This is the fifth section of the fifteenth chapter of Sonnets from a Proton. The novel starts here.
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This close to the Habitat it really was quite quite beautiful, you could see more than a dumbell swinging through the sky. You could see what it would one day be; a huge hoop in the sky spinning once a day to create a daily cycle of night and day and a comfortable one G gravity held together by the spokes to the hub that were the pylons. When they first found the Habitat it looked like just a big dumb object and in this state as it was now a fraction complete it still was clearly big, but some of the elegance of the simplicity of the design made it clear that it was more than dumb, it was simple elegant and totally beyond anything that humans could build. It was scary, it was powerful, it was humanity’s salvation or their damnation.
Laurence cursed it as he saw this and saw the end of humanity or it’s release. Like the zoo keeper coming with the shotgun, is the future bright or staring down a pair of barrels.