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(Story excerpt)... As it becomes clear that Earth will soon be uninhabitable, different groups – the few surviving national governments, corporations, social clades and the like – start making preparations to leave the solar system. They bring asteroids into Earth orbit, hollow them out, fit them with ion drives and cryo-hibernation vaults, as well as factories and construction gear to ‘bootstrap’ an industrial base quickly. Only a tiny fraction of the human population can take this escape route – billions are left to die on the dying planet.
The various colony ships depart in different directions. The crews sleep in the cryo-vaults, watched over by robots. Contact with Earth is lost as the Fifth Water War goes nuclear. One particular colony ship, the Romanov, was built by Russian oligarchs...