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Might Have Been
Cape Canaveral, FL, July 21th, 1999
Speaking yesterday at a NASA event celebrating the 30th anniversary of Apollo 11's successful moon landing, President Bob Dole announced the long anticipated cancellation of the Apollo Program. In his speech, the President praised the many scientific accomplishments of Apollo, which landed at twenty-one different sites over the course of over thirty lunar missions, twelve missions to the Skylab One and Skylab Two space stations, the 1975 Apollo-Soyuz Test Project, and the landing of Apollo-Ares 3 on Mars' moon of Phobos.
Critics of the Apollo Program have long complained of cost overruns and of NASA "Digging trenches on the moon", in particularly the final eight lunar missions, which established Goddard Base on the Moon's Mare Cognitum, and also included the 1996 tragedy of Apollo 37, when astronauts Commander Rick D. Husband, Lunar Module Pilot William McCool, and Mission Specialists Kalpana Chawla and Laurel Clark were killed when the engine
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RVA: Patience
She was only a hundred and ten years old when she'd lost Salli. Sallivera, only five years older, but never having indulged in cellular regeneration, and having suffered more than her fair share of serious injuries, died from tripping over the edge of a carpet of all things. The fall resulted in a broken rib. The subsequent lung infection from her restricted breathing brought on a battle with pneumonia that Salli had no chance to recover from. After a brief three day coma she died, never regaining consciousness to say goodbye.
So for forty years, Alinadar went on without her. Not unhappily. Their children and grandchildren kept her distracted from the empty hole in her heart. She even took on a lover, scandalously fifty years younger than herself, who brought her joy she'd never expected to feel again. They lived together for ten years, parted amicably, and moved on with their lives. After that, there was no one else.
Ali, never happy unless she was occupied with a task, kept to her po
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Liliemaniacs
SCENE: The Warner Brothers (and Sister!)'s Water Tower.
Yakko: Great news, everybody! Looks like we're getting a brand new, shiny reboot series!
Dot: Hurray!
Wakko: Oh, are we going to be back on the WB?
Dot: The WB network is gone, Wakko.
Wakko: Then who's going to be carrying us then?
Yakko: The good news is, we'll be on Hulu.
Dot: Oh, binge watching for the win!
Yakko: The bad news is, we'll be on Hulu.
Wakko: Why's that bad?
Yakko: The water tower's ISP is Comcast.
(Wakko and Dot groan in disappointment.)
Dot: Wait, if we're on the Internet, that means no more Broadcast Standards and Practices! And that means…
Wakko: No more Wheel of Morality!
Yakko: And all the barely concealed innuendo we want!
All: YAY!!!
Yakko: And best of all, Meg Syverud is doing the storyboards for our pilot!
Dot: Yay! Wait, who?
Wakko: Meg Sylveroof.
Yakko: No, no. It's Sliverude.
Wakko: I get pretty rude, if there's sliver in my finger.
Dot: (checking her phone) It's pronounced SIV-uh-r
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Excelsior
It was one of those rare, wonderful New York City days. The heat and mugginess of Summer had passed, leaving the crisp air of Autumn. In Central Park the leaves were changing, bright reds and oranges and yellows, turning the trees into sunbursts. It was going to be, the man knew in his bones, a perfect day,
He walked down the walking path towards Belvedere Castle, a spring in his step he hadn't been able to manage for what seemed like thirty, no sixty years. A great smile grew underneath the bushy grey mustache he sported, and his stride grew longer. His bones no longer ached, the dark cloud that had hung over him the past year seeming to have disappeared under the bright New York sky.
He frowned, his steps slowing, even as the smiling, happy crowd moved around him. Wait, what was he doing here? He'd been in their house in LA, hadn't he? Their empty, lonely house, the only visitors nurses or doctors, or worse, lawyers, who only wanted to talk to him about the mess
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Ali-ween: Grief
"Murderer!" the woman shouted. "Let me see that murderer!"
Ali leaned over the desk in Greenhome Colony's main Civil Protection office, looking at the image of the ranting, middle-aged human female on the display screen, locked in the building's holding tank. "Where did she come from?" she asked the CP commander beside her.
"She arrived three days ago on a tourist ship that landed at Shore Town," the commander, a foxen like herself, told her. "The next day she took a commuter flight to Greenholme Capitol. She was arrested this morning, after attempting to bribe a clerk at the General Products store into allowing her to purchase an unlicensed plasma pistol. When questioned by the arresting officer, her reason was, I quote, 'So I can kill that little black and white monster of a pirate,' end quote." The commander gave Ali an apologetic shrug. "When she said that, I figured she could only be talking about you. Sorry."
"Well, the description is fair," Ali admitted, sitting back in a
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Ali-ween: Parking Violations of the Red Vixen
"You want me, to watch your boys?" Alinadar asked her cousin Karra. It was a perfectly innocent request. Ali knew. Actually, it was a measure of great trust, especially after the… incident that had occured when she'd first met the two cublings.
"I know it's a bit of an imposition," Karra said. "Coming to Greenholme to visit with you and Lady Sallivera has been really wonderful, but Fin and I need just a day to ourselves, in private. Just for a little, er, romance."
"Boys staying up too late?" Ali guessed.
"Yes," Karra grumbled. Her expression softened as she saw Ali's concern. "I know you still must kicking yourself a bit after what happened when you first met our family, but I know you would never consciously hurt Nav or Ned."
"They wouldn't be scared around me?" Ali asked. When she'd first met the two boys, her PTSD had been triggered by them playing with plastic toy plasma pistols. She'd ended up pulling out her own very real weapon and nearly stunned them
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Brent's Book
Lyra leaned over Brent's shoulder, looking at the illustration opposite the page he was reading. "No woman warrior has ever dressed like that," she noted with a grin.
"It's just a story," he mumbled, hunching down over the book.
"That bikini doesn't qualify as armor either. I figure it's a race between her being gutted, or catching pneumonia."
"Could you let me finish this, please?"
"Finish? You've been reading that same page for the last ten minutes."
"I know that!" Brent snapped.
"LYRA!" Orrig growled from across the common room.
"What?"
"Let Brent read book. Qvietly."
The elf turned from the orc bred male and stormed off towards the bar, muttering as she passed Thistle, "I bet you've got better taste in reading."
The mage's blue eyes looked up at Lyra from behind her ever present hood, making her pause. It wasn't Thistle's usual expression of quiet deference, or worry. It reminded Lyra more of the first time they'd met, when she'd ang
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Ali-ween: Gunshy
It was the same dream. She was ten years old again, growing too large to squirm through a ship's ventilation system, but still small enough that Sgt. Jack kept pushing her in. Fahdah had been transferred to one of the other ships in Bloody Margo's fleet, after trying to argue with Sgt. Jack one too many times using the young vixen. Her heart pounded from the injection of combat drugs, her breath feeling moist and clammy in the filter mask covering her muzzle, so she wouldn't breath in too much dust.
"Hurry it up, Ali-Kat!" Sgt. Jack snarled into her earpiece. "These stupid creweys have got themselves a power armor set, and they're givin' us trouble. We need the ship's vault secured so we got some leverage on 'em.
"Yessir," Ali mumbled into her com, as she continued to shove herself awkwardly forward in the vent shaft. She could hear the thump of plasma bolts hitting the inner hull as the crew of the Relentless pushed forward against the freighter's defenses. Most ships gave up w
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Ali-ween: The Red Honeymoon
"I think you need a bath, Ali," Salli had told her gently. They'd been working out together this morning, running through isometric exercises and basic katas, and had worked up a nice sweat. Salli had already had a shower, using the sybaritic bathroom in Lady Melanie's private retreat in orbit around White Light, a human luxury world. Which had disappointed Ali a little, because Salli's scent was pretty intoxicating to start with for her, and even better after hard workout.
"We're all alone up here," Ali pointed out. "Who cares?" Lady Melanie had loaned them the station for their honeymoon, on the wise assumption that the marriage of a high ranking noblevixen (Salli) to a dirt low ex-pirate commoner (her) was going to attract reporters like nectar to builder bugs. So for the past three days it had just been Ali, Salli, and a discreet station maintenance AI aboard, and the newschannels locked out of the station's com system.
"Don't get me wrong, I like your scent, but I also like a litt
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"This is the first story of yours I wanted to read!" -My mom, reading "The Watchtower" in This Book is Cursed.
Cape Canaveral, FL, July 21th, 1999

Speaking yesterday at a NASA event celebrating the 30th anniversary of Apollo 11's successful moon landing, President Bob Dole announced the long anticipated cancellation of the Apollo Program. In his speech, the President praised the many scientific accomplishments of Apollo, which landed at twenty-one different sites over the course of over thirty lunar missions, twelve missions to the Skylab One and Skylab Two space stations, the 1975 Apollo-Soyuz Test Project, and the landing of Apollo-Ares 3 on Mars' moon of Phobos.

Critics of the Apollo Program have long complained of cost overruns and of NASA "Digging trenches on the moon", in particularly the final eight lunar missions, which established Goddard Base on the Moon's Mare Cognitum, and also included the 1996 tragedy of Apollo 37, when astronauts Commander Rick D. Husband, Lunar Module Pilot William McCool, and Mission Specialists Kalpana Chawla and Laurel Clark were killed when the engine of their Advanced Lunar Module failed upon takeoff, resulting in it crashing into the lunar surface ten minutes after launch. A subsequent investigation discovered that debris struck the ALM's engine bell during its initial landing, which was not discovered during post-landing inspection. The investigation's final report eviscerated NASA for a "culture of complacency" resulting in large changes in NASA's safety programs.

Upon hearing the announcement, former NASA chief Michael Griffin stated "In retrospect, the Apollo Program was a mistake. The American public and scientific community would have been better served if we had moved forward with the Space Transportation System, and created a true, reusable Space Shuttle, and perhaps a permanent manned space station."

The Space Shuttle was a mid-70's attempt to build a partly reusable spacecraft, which would have carried a maximum seven astronauts, compared to the Advanced Apollo Command Module's five crew, and over 22,000 lbs. of cargo. A prototype craft, the Enterprise, was built for testing the Shuttle's landing characteristics, and flew on five captive carry flights atop a modified Boeing 747, and five test flights, where it was released to land on its own. However the program was cancelled by President Ford in 1980, citing cost overruns and NASA's commitment to the Skylab 2 program.

Currently there are no plans in place for a replacement for the Apollo program, leaving NASA's manned space program in limbo
Might Have Been
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Summary: In this new take on the long running Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego edutainment franchise, the series focuses on the character of Carmen herself as the protagonist, as she fights the agents of V.I.L.E. who raised her.

Review: One thing that has held (mostly) true about Carmen Sandiego in all the games and TV adaptations since the 80's, is that's she's the antagonist. Sometimes stealing for money, sometimes just to pull off a ridiculously spectacular heist, and sometimes as a sort of karmic trickster, but she was always the one the players hunted, not rooted for.

This time around, Netflix's series turns the tables. Turns out orphan Carmen was actually raised by VILE after being discovered as a foundling in Argentina, and taught to be a master thief. Unfortunately for them, she figures out the happy group of quirky jewelry robbers aren't above hurting civilians, and she decides to GTF out of Dodge (the Canary Islands actually) with the help of Player, a "white hat" hacker she gets in contact with through a prohibited cell phone.

As much as the Carmen Sandiego series of games and shows has a canon, this pretty much turns things on its head, as the audience is now supposed to root for Carmen, instead of the folks hunting her. This actually gives the series a bit of moral ambiguity, with at least at couple of VILE agents sympathetic to Carmen, as she also goes slightly greyer (it is a kid's show after all), basically doing the Wrong Things for the Right Reasons.

Random Observations:

1. Watch out for original Carmen voice Rita Romeno as the person who (unwillingly) provides Carmen with her signature outfit.

2. The first two episodes are Carmen's origin story, without much edutainment content.

3. Episode Three actually starts the geography lessons with a visit to Malaysia, with a bit of a clunky geography info dump at the beginning. Hopefully that will smooth out in later eps.

4. Weirdest change in the series is Zack and Ivy going from ACME agents to Carmen's hench-siblings. Which isn't helped by the choice of giving the characters really thick and annoying "Bawhston" accents.

5. Funniest line so far: "You do realize that means risking another surprise visit from Fedora the Explorer?"


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Thank you for sharing your written works with the rest of the community. As an occasional hack writer, it's nice to see other people who enjoy producing a well written tale.

If you have a little time to work on your gallery organization, I wouldn't mind seeing a separate folder for the various Zootopia works  (you have written a compelling AU), but I don't remember if there's a limit on folder count for non-premium members.
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I think there is alas. :(
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