Where there are people, there must be food, and where there is food you can make ethanol. It's not as good as liquid hydrocarbons, but it is miles better than hydrogen.
Quite true, but this colony has little (if any) food to spare, the aquaculture
is not yet working well, because the various species introduced from Earth
and from other colonies are still adapting to their new environment. And sin-
ce the colony's watercraft use hydrogen fuel cells, it seemed convenient to
outfit all other vehicles with hydrogen engines, too.
Is this a Traveller setting?
No, the technology assumptions are very different from those of Traveller,
for example the FTL drive is a kind of hyperdrive, there is no gravitics tech-
nology, and biotechnology is far more important than in a usual Traveller set-
ting. The background is also very different, with a short history and only 34
colonies comparatively close to an Earth of 2217 AD. The focus of the setting
is the water world Thalassa, ca. 71 light years from Earth and 3 years after
the first team established the first outpost, at the beginning of the actual co-