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Shortly after the couple had been married,
IBM contacted Benson and Yoshiko offering them both management jobs with
high possibilities for advancement. The only catch was that the jobs were
on the Galileo space station. IBM wanted Benson to take on a large off-world
territory as a sales manager. He was well qualified for this work because
of his understanding of multiple cultures. Yoshiko was offered a position
as an environmental scientist in the same location. Hiring of couples
was very commonplace when companies wanted people to move off of the Earth
for their work. Opportunities needed to exist for both spouses.
Galileo was a space station "city" with a population of twelve thousand people, about the size of Princeton, New Jersey. It was one of twelve Earth orbiting cities and like many 21st century families, the Chadwicks lived, worked, and played on their satellite space station home. They also had the ability to travel around the inner solar system. People lived on the Earth and its satellite cities; the Moon and Mars, under their biosphere domes; and several other "satellite space stations" that were in various positions throughout the "inner" system and were used for many different purposes.
Each off-world dwelling is unique. The cities
of the sky offer people an exciting place to visit or live. Specifically,
Galileo is known for its professional zero-gee basketball team, the Gravitons
which are the system champions. Galileo is also known for the Galileo
Symphony Orchestra, and Galileo boasts the largest off-world music hall
in the system. It is also the home to some of the finest in off-world
dining options, system wide. Several famous chefs from all over the world
have been brought to Galileo for a multiplicity of restaurants such as
Indian, Thai, Japanese, Chinese, German, French, Martian, Italian, Spanish,
Pythagorean, Mexican, and "healthy old-fashioned American,"
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