Garth Nix, "Punctuality"

The Emperor takes his clone-daughter Ilugia to see the Punctuality Drive.

(from The New Space Opera 2)

Look, I like nerds. (I’ve been called one, though I believe myself better filed under “dork.”) But the nerdery in this story is just lame. The Star Sapphire Throne? The Sixth-first Empress of All Known Space? It’s all so ’70s and… uncool. My god. I’ve crossed over.

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