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Many have imagined republics and principalities which have never been seen or known to exist in reality; for how we live is so far removed from how we ought to live… —Niccolo Machiavelli
“YOU WANT TO MOVE the river again?” Roberta McInerny’s square face settled into stubborn lines. If Outpost could find a way to bottle it, we could sell Roberta McInerny Mule Tonic to cure hull composites for spaceships.
“Roberta,” I said, amazed at and proud of the patience I heard in my voice, “the contract requires that this World be built in a substantial and workmanlike manner. It does not require us to redesign it every five minutes.”
“They changed my original design,” Roberta stated. Architects have this obdurate and universal determination to inflict order and proportion upon a highly disproportionate and disorderly world. Their order and their proportion. I think it’s genetic. I know it’s a pain.
Dana Stabenow. Red Planet Run (Kindle Locations 26-31).