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January 30, 2011

“That’s not what I meant,” she said, “and you know it. Why are you going at all? Isn’t the farm enough?”

His grandmother had also left Dan her Terran assets, which consisted primarily of a farm in upstate New York and a lot of old texts on terraforming.

“That’s not the point,” Dan said. His mother had come to his apartment while he was packing, ostensibly to get instructions on looking after his cat while he was away, but she had spent little time since her arrival on the finer points of Darwin’s care and feeding.