The Hunter

A Scientific Novel
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ISBN-13:
9783319020594
Einband:
Taschenbuch
Erscheinungsdatum:
01.11.2013
Seiten:
130
Autor:
Giancarlo Genta
Gewicht:
236 g
Format:
236x154x20 mm
Serie:
Science and Fiction
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:
This book uses a fictional story set in the 24th century to illustrate the emergent topic of space colonization, robotics and self-replicating spacecraft. It contains a nontechnical summary of the underlying science of all concepts used in the story.
This book uses a fictional story set in the 24th century to illustrate the emergent topic of space colonization, robotics and self-replicating spacecraft. It contains a nontechnical summary of the underlying science of all concepts used in the story.
Part I The Hunter.- Part II The Science behind the fiction.
The 24th century: humankind has become a spacefaring civilization, colonizing the solar system and beyond. While no alien forms of life have yet been encountered in this expansion into space, colonists suddenly encounter machines of alien origin - huge robots able to reproduce themselves. Called replicators by the colonists, they seem to have but a single goal: to destroy all organic life they come in contact with.
Since the colonial governments have no means to fight this menace directly, they instead promise huge rewards to whoever destroys a replicator. As a result, the frontier attracts a new kind of adventurers, the Hunters, who work to find and destroy the replicators. Mike Edwards, a skilled young maintenance technician and robotics expert at a faraway outpost, will not only become one of them - but be the very first one to unlock the secret behind the replicators' origin and mission.

The scientific and technical aspects underlying the plot - in particular space travel, robotics and self-replicating spacecraft - are introduced and discussed by the author in an extensive non-technical appendix.

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