The Peter Principle single work   short story   science fiction  
Issue Details: First known date: 2003... 2003 The Peter Principle
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'Spang catches a communications worker, Ken Genovese, sending encrypted messages in the standard weather broadcasts, and sentences him to hang without even bothering to decrypt the messages. Moskof speaks with Benny in Mister Crofton's garden after the hanging, asking her to suggest some way of improving morale, and Benny sarcastically suggests staging an art show in the garden. When Moskof takes her seriously, Benny decides to arrange a show of exclusively alien art. The display is examined beforehand and cleared for display, but the Axis puts up human artwork alongside the alien pieces; in some ways, the human art appears more accomplished, but this is because it's been designed for the human senses, unlike the alien artwork. Spang leaves the show to answer a call of nature, but is confronted by an alien artist, Bang Jorik, who'd originally planned to commit a very public suicide at the show before Benny talked him out of it. While Spang is distracted, Benny and Crofton overpower him and push him into a deep well to his death. Moskof is promoted into Spang's place, but Spang's "disappearance" goes unsolved. Benny has made her first serious strike against the Fifth Axis.'

Source: ( Sighted: 19/5/11

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    y Life During Wartime : A Short-Story Anthology Paul Cornell (editor), Maidenhead : Big Finish Productions , 2003 Z1780188 2003 anthology short story science fiction

    'The Braxiatel Collection has been occupied by the Fifth Axis. This shouldn't have happened: Brax picked this place to be safe, and surely he knows the history of time and space?

    Bernice and her friends find themselves living under a military government. Bev joins the resistance. Adrian is thrown into a prison camp for aliens. Jason finds a comfortable little niche for himself in the new administration. Bernice's half-human son, Peter, is now under threat every minute of every day.

    Bernice finds herself caught in the middle of the occupation, her old friends, and her desperate need to protect her child.'

    Source: Big Finish website ( Sighted: 19/5/11

    Maidenhead : Big Finish Productions , 2003
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