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By Kris Katzen

A Time of Joy and Sorrow


By Kris Katzen



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A Time of Joy and Sorrow



Personal Log, date Z1302>13513 (April 1, 5083): Today Exploration has reached two milestones. We've been traveling for fifty years which timewise marks the halfway point in our journey between galaxies. I suspect we shall continue ahead of schedule, however, because we have covered slightly over fifty percent of the distance. And the population of the ship has passed the five million mark. At the moment, seventy percent of those on board have fulfilled the education requirements to qualify as crew. As anticipated, this far exceeds the demand for Exploration's optimum crew of five thousand—and the ship can be run with a fraction of that number of personnel. Even with not everyone pursuing certification so as to participate in ship's government, the surplus nevertheless allows us to rotate personnel and give those who are on duty less frequent shifts.

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