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 now not but accomplished either a considerable spacefaring strength and enough adulthood to manage the know-how explosion sooner than triggering their very own extinction.
While this coverage is meant to simply usher in peaceable new individuals, 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 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 consents, yet calls for a excessive rate: may 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 challenge will turn out more durable - 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 commute and artificial/collective intelligence to theories on attainable common convergences in technological and organic improvement.
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