By Louis Shalako
Published: February 15, 2013.
Philosopher Heron of Alexandria is teaching school and in his spare time designing and building an aeolipile, the first reaction motor in history. Diogenes and fellow student Peleus follow their teacher into high adventure when assassins are sent by Domitian, Emperor of Rome and persecutor of Christians, with orders to send Heron straight to hell. A short story.