There be pirates in the vast void of space! Does not the poet say: "Beware the strangeness of the stranger. Unknown things bring unknown danger?" The noble ship Procrustes
was silent as a ghost. Warships can be silent if they are slow; only their missiles need speed. And so it was silently, slowly, that the Procrustes approached the stranger's cold vessel.
©1997 John C Wright; (P)2008 AudioText