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Chapter 290 of Book 3 is in the queue

August 1, 2014
Posted at 2:36 pm

This week with Arlene and Jeff:

...Lieutenant Mayfield turned to the General. "If you don't mind, Sir, how long do you think they will last on 2214?"

Whitworth stopped to think. "Well, as you know, some of them manage to get themselves killed in the first few days, but I suppose the average is about six months. We have several who have stayed alive for more than five years, though. No reason to think that they won't continue to do so. A lot of the ability to stay alive on 2214-XR depends on how serious the prisoner is about the briefing and documentation that's given to all of them before we put them on the planet. And… their willingness to work toward making themselves a safe environment. The only intelligent life forms on 2214 are the prisoners. But intelligent or not, most of them are too lazy to spend the time and energy to construct themselves a safe haven, let alone have the patience and common sense to hunt efficiently for their food. Of course, there are a number of different vegetables there - wild, true, but edible - and we send seeds with them as well. If they get off their lazy asses, they can have a decent life - or die. Their choice. I damn sure don't care which."...

Have a goodun;