“These science fiction writers, I tell you what.”

“What are you on about now?”

“I picked up this book the other day, it’s about opening a door into a parallel universe where another species of humans out-competed us.”

“So what? That sounds like it could be fun.”

“Yeah, but the author just uses it to be preachy about how he thinks our world should be. They have a ridiculous utopia just so the author can rub his face in what he thinks we’re doing wrong.”

“Like what?”

“Oooh, they have true democracy! Oooh, they have true sexual equality! Oooh, they care about their environment and some practice population control! It makes me sick. If another species of humans really did come out on top, I guarantee you they’d have the same problems we do, if not worse.”

“Yeah. What other species did they choose?”

“Homo sapiens. In their crazy world, the Sapiens out-bred and out-competed Neanderthals. It’s ridiculous of course, but it’s not a bad idea for someone to write a better story about.”

“I’ll say. Hey, can I borrow a filtration cartridge? The acid rain is really bad today and I forgot mine in Shelter Complex Seven.”

“Here you go. You still going to go to the breeding pens to hook up with a femslave tonight? It’s half off because today is the Glorious Primarch’s birthday.”

“You know it, buddy! First one’s on me.”

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