When she escaped to this space and time, Tilly Jupiter brought with her little more than a wicked sense of humor, a zest for life and a love of stories. The best stories, she thinks, are those that are true, or close enough to being true that with a little nudge from the universe you wouldn't know the difference. She offers a wink and a nod to those who know what really happened in those strange places in those strange times she writes about.
Now she resides in a secret bunker, where she turns her attention to matters of great importance, none of which have anything to do with what passes for current events. At least not in any traceable, tangible way.
Three stories of speculative fiction asking the most important questions of life: What if monkeys had continued to dominate the space program? What if an alien invasion went almost unnoticed? What if space colonization were as messed up as colonization anywhere else?
Includes: Alien Fast-Food Wars, A Lovely Failure and The First Creatured Mission.
Although monkeys and dogs were the first creatures to go into space, at one point seemed inevitable that the first deep space pilots would be humans. Of course things didn't work out that way, and this is the story as it unfolded.
Banned to a remote outlying planet thought devoid of anything useful, Charles finds it surprising comfortable and the people agreeable. They are as unmotivated to seek material success as he is. That Home World has basically written both he and the planet off as worthless makes life sweet. The unexpected arrival of a colleague who feels the need to redeem himself threatens everything.
When remote-controlled aircraft begin behaving erratically, even crashing, there is only one logical explanation – aliens have taken over the planet's fast-food industry to carry out research about humans. Their research methodology interferes with remote-control frequencies. Since they won't stop, this means war.