Monday, 16 January 2017
Discussing The Revolution
The pioneers of the asteroids became the elder statesmen of the first interstellar spaceship, Astra. Their skin is darkened and made leathery and their hair is whitened by sunlight through space helmets. Because of antisenescence, some of them remember the Asteroid Revolution over a hundred years previously.
Lindgren thinks that it is possible to pin down the root of the revolution which was the moment when the asterites realized that they had become a single nation. It was when the stations armed themselves which:
"'...implied a degree of sovereignty. Over the years, the implication grew.'" (p. 42)
When one Terrestrial nation had armed its space stations, the others demanded the right to be armed also. Missy Blades was present at the incident when the question of arming the stations arose and that is the next story after Interlude 1.