The trial phase of the extraordinary court martial of four Crusader soldiers had just ended. They were convicted of the torture of the civilian brother and rape of the two sisters of Marine Sergeant Ames – who died by execution for ‘blasphemy’ by spacing him. (See: 14. There’s Trouble Afoot, Sir!) The Tribunal judges were, Marine Commandant Kingsley, Navy CO ArcGeneral Hastings, Crusader CO Shappa Durant, and High Chancellor Hayes. They had agreed unanimously that the accused were guilty of the charges brought against them. Now they had to decide upon the punishment. We join the four judges in the comfortable office of High Chancellor Hayes.
“The Gods are pleased, I’m sure, that we four agreed unanimously on the guilty verdict.” Hayes eyed each of his companions in turn. “And now, we need to return a just sentence so we can put this ugly chapter to bed. Shappa, what say you?” Continue reading “24. A Daring Proposal!”
“No human race is superior; no religious faith is inferior. All collective judgments are wrong. Only racists make them.”
~ Elie Wiesel
Eliezer “Elie” Wiesel, (1928-2016) was a Romanian-born, American Jewish author, professor and human rights activist. He survived the Auschwitz and Buchenwald concentration camps under the Nazi regime. He championed the cause of human rights throughout his life and in 1986 he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Continue reading “Collective Judgments? All Wrong!”
“Individual science fiction stories may seem as trivial as ever to the blinder critics and philosophers of today – but the core of science fiction, its essence has become crucial to our salvation if we are to be saved at all.”
~ Isaac Asimov
Isaac Asimov (1920 – 1992) was an American professor of biochemistry at Boston University. He was a prolific writer of more than 500 books and was best known for his science fiction works and popular science books. He wrote three major science fiction series: the Foundation Series, the Galactic Empire Series and the Robot Series. It seems to me that this prolific author had more important goals when writing science fiction than just entertaining the masses. Continue reading “Who Needs Science Fiction? We All Do!”