Sometimes I wonder what our worlds would be like if there’d been no War. We’d have a lot less technology of course. The Peloran really had to open up their can of tricks for us. But what about our culture? What about who we are? I like to read Pre-War science fiction just to see where people thought we were headed. Nobody saw The War coming. Oh, lots of authors forecasted wars out in the colonial regions and such. But the Shang were a serious left turn at Yosemite that nobody saw coming.