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"Has it really been ten years since
we were at Princeton?" Benson asked thoughtfully as he looked across
the table at his wife, Yoshiko.
"It seems as if it was only yesterday
when we met in that Techno-anthropology course," she replied. They
looked at each other both remembering fondly their University days together.
Here they were, ten years later celebrating their wedding anniversary
in their favorite Parisian restaurant, Chez Pierre.
The fabulous restaurant is one of many the couple has enjoyed since moving
to the Galileo space station. Galileo is, in effect, a city in orbit around
the Earth. Tonight, the weather is very clear as they are passing over
Australia. Through the large window beside them, they have a stunning
view of the twinkling lights of the larger cities.
Yoshiko smiled, "remember how hard it was in the beginning?"
Benson nodded in agreement. "We were so
young and it was such a big decision to take jobs that weren't on Earth."
"IBM offered us these jobs on Galileo
when we had only been married a few months." Yoshiko sighed.
"We're lucky, though. We've had opportunities
that we couldn't have had on Earth. Of course, the move and saying good-bye
was hard, but we have a new life and children of our own now," Benson
It had been hard for both of them. They missed Earth, missed their homes
and families, and it was sometimes too difficult to visit. At first, life
off the planet seemed like it could be very difficult. Soon, though, they
had discovered that it was not very different from living in most small
cities on Earth. The biggest difference was that IBM invested a great
deal in the recreational amusements and restaurant facilities on the satellite
station, mostly to make it an attractive place for people to live and
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