Sunday March 4, 2018
Book 18: Mandatory Failure — Part II


NARRATOR: Meanwhile, 920 light-years coreward from Uuplech...

(unknown, inside ship): [alien speech]

NARRATOR: The language these sophonts are aromatically emitting is a monothermal dialect of Galstandard Brown, syntactically dominated by gas-phase polycyclic hydrocarbons.

alien 1: [alien speech]

alien 2: [alien speech]

NARRATOR: The conversation is wordplay in which hydroxyl-bond similarities across a group of carbohydrates are exploited for ambiguity and conflation, yielding the boorish, malodorous equivalent of the pun.

Contextually, it's casual conversation interrupted by violent non-sequitur.

(unknown, inside ship): [alien spe

NARRATOR: "Accidental last words."