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The Bottleneck Years by H.E. Taylor Chapter 62 Table of Contents Chapter 64 The Atlas, August 16, 2058 When I got home today, the Electronic Atlas was sitting on the kitchen table. The Atlas was one of six prototype devices for a project a business buddy of Matt’s had abandoned. It was a thin display…

The Bottleneck Years by H.E. Taylor Chapter 61 Table of Contents Chapter 63 Chapter 62 Baumgarten, July 2, 2058 I got another late night call from Rhamaposa. He looked terrible — shaken and drawn out. “What happened to you?” I asked. “I did a tour across the Sahel.” He shook his head and shuddered. “Oh.”…

The Bottleneck Years by H.E. Taylor Chapter 60 Table of Contents Chapter 62 Chapter 61 Crystal Jellies, March 19, 2058 The first time I saw a telescopic view of the L1 sunshades, I remembered standing in an aquarium watching crystal jellyfish. These tiny, delicate creatures were so beautiful I could scarce believe such miracles existed.…

The Bottleneck Years by H.E. Taylor Chapter 59 Table of Contents Chapter 61 Chapter 60 L1 Roustabouts, February 15, 2058 The L1 crew were not like the moon colonists. They were cowboys. We didn’t get up-close and web-personal with them. The corporate imagery around them played up rugged individualism and avoided any mention of colonization.…

The Bottleneck Years by H.E. Taylor Chapter 58 Table of Contents Chapter 60 Chapter 59 Asteroid Disaster January 27, 2058 Last week I got a late night call from Rhamaposa. He was stone cold sober and didn’t waste time with preliminaries. “We’ve lost contact with the Daedalus group.” “What happened?” “We’re not sure. We’re waiting…

The Bottleneck Years by H.E. Taylor Chapter 57 Table of Contents Chapter 59 Chapter 58 Ecology 110 – Water Vapour, January 6, 2058 Occasionally I am caught flat-footed by questions from students. It is one of the hidden benefits of teaching — being kept on your toes. Theories of education differ, but generally I aim…

The Bottleneck Years by H.E. Taylor Chapter 56 Table of Contents Chapter 58 Chapter 57 Moonchild, December 11, 2057 The moon consists primarily of iron, aluminum, silicon and manganese, with some calcium and oxygen. Some areas have concentrations of titanium. That was why the Hipparcus crater had been chosen. Once the smelter was set up…

The Bottleneck Years by H.E. Taylor Chapter 55 Table of Contents Chapter 57 Chapter 56 Petrov, October 19, 2057 The Daedalus reached Petrov in late September. On the internet a coterie of space enthusiasts and the climate concerned had followed their reports religiously, but until then there was little coverage in the corporate media. For…

The Bottleneck Years by H.E. Taylor Chapter 54 Table of Contents Chapter 56 Chapter 55 Spacemen, September 11, 2057 From my vantage point in UNGETF, I was able to monitor the activities of the various groups. All year, I heard about rocket launches, mostly by the Swiss-German consortium Brahmaputra, but the odd one was by…

The Bottleneck Years by H.E. Taylor Chapter 53 Table of Contents Chapter 55 Chapter 54 Greenhouse, May 31, 2057 Things were not looking good. At UNGETF, we were all too aware of of the unfolding disasters. The storms and wildfires, the floods and droughts were bad enough, but food production was down again. The methane…