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62 pages, Kindle Edition
First published June 23, 2015
"Yeah, it's Tuesday. Ask me how I know."Scalzi does an excellent job fleshing out the four soldiers in a particular platoon. You get a feel for the sort of stuff they have to put up with and their relationship with each other quite quickly.
"Because of your BrainPal?"
"No. Because yesterday was Pizza Day in the Tubingen mess. Pizza Day is always Monday. Therefore: It's Tuesday."
"That messes me up."
"That it's Tuesday?"
"No, that Monday is Pizza Day. Back on Earth I was a custodian at an elementary school. Pizza Day was always on a Friday. The teachers used it to keep the kids in line. 'Behave yourself or you don't get pizza on Friday.' Having Monday Pizza Day subverts the natural order of things."
What you may not have expected is that it [voting for independence] would cost all these things [death] as quickly as it will. But these are not the days of the American Revolution, and the Colonial Union is not the British Empire, an ocean and several months away. We are here now. It's time to find out who among you is willing to make the sacrifice for independence... Did you now think there would be a struggle to follow? Did you know believe the words you said? Or did you believe the repercussions of your actions would be shouldered by others - by the citizens who will be pressed into service to defend the so-called independence you wish to give them?It is a fascinating subject matter given all the dynamics in place and we see what the result of Colonial Union policy is on the ground. Scalzi does a wonderful job playing this out with his cast of characters.
"You're doing that thing where you think you're thinking about long term implications again, aren't you, Lambert?"It sure is ugly seeing the sausage made (or, in some cases, unmade).
"I'm pointing out flattening the building might be unsubtle and not the best course of action."
"I prefer to think of it as a Gordian Knot type solution."
"The Gordian Knot wasn't twelve stories high with lots of people living in it... We seem to be sending a lot of messages recently. I'm not sure the message we're sending is the message they're receiving."