Thursday November 4, 2010
Book 11: Massively Parallel — Part V: Command and Conquer


NARRATOR: Punching a hole in an annie-plant is difficult, but not impossible.

Lieutenant Ebbirnoth's "Nutcracker" is perfectly equipped for the job.

NARRATOR: First, a hot burst of high-energy plasma softens the surface.

NARRATOR: Next, a salvo of armor-piercing missiles streaks toward the target's warm, fresh soft-spot.

Their detonations are precisely calibrated to exploit mechanical resonances.

NARRATOR: In a fraction of an eye-blink the plant shudders, warps, and fails.


NARRATOR: Evaporating neutronium has a distinctive sound.

EBBY: If this were a smaller room, that would have killed us.

TAGON: But it would have been an easier shot.