The Bottleneck Years by H.E.Taylor - Chapter 56

The Bottleneck Years

by H.E. Taylor
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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 twenty-four hours they were media stars again. The trip had been uneventful, which in the tech-besotted, bloodless language of the space agencies and corporations meant there were no major accidents and nobody died.

The asteroid was less than a kilometer in diameter and weighed less than 300 million tons, so gravity was minimal. Landing on the asteroid was more like tying the craft down. Being able to throw a rock at escape velocity is not an everyday experience. The men would live on the Daedalus tethered to the asteroid while working outside on the motors and control systems. Most equipment was tethered, but that was not always practical. It was easy to lose tools and parts. The team was resourceful and improvised their way around all difficulties, as far as UNGETF and the public heard.

It took them a week to set up the first engine. Then they selected a second site and began moving toward it.


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I suspect the bottleneck race will not be with environmental crisis but with the ecofascists promoting the scare.

At some time we are going to have a world government. If it happens before we have established life in space it will be possible for that government, driven by the ecofascist's lies, to end human technological progress and return us to medievalism. If there remains settlements beyond their power they will continue human progress and the ecofascists will just be a blip, albeit a large one, in human progress.

By Neil Craig (not verified) on 05 Sep 2013 #permalink

I suspect the bottleneck race will not be with environmental crisis but with the ecofascists promoting the scare.

At some time we are going to have a world government. If it happens before we have established life in space it will be possible for that government, driven by the ecofascist's lies, to end human technological progress and return us to medievalism. If there remains settlements beyond their power they will continue human progress and the ecofascists will just be a blip, albeit a large one, in human progress.

By Neil Craig (not verified) on 05 Sep 2013 #permalink

I suspect the bottleneck race will not be with environmental crisis but with the ecofascists promoting the scare.

At some time we are going to have a world government. If it happens before we have established life in space it will be possible for that government, driven by the ecofascist's lies, to end human technological progress and return us to medievalism. If there remains settlements beyond their power they will continue human progress and the ecofascists will just be a blip, albeit a large one, in human progress.

By Neil Craig (not verified) on 05 Sep 2013 #permalink

I suspect the bottleneck race will not be with environmental crisis but with the ecofascists promoting the scare.

At some time we are going to have a world government. If it happens before we have established life in space it will be possible for that government, driven by the ecofascist's lies, to end human technological progress and return us to medievalism. If there remains settlements beyond their power they will continue human progress and the ecofascists will just be a blip, albeit a large one, in human progress.

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Ahhhhh - the illiterate moronic scottish troll who can't even spell his own name has returned.

How's it going Biel? Is this just a drive by trolling attack or are you in for the long haul again?