Master of Formalities

by Scott Meyer
Release date: July 2015
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: science fiction
Tags: humor

Even when finding oneself engaged in interstellar war, good form must be observed. Our story is set thousands of years after the Terran Exodus, where two powerful, planet-dominating families — the elegant House Jakabitus and the less refined Hahn Empire — have reached a critical point in their generations-long war. Master Hennik, the Hahn ruler’s only son, has been captured, and the disposition of his internment may represent a last and welcome chance for peace.

Enter Wollard, the impeccably distinguished and impossibly correct Master of Formalities for House Jakabitus. When he suggests that Master Hennik be taken in as a ward of the House, certain complications arise. Wollard believes utterly and devotedly in adhering to rules and good etiquette. But how does one inform the ruler of a planet that you are claiming his son as your own — and still create enough goodwill to deescalate an intergalactic war?

(updated 2017-03-08)

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