Thursday, 24 December 2015

The Abbey

The Abbey:

is the Order of Planetary Engineers headquarters and school, perched on the heights of Archimedes Crater on the Moon (see image);

has towers and thick walls of native stone, a local landing field, a spaceport and hidden weapons;

looks ancient;

is approached by a winding road;

burrows deep underground;

can be made self-sufficient;

comprises passages, storerooms, laboratories, bedrooms, refectories, assembly halls and recreation facilities.

Poul Anderson, The Snows Of Ganymede (New York, 1958), Chapter 2, p. 9.

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