"The point sticks in your head: physics rules. Virtue does not triumph unless the physics allows it."
What happens when mankind is ready to leave the cradle and seek other worlds? Who can you leave behind?
Compare to the Machine from The Machine Stops (1909) by EM Forster, the government machine from Mechanocracy (1932) by Miles J. Breuer, the machine city from Twilight (1934) by John Campbell, the games machine from The World of Null-A (1945) by AE van Vogt, central computer from The City and the Stars (1956) by Arthur C. Clarke and the Vulcan 3 computer from Vulcan's Hammer (1960) by Philip K. Dick.
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