Copyright 2010 Tom Lichtenberg
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Everybody knew this Spallanzini guy, but that's not too surprising. Everyone who lives or works in Pink City pretty much knows everybody else who lives or works there too. It's not really even a city; it's more like a prefabricated community that practically popped out of a kit. There's a Green City too, and a Yellow one and a Blue one. Everything you need is right here. You’ve got your individualized habitat, your cubicle, your coffee shop, golf carts and scooters that take you everywhere you need to go. Most of the people work for the General Corporation, doing whatever it needs them to do. They’re all unspecialized workers, jacks of all trades, masters of none. This way nobody bends the pay scale too far. It's easier that way all around.
Spallanzini was always an outbird. This is what they call those few who work inside but live outside the confines. Inbirds of course are just the reverse. Outside Pink City, things are different - values, priorities, concerns. Most people prefer to belong, and to belong completely. When you’re in you’re in and it’s cozier that way. Outbirds never quite fit in all the way.