Jun 07 2010
The second installment of my homage to classic SF author Keith Laumer is now featured in the June edition over at Digital Dragon magazine.
I placed a story with Digital Dragon magazine last year called Blessed Are the Peacemakers about a former space marine named Tenerife who has just started a new career with the Terran Diplomatic Corp. It’s now a year later and Digital Dragon magazine asked me if I’d consider sending them another story. It occurred to me that there are a total of eight beatitudes, so I wrote a new Tenerife story called Blessed Are the Persecuted. However, while last year’s story came in at an economical 2250 words, this one is triple that word-count. Due to the length of this story, I pitched the idea of splitting this one in half, and they agreed. Therefore, Part 1 is running now in June, and the triumphant conclusion will appear in July.
If last year’s Tenerife story was my Star Wars, this year’s is my Empire Strikes Back. It’s longer, bolder, darker, and deals with more weighty issues. In this story, we meet some familiar faces, and introduce new ones, including a complex alien race called the Garconne, who… well, you’ll see:
â€œAfter the Klakx, I understand the GarÃ§onne are quite peaceable.â€
â€œOh, they are, as far as we know. The question is â€˜why?â€™ They have no standing military that we can see.â€
â€œMaybe theyâ€™re standing somewhere else.â€
Phlagg laughed. â€œWhere do I begin?â€ He started ticking things off on his fingers. â€œThe GarÃ§onne are shorter than we are. Theyâ€™re apparently gentle beings who excel at cuisine, the arts, and making colorful, ingenious devices with their slim, nimble fingers. They donâ€™t have hair on their heads the way we do. Instead, theyâ€™re covered head-to-toe with a fine, downy fur. They have an subtle sense of humor and the most interesting lavender eyes.â€
Tenerife raised an eyebrow. â€œLavender?â€
Phlagg blushed. â€œWhatever. Purpleish, yeah.â€
Tenerife crossed his arms and shook his head. â€œI still donâ€™t get it. Militarily-speaking, the GarÃ§onne sound remarkably unremarkable. I wonder what Racheâ€™s real interest is?â€
Phlagg couldnâ€™t resist a knowing smile, almost as if heâ€™d been waiting to deliver a punchline. â€œItâ€™s a matter of the sexes.â€ He paused for effect. â€œAll three of them.â€
I hope you enjoy Part 1 of the story, and I’d love to hear from you if you like (or hate!) it.