Science and Fiction

The Hunter

A Scientific Novel

Authors: Genta, Giancarlo

  • Introduces and illustrates the emergent topic of space colonization in form of a scientific novel
  • Authored by a leading expert in space science and robotics
  • Contains a nontechnical summary of the underlying science
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The 24th century: humankind has become a spacefaring civilization, colonizing the solar system and beyond. While no alien forms of life have yet been encountered in this expansion into space, colonists suddenly encounter machines of alien origin - huge robots able to reproduce themselves. Called replicators by the colonists, they seem to have but a single goal: to destroy all organic life they come in contact with.

Since the colonial governments have no means to fight this menace directly, they instead promise huge rewards to whoever destroys a replicator. As a result, the frontier attracts a new kind of adventurers, the Hunters, who work to find and destroy the replicators. Mike Edwards, a skilled young maintenance technician and robotics expert at a faraway outpost, will not only become one of them - but be the very first one to unlock the secret behind the replicators’ origin and mission.
 
The scientific and technical aspects underlying the plot - in particular space travel, robotics and self-replicating spacecraft - are introduced and discussed by the author in an extensive non-technical appendix.

About the authors

Professor Giancarlo GENTA, an expert in space flight technology, holds degrees in Aeronautic Engineering and Space Engineering (his thesis was on electric propulsion orbital transfers). Until 1996 he was head of the Mechanics Department of the Politecnico (Technical University) of Turin, in Italy. He is Director of the Italian SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) study center and is a full member of the International Academy of Astronautics. He has written more than 300 scientific papers and 11 scientific books, some used as textbooks in Italian and American Universities and translated into Russian. Among his popular science book are Space: The Final Frontier?, published by Cambridge University Press in 2002, and Lonely Minds in the Universe - The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, published by Springer-Copernicus in June 2007.

Table of contents (2 chapters)

  • The Hunter

    Genta, Giancarlo

    Pages 3-110

  • Humankind on the Verge of Becoming a Spacefaring Civilization

    Genta, Giancarlo

    Pages 113-130

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Hunter
Book Subtitle
A Scientific Novel
Authors
Series Title
Science and Fiction
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-02060-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-02060-0
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-02059-4
Series ISSN
2197-1188
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 130
Number of Illustrations and Tables
2 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
Additional Information
Original Italian edition published by Ute Libri, 2012
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