.  Mahyul didn’t mention it during the shuttle ride, didn’t even glance at it, although she …

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Branch Santa, Part 6

Branch Santa, Part 6

by Late in the afternoon of December eleventh, Santa finished the List.  He clicked the save icon and watched the progress bar creep to full.  Not quite the same as the satisfaction of checking each name with a pencil, but it saved literally tons of paper.  He shuddered to think about how many trees went …

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Branch Santa, Part 5

Branch Santa, Part 5

by Jan backed into a cavern at least a hundred metres across, leading the little tour group. “This is the hangar for the miracle of science and engineering we call Santa’s Sled.”  She stepped aside to give everyone an unimpeded view.  “And when I say Sled, what I really mean is multi-mode lunar transport shuttle.” …

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