By Neal Stephenson
Der Mond explodierte ohne Vorwarnung und ohne erkennbaren Grund. Die Uhrzeit würde guy später als A+0.0.0 oder schlicht Null bezeichnen …
05:03:12 Weltzeit. Die Stunde Null. Nach der Explosion des Mondes wütet über Jahrtausende ein Meteoritensturm, der die Erdoberfläche in eine unbewohnbare Wüstenei verwandelt. Um die Menschheit vor der Auslöschung zu bewahren, schickten die Nationen der Erde eine Flotte von Archen ins All. Der Asteroid Amalthea, der ursprünglich zu Forschungszwecken an eine internationale Raumstation angedockt worden warfare, soll der Kolonie als Schutzschild dienen. Doch das Leben im Weltraum fordert einen hohen Tribut, und die meisten Menschen sterben, bis schließlich nur noch sieben Frauen übrig sind, um eine neue Zivilisation zu begründen. 5000 Jahre später existieren zwei Völker: die Nachfahren derer, die die Katastrophe auf der Erde überlebt haben, sind primitive Siedler; die sieben Stämme der Nachkommen der Sieben Urmütter von der Raumstation hingegen hochkultiviert ― und sie machen sich auf, die Erde zu kolonialisieren …
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But all he could remember was that he’d just had a vivid dream. He closed his eyes and fought to wake. He’d dreamed that he was running from some men who wanted to hurt him, presumably from New York. He’d escaped like a spider up a wall. Then he’d stared out at the lights. Such beautiful, brilliant lights. Now he was awake. He sat up, disoriented. The shadows of tall, dark trees surrounded a rocky clearing in which he’d been sleeping. His eyes began to adjust to the darkness, and he saw a field of some kind ahead.
He’d always thought it would be ironic if the French company Raison—pronounced ray-ZONE, meaning “reason”—might one day produce a virus that would bring the world to its knees. “I wasn’t aware their vaccine held any promise for us,” he said. Svensson limped slowly, so slowly, to his desk, picked up a piece of white paper and scanned it. ” Carlos wasn’t a scientist, but he knew more than the average man about bioweapons, naturally. “Those were the conclusions of Monique de Raison. Now we have another report.
Thoroughly out of character for the stoic, black-hearted Swiss. This alone gave the suggestion its only credence. Svensson glared at him with dark eyes. ” “It’s beyond you. ” Carlos frowned. ” “I’m not willing to take that chance. The fate of the world rests on one elusive virus and its cure. ” “I’m not sure Monique de Raison will offer an . . ” 1 One Day Earlier THE WATER cascaded over Thomas Hunter’s head and ran down his face like a warm glove. It was just that, water, but it washed away all his concern and anxiety and set his mind free for a few minuets.
Amalthea: Roman by Neal Stephenson