|Chicxulub Asteroid Missed|
POD: 66 million years ago
|Appearance(s):||"The Quest for the Great Gray Mossy"|
|Type of Appearance:||Direct|
|Children:||Unnamed son, presumed dead|
Kain was the captain of the Flowerbud, a mossy-hunting vessel. The ship had a tragic encounter with the Great Gray Mossy. Kain's eldest hatchling commanded the harpoon boat that sought to catch the Great Gray Mossy. The Mossy instead overturned the boat. Kain's hatchling went missing. Kain order the Flowerbud to search the ocean. The ship encountered the Queepahd, captained by Baja, who was consumed by his desire to kill the Great Gray Mossy. Kain explained what had happened and asked for the Queepahd's help to find survivors. Baja, consumed by wrath, refused, instead heading for the area where the Flowerbud had battled the Great Gray Mossy.
Kain parallels Captain Gardiner in Moby-Dick. Gardiner is captain of the Rachel, which for this story has been conflated with another ship, the Rosebud. Rather than a pun on Gardiner's name, Kain's name appears to be a reference to Citizen Kane, a movie whose first spoken line is "Rosebud".
- Analog, Vol. CXXXX, Nos 1 & 2, January/February, 2020, pgs. 67-68.
- Ibid. pg. 71.