By Ben Bova
In the Eighties, an alien starship visited Earth. whereas investigating what a sarcophagus bearing the preserved physique of its builder, astronaut Keith Stoner was once trapped and cryogenically frozen. After his physique was once ultimately back to Earth and revived, Stoner stumbled on that he had received alien powers. utilizing those new powers, he outfitted a brand new starship and left Earth.
Now, after greater than a century of exploring the celebs, Keith Stoner returns to discover that the realm he has get back to doesn't fit the only he left. The planet is agony the implications of disastrous greenhouse flooding. such a lot international locations were taken over through ultraconservative religion-based governments, corresponding to the recent Morality within the usa. With inhabitants ballooning and assets operating out, Earth is heading for nuclear struggle. Stoner, the big name voyager, desires to retailer Earth's humans. yet first he needs to keep himself from the nervous and bold zealots who are looking to damage this stranger—and the terrifying message he brings from the celebs.
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I do not know. We live in a world in which the only utopian visions arrive in commercial breaks: magical visions of an impossibly hospitable world, peopled by bright-eyed attractive men, women, children… Where nobody dies… Where all it takes is cheap, easily available product - a packet of salted peanuts or a new type of carpet cleaner to bring immediate, undiluted joy… And I thought that was honest. I thought I was being honest. In my worlds people died. I thought I was telling the truth, I thought… They were actors.
Anger because nothing I ever created was as good as it could have been, should have been. Was in my head. Everything I did. Everything was leading up to this next film. That would have been the one I got right. If I’d only had the time. Where is it? What was it I said in the treatment? “It will be a celebration of humanity, of the continuance of life, of human folly”. Human folly? Sure... I leave a paper-trail behind me, like a child lost in the woods, Pacing, and pacing, and pacing. Trying to find something to hold onto.
When it goes, I turn on the television. What does Chernobyl mean in English? That's right. Wormwood. All there, in the Revelation of St. John the Divine, on Patmos. It’s one of the symbols. Signs and portents. We’re living in the last days. I mean, take credit cards. Revelation, chapter 13 verse 17, that no man might buy or sell, save he had the mark, of the name of the beast, or the number of his name. It's hard to believe, isn’t it? A man, two thousand years ago, predicting credit cards. But he wasn’t a mere man.
The Return (Voyagers, Book 4) by Ben Bova