PROBLEM: Why are they so fanatical about maintaining the same Three Score and Ten population that the lost dropship colony started with? SOLUTION: Keep pestering them until you find out.
horizon. I said, “And then will come the missionaries. The petroleum geologists. The sea farmers. The developers.” Siri sipped at her coffee. “I would have thought your Hegemony was far beyond a petroleum economy.” I laughed and locked the wheel in. “Nobody gets beyond a petroleum economy. Not while there’s petroleum there. We don’t burn it, if that’s what you mean. But it’s still essential for the production of plastics, synthetics, food base, and keroids. Two hundred billion people use a lot of plastic.”