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The Caterpillar Campaign, a SF for younger readers

The Caterpillar Campaign, a SF for younger readers

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Published by Brian W. Porter
During just one year, the summer after our junior year at high school and right through what should have been our senior year, I learned, all three of us learned, about government and war: how to live primitively, how to hide, how to defend ourselves, how to shoot weapons, and how to blow things up. And we learned what it's like to be scared, what it feels like to run for your life, and finally what it feels like to save the world.

Some say that John, Randy, Shelly, and I are among the most important people in the world. Just because we three boys first discovered the attack fleet as the Alnoutes approached earth, and the four of us helped with their eventual defeat, isn't that big of a deal. At least not to me.
That one year did give me a lifetime of memories, memories I share here. You can decide if we’re as important as others say.

* * *
He punched a few buttons, waited for a moment, and said, "Ground only. Priority one. Code 7516172. Thank you." A minute passed. "General? Colonel Kennedy here. It's worse than we thought.--Yes, Sir, I will." The colonel pushed the disconnect button, and then dialed a new number. Again, he waited a minute. "Madam President? Colonel James Kennedy.--Yes, Ma'am, they're all well.--No, Ma'am, I haven't. I haven't had the chance. They keep me very busy.--Yes, Ma'am, the reason I called." Slowly he said, "Well, Ma'am, I think we have a little situation here."

John, a radio astronomy geek, spends his last summer vacation on his uncle's ranch in Oklahoma with two friends, Randy, a computer wiz, and Ted, a rough and tumble engineer, who narrates. They finish a radio antenna for a homemade SETI project and surprisingly hear voices speaking in a language they have never heard before. Randy's father, a freelance computer programmer, calls in expert help, which leads to American military involvement. The boys plan a clandestine mission, and with the help of the leading general, hide in an abandoned mine in Colorado and wait until the invasion is over. They, and other groups who are hidden everywhere, strike back.
During just one year, the summer after our junior year at high school and right through what should have been our senior year, I learned, all three of us learned, about government and war: how to live primitively, how to hide, how to defend ourselves, how to shoot weapons, and how to blow things up. And we learned what it's like to be scared, what it feels like to run for your life, and finally what it feels like to save the world.

Some say that John, Randy, Shelly, and I are among the most important people in the world. Just because we three boys first discovered the attack fleet as the Alnoutes approached earth, and the four of us helped with their eventual defeat, isn't that big of a deal. At least not to me.
That one year did give me a lifetime of memories, memories I share here. You can decide if we’re as important as others say.

* * *
He punched a few buttons, waited for a moment, and said, "Ground only. Priority one. Code 7516172. Thank you." A minute passed. "General? Colonel Kennedy here. It's worse than we thought.--Yes, Sir, I will." The colonel pushed the disconnect button, and then dialed a new number. Again, he waited a minute. "Madam President? Colonel James Kennedy.--Yes, Ma'am, they're all well.--No, Ma'am, I haven't. I haven't had the chance. They keep me very busy.--Yes, Ma'am, the reason I called." Slowly he said, "Well, Ma'am, I think we have a little situation here."

John, a radio astronomy geek, spends his last summer vacation on his uncle's ranch in Oklahoma with two friends, Randy, a computer wiz, and Ted, a rough and tumble engineer, who narrates. They finish a radio antenna for a homemade SETI project and surprisingly hear voices speaking in a language they have never heard before. Randy's father, a freelance computer programmer, calls in expert help, which leads to American military involvement. The boys plan a clandestine mission, and with the help of the leading general, hide in an abandoned mine in Colorado and wait until the invasion is over. They, and other groups who are hidden everywhere, strike back.

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Published by: Brian W. Porter on Nov 15, 2009
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A bad PDF file has been corrected. It's been edited, a cover photo was added, and the font is larger and readable on phones. This is tighter and a better read, more what I do in my other books. And it’s still free.
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This needs a rewrite, and a photo cover, and it will no longer be free.
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