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What if Safehold wasn't the Federations only forlorn effort?

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Re: What if Safehold wasn't the Federations only forlorn eff
Post by phillies   » Thu Jan 17, 2019 4:52 pm

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Clans-of-the-Alphane-Moon By Philip K. Dick

The time for someone to decide it was time to go elsewhere was after the Alphanes were found, while the archeology argument was still going on. And you send out modest colonies in multiple different directions, on the grounds that some of them are not bad.

Edited. Misremembered who wrote it.
Re: What if Safehold wasn't the Federations only forlorn eff
Post by Meshakhad   » Fri Feb 08, 2019 8:46 pm

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A few out-there possibilities:

- A Bobiverse-type Von Neumann probe, trying to overcome the Gbaba numerical advantage. Bonus points if it's named Joe Buckley.

- A fleet that straight-up left the galaxy, perhaps for one of the Magellanic Clouds (those need more love in SF!).

- A fleet of kamikaze podlayers aimed at the Gbaba home systems, hoping to punch a nice hole in their industrial base.

- My personal favorite: the Operation Breakaway Fleet, which at the last minute discovered some Gbaba weakness, and has been leading the Gbaba on a zany chase around the galaxy for nine hundred years.

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