Ovalkwiki - The Official Schlock Mercenary Encyclopedia
Writing Excuses with Brandon Sanderson, Dan Wells, Mary Robinette Kowal, and Howard Tayler
One Cobble at a Time - the official site for Sandra Tayler's writings
NARRATOR: The mercenary warship Broken Wind arrives at Uli-Oa...
(unknown, inside ship): It looks... "fuzzy."
KATHRYN: Not "looks." Is. Gasca says the fuzz is features that extend hundreds of kilometers above the nominal surface.
KATHRYN: And no, what we're orbiting does not look anything like what the Oafans documented on Isthmus Galactica.
This is Uli-Oa as pictured by the Oafans.
Here's a picture of what we're orbiting, what we expected, and the gas giant Saturn. For scale.
CDRE TAGON: It looks like somebody smushed it.
KATHRYN: Let's consider your word choice, there.
A framework of ultra-strong material the size of Saturn was warped, cut, and crushed until it was about the size of Earth.
CDRE TAGON: "Ultra-smushed." We get it.
Stop trying to put "sense of wonder" into your briefing.
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