Saturday February 2, 2008
Book 9: The Body Politic — Part V: Collecting


Admiral Emm: The memories we implant will not all be pleasant, Captain. You will remember defeat, capture, and the loss of a crew member.
Captain Tagon: A crew member? Why? Was somebody killed when you ripped bits off of my ship?
Admiral Emm: Nobody has been killed. We decided to keep one of your crew for further study.
Admiral Emm: It might be more pleasant if you could forget he ever existed, but that's too risky. You will just have to suffer the memory of loss, grief, and all that pain.
Captain Tagon: Hey, while you're at it, why don't you have us all remember being tortured. We could even remember wanting to forget.
Admiral Emm: That's. . . actually a very good idea.