"This headquarters will be overrun in an hour. We have to evacuate," said Colonel Qiang.

"Not an option," said Trinity.

"Look. If I throw everything we've got at them―and I mean everything―we can hold off the Baltic forces for perhaps two hours―but that would be suicide. And for what?" said Colonel Qiang.

The intercom rang. "It's Eitan from Jerusalem," said the secretary.

"Put him through," said Trinity.

"You have Vi's access codes but you don't sound like her," said Eitan over the radio.

"Hivemind," said Trinity.

"What do you need?" said Eitan.

"I'm cashing in the favor you owe me for saving the Levant. I need to use your giant space laser," said Trinity.

"You realize you're too far away for us to provide you air defense? The curvature of the Earth gets in the way. Also, I saw those tanks and battlemechs on our satellites. Your options are defeat or Masada," said Eitan.

"What? No. We have our own weapons. We need you to cut a path through the Kessler debris. I'm sending you our launch trajectory," said Trinity.

"It shall be done," said Eitan.

Trinity turned off the radio.

"You're good at keeping secrets. I thought the ship's life support systems wouldn't be ready for another ten years," said Colonel Qiang.

"They won't be ready. Ever. I scrapped the life support project months ago. It's pure propaganda," said Trinity.

"You mean the reason I'm here, the reason I agreed to work for you, is a lie?" said Colonel Qiang.

"We were born on Earth. We will die on Earth. Space is for our children," said Trinity.

Colonel Qiang's eyes widened. "You're building a von Neumann machine."

"Built. It'll be ready to launch in two hours," said Trinity.

"You will have your two hours," said Colonel Qiang.

"萬歲," said Trinity.

Colonel Qiang bowed, clicked his boots, turned on his heels and left the room.


This concludes Bayeswatch. Thank you Dov Random for helping to come up with the original idea.

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Let me try and piece together the sequence of events...

  • Sherine launches a world-coup against Bayeswatch hegemony
  • Vi and Miriam take out Sherine's headquarters
  • Bayeswatch nominally reestablishes control, but their vulnerability is known
  • The hivemind starts building a military force
  • Vi joins/seizes the hivemind
  • The singularity war starts. Vi controls the Bayeswatch-loyal side.
  • Sherine-controlled Miriam kills Vi's original body
  • Vi's forces lose the war for control of Earth's surface but launch a von Neumann probe

Before drafting this I was wondering if Vi started the singularity war. But if she controlled the singularity and the Bayeswatch-loyal human forces, she probably would have won.

Unclear if Sherine a) is behind the singularity, b) sides with the singularity over Vi, c) thinks a third faction can defeat both Vi and the singularity, or d) figures humanity is doomed no matter what so she might as well get some revenge. Her em's dying words suggest a).

I really loved reading this series. Came for the puns, stayed for the story. Thank you for writing!

Then won't be ready. Ever.


Fixed. Thanks.