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By John Barnes

Nou Occitan is a spot the place duels are fought with equivalent ardour over insults and inventive perspectives alike. Giraut--swordsman, troubador, lover--is a creature of this swashbuckling global, the main remoted of humanity's Thousand Cultures.But the winds of switch have come to Nou Occitan. because the invention of the "springer"--instantaneous interstellar go back and forth, at a price--spreads through the human galaxy, the soundness and purity of no global, irrespective of how remoted, is secure. Nor can Giraut's lifestyles stay untouched. To his ask yourself, his is ready to discover himself made an envoy to another human international, a spot unusual past his wildest imaginings.

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Does anything live in that? " Bieris asked. "Escaped chickens," Bruce said. "We'll probably see a couple before the drive is over. They were bred to have huge breast muscles and wings like condors, and to feed on the lichen that grows all over the planet. The idea was to raise them as sort of a free-range meat animal. " We came around the bend and two visibility-orange chickens, at least two meters in wingspan, swooped past us. "That's them," Bruce said. "We bred them to be easy to spot Still doesn't help when you're hunting them.

In effect that's a giant trade fair and catalog—every culture that has built a springer so far in the Thousand Cultures sends reps and goods. " "Well, I see that could disrupt other cultures, but with our fully rational—" Aimeric just kept pressing the point, as if explaining to a four year old. "No, wait. I mean the prices are uncontrolled. Not the people. You won't be able to freeze or restrict anyone's assets, or set up a structure to make people 'rationally' want what you want them to want.

The Council of Humanity recognizes that as work," Aimeric said, "but the Caledon government issues the local money, and that's the only thing you can spend here. " "Yap," Bruce said. "Hell, they wanted to make the Ambassador work. The same damned stiffnecks we were fighting way back then, Aimeric, are in power now, and they've not budged a bit. " Bieris asked. " Aimeric sighed and poured another cup of coffee. He looked over his shoulder at Bruce. "There's someone I haven't asked about—" "Yap.

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