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Day 12: The Fermi Paradox Is Our Business Model By Charlie Jane Anders

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The story starts:

The thing about seeking out new civilizations is, every discovery brings a day of vomiting.

and that’s probably the story in a nutshell – kind of amusing but not really funny and not much happens over all, except a bit of puke. Like many SF stories, this one takes a bit to get into it due to the jargon : Interdream. Closure. Cultural Emissions (dirty!).

So the plot is that a pair of intrepid (think Abbott and Costello) explorers go around scooping up the valuable remains of civilizations after they’ve (that’s the civilizations, not our heroes) self-destructed. Except this time it didn’t go poof and our heroes, Jon and Toku, decide to have a bit of a chat instead, (Think Captain Kirk every time he decides to ignore the Prime Directive) and turns out these earthlings are good capitalists just like our heroes, which is the horror.

Jon and Toku’s awesome plan is to run away and pretend it never happened.

There have been worse plans.

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Written by Chance

September 29, 2010 at 7:44 pm