Belletristik: Hope – Reunification of mankind

Spacer und Settler. Die Menschheit aufgeteilt in zwei Gesellschaften, welche sich über die Jahrhunderte auseinanderentwickelt haben : Die Besiedler der erdnahen Planeten, und diejenigen, welche trotz der enormen Probleme die Erde nicht verlassen wollten. Vor diesem Hintergrund scheint der Versuch der Wiedervereinigung auf dem Planeten Janus mehr als fragwürdig. Und schon kurz nach seiner Ankunft muß der Spacer Kresh zusammen mit der zugeteilten Kollegin Rudchinson einen Mord im ranghöchsten Gremium des Planeten aufklären. Doch der Mord war im Prinzip unmöglich.


Hope – Reunification of Mankind
202 Seiten (DinA 5)


Hope entstand in Anlehnung an die
Roboterserien von Issac Asimov und wurde im Zeitraum 1994-1998
geschrieben. Warum es 5 Jahre dauerte? Nun, es handelt
sich um eine Science-Fiction Story in englischer Sprache,
begonnen während meines Aufenthaltes in Kanada. Was
zunächst einfach schien, erwies sich als überaus
komplex. Insbesondere der in einer fremden Sprache
beschränkte Wortschatz mußte in zeitraubender
Kleinarbeit im Nachhinein erweitert werden.

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Ausschnitt :
Databank-Chapter One

Settlers and Spacers. This was what humanity had finally
developed into. Millenniums after the first human beings
had left the mystical planet Earth. The place presumed to
be humanity’s common origin.
According to more recent tales, the ancestors of the
Spacers, having discovered the possibility of long-distance
space-travel, found themselves forced to flee from their
home-planet. The growing dangers of over-population, the
madness of ambiguous political manoeuvres and continuous
rivalries between various groups of the planets
inhabitants – so-called nations – almost resulted in the
complete self-destruction of the entire race.
Exiled from their home, the Spacers travelled in a huge
armada of spacecrafts through the universe to find new
worlds for colonisation. With their advanced
technological capabilities they terraformed as much as
fifty planets in the nearby stellar systems.

Those left behind continued their lives in giant
underground cities, which protected them from the acute
threat of nuclear attacks from other nations. Such cities
were inhabited by several million people. Sometimes even
containing up to fifty million human beings.
Humanity eventually overcame this frightening period in
history. But although the fears of nuclear extermination
became non-existent, humans remained in their metal caves
avoiding the exterior completely. More than that, over
time they developed an irrational aversion to wide open
spaces in general.
Also, for centuries after the Spacers had left the planet,
non but little progress in technology, philosophic
attitudes and social demeanour had been accomplished.
Civilization had come to a nearly complete stand-still.
Many generations had passed before at last a transition
in mentality took place and a more universal way of
thinking had become popular. Like so often in human
history it had been the young, who finally had realized
that change was appropriate. The late Settlers’s
ancestors overcame their phobia and once more a fleet of
starships took off into space, seeking for far off worlds
to colonize.

Meanwhile the Spacers also had entered a phase of utter
stagnation. They had created a culture of considerable
elegance and extravagant refinement, where virtually all
work was left to robots, their mechanical slaves. The
Spacers’s ideal became a world where nothing ever
happened or changed. Forcing any kind of progress
naturally to an entire stop, while the Spacers themselves
did little more than enjoy their lives. Enabled and eased
by a huge robotic workforce. Robots on the Spacers’s
planets outnumbered their human creators by far. It was
not unusual for a Spacer to dispose over several hundreds
of robots.
Spacers, too, began to deny their common origin with the
peoples left behind on their former home planet, whom
they perceived as primitive, ignorant and uncivilized
underground dwellers. They even denied that there had
ever been anything like a common home planet at all and
believed – quite convenient to their attitude towards
life – that everything always had been and would be as it
was now.
But time passed on. The Settlers eventually succeeded in
developing a technology incomparably superior to any of
the ageing Spacer-systems and colonized more and more
worlds, finally endangering the Spacers’s mentality.

In their colonization efforts, Settlers never ever used
any kind of robotic work. In fact, Settlers at no time in
history had ever or would ever use robots. It was the
ultimate and most visible difference between Spacers and
Settlers, derived from the ancient days of hazardous
overpopulation and economic needs on the home planet.
People in those days had been afraid that robots would
take their jobs and the means of making a living from
them and therefore had banned robots from their world.
This attitude had been taken over by future Settler
generations and was enforced through their view on the
continuous lethargy and decadence of the Spacer-societies.
Here, they saw that robots apparently would relieve
humanity not only of its burdens, but of its ambitions,
spirit and character as well.

But then, all of a sudden, after decades of mutual
disregard, Settlers and Spacers worked together to save
Inferno, one of the Spacers’s planets, which was severely
threatened by a global shift in its climatic conditions
caused by complex changes in the pattern of the
atmosphere.
Despite all conflicts, which occasionally occurred during
this operation, the whole affair was judged as an
outstanding success on both sides. Not only because
Inferno was saved. As a result of several conferences
that followed, it was agreed upon an experiment to
colonize the newly terraformed planet Janus by both,
Settlers and Spacers.
This agreement alone was more than anyone even possibly
could have hoped for. It seemed absolutely impossible
that the one remaining problem – the question of robots –
would be soluble at all. Neither would Spacers do without,
nor were the Settlers willing to accept them on the
planet. But the unimaginable happened – a solution was
finally found – Janus was chosen to be the place of
humanity’s reunification attempt.