By Giancarlo Genta
The twenty fourth century: humankind has turn into a spacefaring civilization, colonizing the sun procedure and past. whereas no alien different types of lifestyles haven't begun been encountered during this enlargement into area, colonists without warning stumble upon machines of alien beginning - large robots capable of reproduce themselves. referred to as replicators via the colonists, they appear to have yet a unmarried target: to damage all natural lifestyles they arrive in touch with.
Since the colonial governments haven't any skill to struggle this threat at once, they as a substitute promise large rewards to whoever destroys a replicator. hence, the frontier draws a brand new type of adventurers, the Hunters, who paintings to discover and damage the replicators. Mike Edwards, a talented younger upkeep technician and robotics specialist at a far flung outpost, won't in basic terms develop into one in every of them - yet be the first actual one to release the key in the back of the replicators’ foundation and project.
The clinical and technical facets underlying the plot - specifically area trip, robotics and self-replicating spacecraft - are brought and mentioned by way of the writer in an in depth non-technical appendix.
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He asked. “I don’t know, Sir. I am sure of the coordinates of the asteroid at the moment it encountered that miner, but ephemerides in this system are quite imprecise. And in particular, the asteroid was located in the zone where the gravitational attractions of the two stars are in equilibrium and any orbits are quite unstable. I reconstructed the orbit using the best ephemerides I could find, but the errors could be quite large …”, Mike answered. “Let’s hope they are not. If the position is correct, we should get there just six hours before the replication process is finished.
Chen, try to get in contact to identify that ship”, the Hunter ordered. Liza Chen started sending out identification requests. After a few minutes a voice came from the loudspeaker. The transmission was quite garbled and there was no video. “I am Father Dubois. We were attacked by a replicator. We request assistance”. ”, Romero howled. “Let him go to hell, he and all his crew. Let’s carry on with our search”. “We cannot leave them in space, on a ship in that state”, the Hunter replied. “But Sir, if we give them assistance, we will never reach that replicator before …”, Beaumont said.
Then she turned toward him. “And now, Mike, I have to show you that you were wrong …” He was confused, not understanding what she meant with these words. Or rather, he couldn’t believe that what he thought she meant was correct. ”, he asked. “When you said that Lulu was much better than myself ”, she answered, slowly opening her dress. 6 When, three quarters of an hour later, he left Ann’s room, Mike was in a daze. Walking like a zombie, he started toward the docking area, without thinking of anything.
The Hunter: A Scientific Novel by Giancarlo Genta