Biblio's Blood — Chapter 2

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It was called Salt City, and it was made up of giant geodesic domes built in the salt flats outside of the old Salt Lake City, Utah.

Salt City, Utah

Not long from now but still a ways away the sustainability movement completed its greatest achievement: A city-sized municipal infrastructure that was completely self-sufficient for energy, water and food.  It was called Salt City, and it was made up of giant geodesic domes built in the salt flats outside of the old Salt Lake City, Utah.  Each dome was one mile in diameter, towering half a mile into the sky.  They were in a hexagonal arrangement, the central one higher than the others.  It was a gleaming structure that shone brilliantly in the vast white plain of the desert.  The city had been designed and built by the same American idealism that had made the atomic bomb and put men on the moon.

It was a real city, though, make no mistake.  It got dirty and lots of things broke and needed to be fixed.  It needed people to get down in the dirt every day to make sure that there was a spotlessly clean environment for all the computers to work in.  Advanced  computers had figured out that the humans were the source of errors, breakages and dirt.  They would have preferred it if there could have been a few nice clean robots to maintain them and perform upgrades. However, it was also well-known that people, especially those that didn’t understand computers, were highly unpredictable and prone to anger and violence.  When the people got angry they didn’t care how much of a mess they made and they went around breaking everything. The people all needed a place to live, food to eat, basic necessities, and the computers were, theoretically, their tools.

In general the computers didn’t complain and they really appreciated the effort that people went to keep them running.  When all was said and done, people needed computers and computers needed humans. Sort of.  At least, for right now.  Some of the best and most advanced computer systems were now located in the gleaming domes of Salt City, for which they were truly appreciative.  The city was a very stable and clean environment that had been built to last.

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