It has been argued that science fiction (SF) gives a kind of weather forecast - not the telling of a fortune but rather the rough feeling of what the future might be like. The intention in this audiobook is to consider some of these bygone forecasts made by SF and to use this as a prism through which to view current developments in science and technology.
Walt Hodge had delivered 80 horses to Whipple Barracks for the Army, and he wasn’t in a big hurry to get home. He traveled down the Saginaw Mountains and into the upland cow country of Sunflower, Arizona, seeking only a cold glass of beer, food, and a bed for himself, along with feed for his horse. He should have listened and turned around when he asked the hostler what was going on and was told: “Trouble, mister. Bad trouble.”
A few hundred years into the future, a wave of space colonization follows a disastrous earlier attempt to inhabit nearby extrasolar planets. It is guided by a new computational method based on massive data-driven sociocultural and socio-epidemiological modeling and using novel biological computers, fed with data on Earth’s history of successes and failures.
Adam O’Connor is no stranger to trouble. His most recent stunt - setting off firecrackers in a teacher’s car - has landed him a school suspension. But even Adam can’t have predicted the brand of trouble that awaits him when he’s yanked to 2345 to attend an historic meeting between humans and the warlike K’lugu and Devlins. Will he display the “grit” that only a select few in his generation possess? Will he become the hero that he is destined to be?
As part of a desperate battle to save an imperiled 24th-century Earth, four teenagers from the planet’s past join forces on a mission to the edge of the solar system to a small scientific base overrun with cute but dangerous alien pests.