Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Bulkheads Make The Best Neighbors, by Ian Randal Strock


(Space Adventure) A group of human habitats in Earth orbit get tired of taking orders from the Earth and decide to put up a fence. Sort of. (817 words; Time: 02m)

"Bulkheads Make The Best Neighbors," by (edited by Trevor Quachri), appeared in issue 01-02|20, published on by .

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Review: 2020.007 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: It’s a clever idea; given that the habs can supply themselves from the asteroid belt, they don’t need access to Earth, so they can just put enough junk in the orbits under them to discourage anyone from Earth from trying to leave the planet.

Con: This would destroy the low-Earth satellite network, which would doubtless make a lot of people unhappy. And it wouldn’t prevent the launch of, say, a nuclear warhead or two on very energetic launchers on polar trajectories to destroy the habs.

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