Opposable Thumbs: “The Calculating Stars” by Mary Robinette Kowal

The Calculating Stars - Mary Robinette Kowal


“There is nothing to see but that vast blackness. Intellectually, I know that we’ve passed into the dark side of the Earth. We slide into her shadow and then magic fills the sky. The stars come out. Millions of them in crisp, vivid splendor. These are not the stars that I remember from before the Meteor. These are clear and steady, without an atmosphere to make them twinkle. Do you remember the first time you saw the stars again? I am sitting in a capsule, on way my to the moon.”


In “The Calculating Stars” by Mary Robinette Kowal

I remember the one called "Duck and Cover". If I remember correctly, the instructions included:

1. Fill the bath with water
2. Take a door off it's hinges and prop it length-ways against an internal wall
3. Cover the door with a mattress
5. Get the family under the door.
6. Crouch down on the floor
7. Put your head between your legs
8. Kiss your arse goodbye

Even at 10 I thought that wouldn't help much...and it was bloody nonsense. How is an entire family going to take a bath before the four minute warning is up?

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