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December 18, 2007

Jim: Old News

“Amazingly,” the history teacher explained, “the first asteroid to strike Earth was one of the last of the rocks ejected from the Belt; its trajectory carefully planned and executed by one of our scout ship pilots.

“That rock was black as coal and the slingshot around Jupiter sent it hurtling in a wide orbit at hundreds of miles a second. Thirty years later, the cumulative effect of that one, tiny push was the complete annihilation of Earth Force’s Central Fleet orbital station, and a ten mile crater where Geneva used to be.”

“Bo-o-ring!” yawned Mandy to a chorus of nods.

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