The Earthseed Chronicles Free to read science fiction blogfic

18Aug/110

1-0: Preface

As foreseen by economists worldwide, after 2015 the global economy plummeted to new lows - propelling poor and developed countries alike in what would later be called the modern dark ages, giving lots of people the occasion to say "I told you so." Class differences were exacerbated, and a global famine caused massive planetwide casualties. Countries struggled to rise just to fall back down again, carried away by their neighbor's economies.

It was in 2042 that mankind pulled itself back out of the proverbial mud, and following the modern dark ages came what is now to be known as the eco-technological revolution. Simultaneous advances worldwide in the fields of ecology and technology in general provided the means to take care of all basic needs at costs smaller than ever before; until 2050 world hunger was virtually non-existent and water shortages were a thing of the past. So fast was this evolution from a true dystopia to what can only be seen as an utopia that many had trouble adjusting to and trusting the new world they lived in. In the years that followed however, a global cultural revolution managed to convince the last sceptics that it would probably last a while.

At the time of writing, it is the year 2079 and the eco-technological revolution is at its peak. We are now fully fossil fuel independent, and relying purely on renewable energies, the sun being our biggest benefactor. There are still minor wars over valuable resources and quabbles over territory, but otherwise one can say that mankind has never before seen such peace and enlightenment. Every woman, child and man has a roof over their heads, and while the upper class is still as rich as before, the lower classes now live very comfortably.

World population is an ongoing issue, but global birth control measures manage to keep growth in check. The moon colonies are still far away capacity-wise from being able to unburden the planet-side population count, but with nearly half a billion people living there permanently, chances are infrastructure will grow enough to make a difference. Off-world colonies have so far been a big disappointment, as only the moon has proven viable economically and ecologically. Dreams of Mars becoming mankind's new home puffed up into smoke when reliable surveying information confirmed that there was not enough usable water sources to sustain life. Mad plans involved synthesizing water in Jupiter's orbit and ferrying it over to Mars, but they were abandoned for being too wasteful energy-wise.

Plans to go beyond our solar system exist, but even with our level of technology we have so far been unable to go around the time-related drawbacks of space travel. Some very interesting planet candidates have been found that should be able to sustain life, but the probes that were sent there will not be able to send back data before 2095 (16 years from now). Many believe this to be a good thing; not being able to reach out to the stars has forced us to improve our life on earth first. We certainly have not reached the pinnacle of evolution yet, but we are working towards it.

This concludes this brief analysis.

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