"For men may come and men may go
But I go on for ever."
--Alfred, Lord Tennyson, The Brook
Chapter Forty Six
"The Earth is just too small and fragile a basket for the
human race to keep all its eggs in."
--Robert A. Heinlein
After Wye's death, his will was the subject of much discussion
and surprise throughout the Network. Taking advantage of the
Twenty Third Agreement - and blatantly stating that this was one
of the main purposes in having that agreement in place in the
first place - the ex-Dictator's will left his entire personal
fortune to the Network.
Not to the people who controlled the Network, but to the
computers themselves. Computers which, the 23rd agreement
insisted, had to be treated as though they were humans with full
adult status. Therefore they could own property.
The money was to be administered by the computers, mainly
according to the voting by Networkers on proposals and in
emergencies. The will itself did not spell out what those
emergencies were, but instead referred cryptically to the Network
computer identifying them itself.
The first action of Hagbard - the, now rich, computer - was to
ensure that certain of its files were copied to every outpost of
the system, including those on Ceres, the lunar base and the
orbiting space stations.
Nobody was quite sure why it did this, and the files were
encrypted with a key unknown - or so it claimed - even to the
A year after Wye's death, a technician on board the Ceres
research post out in the asteroid belt noticed a peculiar anomaly
in his records. A little checking satisfied him that his
deductions were correct, so he sent an emergency radio message to
the Network back on Earth.
What he had seen was a fragmented comet, torn apart by Jupiter's
fierce gravitational field. And several of the larger fragments
had been flung out from that giant planet.
Their orbits, unless altered, would lead them to collide with
the cradle of mankind.
As he typed, key words from his message were analysed and
compared with a glossary in his computer's memory. Successive
synonyms were tried as keys to decrypt a number stored in the
databanks. When the phrase "Dinosaur killer" was tried, a success
Thus, the instant that the technician's radio message was sent,
an announcement, unprompted and unrequested, appeared on his
As soon as his message reached the Network computers back on the
Earth, an identical announcement appeared on every Terminal
throughout the Network.
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