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 now not but completed either a considerable spacefaring strength and adequate adulthood to manage the know-how explosion prior to triggering their very own extinction.
While this coverage is meant to just usher in peaceable new individuals, issues switch completely while the confederation is threatened via 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 expense: should still he be triumphant, the confederation must settle for Earth as a brand new member. because the chance turns into ever extra acute, the query quickly turns into which undertaking will end up tougher - saving the confederation or convincing it to just accept the deal!
The large appendix, written in non-technical language, reports the medical and technological themes underlying the plot - starting from the Fermi paradox, area go back and forth and artificial/collective intelligence to theories on attainable common convergences in technological and organic development.
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Despite the dim light due to the clouds and the thin rain, Tom was able to observe them from a close distance, conﬁrming his impression that they were facing large birds. From the documents he had studied, it was clear that Tteroths had kept their ability to ﬂy throughout the evolutionary stages that had led to intelligence, and Tom was eager to see how large the wings would be, that would be capable sustaining such heavy creatures. The vehicle ﬂoated at a few inches from the ground and started moving across the ﬂat, well-kept lawn without making any noise as they proceeded along the top of the cliff.
The four ships moved in close formation towards Ytl, with two of the cruisers ﬂanking their starship while the third preceded them. Sinqwahan nodded to the two Earthlings to follow him, and headed towards the library. “It is a great honor to ﬁnd an escort at a hyperspace gate, particularly because Tteroths are extremely formal,” he said as soon as they were in the corridor. Then he explained that Tteroths were one of the youngest human species in the sector, because they had attained starﬂight no more than twenty thousand years earlier, and that in the past they had a highly stratiﬁed society, ruled by a close-knit aristocracy.
If I am telling the truth, you have nothing to fear and you are right to trust me; if on the contrary what I am suggesting is a trap, I would have the means to make you follow me anyway. But if my intention were to force you to follow me, why stage all this comedy in the ﬁrst place? I would not need high technology to kidnap two people,” Sinqwahan concluded with an encouraging smile. Taylor wasn’t at all encouraged by these words, which could be interpreted as a veiled threat. ” “No, let’s say it’s an offer it would be stupid to refuse,” Sinqwahan retorted in his most reassuring tone of voice.