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“Hello, Karen. I hear two new companies have settled in,” the mayor greeted her with a toothy smile.

“Hi, Tim. Yes, that's right. Including them, the population will reach one hundred thousand this month. That'll mean we have to work out some disaster management strategies,” Karen cut straight to the chase.

“I've never had to build residential standards so fast in my entire life. Only last week we had to register fifteen thousand newcomers,” the major moaned with a smile.

“I know, I know,” Karen said thoughtfully. “Tim, listen. We're going to be building on another new site.”

“Really?!”

“Yes. But this one's different from the previous ones because of its infrastructure,” said Karen. “It'll be listed as an industrial site.”

“An industrial site? Okay. What will be produced there, I wonder?” the mayor's smile disappeared for a moment.

“I have no idea,” Karen admitted. “All I have to do right now is to get the permissions sorted out. Any ideas where I can start?”

“Of course, let's talk about it over lunch. I can put you in touch with someone I know,” he said, as he led Karen from the room. “Don't worry, you won't have any problems with them at all.”

Karen knew that she would not as long as she went to the right person. Everything happened quickly and smoothly in this city.

She was getting to know more and more people, and she exactly knew who it was okay to be friends with and who was approaching her just because of her connections. She knew the right distance to maintain, proving in that sense to be rather canny.

 

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CHAPTER 2 | MACHINES
CHAPTER 3 | A NEW TECHNOLOGY
CHAPTER 4 | ATTACK
CHAPTER 5 | THE SOURCE
CHAPTER 6 | THE SCIENCE CENTER
CHAPTER 7 | UNIVERSITY CITY
CHAPTER 8 | GLIDECRAFT
CHAPTER 9 | SECTOR TWO
CHAPTER 10 | THEY KNOW WE ARE HERE
CHAPTER 11 | GRAVITOR
CHAPTER 12 | INSTALLATION
CHAPTER 13 | ENERGY WAR
CHAPTER 14 | AFTERSHOCKS
CHAPTER 15 | INITIATION
CHAPTER 16 | PREPARATION
CHAPTER 17 | DEFENSE CORPS
CHAPTER 18 | TRUTH
CHAPTER 19 | BEYOND EARTH