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Dear everybody: Why would a society with technology advanced enough to terraform an entire planet have to use human slave labor? Just wondering.

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Murkypoke Why in any sufficiently advanced society would you have to use human labor for anything? Just pointing out.

There are a certain number of humans. Not all of them get to be the elite rulers. Perhaps dystopian fiction is not your thing? Your question implies utopian fiction is more for you. Oh wait, that genre is so boring no one writes it.
Scott A Cannon I think this can best be answered by the opening of the book where the mining is described in detail. It is not an easy process and not one that could be done by robots, there are gas pockets and other obstacles to consider.
Stormraised I agree with all of the practical, logical reasons mentioned, but would also like to raise one more issue - Golds mentality.
They play with swords on board of high-tech spaceships. They want their children how to fight in mud and dirt for food and power.
Being Gold is not about ruling planets, colonizing moons, managing wonders of technology or smartly dealing with finances. It's about ruling people. In the end it's all that matters.
Matthew Nuzzo He addresses that question directly actually. Once in Red Rising and once in its sequel. In Red Rising it is specifically stated that those in power use humans where they could use robots because they more or less get-off on the power associated with owning another human.
Angela Because entitled rich humans always want something for free, and slave labor is it.

If you look at the historical societies the Golds in this book is modeled on, then it makes perfect sense that they would have slaves.
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