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sophocleese classic science fiction lines (204* d) RE: classic science fiction lines 10 Nov 01

"No! The situation isn't "isn't good". We are spiralling out of control towards an immense, immense planet whose gravitational pull will compact this entire vessel to the size of a single constipated mouse dropping long before we even enter its atmosphere in five days' time. And that's a best-case scenario which rests upon the massively implausible assumption that the ship hasn't shredded itself to tiny fragments long before then. We have one engine: a single, solitary, solo engine, pointed in one direction, which is absolutely the couldn't-be-worse wrong direction, and the manouvering capability of a quadriplegic elephant falling from the highest parapet of the Chicago TwinTowers, tied to a grand piano with no castors."

From the recent novel "Colony" by Rob Grant.

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