An interstellar spaceship captain hires a super-"Tuner" - someone who can compute the parameters to program the ship's computer to minimize the number of jumps in & out of hyperspace.
Last line sounded like it packed some punch, but I missed the punch: "Hopper Nockity only tunes once." Hopper Nockity is the Tuner. I wonder if he planned to quit just after impressing the boss.
Lot of hand-wavy text related to travel via hyperspace, but it felt good:(
Fact sheet.First published: AntipodeanSF, #110 (July/August 2007).
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