[LMB] Beta Colony, was Crime, computers and fast-penta
Lois McMaster Bujold
lbujold at myinfmail.com
Tue Dec 6 22:33:47 GMT 2011
[LMB] Crime, computers and fast-penta
Anthony de Boer adb at adb.ca
Tue Dec 6 17:45:43 GMT 2011
Something like a generation ship, spending centuries between the stars
all sealed up in a big can, would be a *really* critical environment
for having exactly the right number of children on the right schedule
LMB: Yes, and don't forget that Beta Colony was the only planet
successfully settled by sub-light generation ships -- the trip one-way
took about 40 years, I once posited. They then had their own Time of
Isolation for a while before someone found a jump close enough to
Their ToI was not as isolated as Barrayar's -- they did have limited
light-speed communications, and a few trips back and forth to Earth, in
that time period.
Of _course_ this had an effect on the ensuing culture. Not to mention
that the original founder population was screened in a bunch of ways
from the get-go -- including psychologically. That cultural trait goes
back to the era of the Ships, I'm sure.
What little pre-series stuff I had on Beta Colony can be found in that
first short story, "Dreamweaver's Dilemma". Cordelia came from BC in
part, at the opening of _Shards_, because I'd already made some of it up.
The ill-fated Alpha Colony was also from that same era. Not even a
"Croatan" carved on a tree by the time anyone got back there to check...
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