Monday November 4, 2013
Book 14: Broken Wind — Part II: Can Full of Sky


TAGON: How long before that salvo arrives?

BRISTLECONE: It's twenty-five hundred kilometers away.

Making a lot of assumptions about acceleration and course correction, thirty minutes.

TAGON: We can fire what, four salvos of our own in that time?

BRISTLECONE: Yes.  That puts our counter-measures at a three-to-one disadvantage.

TAGON: It'll do.  Start firing and reloading.  But keep our swarm close.

BRISTLECONE: With these odds, shouldn't we begin engaging from as great a d—

TAGON: *interrupting* Yes.

Assuming our objective is to take a few of them with us before we die.

Your programming isn't nearly selfish enough.