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 potential and adequate adulthood to manage the expertise explosion earlier than triggering their very own extinction.
While this coverage is meant to just herald peaceable new participants, concerns switch totally while the confederation is threatened by means 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 is of the same opinion, yet calls for a excessive rate: may still he be triumphant, 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 undertaking will turn out tougher - saving the confederation or convincing it to simply accept the deal!
The large appendix, written in non-technical language, stories the medical and technological subject matters underlying the plot - starting from the Fermi paradox, house trip and artificial/collective intelligence to theories on attainable common convergences in technological and organic improvement.
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Charcoal he could make and a bellows was simply an animal skin and some branches. Whittle a nozzle. Any damfool who couldn't own a wheel with all that at his disposal deserved to lift and carry. He had ten thousand trees, didn't he? Finland didn't have a damn thing but trees. Yet Finland was the finest little country in the world. " If Finland was still there- Wherever the world was- Maybe the girls would like a Finnish bath. Down where they could plunge in afterwards and squeal and feel good. " Grace might like it.
Barbara and I had some after you went to sleep, Duke. There was some left. I never saw it again. " "Oh! I did, while we were bailing. Busted. " Hugh went to the medicines drawer, got a bottle with a broken seal. "Count these Seconal capsules. " "Karen had one at bedtime, one later; Joe had one. Neither Barbara nor I had any, nor Grace. " His father began to count as Duke pushed them aside. "Ninety-one," Duke announced. " Hugh put the capsules back. " "What do we do, Dad? Stomach pump? " "Slow down, Duke.
The only other precaution he took was for them to keep guns by them-all but his wife. Grace Farnham "couldn't stand guns," and resented having to eat with guns in sight. But she ate with good appetite. Duke had built a fire and they were blessed with hot coffee, hot canned beef, hot peas, hot canned sweet potatoes, and canned fruit salad-and cigarettes with no worry about air or fire. "That was lovely," Grace admitted. "Hubert dear? Do you know what it would take to make it just perfect? " "What, dear?