Freefall 2993

The mayor hits the road

Dvorak said it takes a long time to claim a planet.
It's not a proud moment for our legal system. Documents say you can claim a planet you have a permanent human presence on. The problem is how you define human presence.
Countries and corporations sent out millions of sublight probes with a few frozen human cells to land on anything they could find. Most have no intention of developing the planet, they just want money from people who might. We call them planet trolls.
I see the problem. There's a scam going on and we're not in on it.

Color by George Peterson

An analogy is drawn here with patent trolls.

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