Far Fetched Fables No 32 L.E. Modesitt Jr. and Nancy Kress
“The Swan Pilot” by L.E Modesitt Jr.
I eased myself into the control couch of the ISS W.B. Yeats, making certain that all the connections were snug, and that there were no wrinkles in anything. Then I pressed the single stud that was manual, and the clamshell descended. You could call a trans-ship a corade or a cockle guided by will across the sea of endless space. You could, and it would be technically wrong. Technically wrong, but impressionalistically right, and certainly the way it feels when you’re alone in the blackness, balancing the harmonics and threading your way from the light matter and dark matter and faerie dust of overspace, guiding the ship and all it contains out from light and into darkness and then on to another minute isle of solid warmth once again. Or you could refuse to call it a ship at all, nor the ocean it sails a sea.
L.E. Modesitt, Jr., is the New York Times best-selling author of more than 65 fantasy and science... For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy