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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through July 13 2014

"The MQ-9 Reaper," says the United States Air Force's online spec sheet, "is an armed, multi-mission, medium-altitude, long-endurance remotely piloted aircraft that is employed primarily as an intelligence-collection asset and secondarily against dynamic execution targets." In short, it's a military drone—a plane with the ability not only to spy on enemy targets from a great and lofty distance but also to obliterate them at the touch of a button, with the Hellfire missiles it carries under its wings. Its lack of cockpit glass making it look, ironically, like one of those cave-dwelling fish that never develop eyes, the Reaper (just consider that name!) has become the stuff of conspiracy theories, constitutional disputes, ethical conundrums, and profound national ambivalence. It certainly drives the sole character in George Brant's Grounded to distraction. Not that she has any problem with the idea of raining down death on an adversary. Known to us only as the Pilot, she's a purebred warrior from Wyoming who fiercely, even joyfully accepts the soldier's ours-is-not-to-reason-why ethos. The nation's foes are her foes. More, she's kind of righteous about it. To her, people like the Taliban are "the guilty," and she's an angry god (not an agent of God, not the Angel of Death, you'll note, but a god in her own right) anxious to exact retribution. Continue reading >>

Price: $19-$49


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