By Stephen Baxter
The 12 months is 2010. greater than a century of ecological harm, commercial and technological growth, and unchecked inhabitants progress has left the Earth on the point of devastation. because the world's governments flip inward, one guy dares to check a bolder, brighter destiny. That guy, Reid Malenfant, has a really diversified way to the issues plaguing the planet: the exploration and colonization of house. Now Malenfant gambles the very lifestyles of time on a unmarried determined throw of the cube. combating nationwide sabotage and foreign outcry, as apocalyptic riots sweep the globe, he builds a spacecraft and launches it into deep house. the chances are 1000000000000 to at least one opposed to him. Or are they?
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Behind the scenes Malenfant had already begun to assemble promises of the technical support he was going to need. His old buddies at NASA had started to find ways to free up deep-space communications and provide support for detailed mission design and other support facilities. And it would help, she thought, that this wouldn't be solely a NASA-related project; cooperation from Woods Hole in Massachusetts and the research institute at Monterey Bay Aquarium in California diluted the hostility NASA always attracted on the Hill.
Until the last few decades all we did was lower nets and see what we could catch. " Maura asked. Dan sighed. "Again we aren't sure. They don't hunt cooperatively. They forage alone by night, and shoal by day. The shoaling seems to be to provide protection while they rest. The squid don't hide on the bottom like octopuses; they shoal over sea grass beds where there are few predators. They have elaborate courtship rituals. And the young seem to learn from the old. They post sentinels. Very effectively, too; though they may have six or seven predator encounters per hour -- with yellow jacks and mutton snappers, barracuda and houndfish, coming at them from anywhere -- the squid kill rate is very low.
The point is that if we can open up the limits to growth, then we can all be winners. It's as simple as that. That is why I'm prepared to back Malenfant. Not, you'll note, because I like his methods. But the ends, I suspect, in this case justify the means. However, all this is going to take some extremely delicate opinion management. Especially over what Malenfant is doing at Key Largo ... Sheena 5 And in the warm, shallow waters of the continental shelf off Key Largo: The night was over. The sun, a fat ball of light, was already glimmering above the water's surface, which rippled with flat-light.
Manifold 01 Time by Stephen Baxter