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Jack Cravath
Fictional Character
"Hoxbomb"
Science Fiction
Type of Appearance: Direct POV
Species: Human
Nationality: Citizen of Latimer
Occupation: Scooter dealer
Spouse: Beverly (wife)
Children: Sean (son)

Jack Cravath was a scooter dealer in the interspecies business district of Latimer on Lacanth C. One evening, he sold a Model-27 two seater scooter to a Snarre't couple, a female and a male, in exchange for a six-year old Snarre'i brain. After completing the deal, he went home to his wife Bev, who'd recently become pregnant. Jack subsequently sold the brain, with the cost of the scooter going into the firm's account and the remainder going to Jack. The Cravaths prepared on for the birth of their child, including a trip to the South Coast.

While the Cravaths made use of substantial prenatal care, the only concern came when a technician reviewed an ultrasound and described the child as "wiggly". The Cravaths did no follow up. The child was born was substantial deformities, indicating that somehow the Cravaths had been subjected to a Snarre'i hoxbomb.[1]

The investigation, led by human detective John Paul Kling and a female Snarre', revealed that the Snarre't couple who'd traded the brain for the scooter were also the hoxbombers. They'd actually placed the hoxbomb in the jacket pocket of Petros van Gilder, a salesman for a rival scooter company. The night Cravath sold his scooter, he encountered van Gilder by chance. Van Gilder shook hands with Cravath, inadvertently passing the hoxbomb on to Cravath, who took it home and unknowingly bombed his child.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. We Install and Other Stories, loc. 825-1090, loc.
  2. Ibid., loc. 1523-1610.

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