He summonsed Steven Steinberg to the White House, kept him waiting for nearly an hour and then summonsed him to the oval office. He ranted and raved. ‘Did you know that they’ve summonsed me to Geneva! Goddammit! Why not New York? It’s the Goddam Brits. Those bull-shitters have always disrespected me. What the hell is going on Steinberg?’
‘Mr President, Sir’, said Steinberg, doing his best to show respect, ‘All I can tell you is that there is a massive space vehicle nearly one sixth the size of the moon approaching the solar system. The Magellan telescope is tracking it and my unit is picking up radio signals’.
‘So why are the Goddam Brits calling all the shots. Weren’t we the first to detect this space giant?’
‘Actually, no sir we weren’t. It was their Manchester SETI and I suspect they are hiding something’.
‘There’s a second weaker signal that we cannot detect. Al Bicknell, their top man, suggested it might be an echo or something, but I think he was just trying to mollify me. We’ve tried our darnedest to detect it .........’
‘And those cussed po-faced Brits have bettered you eh? So, will they tell us all at Geneva? They bloody better had or I’ll give them Hell!’
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