13 thoughts on “News Flash! Astronomer Discovers Mars”

  1. Reminds me of Dan Gallery’s Stand By to Start Engines.  In this fictional telling of various Navy adventures, a pilot decides to make fun of the media’s flying saucer mania by describing sighting the sun without revealing the identity of the object.  He makes fools out of them (big surprise).

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  2. Richard Easton:
    Reminds me of Dan Gallery’s Stand By to Start Engines.

    Talk about a blast from the past. Have you read all three collections of his short “sea stories”? (Now Hear This and Captain Fatso in addition to Stand By to Start Engines.)

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  3. Seawriter:

    Richard Easton:
    Reminds me of Dan Gallery’s Stand By to Start Engines.

    Talk about a blast from the past. Have you read all three collections of his short “sea stories”? (Now Hear This and Captain Fatso in addition to Stand By to Start Engines.)

    I was a huge fan of Admiral Daniel V. Gallery’s stories in the 1960s.  In his naval career, he is remembered for commanding the destroyer escort which captured the German submarine U-505 off the coast of Africa in 1944.  This was the first time the U.S. Navy boarded and captured an enemy man-of-war since the War of 1812, and no U.S. Navy captain has given the order “Away All Boarders” since.

    In addition to his humorous fiction, he also wrote a Cold War thriller, The Brink, which I recall as being pretty good.

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  4. Seawriter:

    Richard Easton:
    Reminds me of Dan Gallery’s Stand By to Start Engines.

    Talk about a blast from the past. Have you read all three collections of his short “sea stories”? (Now Hear This and Captain Fatso in addition to Stand By to Start Engines.)

    Yes, they are all wonderful books.

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    no U.S. Navy captain has given the order “Away All Boarders” since

    By gum I hope I live to hear of it again!

    Heretofore the only Naval cry I have known has been Pistols and Cutlasses! from the Arthur Ransome books. Great, stirring stuff. But then, alas, years after reading them to the offspring, I learned to my sorrow that Ransome was an enthusiastic Leninist and cheerleader for the Bolsheviks of 1917, like that Reed fellow. Oh dear.

    So, Away All Boarders comes in handy as a worthy replacement. Gratias tibi ago.

     

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  6. I squint and see that the author of the Note wrote from Cape Town. Sadly as well as metaphorically, Mars God of War apparently  is now making return to South Africa. What a sad place with such a history. May a more beneficent star soon appear over that country.

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