The Lemonuclear Conductor

A merchant vessel enters a system with rigid laws about visitors, and almost succeeds in making a lucrative delivery, when it encounters a potentially deadly obstacle.

This story is from Year 8, The Year of Revisitation
I revisit one of the stories I’ve already written, and write a new standalone story connected to or inspired by the existing one through a character, a place, an object, a continuation of events (okay, sequel), and so on.

Lemons is what this story has in common to the Year Seven story entitled “A Tale of Nine Lemons,” in which a young man, whose parents have given his siblings all manner of wondrous parting gifts to help them make their fortunes in the world, is given a basket of lemons to make his fortune. That story was the result of a writing prompt, to finish the sentence, “When life gives you lemons…”

In this new story, I started with another response I wrote to that same prompt. “When life gives you lemons….

“…and I mean lots and lots of lemons, then you’ve got to figure out how to use those lemons to fuel your ship before it falls out of orbit on the most hostile planet in the Narebunk system.”

[Video description: No sound. Duration is 11 seconds. Digital drawing of a humanoid person with a long-haired mohawk and scaly skin on the left, seen from shoulders up and from the back, pointing at a display of multiple glowing holographic displays with various readouts. The main display shows some kind of containment vessel or reactor vessel. The words “Short Story” are displayed in front of the image near the top.  At the bottom of the image is the title of the short story, “The Lemonuclear Conductor,” and below that, the story’s genre, “Science Fiction.”  As the video progresses, the words fade away as the containment vessel begins to spark and glow.  The words “One more way to use a lemon” appear at the bottom of the screen. The words vanish.  The website name “” fades into view at the top of the screen.]

Genre: Science Fiction


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