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Orbitals

Originally published at Quantum Matrix Scribe. Please leave any comments there.

Even though my “Sony eReader Widget” currently has “A Madness of Angels” listed on it (Fixed) I’ve actually finished that awhile back and just finished Iain Banks’ “Consider Pheblas.” It’s a really good novel, and I think Mr. Banks is now up there with my favorite novelists, just for the very clean, tight writing he performs.

Reading it, however, makes me think: you know, we’d solve a lot of problems if we built a Banks Orbital. We’d have more than enough space for everybody, so we wouldn’t have to talk to one another; we’d leave Earth in peace, so the environmentalists will be happy; it would give everyone a job, since it would be such a massive construction project; and the technological advancements we would achieve while creating it would be utterly fantastic.

Oh, and uh, Merry Belated Giftmas. Because I’m not religious, after all.