As they walked the planet was visible through the ship’s dome, blue-green against velvet blackness. “So they organized society around this ‘money’,” she said, still unable to believe what she was hearing.

“Correct,” he replied, “and those with the most were venerated above all others and seen as a source of safety and security.”

“And this ‘Douglas Adams’ that you mentioned?”

“He was one of the few who realized the whole thing was a bad idea.”