By Giancarlo Genta
The twenty fourth century: humankind has develop into a spacefaring civilization, colonizing the sunlight process and past. whereas no alien sorts of lifestyles have not begun been encountered during this growth into area, colonists without warning come across machines of alien starting place - large robots capable of reproduce themselves. referred to as replicators by means of the colonists, they appear to have yet a unmarried target: to damage all natural lifestyles they arrive involved with.
Since the colonial governments haven't any capacity to struggle this risk at once, they as a substitute promise large rewards to whoever destroys a replicator. therefore, the frontier draws a brand new form of adventurers, the Hunters, who paintings to discover and smash the replicators. Mike Edwards, a talented younger upkeep technician and robotics professional at a far off outpost, won't basically turn into certainly one of them - yet be the first actual one to release the key at the back of the replicators’ starting place and project.
The clinical and technical points underlying the plot - particularly area shuttle, robotics and self-replicating spacecraft - are brought and mentioned through the writer in an in depth non-technical appendix.
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One day however we got a border patrol on our tail. They followed us, and when they were joined by a police corvette, they attacked us. Our captain managed to escape, but the ship was badly damaged, and only four of the twelve raiders were still in any condition to fight. ” “The miners fought back and killed the raiders one after the other. When they found us, we had to convince them that we were not members of the gang and only the RGs’ recordings saved us from being lynched. Anyway they decided to take the goods the bandits had seized, then they scrapped the ship and cancelled all the recordings that they could find.
Pretending not to notice Mike’s disappointed reaction to his words, he added: “speak to the Father and see if you can find out anything. ” “Thank you, Sir. I will try to talk to him”, Mike replied, getting up. 10 Mike went to the mess hall and had the food synthesizer prepare eight meals. He put them on a trolley and started walking toward the cells. The prisoners were in three cells: the crew were in the first two and Father Dubois was alone in the last one. After taking the food to the others, Mike gestured to the man who was guarding the third cell to let him in and to wait outside.
But, Sir, I understand his problems with his Church … but why are the police forces of every system after him? ” “Don’t you know that with that ship, which he was able to buy thanks to the money collected by his supporters, he has several times hampered hunters while pursuing replicators? And the true reason he is wanted is in connection with a number of sabotage attempts on hunting ships in various systems. ” Now Mike had a better understanding of the danger the heretic represented. The danger was not so much in his ideas, which were shared by a few people, but in the actions that a few fanatics could do.
The Hunter: A Scientific Novel by Giancarlo Genta