By Giancarlo Genta
Sometime within the not-too-distant destiny ... unbeknownst to Earth, the Galaxy is domestic to a few spacefaring societies. This confederation enforces a strict protocol forbidding any touch with civilizations that experience now not but accomplished either a considerable spacefaring power and adequate adulthood to regulate the expertise explosion earlier than triggering their very own extinction.
While this coverage is meant to simply usher in peaceable new contributors, concerns switch totally whilst the confederation is threatened by means of a few unknown entity - is the risk 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 concurs, yet calls for a excessive rate: may still he be successful, the confederation should settle for Earth as a brand new member. because the danger turns into ever extra acute, the query quickly turns into which venture will turn out tougher - saving the confederation or convincing it to simply accept the deal!
The broad appendix, written in non-technical language, stories the medical and technological subject matters underlying the plot - starting from the Fermi paradox, house go back and forth and artificial/collective intelligence to theories on attainable common convergences in technological and organic development.
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No, actually everything we are doing here is strongly illegal,” Sinqwahan countered, “but our Coordinator thinks that sometimes it may be necessary to violate the letter of the law. You see, this law is aimed at preventing interference with human species that have not yet achieved interstellar travel. In this case, however, the end is so important. ” “. that it justiﬁes illegal means,” Taylor stepped in. “Your coordinator would like Machiavelli. ” “We have little choice. It is a desperate attempt, but we have to try.
Another spacer tradition is their skill with handguns,” Sinqwahan explained, opening a locker that contained a number of black objects with a striking similarity to earthly handguns. Tom thought that the shape of many objects is so completely dictated by their use that they must be similar throughout the whole galaxy. He noticed that dust had accumulated on the weapons, noting signs of a lack of cleanliness on board for the very ﬁrst time. “It looks as if the crew do not do much training here,” was his comment.
Sinqwahan’s last words had really worried him. “Would you come alone? ” Taylor had not thought about that aspect of the matter. Apart from the immediate danger for everybody, if the story were true he was being given a 20 A Man from Planet Earth unique opportunity. He had worked for years on technologies enabling humans to travel in space and now he was offered the chance to reach worlds everyone considered outside the reach of Earthly humankind, at least for many hundreds of years. And of course his visitor was right about Susan: she would not miss an opportunity like that.
A Man From Planet Earth: A Scientific Novel by Giancarlo Genta