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2009-06-17
Max DeGroot Lookatthat! 
This is a parody based on a sci-fi novel by Larry Niven called "A Gift From Earth". The setting requires some explanation. From Wikipedia: Plateau, a colony in the Tau Ceti system, was settled by humans some 300 years before the plot begins. The colony world itself is a Venusian type planet with a dense, hot, poisonous atmosphere. It would be otherwise uninhabitable, except for a tall monolithic mesa that rises 40 miles up into a breathable layer in the upper atmosphere. This gives the planet a habitable area about half the size of California. The Captain of the first colony vessel named the feature Mount Lookitthat [from his interjection at first sight of it], and the colony became known as Plateau. After landing the slower-than-light ships, the Crew, or Navymen, sign an agreement, called the Document of Planetfall, with their former passengers who had just emerged from suspended animation and were in a weak bargaining position. This agreement gives the Navy [and their descendants in perpetuity] all control over the new colony. A system of medical care evolves, in which organ transplantation is the only method of treatment, even for cosmetic defects [such as baldness]; a justice system evolves, with all crimes punishable by death, followed by involuntary donation of the decedent's transplantable organs [including skin, scalp, and teeth]. Not surprisingly, only Colonists are ever arrested for crimes; and only Navy are eligible to receive transplants. I sent this to the author of "A Gift From Earth" and he loved it. Anyway, Enjoy.

Comments:
2009-06-18 Jeff Reuben
Interesting story, I'm a sci-fi geek so I enjoyed listening
2009-06-19 Balder
Larry Niven FTW. And this sounds GREAT, Max.
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