Sunday, 15 September 2013
Timeline And Technate
Later: gravity control; genetic engineering; Mars,Venus and Jovian moons terraformed.
World War XXVIII: nearby colonies destroyed; Solar barbarism; lengthy reconstruction.
c. 5000: Technate unites Solar System, resumes colonization.
c. 6000: war of colonial independence; League of Alpha Centauri.
c. 7000: Explorer returns.
Before it was terraformed, Venus was a "...poisonous galling hell-hole..." (p. 9), thus closer to the mark than the "Fantastic Venuses" of other pre-space probe speculations.
The Technon, "'...a giant sociomathematical computer..'", making "'...basic policy decisions...is less fallible, less selfish, less bribeable than a man.'" (p. 31) Hereditary "Ministers" execute policies and make lesser decisions. "'Under them are the Commoners.'" (ibid.) Genetic engineering is said to counteract the chanciness of heredity.
Thus, The Long Way Home, originally published in 1955, was an early Anderson approach to human-computer interaction.