You’ve never felt so excited. You just graduated from Space Academy, and you’re waiting outside the office of Dr. Andre Bartok, Director of Interstellar Exploration. In a few moments you’ll receive your first assignment in space.
You’ve hardly settled into your chair when an assistant says, “Dr. Bartok will see you now.”
The thin, balding director looks up from his computer as you enter the room.
“Come in—I’ve been expecting you.” He smiles for a moment, then gestures for you to take a seat on the other side of his long, crescent-shaped desk. You glance around the...