SHARK HORSE: PART 23
SHARK TO THE GREAT BEYOND
“If we cut up beasts simply because they cannot prevent us and because we are backing our own side in the struggle for existence, it is only logical to cut up imbeciles, criminals, enemies, or capitalists for the same reasons.”
“Look at all these little things! So busy now! Notice how each one is useful. A lovely ballet ensues, so full of form and color. Now, think about all those people that created them. Technicians, engineers, hundreds of people, who will be able to feed their children tonight, so those children can grow up big and strong and have little teeny children of their own, and so on and so forth. Thus, adding to the great chain of life. You see, father, by causing a little destruction, I am in fact encouraging life. In reality, you and I are in the same business.”
– Jean-Baptiste Emanuel Zorg
“Ein Schrei wird zum Himmel fahren
Schneidet sich durch Engelsscharen
Vom Wolkendach fällt Federfleisch
auf meine Kindheit mit Gekreisch.”
“Kill one man, and you are a murderer. Kill millions of men, and you are a conqueror. Kill them all, and you are a god.”
– Jean Rostand
The planet Earth glittered beautifully in the distance, its troubled history invisible through the vastness of space. It stood as a reminder of from whence we’d come; from a primordial ooze to a mighty empire, the best and brightest of whom now populated one-hundred-and-one spacecraft of all kinds. There were space-freighters, space-yachts, space-barges and space-cutters. Among this grandiose fleet of travelers were space-canoes, space-warships and even a space-pontoon or two. But the largest, and most impressive vessel of them all was the Pilgrim Spirit, the Imperial Flagship of the Fourth Reich, commanded by Captain George Clooney himself and boasting the presence of Der Führer and his cabinet.
Built by the company Blohm und Voss using revolutionary nanotechnology, the Pilgrim Spirit was a living, sentient marvel of Terran achievement. From stern to prow it stretched nearly eight-hundred meters; it boasted a crew complement of nearly two thousand augmented men, beasts, and (to a much lesser extent) women who had been selected by the Fourth Reich as the pinnacle of Earth’s capabilities. Every part of it, from its indestructible hull to its magnificent dining halls, was constructed of microscopic, cellular machines; each system was capable of miraculous self-repair, and its incalculable energy demands were met using dark matter drawn directly from the Selachimorph Dimension.
The mighty flagship of the Fourth Reich was now hovering majestically just beyond the Earth’s orbit; the hundred-strong fleet floated just beyond it. Aboard the myriad ships that built up this fleet, there were those deemed to be the finest Planet Earth had produced. Carefully selected to conform to DolphiNazi overlord Lawrence Sigo’s eugenics program, the fleet was crewed by a motley of beings. Not only men, but dolphins, vampires, sharks, vampire sharks, horses, hamsters, and raccoons all served as crew members.
One of the crew members was a Shark Horse.