"There's no proof," Tuttle grumbled.
"I agree, there's no definitive proof. But the chance is still considerable. It's a low chance, but it represents a high danger and so it begs to be considered. Look, let's go over it. One: we detect a tiny star only eight times the mass of Jupiter racing right smack into our solar system."
"Which you name Loki," said Tuttle. "When you know full well Loki is a name assigned to a volcanic feature on Jupiter's moon Io."
"Look, it brought the Ragnarok mythology to mind, all right?" Actually, Kelleher was thinking of the reference to Loki made in that Jim Carrey movie "The Mask," but he never owned up to that. "Loki enters our solar system, thankfully not hitting anything, particularly our own Earth, and slams into our Sun -- and our Sun is big enough to digest the mass of eight Jupiters fairly easily."
Tuttle rolled his eyes. "I can't believe the press called it a 'meteorite.'"
"Yes, as a meteorite is something that has already fallen, and Loki never qualifed as a meteor, let alone an asteroid -- but can we stay on topic? My point is, Dr. Darien Cowan raises what I consider to be a fair theory -- "
"Sexuality of matter! Sexuality is biological, not a matter of quantum physics!"
"Dr. Cowan admits it's a little metaphorical," Rory hedged. "The point being, our universe, including our Earth, may be overwhelmingly a neutral sort of matter, what Dr. Cowan calls hermetimatter. But parts of our universe may have masculine mass, mystermatter, or feminine mass, or matrimatter. Given the peculiar spectrogrpahic readings we got, I say that Loki was eight whole Jupiter masses of matrimatter from some far off corner of our galaxy, or even our metagalaxy, and now it has slammed into our hermetimatter Sun. There are bound to be effects."
"Not the effects you wrote about. I'm suppressing your thesis, Rory. You would make us a laughingstock. This subject is concluded. Now, get back out there and attend to the work load that was assigned you. That is all."
Tuttle stalked out, leaving Rory to wonder what a subtly feminized world might be like.
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