True Forms June Elliott

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True Forms  by  June Elliott

True Forms by June Elliott
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When Federation diplomat, Gloria Spencer, receives her assignment to the planet Terminus, she expects to evaluate a new belief system. When she arrives, she is aghast to discover the local elite is on the verge of bloodily suppressing the localMoreWhen Federation diplomat, Gloria Spencer, receives her assignment to the planet Terminus, she expects to evaluate a new belief system.

When she arrives, she is aghast to discover the local elite is on the verge of bloodily suppressing the local equality and democracy movement. Despite being targeted by the head of the local security service and the Federation Navy two weeks away, she and the crew of the spaceship work feverishly and under extreme time pressure trying to bring peace to the planet.Text sample: Turning, I followed the tall shape of my physically fit boss into his rear office, his slight limp, a casualty of the Knife Fighter War, barely slowing him down.

Once seated behind his desk, he picked up an info cube and tossed it to me.I caught it in midair.“Hold onto that,” he directed. Reaching over, he punched up a hologram. Giving me a level look, he warned, “What you will be seeing is strange.”I settled into one of the worn chairs in front of his old, scratched, wood desk to watch. In the hologram were crowds tracing out circles, triangles, and squares.

I stared at them. The people wore brightly colored capes: yellow, blue, and red. Most had flower garlands on their heads. At first, they held hands. Next, they joyfully twirled, exchanging capes. At marked intervals, they sang or wove their way around geometric shapes marked on the ground with white stones. After a while, they started all over again. I gazed intently at the images for a long time. It was oddly hypnotic. Peaceful. Joyful.Finally, I asked, “What are they doing?”“We have not got the faintest notion.”“It looks harmless enough.”Leaning back in his chair, my boss put his arms behind his head.

After several moments of apparent thought, he began to explain. “It is the context that is troubling. This holo was taken on Terminus. Our ambassador there tells us a charismatic preacher is stirring the people up with a new religion called True Forms.”I shrugged my shoulders. It did not sound too terribly serious. My eyes turned of their own accord back to the holo. How interesting, I thought. I cannot seem to keep my eyes off these people dancing away in this holo.He went on.

“It is exacerbating the class frictions. The elite, descended from the officers from a generation ship, disapprove of the new religion. The passenger descended class has practically joined it en masse.”As I watched the people on the video, his words seemed strangely and absurdly irrelevant to me. Problems? How can there be problems? There is something very attractive about these people. They are smiling.

They are happy. They are all part of one big, joyful activity. What is he talking about? Problems? Is that what he said? Hmmm. No way. These people all appear to be taking a great deal of pleasure in their dance. I sat, watching and wondering still what the problem was.His voice cut through my near trance. “The elite sees it as the start of an insurgency.”



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