Edit Human space exploration began in earnest in the late 21st century. Inthe European Space Agency established Lowell City in Eos Chasma on Marspaving the way for additional settlements and scientific outposts throughout Sol, such as Gagarin Station near Plutowhich was under construction by In the early years, however, some were dissatisfied with the pace of official exploration, leading to a series of private ventures. Inbillionaire Victor Manswell began funding his own extrasolar colonization endeavor.
Will mankind one day without the net expenditure of energy be able to restore the sun to its full youthfulness even after it had died of old age? Or maybe it could be put more simply like this: How can the net amount of entropy of the universe be massively decreased? Multivac fell dead and silent. The slow flashing of lights ceased, the distant sounds of clicking relays ended.
Then, just as the frightened technicians felt they could hold their breath no longer, there was a sudden springing to life of the teletype attached to that portion of Multivac.
Five words were printed: By next morning, the two, plagued with throbbing head and cottony mouth, had forgotten about the incident. Jerrodd, Jerrodine, and Jerrodette I and II watched the starry picture in the visiplate change as the passage through hyperspace was completed in its non-time lapse.
At once, the even powdering of stars gave way to the predominance of a single bright marble-disk, centered. His thin hands clamped tightly behind his back and the knuckles whitened. The little Jerrodettes, both girls, had experienced the hyperspace passage for the first time in their lives and were self-conscious over the momentary sensation of inside-outness.
It ran the length of the room, disappearing through the wall at either end. It was as long as the ship. Jerrodd scarcely knew a thing about the thick rod of metal except that it was called a Microvac, that one asked it questions if one wished; that if one did not it still had its task of guiding the ship to a preordered destination; of feeding on energies from the various Sub-galactic Power Stations; of computing the equations for the hyperspacial jumps.
Jerrodd and his family had only to wait and live in the comfortable residence quarters of the ship. Someone had once told Jerrodd that the "ac" at the end of "Microvac" stood for "analog computer" in ancient English, but he was on the edge of forgetting even that.
I feel funny about leaving Earth. There are over a million people on the planet already.
Good Lord, our great grandchildren will be looking for new worlds because X will be overcrowded. Jerrodette I said promptly, "Our Microvac is the best Microvac in the world. It was a nice feeling to have a Microvac of your own and Jerrodd was glad he was part of his generation and no other.
There was only one to a planet. Planetary ACs they were called. They had been growing in size steadily for a thousand years and then, all at once, came refinement. In place of transistors had come molecular valves so that even the largest Planetary AC could be put into a space only half the volume of a spaceship.
Even the stars run down, you know. Everything runs down, you know, like your little walkie-talkie robot, remember? He shrugged and looked at the visiplate.Asteroids, solar flares and gamma rays The universe is not short of ways to end life on Earth.
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