Sunday October 11, 2009
Book 11: Massively Parallel — Part III: Credomar Command


EBBIRNOTH: You know what guard duty is good for?

REVEREND THEO: Being bored enough to start planning pranks that involve kiloton yields?

EBBIRNOTH: I...  Um...


EBBIRNOTH: You know what else guard duty is good for?

REVEREND THEO: Reflection on the nature of sapience, and the ubiquity of violence among sophonts?

EBBIRNOTH: I was going to say "pondering the imponderables."

REVEREND THEO: The ubiquity of violence is one of those things.

EBBIRNOTH: Yeah?  Well so is the design of this place.  Imponderable.  Nonsensical.

The more I look at it the more convinced I am that Credomar was not built to be anybody's home.

EBBIRNOTH: If we teraport all the people and all their stuff, the entire interior ecosystem, do you know what percentage of Credomar's mass will be left behind?


EBBIRNOTH: Ninety-nine percent!

EBBIRNOTH: I've been trying to think of a habitat design that is less efficient than Credomar, and I can't.

REVEREND THEO: Besides planets, you mean?


REVEREND THEO: Now you've got another imponderable to keep you company on your next shift.