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From my article here. Wikipedia’s article about A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court gets details of the plot rather wrong. But this bit is interesting: these are stories written about people transported to the past with modern knowledge, but who didn’t succeed it putting it to use:
Not politics. Science and a bit of science fiction, combined with a sad commentary on … a commentary.
A satellite is preparing to re-enter the atmosphere. It is of some interest; it’s fairly big and some thousand pounds or so are expected to make it back to Earth. (Not in one piece.)
Here’s an article describing the satellite and situation. But note how sad, how pessimistic, how uninspired are so many of the commenters.
Now for the fictional part. Some years ago, I wrote a short story that involves a similar event (this time, the International Space Station). I tried to get it right, and just a couple of weeks ago a retired NASA engineer (and one of the designers of the ISS) put his stamp of approval on it.
It might help you visualize what will be happening to that satellite.
But there’s another aspect to this story, written almost a decade ago.
The title here, “Perry Aster,” comes in part from Texas governor Rick Perry’s appearance and rapid rise in the race for the Republican nomination.
But there’s another layer to the title: I’ve written a short story called “Periaster” which I’m expanding into a novel. It has two completely different meanings, and the story takes advantage of both. So the Perry title play here amused me.
The ferocity of the liberal attack on Perry — in leftist sources from the New York Times to MSNBC — shows that the left is truly worried about him. That might be good news. But various stories circulating about him are not all from the left; there are concerned conservatives as well.