So what you're saying is that information has no value.
Also, I'm fairly sure that something like that would be laughed out of existence by the Human Rights Tribunal.
Dammit, I want my 80s cyberpunk sit at the table, order from computer (bonus points for miniature holographic waiter who appears in middle of table), and food is delivered out of hidden conveyor system experience!
I've wanted a modern version of Omega for quite while now.
Out of curiosity, other than trappings (laser rifle versus wand of lightning, say,) how would you differentiate 'Science Fiction' from 'Fantasy Fiction?'
Compare and contrast the First Commandment with the First Amendment.
Yes, lets. And then, lets send them back to base, and go back on with our lives once the direct threat is averted.
Are they under some sort of obligation? You seem to think that there's something odd about this. From the original story, it sounds like these guys work on this software as part of their (paid) jobs. Are you willing to pay them to continue to work on it? If so, they may very well choose to.
Or perhaps, having retired, they'd like to pursue other interests, hobbies, goals and ideas.
South America too, for that matter.
Except that Europe has a long and active trend of elected female leaders.
For you, the day Bison landed his Space Plane on your tiny village was the greatest day of your life. For me, it was Tuesday.