On the eve of the first mission to a potential habitable extrasolar planet, two very different people meet in a bar. Underneath the thrilling anticipation of discovery, their evening together exposes a current of wistfulness for the life the astronaut explorer is leaving behind.
As far as we know, there isn't an army of dolphins wielding chainsaws beneath the Black Sea. And hopefully no Elder God is waking from its millennia-long slumber. But the ice around Odessa is singing and squeaking all the same.
After Odessa city authorities okayed an initiative to parcel out land by the Black Sea to citizens, Darth Vader trotted down to the mayor's office to capitalize on this opportunity to expand the Empire. Explains Reuters: