Friday, 1 November 2013
Star Ship III
The human beings have organized enough industry to built a rocket for the return journey to their orbiting exploratory faster than light interstellar spaceship. Because of the warlike Khazaki culture, there is a fight for the rocket. A usurper who can reach the Star Ship will be able to conquer the planet, then invade other planetary systems. This must be prevented.
There are human beings and Khazaki on both sides of the conflict. Masefield Ellen is with Anson, Janazik and the loyalists but Ellen's brother, Carson, is with the rebels. Ellen is Khazaki enough to regard anyone who kills Carse as a blood foe. Anson loves Ellen but kills Carson...
Janazik claims to have killed Carson. This means the end of his comradeship with Anson. But, in any case, contact with interstellar civilization will end the Khazaki Iron Age so Janazik loses not only his friend but his culture. Anson's prolonged adolescence ends when he marries Ellen. The three generations long isolation of the small human community on Khazak also comes to an end. In fact, the story is about nothing but endings.
It is implied that there is a Galactic civilization out there whereas, at this stage of the Chronology of Psychotechnic History, I think it is truer to say that humanity is just beginning to explore nearby planetary systems: a story of endings in an era of beginnings.