|The big story of the month is the appearance and
arrest of Sluice down in sunny Tampa during a T2M/NA goodwill
appearance. Shortly after Sluice's arrest, Caestus Pax offered the
following statement for Project Utopia:
"The arrest of Teragen member Sylvester Macabee, also known as Sluice,
was in accordance with a Tampa city ordinance that bans all members of
the Teragen from the city limits. Sluice broke the law, and he must answer
for it. Project Utopia has offered to provide the Tampa authorities with
whatever resources it needs to ensure that this matter is handled in a
fair and impartial manner and that justice is done."
The day after Sluice's arrest, Count Orzaiz, designated spokesman
for the Teragen, issued the following statement:
"The arrest of Sluice in Tampa is an example of gross injustice against
novas. Freedom of speech and assembly are guaranteed by the United States
constitution. No one should to be persecuted for race, political affiliation,
or philosophical beliefs. Sluice did nothing but appear in public and declare
himself a Terat, and that was enough to put him in jail. If authorities
began rounding up blacks or Jews on the same basis, there would be a public
outcry, but there's been none here. Sluice's actions are an inspiration
to all novas not to allow this sort of injustice to continue."
And what did the members of T2M have to say about all this? We asked
some of them.
Nova·Net: Matrix, you were
the first to speak with Sluice, what was going through your mind?
Matrix: I figured he was here to
thumb his nose at the law. I was hoping he would just talk it up, smile
for the cameras, and then go away. Most of my conversation with him was
to determine his intent and to see if he would leave. In the end, he went
peacefully and he earned his civil disobedience badge. I'll give him kudos
N·N: What do you think of
M: I've been told I have no opinion
N·N: Gemini, what do you
think of the situation?
Gemini: Sluice broke the law and
we helped to bring him into custody.
N·N: What do you predict
for the outcome?
G: I am sure that justice will
So, how will this all play out? Who knows, but our readers will have
a better idea. Nova·Net was able to gain access for a few
moments for this exclusive interview with the imprisoned terat nova.
Here's what he had to say:
So, Sluice, what made you decide to come to
The same thing that made Rosa Parks refuse to sit at the back of the
bus, defiance of an unjust law.
Did T2M's appearance have anything to do with
Not directly, but I figured if Utopia's pet novas were going to be
on hand, it would offer a chance for everyone to see whether or not they
supported what the city government is doing. Their willingness to arrest
me in support of an unfair law says more about where they stand than any
Utopia press release.
To be fair, they didn't place you under arrest
until they were deputized, and rumor is, not all of them were happy about
it. The cops on the scene didn't seem thrilled with the thought of arresting
you either, given your obvious power. What did you expect them to do?
I guess most people expect Team Tomorrow to do the right thing no matter
what. I'm not that naïve, but it would have been a pleasant surprise
if they had.
Is this part of a larger effort by the Teragen
to challenge this law?
No, it was my idea and doesn't involve anyone else in the Teragen,
although I think we all agree that Frederick Rupert's effort to ban us
from Tampa is a fine example of baseline fear and ignorance.
Do you see this case as a way to overcome this
fear and ignorance?
I don't know that it can be overcome. It's human nature to fear what
they can't possibly understand or control.
What's your opinion on Proteus killing former
Proteus' methods aren't mine, but I can't say I'm sorry that a man
like Frederick Rupert is dead. He was a small-minded bigot, who drew a
line on the ground and defied us to cross it, like some schoolyard bully.
What did he think would happen? Proteus made his point his way. I've been
making my point my own way.
How have the locals been treating you?
Like they're afraid I'll vaporize them any second [laughs]. They're
scared; the guards, the suits, the mayor, everybody who has to be within
any distance of me at all. Still, they've treated me well enough, for a
prisoner. They put me through the same process as anyone else, except for
the fact that they asked me to take mox [moxinoquantimine, a
drug that weakens nova powers -N·N].
I said no and they didn't push it, but we'll see how long that lasts. The
simple truth is that no baseline jail can hold me, if I don't want to be
held. I could blast the cell door off its hinges and walk out of here any
time. The only reason I haven't is because I want to be here.
Who's your lawyer?
Kim Cortierra, a public defender appointed by the court, at my request.
I asked for a public defender because I want this to be about the case,
not about who can afford the lawyer with the biggest price tag.
Has Mayor Louis Reynolds or District Attorney
Phillip Mathers been in to speak with you yet?
The DA met with me to offer me a deal, a way to quietly sweep this
all under the rug. I told him politely what he could do with his offer.
Do you expect to take this to trial or are
you willing to take a plea bargain?
I want to take this to trial so the whole world can see for itself
and decide whether or not this so-called anti-Teragen law is fair. The
city government and Project Utopia would like for me to just quietly go
away, but I'm not going away, the Teragen isn't going away, and novas sure
as hell aren't going to go away. We're here to stay, so baselines are going
to have to wake up and start dealing with reality.
And what reality is that, exactly?
That not all novas are going to kowtow to Project Utopia or any baseline
authority. Not only is trying to make us do it wrong, but sooner or later
it's going to turn into a fight that baselines just can't win.
Will you accept whatever punishment is handed
down by the court?
We'll see what the court decides.
If you are convicted, do you expect to appeal?
If so, how far will you take your case?
As far as I possibly can.