This is a short story that was collected in the book Gold.

Plot Summary[]

Humanity has advanced so much in the later half of the 21st century that a dozen settlements have been built in an orbit around Earth which are home to thousands of humans who migrated away from the Earth. The pros and cons of living in settlements have been described in comparison to living on Earth.

But apart from everything else, the narrator who lives on one of the settlements predicts with utmost certainty that one day the people of the settlements will become so much capable of being on their own. When that will happen, each settlement will gradually get away from the Earth towards the outer solar system and even further and the Earth will be rendered all alone with it's people in the blank and black space.