Thanks for reading these books. As lame as it sounds and as irritating as they can sometimes be, I am most thankful for a wife and three productive children and now the grandchildren I am enjoying.As a retired engineer of moderate success I have come to believe in the designer AI. It is the only thing that makes sense to me and in the earlier books I detail the logic.The earlier books also contain religious and political abrasions that I attempted to leave out in this book. Although you may have more readers when you don't offend anyone (like Hard Jack III) where is the fun in that? If you read the entire series you will have found the outline for a rocket that can reach Saturn in four months, how the moon will be the new gold rush of manufacturing, and a star drive design although I am guessing that star passage will be very dangerous for hundreds of centuries despite the scientific advances of the coming ages.
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