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Crisis on Asimov: Luna
Analysis & Commentary by Dr. Sheila Ronis

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Benson was reading from a holo-document for work. He was thinking about the problems on Asimov and how he was going to have to deal with the SSEC Chairman, Boris Chin. How was he going to find a way to get the SSEC to give IBM the contract to make PTVs that were drivable?

Yoshiko was helping the kids with the crossword puzzle they were doing on the large computer screen on the table in front of them. Of course, the PTV did the driving.

"What is a 9 letter word ending in "r" meaning the stage during gravitational collapse, but before the nuclear reactions begin in a stellar body?" Anna read.

"That's easy" said Peter, "It's a protostar!"

Yoshiko turned to her husband, "Benson, can you think of a composer who wrote a Requiem in German, 6 letters?"

"How many letters in Brahms?"

The PTV came to a stop. They had arrived at Brahe spaceport. They walked through to the check-in desk to find out if the shuttles were running on time and to check their bags. After passing by the security robots, the family took the slide walk to docking bay D29 where they waited to board the shuttle. The shuttle ride was only a couple of days long. The Chadwicks continued to work on their crossword puzzle, eat, sleep and play, and in no time at all, they were landing under the biosphere dome of Kepler, one of the Moon's larger cities.

Natalia was staying with Ishmael's parents, in Kepler, Donald and Barbara Jackson. They had made arrangements for the wedding guests to stay at the Lunar Highlands Plaza Hotel; the wedding reception would be in the ballroom. The wedding itself would be in the Kepler Zen Judeo Christian Chapel. The Minister would perform the ceremony. Natalia and Ishmael had written their vows and would recite them.

Ishmael's mom, Barbara, had been in tears for several months. The thought that her son was moving to Mars, a two month trip away, was too much. She wanted to make sure Ishmael and Natalia would promise to find ways to see them, though, realistically, she knew in her heart, that their new life together would not include her and her husband. For her, this match was not made in heaven. It was taking her son away, perhaps, forever. Maybe, after her husband retired, they could take a year or two and come and visit? How would she ever see her grandchildren?

"These mixed marriages never work out. A Luny and a Martian?" she said to Donald, one day.



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