A first time traveller to Mars, who also happens to be an astronomer, meets and talks to a veteran traveller and and old hand about Mars. Turns out Mars is a big vacation resort like Las Vegas, with all the vice and cheesy tourist glitter. Can the astronomer get any work done observing sellestial beings with the glitter and light shows going on? The stars have been there for billions of years, they’ll still be there, so why not enjoy the glitzy attractions instead?
The egghead, scientific intellectuals have so far lost to the superstitious slobs of humanity, but they have a plan to beat the gamblers at their own game. When things work themselves out, Harvey the casino owner has a comet named for him, and the scientists have a poker chip named for them.