Sunday January 3, 2010
Book 11: Massively Parallel — Part IV: Mallcop Command


NARRATOR: Mel-One Waystation was the most important location in the colonization of Sol System for fifty years.

NARRATOR: Parked at the Moon-Earth L1 (MEL1) libration point, it served as the first pit-stop along Humanity's highway into space.

NARRATOR: Cheap energy rendered it irrelevant.  In spite of new development around MEL1, "Old MelOne" Waystation spent over 900 years alternating between "ghost town" and "historical landmark."

Two years ago U.N.S. budget cuts opened the door to a free-enterprise solution.

SELLER: It's all yours.  Just don't knock out any historical bulkheads.

BUYER: So... it's only mostly mine.

NARRATOR: Short version: they sold the museum to the gift shop.