By Giancarlo Genta
Someday within the not-too-distant destiny ... unbeknownst to Earth, the Galaxy is domestic to a couple of spacefaring societies. This confederation enforces a strict protocol forbidding any touch with civilizations that experience no longer but accomplished either a considerable spacefaring strength and adequate adulthood to regulate the know-how explosion prior to triggering their very own extinction.
While this coverage is meant to just herald peaceable new participants, issues swap totally whilst the confederation is threatened via a few unknown entity - is the threat genuine or imagined? The confederation makes a decision to damage with the foundations and sends a delegate to Earth to rent one of many supposedly belligerent Earthlings to enquire and to restore the confederation’s long-unused starfleet. The Earthman has the same opinion, yet calls for a excessive expense: should still he prevail, the confederation should settle for Earth as a brand new member. because the probability turns into ever extra acute, the query quickly turns into which project will turn out tougher - saving the confederation or convincing it to simply accept the deal!
The vast appendix, written in non-technical language, studies the clinical and technological themes underlying the plot - starting from the Fermi paradox, area shuttle and artificial/collective intelligence to theories on attainable common convergences in technological and organic improvement.
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Each one of these fantasies represents an arraignment of the ﬁnite, an attempt to dismantle the formal structure of time and space which the universe wraps around us at the moment we ﬁrst achieve consciousness. —J. G. Ballard, ‘‘Cataclysms and Dooms’’ (1977) Nothing like a little cosmic cataclysm to take my mind oﬀ jammed sinuses. —Edward Bryant, ‘‘Particle Theory’’ (1977) I can see we’re in for a fabulous evening’s apocalypse. —Douglas Adams, ‘‘Fit the Fifth,’’ episode of The Hitch-Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (radio series, 1978) Apocalypse is the eye of a needle, through which we pass into a diﬀerent world.
Regardless of the situation, you keep climbing; contrary to advice, you keep climbing; despite the resistance of your enemies, you keep climbing; against your better instincts, your common sense, your premonitions, you climb, climb, climb. If you don’t keep climbing, you fall to the bottom. That’s for sure. But if you do keep climbing, you fall anyway. —Arkady Strugatsky and Boris Strugatsky, Prisoners of Power (1969), translated by Helen Saltz Jacobson (1977) All her life she had made her own mistakes and her own successes, both usually by trying what others said she could not do.
Probably not, I thought, or anything our minds could conceive. But it had sensed it; it could tell with certainty that this planet, this little race, would never receive them, and would never yield. And Becky and I, in refusing to surrender, but instead ﬁghting their invasion to the end, giving up any hope of escape in order to destroy even a few of them, had provided the ﬁnal and conclusive demonstration of that unchangeable fact. And so now, to survive—their one purpose and function—the great pods lifted and rose, climbing up through the faint mist, and out toward the space they had come from.
A Man From Planet Earth: A Scientific Novel (Science and Fiction) by Giancarlo Genta