Friday, 22 March 2013
What The Okies Do V
As before, the question arises: what is the nature of the work that they will do? Apparently:
"...the city could throw up enough low-grade molybdenum and wolfram as a byproduct of drilling to satisfy the terms of the Proctors [the planetary authorities]." (p. 429)
So, really, as ever, it is their oil drilling that counts.
Looking ahead, Mayor Amalfi hopes that there will be commerce within the Cloud, using spindizzy-powered spaceships because:
"...commerce was the Okies' oxygen." (p. 428)
Was it? New York did not buy either raw materials or finished products on one planet and sell them on another but maybe other Okie cities did?