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Continued from page 27 . ) All that said? ” Why 100 years? That horizon originated in the DARPA request for proposal, but more than that, 100 years is an appropriate timeframe. Clearly, interstellar travel is unlikely within a few decades—but let the goal extend much beyond the century mark, and it would divorce the goal from any sense of urgency. That would be unfortunate. This is a mission to inspire an outpouring of scientif ic and engineering progress here on Earth, for everyone’s benef it.
The Sun was low before they were ready to set out. The headwoman and others clamored for him to stay one more night, to leave in the morning—give the girl one more night with her mother. But the girl would be safe at night, Mendel assured them, and no marauder on the road would be so foolish that he would try to steal a child from a god. They relented at last, and as the Sun was setting, he hoisted the little girl with her backpack full of undoubtedly useless things. He left at a loping, gliding pace, not wanting to jar the poor child more than necessary as she wept silently on his shoulder.
The lilith was a good way up the street, moving past a trio of vulgaris hauling an enormous handcart toward some market or warehouse. Mendel was the only other divine on the road; she would spot him for sure if he began to run. To his left a laundromat operated out of a family’s garage. He turned into it as though that had been his errand all along. A broad-faced natural with a thick braid of hair in the ancient style looked up at him from the pile of laundry her neighbors had left for her. Mendel wondered for half a second whether the old bloodstained tunic was in the pile, sent over by the hotel to be washed instead of incinerated as Mendel had demanded.