Customs among Human spacers are fairly rigid and long-lasting.
- Hamsters: The ideal pets for spacecraft, they eat
little, have very little mass, do not become confused by zero
gee, and breed prolifically. Since the very early days of interstellar
flight, no starship has been without a ship's hamster.
- Bars: Leave any spaceport, on planet or settlement,
and turn left. Soon you will come to a spacer's bar.
- Hospitality: Traditionally, a spacer inviting someone
aboard his/her ship offers customary hospitality of "ship
and stores and bunk" -- that is, transportation, food, and
sex. It is up to the visitor to accept one, two, or all three.
- Aggressiveness: Through long generations of selection
and breeding, those who cannot "turn off" their aggressive
instincts were weeded out of the spacer gene pool (usually by
fatal accident or seemingly-accidental execution.) When spacers
fight (which they often do for exercise, or just fun), the loser
signals surrender by relaxing and baring his/her neck and underbelly
to the victor. Just as with higher animals, this display short-circuits
the victor's aggressiveness -- the usual response is a kiss on
the forehead, followed by hearty laughter.
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