“Equilateral” (2013)

. July 31, 2013.
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“Equilateral” (2013)
Ken Kalfus — This is a fictional account of a  19th century  astrologer named Thayer who has convinced the British aristocracy that there is intelligent life on Mars and that they are light years ahead of our technology. He lobbies the powers that be to raise the money to go to the Egyptian desert and, utilizing thousands of workers, digs a huge equilateral triangle trench to fill with petroleum. Then he waits for Mars and Earth to line up, at which time he will torch the pit in the hopes that the explosion will be seen by the Martians. I know it sounds simple, but it gets complicated with assassinations, deception, malaria, and, of course, a love triangle.