Some people believe that environmental problems threaten humanity, & they must find a new home among the stars. A European ends up becoming the effective dictator of the world, & forces funding the development of a star drive, diverting funds from other programs. Star ship is gone with some crew, dictator became so unpopular that he will likely be lynched, ... Now his son is hiding in a bunker somewhere on earth, fearing mobs because rest of earth is in a mess & also because he is son of this dictator. Story is told via interactions of this son with a journalist.
Fact sheet.First published: Helix magazine, #7 (Winter 2008).
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