Humor Science Fiction

As Wise as Serpents

By Stephen Dedman
Jan 21, 2019 · 3,367 words · 13 minutes

Caution Tape at the United States Capitol

Photo by Andy Feliciotti via Unsplash.

From the author: Why did a previously friendly alien ambassador to Washington DC suddenly kill two men?


AS WISE AS SERPENTS

by Stephen Dedman

My father's parents were Boers (you can spell that any damn way you like) who fled South Africa just ahead of black majority rule. My mother was the first Australian Aborigine to be granted refugee status as a member of a politically persecuted minority. It gives me the sort of perspective an anthropologist should have. It also makes me socially unacceptable almost anywhere, which is why I wasn't at the Mall when it happened; that, and the fact that...

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