"DIGGING IN GEHENNA"
Daddy was arguing with Dr. Blom again, so Mom told me to stay away from the dig for awhile, at least until tempers cooled off. That was the only thing likely to cool off anytime soon. Spring was rising, and so were the daytime temperatures. We would be heading back south to the more comfortable polar zones as soon as the last trucks were loaded and the skywhale arrived tomorrow morning. Twenty-four months would pass before the sand would be cool enough to stand on again, but nobody knew if we would be coming back.
Out in the asteroid belt, the mountains fly. They tumble and roll silently. Distant sparkles break the darkness. Someday we'll get out there, we'll catch the mountains, we'll break them into kibble to get at the good parts. We'll find out if the centers are nougat or truffle. And some of us-some of us will even become comet-tossers, throwing the mountains around like gods.
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About the Author
He has written scripts for over a dozen hit television series, including Star Trek, Twilight Zone, Star Trek Animated, Sliders, Babylon 5, Land Of The Lost, and Tales From The Dark Side. His most famous script is "The Trouble With Tribbles" episode of the original Star Trek series.
His most popular novels are When HARLIE Was One, The Man Who Folded Himself, The Voyage Of The Star Wolf, Jumping Off The Planet, and The War Against The Chtorr series.
In 1995, David Gerrold won the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards for The Martian Child, the autobiographical tale of his son's adoption. That story was also the basis for the 2007 movie Martian Child, starring John Cusack and Amanda Peet.
You can find more information about David Gerrold and his work at www.gerrold.com.