Tuesday, 8 July 2014
Multiverse: Bloodpride II
Surprise. Gregory Benford's Ythris, in "Bloodpride," want to destroy the Ark hidden in the asteroid belt of the Solar System. They have made it a bloodpride matter to destroy all Arks because, when one such had entered their planetary system, they allowed organisms from it onto their planetary surface where the invasive life nearly destroyed their biosphere.
From this event, the Ythris concluded that the Arks had been sent as weapons. They had no understanding that they themselves were at fault for admitting invasive life without studying it first. In the Solar System, the Ark will be allowed to initiate an alien ecology inside a large, specially dug, rock chamber on the Moon. Thus, there will be no danger but much new knowledge which was the intention of the Arks' senders.
"Bloodpride" refers to "...Galactic Complex. That host of innumerable societies had largely, flourished long before humanity was born on the dusty plains of Africa." (p. 327)
I do not know whether this reference places "Bloodpride" in or out of Benford's Galactic Center future history.