After breakfast and a check of the night’s activity (none), Jown started more pragmatic considerations.
Who they were, where they were, when they had left and all that stuff was very intriguing but it wouldn’t feed him. What was he going to do with this? “(1) I could just sell the discovery, or (2) I could take what looks valuable, then sell the discovery, or (3) I could take and sell some of the items, but not sell the discovery, perhaps selling stuff a little at a time for the rest of my life (that sounds really sweet), or (4) I could try and use these new technologies myself, or (5) I could find others that I trust and together make we could make private use of the technologies. Five options, which will it be?”
“If I do the first or second it’s all over as soon as I sell the discovery. And any stuff I try to keep for myself will certainly be confiscated. The third option will never work. Scientists would figure out something was alien. Then they would grab me and wring the whole discover out of me. Then I’d probably never see freedom again, if they let me live at all. With the fourth option I can control when any hint of alien discovery gets out. No sold items floating around for scientists to look at. And if I do get something to work I can limit where and when I use of it to safe situations. But it might take a long time to get even one thing to work. Now the last option has two disadvantages. I would have to share this find and the credits with others and the more people involved the more chance one of them will spill the beans. But there should be plenty of credits to go around and if I can find and get just the right people and keep the group very, very small, like three or four it could work for a very long time. And beauty of it is I can start alone right now and bring in others as I find them.”
Posted by strailon Wednesday, December 05, 2012 @ 00:00:00 UTC