Faster Than Light: Babel Among the Stars
Author:Malcolm Pierce

    Faster Than Light: Babel Among the Stars

    Malcolm Pierce


    Copyright 2012 Malcolm Pierce

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    Other entries in the Faster Than Light Series available viaSmashwords:

    Faster Than Light: The Fallen Goddess

    Faster Than Light: Dobhriathar


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    Firstthe wheel, the horse, and the carriage conquered the land. Thenlongships, frigates, and cruisers tamed the sea. Planes andhelicopters lifted man into the clouds. For centuries, there seemedto be one horizon that could not be crossed. The stars were so vastand so empty that no vessel, no matter how fast, could traverse them.

    TheHeilmann Drive changed everything. Any distance, no matter howgreat, could be leapt in a matter of seconds. In the blink of aneye, a ship carrying hundreds could move from one end of the galaxyto the other.

    Manspread out across the stars, laying claim to planet after planet. In2192, there were exactly two planets in the universe known to supporthuman life. In 2195, there were humans living on twenty planets,with at least three dozen more colonizations planned.

    Nota single complex alien life form was found in all of the worldssettled by man. Earth was the only planet which fosteredmulticellular organisms. But as time passed, it did not matter. Civilization splintered as isolated cultures developed on every newworld. Within a thousand years, each planet seemed quite alien tothe others.

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