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"Everybody here is in tremendous danger."

—AuDy

Episode 31

TED talks at the September Institute.

Opening Narration

On its first night, students and workers from Mode City pulsed through the Bacchus Biotech Recreational District like hungry blood cells, finally able to devour the nutrients and proteins they'd only seen in the neurovids.

Above them the so-called Pleasure Dome—a suggestive, energetic pink—blasted out imported vibrancy. This was the trade Sinner Twelt had made. His opponents said that he'd sold the planet out. His mentors called him arrogant. His workers doubted that their young leader had their interests at heart. But he did. And he silenced his own doubt with the fact that the people of Service II had dug themselves out from under a Divine once. A couple of civilians from the Diaspora with good connections were nothing in comparison.

And they brought opportunity. Their world will not be the provincial joke it was when he was born on it. It would have culture. It would have a reputation. There would be a way forward.

And so Sinner Twelt bought his opponents. He disavowed his mentors and silenced the workers who dared speak out. He took the bastardized name the outsiders used for him, but in exchange he found a new name for the planet. It couldn't be Service II anymore. Instead: September. And he felt relieved when the outsider took it as her name too. And relieved further when the contracts came, and the shopping centers, and the new streets, and the university.

But now, in the light of that gaudy dome, he realized he should have asked for more.

Additional Information

Episodes
"If Han Solo Used To Be Beyoncé, or: Hashtag Otechku" · "I Would Like a Bribe" · "Soldier Game" · "It's Fine, We're Criminals" · "The Bells Are Ringing"" · "A Ship of Seeds" · "Here's Your Bribe Tip" · "I Am Not Allowed" · "Our Hostage Below" · "This Month of Ours" · "Drawing Clocks" · "A Thing You Know About Nightclubs" · "A Home After a Wake" · "Our Customer of the Month" · "We've All Killed People" · "A Candle in the Sun" · "The Rear Left Engine" · "Metal That Has Died Twice" · "The Order of Things" · "The Road You Take and Who You Take It With"" · "The Glimmer Incident: The Executive Enters!" · "Crisis! (A Solemn Vow Above the Sea of Counterweight)" · "The Broken Branch" · "An Astonishingly Illegal Ship"" · "It's Still Dark Out" · "You Can Call Me Captain" · "Do You Have Room For Me?" · "An Animal Out of Context" · "A Special Kind of Warmth" · "Three Conversations" · "Another Facility Among Trees" · "Expertize with a Z" · "Through the Crosshairs" · "A Fractal Garden and an Intercepted Message" · "Reaching Out" · "A Knock at the Door" · "Everything is Temporary" · "Visions from Windows, Or: The Last Time the Bomb Dropped" · "Found Footage" · "Just Another Machine" · "The Storm Over September" · "A Splintered Branch, A Ringing Bell Pt. 1" · "A Splintered Branch, A Ringing Bell Pt. 2" · "A Splintered Branch, A Ringing Bell Pt. 3" · "Live Post-Mortem"

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