Giancarlo Genta's A Man From Planet Earth: A Scientific Novel (Science and PDF

By Giancarlo Genta

Someday 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 enough adulthood to manage the know-how explosion ahead of triggering their very own extinction.

While this coverage is meant to just usher in peaceable new participants, issues switch completely whilst the confederation is threatened by way of a few unknown entity - is the risk actual or imagined? The confederation comes to a decision to wreck 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 cost: should still he be triumphant, the confederation must settle for Earth as a brand new member. because the risk turns into ever extra acute, the query quickly turns into which undertaking will end up tougher - saving the confederation or convincing it to simply accept the deal!

The broad appendix, written in non-technical language, studies the clinical and technological subject matters underlying the plot - starting from the Fermi paradox, area trip and artificial/collective intelligence to theories on attainable common convergences in technological and organic improvement.

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DELEGATION The President of Thalassa had been in office for only two months and was still unreconciled to his misfortune. But there was nothing he could do about it except to make the best of a bad job for the three years it would last. Certainly it was no use demanding a recount; the selection program, which involved the generation and interleaving of thousand-digit random numbers, was the nearest thing to pure chance that human ingenuity could devise. There were exactly five ways to avoid the danger of being dragged into the Presidential Palace (twenty rooms, one large enough to hold almost a hundred guests).

He might have been even more chastened—or perhaps merely amused—to know that Mayor Waldron was no longer quite so enamored of him. Assistant Chief Engineer Loren Lorenson had impressed more than one of Tarna’s citizens that morning. 15. TERRA NOVA Such a reminder of Earth was an unfortunate name for the settlement, and no one admitted responsibility. But it was slightly more glamorous than “base camp,” and was quickly accepted. The complex of prefabricated huts had shot up with astonishing speed—literally overnight.

I wonder… I wonder… 17. CHAIN OF COMMAND From: Captain To: All Crew Members CHRONOLOGY As there has already been a great deal of unnecessary confusion in this matter, I wish to make the following points: 1. All Ship’s records and schedules will remain on Earth Time—corrected for relativistic effects—until the end of the voyage. All clocks and timing systems aboard ship will continue to run on ET. 2. For convenience, ground crews will use Thalassan time (TT) when necessary, but will keep all records in ET with TT in parenthesis.

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