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 regulate the know-how explosion sooner than triggering their very own extinction.
While this coverage is meant to just usher in peaceable new individuals, concerns switch completely whilst the confederation is threatened by means of a few unknown entity - is the risk actual 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 expense: may still he be triumphant, 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 undertaking will end up more durable - 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 go back and forth and artificial/collective intelligence to theories on attainable common convergences in technological and organic improvement.
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A Man From Planet Earth: A Scientific Novel (Science and Fiction) by Giancarlo Genta