[LMB] OT: If only the Cetagandans had operated like this

Gwynne Powell gwynnepowell at hotmail.com
Mon Jan 24 04:13:37 GMT 2011

> From: Royce Day sirtalen at gmail.com

> So I'm reading a closed beta for a friend's sci-fi story, with the
> hero traveling to his friend's homeworld to discover the fate of the
> friend's family. It's a company town that has now been invaded by a
> race of genetically engineered lizard warriors to take advantage of
> the shipyards there. So they brutally invade the defenseless civilian
> facility and...
> ...build shiny new housing domes for the workers, a free clinic and a
> playground for the kids. Of course given the previous company's
> personnel policy could be defined as "Victorian cola miners had it too
> easy" the only way to go was up anyway.
> Presumably the Cetas actually did do a lot of infrastructure building
> on Barrayar (spaceports for one) but if they had payed attention to
> stuff like that, perhaps the Barrayaran resistance would have had a
> much harder time.
> -Royce in MD
I love stories that take the reader's expectations and turn them around
completely. It's always interesting to confront your assumptions and see
them in a different way.


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