Thursday July 26, 2012
Book 13: Random Access Memorabilia — Part II: Write


KEVYN: *on screen* Do I dare ask what the second project is?

DIETZ: Well, the giant flat patch under station Imo appears to be an optical interface.

KEVYN: Oh dear.  Let me guess...

You're preparing to experiment with light pulses to see if you can talk to the giant, zillion-year-old artifact.

DIETZ: Clever man.  You got it in one!

KEVYN: I simply selected the worst possible option, weighting for factors like "Will we all die?"

It looks clever, but it's actually paranoid pessimism.