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Overview

Posted: December 23, 2011 in novel

The world depicted in Antiquity, Book Zero:  story of tomorrow outlines a series of events for the next approximately 150 years.  The world faces multiple issues, including the rise of random, non-political terrorism; global warming that produces a mini-Ice Age; overpopulation; and a near-catastrophic asteroid crash.  In spite of these disasters, science and technology continues to advance, sometimes relieving and sometimes causing the Earth’s negative issues.

As fossil fuels continue to be depleted, renewable carbon-based fuels take their place, but these forms of energy still damage the environment.  The damage begins to overwhelm the world.  Technology steps in to control and manipulate the climate and to repair the damage.  Finally, genetics help by offering an energy source that is powerful and safe.

Medical advances include the near eradication of infectious diseases through genetic engineering and the production of artificial organs that can replace damaged ones.  These medical accomplishments manage to extend life expectancy, a direct cause of overpopulation.  Mankind seeks to colonize other planets to relieve the population concerns on Earth, and science achieves near light speed travel.

Near light speed not only makes stellar exploration and colonization possible, but also serves intra-Earth travel in the form of near light speed trains.  This form of travel is instrumental in saving millions when an asteroid collision threatens millions.  Lessons learned in repairing the environment after the mini-Ice Age teach engineers how to prepare planets for colonization and how to repair the planet after the asteroid strike.

The timeline is not only concerned with technological theories.  Previously considered third-world nations lead in the fight against random terrorism.  These nations organize the formation of the Coalition of Allied Nations (CAN).  When terrorism comes under greater control, CAN leads in scientific research to remedy other problems of the planet and directly competes with the other international world government, the United Nations.  For many years, a conflict develops between CAN, the government of the poor, and the UN, the government of the wealthy.  The merger of the governments does not coincide with a merger of the caste system.

CAN attempts to create one of the fairest political constructs ever conceived, but also demonstrates its darker side, prejudiced against wealth, a free-market society, individual ingenuity and ambition, as well as against electronic and artificial life forms.  CAN is neither a utopian or dystopian existence, but rather an advancement of ancient ideas, just as the capitalistic system that seeks control it is ancient.

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