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Mysterious comet soars by glowing cloudlike nebula

The inexorable juggernaut, designed by extraterrestrial committee with different climate zones was called Big Bad John. Eruptions of gas acted like an omnidirectional propulsion system unpredictably changing course of the comet seemingly at will. As Phillips scanned the celestial body the star cruiser suddenly became drawn into an unexpected gravitational pull. The aerodynamic craft plummeted through streams of gas and dust striae. A solar-powered toy carousel wobbled uncontrollably on the command console as the pilot struggled with the control yoke. "Earning our paychecks today," he said while experiencing extreme G's.

Haviland calculated that the commander’s survival rate would increase if he ejected in the escape pod. The star sailor did not agree, but the computer did the math again and jettisoned him. Phillips’s capsule landed within a frozen expanse of tundra. The starship grounded with a dead-stick in the desolate volcanic sierra. With that the comet ever proceeded by nebular clouds embedded with gestating stars in cocoons of dust and gas into the entropy of the universe leaving behind an immense trailing wake resembling a shovelful of powdery dry dirt flung into the darkness of a yawning grave.

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