“…but surely it is pointless to resist any further?” asked the machine.
“Why?” asked Tara by return.
“We’ve already assigned a probability to each conceivable scenario, all possible devices you might possess or assemble, of your self-destruction or sacrifice. Why not just open the airlock, accept your fate? We’ll cut through in minutes anyway. What could you reasonably achieve?”
“You want to capture me alive, so I can appear in person before the Council of the Alliance and convince them to negotiate.”
“To end this war! Can’t you see it’s for the best?”
“To accept our fate?”