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The international space-mirror compact


Earth exosphere, A.D. 2050


A new law stipulates that all outer-space passengers must surrender any optical glass for inspection.

A high-grade mirror at an extrastratospheric facility could help a sophisticated team of combatants burn a lipstick-sized hole into just about any target.

Any amateur with a vacuum-tolerant suit, the proper instructions, and permission for out-of-craft access could attach a basic radio-controlled aiming device to the exterior of a space facility — at which point anybody with a big sharp well-aimed Earth-based laser could shoot a hole into anything that shared a line of sight.

Thus, forthgoing, anybody with a penchant for self-decoration must hand over any so-called beauty products for technical examination.


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