An Overabundance Of Courage

Unmanned probes “maybe” found life in Jupiter. Nothing was certain, and this brought fearless entrepreneur and adventurer, Jeb Newcastle into the orbit of Jupiter.

The press took pictures as Newcastle stood before his probe.

“The first mission should be unmanned,” muttered Genelle.

“It’s too dangerous,” warned Chang.

Newcastle grinned for the cameras. “Because of what? Microbial life? Don’t be daft!”

Hours later, Genelle and Chang watched the camera feeds as Newcastle’s probe dove.

“There’s one now,” crowed Newcastle. “Lovely! Oh my, it’s quite lar…”

When the feed cut, Genelle sighed, “Well, Jupiter has life.”

Chang nodded, “And its got huge teeth.” 

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Written for the Friday Fictioneers: https://rochellewisoff.com/2021/10/27/29-october-2021/

About EagleAye

I like looking at the serious subjects in the news and seeking the lighter side of the issue. I love satire and spoofs. I see the ridiculous side of things all the time, and my goal is to share that light-hearted view.
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27 Responses to An Overabundance Of Courage

  1. tedstrutz says:

    I had stroke! Thank you

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  2. granonine says:

    Well, they did warn him 🙂

    Like

  3. Will says:

    Yikes! Probing the stars can be dangerous. Great story.

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  4. Ain says:

    His demise down to his ego .. a message there…

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  5. I gotta ask… did the Jovian use Jeb’s radio antenna as a toothpick?

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  6. Dear Eric,

    Some folks gotta find out for themselves, don’t they. I’ll never see Jupiter the same way. Good to see you back in the squares.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  7. James McEwan says:

    I found this excitingly funny and dangerous. What if the Large Creature with teeth develops a taste for human flesh and discovers its source.

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  8. draliman says:

    Well, that’ll learn him 🙂

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  9. Fun and thrilling, nice one!

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  10. Bill says:

    Cool story. Well told.

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  11. Still writing warped science fiction I see!! Good to see you are still writing Eric~ ❤

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  12. Lyn says:

    Does he realise there is actually a ghost hovering behind him 😮

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  13. msjadeli says:

    So well-written. The fatal flaw for planetary exploration seems to be an underestimation of what ETs are capable of. I really enjoyed the way you ended it.

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