By Giancarlo Genta
Sometime 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 completed either a considerable spacefaring power and enough adulthood to manage the know-how explosion sooner than triggering their very own extinction.
While this coverage is meant to just herald peaceable new individuals, issues switch completely whilst the confederation is threatened by way of a few unknown entity - is the threat genuine or imagined? The confederation makes a decision to damage with the principles 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 rate: may still he prevail, the confederation should settle for Earth as a brand new member. because the hazard turns into ever extra acute, the query quickly turns into which challenge will end up more durable - saving the confederation or convincing it to simply accept the deal!
The large appendix, written in non-technical language, experiences the clinical and technological themes underlying the plot - starting from the Fermi paradox, house commute and artificial/collective intelligence to theories on attainable common convergences in technological and organic development.
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Her eyes were staring alternately at the image and the stranger. “You had both better ﬁnd an explanation for all this, and one without galactic confederations and sector coordinators. ” she said, with a quiver in her voice. “Let’s all sit down and you start your tale from the beginning. I’ll just bring something cold to drink and then I’ll listen to your stuff again,” Taylor told the stranger. Sinqwahan started with the lesson he had given Taylor an hour earlier. This time it took longer, however, as Susan frequently asked for explanations, mainly when he touched some controversial or unknown aspect of astronomy or science in general.
No, against the hull of the shuttle, Taylor thought, relieved. He was so excited by the adventure that the thought it might all just be a trick and the vehicle be just a helicopter had disturbed him. That thought had been in the back of his mind up to that very moment. ” exclaimed Susan, who had clearly come to the same conclusion. ” “Twenty thousand feet. Now that the rotor has been folded we can climb faster. We will dock with CH-23426 in ﬁfteen minutes” said Ashkahan. “Start docking procedures,” she ordered the shuttle’s computer.
The two slowly ate the small crabs and then sipped the soup. ” the Aswaqat asked. “Not too bad,” Tom replied, thinking that perhaps sooner or later he would get used to that sort of breakfast. “I am glad. But don’t try to get me to taste that. No Kirkysakh ever succeeded,” he answered. Suddenly the two Earthlings realized that not only did the various species have different habits, but also within the same species the inhabitants of the various systems had widely different ways, lifestyles and traditions.