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"Bureaucracies hide their mistakes, because people's careers are tied to those mistakes. Therefore, bureaucracies are a perfect mechanism for perpetuating mistakes."
- Frank Herbert

Planet Rules  
  Regulations governing the behavior of the away team on a new planet.  

Another thing, I added, looking hard at all of them. No matter how innocent this place may look, we observe planet rules. No eating anything. No drinking any water. No wandering off alone. No carelessness of any kind."

"There's nothing here", said Webber. "Just the herds of critters. Just the endless plains. no trees, no hills, no nothing."

He didn't really mean it. He knew as well as I did the reason for observing planet rules.

From Drop Dead, by Clifford Simak.
Published by Galaxy Science Fiction in 1956
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Clifford Simak was fascinated with the idea of codifying the general rules for space explorers. See his 1944 story Ogre, In which he describes the rules for relations between extraterrestrial life.

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