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Bypass Gemini By Joseph R. Lallo Characters: 5320

Updated: 2018-01-19 19:02


"Now put up the Rehnquist and JPW routes."

The void in the center filled in with yellow and blue. The two ends of the wormhole were on either side of the contested area. Lex's eyes widened.

"They found a way to cut out the middle men--this wormhole gives them access to both sides of the galaxy without having to pay anyone else."

"I don't think they'd be able to completely stop using the middle for very long. The wormhole would only be wide enough to allow a medium-sized trade route. It'd get backed up in a hurry if they used it exclusively, " Karter said.

"They wouldn't have to use it for long. JPW and Rehnquist make pretty much all of their money off of the fees VC pays them. If VC could quit for even two months, they'd go belly up, and VC could just buy them out. They'd have a complete monopoly on communication and transit, " Lex said.

"You pretty much 'win' business at that point. Every email, every voice message, every bank transaction, every package, anything that needs to go between planets would owe you a cut of the profits. Civilization as we know it would depend solely upon one company. And if the governments don't like it? Oh, we just happen to have a weapon that can collapse your sun into a black hole, " Karter said. "Yeah, I'd say keeping the lid on that is good enough reason to kill some people."

"So. . . just to recap, sometime in the next two or three weeks, VectorCorp is going to wipe out two whole star systems and set in motion a series of events that will let them, essentially, conquer the galaxy."

"So it seems." Karter nodded.

y?"

"Like it is going to make any difference. And quit talking about the 'whole galaxy.' We're talking about the ten or fifteen percent we hang out in."

"We've got to call someone! We've got to warn people!"

"And how are you going to do that? VectorCorp already does all of the communication in this area, and the only encryption strong enough to be fairly sure VC couldn't read it would have to have already been set up with the receiving party, at least with a password. And even then, you'd have to send it from somewhere besides here, because they have almost certainly cut off communication in this region."

Lex's mouth opened and closed uselessly as he tried to put together a valid course of action.

"At any rate, I'm going to start going over what needs to be fixed. I want you the hell out of here as soon as Ma comes up with an exit window, " Karter said, marching off, his replacement Solby in tow.

Lex sat down and stared at the floor.

"It would appear that this new information has not decreased your stress levels, " said Ma.

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