The Gates of Eden

The Gates of Eden

Language: English

Pages: 186

ISBN: 1434435725

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Despite the development of a faster-than-light drive, Earth’s space program has been in the doldrums for centuries, as has Earth itself. Hyperspace being impossible to navigate without beacons at which to aim, there is no alternative but to wait for vessels sent out at sub-light speed decades previously to find somewhere worth going. Unfortunately, when a worthwhile planet finally turns up, it doesn’t take long for political conflicts to materialize over its exploitation. Then, when an entire survey team perishes, the problems intensify. Lee Caretta is the man most likely to solve the problem—if his conflict-ridden employers will let him, if he can keep his tendencey to suffer unexplained blackouts under control, and if the world really is sufficiently Earth-like not to be deadly to the explorers. And then the humans begin to die once more! Despite the development of a faster-than-light drive, Earth’s space program has been in the doldrums for centuries, as has Earth itself. Hyperspace being impossible to navigate without beacons at which to aim, there is no alternative but to wait for vessels sent out at sub-light speed decades previously to find somewhere worth going. Unfortunately, when a worthwhile planet finally turns up, it doesn’t take long for political conflicts to materialize over its exploitation. Then, when an entire survey team perishes, the problems intensify. Lee Caretta is the man most likely to solve the problem—if his conflict-ridden employers will let him, if he can keep his tendencey to suffer unexplained blackouts under control, and if the world really is sufficiently Earth-like not to be deadly to the explorers. And then the humans begin to die once more!

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diverted into biotechnics. Commercialization had squeezed out pure research, and theory was in low repute anyway—there was this fashionable argument about the end of theory...because we were supposed already to have induced most of what could be induced with the aid of human senses....” “I know the one,” I told him dryly. “The thing is,” he went on, “that we had no real connection between biochemical genetics and anatomy. As far as we knew—and had known for more than a hundred years—the genes

and the horse-collar—were none of them dependent upon any advance in scientific theory. The same is true of the machines that made the industrial revolution. Indeed, it was the proliferation of theory that followed technological innovation, not vice versa. Biotechnics is basically fancy cookery. Its theoretical base was laid down in the nineteen thirties, but we haven’t exhausted it yet and maybe never will. New knowledge might open up new technological horizons, but it isn’t necessary when you

Schumann. “Star Station is on the other side of the sun just now. Earth Spirit has to get back with the minimum possible delay. You aren’t going on any pleasure trip. There’s trouble.” “How much?” I said. “And what kind?” The director shook his head. “No information,” he said. “We’ve just been told what to do. She’ll be docking in thirty-six hours. Can you two get your affairs in order by then? Do you have someone who can take over necessary work in progress?” I shrugged, having virtually lost

were fighting for the meat. But it wasn’t that—they weren’t jackals at a kill. They weren’t trying to suck your blood, Lee—they were trying to touch you with their fingers. You lost a lot of blood, Lee—and lumps of flesh, too. Somehow, they ingested most of it, but not through their mouths. But this was later—it must have been fully ten minutes after you sent that last message. Do you think that...whatever you saw...has something to do with that?” I shook my head, and lowered my eyes. “I don’t

know,” I whispered. “I don’t remember.” There was a long pause, while Angelina and Zeno looked at one another to share their puzzlement. “Look, Lee,” she said. “As regards the aliens, Zeno and I think we have it all pieced together. We think we know what happened, but for the moment, it’s all speculation. It’s an a priori argument with no real foundation in what I actually saw. I think we might prove it to Juhasz, given time, but it’s just possible that you can prove it for us, by giving us the

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