Windmill reflected in still water Excerpt:
Settlers Square, the open area around the Tower, was the original landing site for the new arrivals. The city of New Amsterdam which grew up around it and the surroundings areas form one of a handful of settlements scattered across this world of New Earth.

Like the original, this Earth orbits its Sun - a star once known in the catalogues as Bygones - at a distance of ninety-three million miles, turns on its axis once every twenty-four hours and with a year of 365-and-a-bit days. This year is 977, based on our year zero - the date of the first official landing.

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