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Genesis Debt: The Genesis Project by Barry Woodham
Preview — Genesis Debt by Barry Woodham. In the spectacular sequel to Genesis 2, the defeat of the alien matriarch, Link-soo-shan, has united the highly-evolved species known as the Gnathe with the human race. But peace is to be short-lived Mankind began a new existence on Jupiter millions of years after the sun expanded to become a red giant and eradicated all life on Earth. But they were not alone on their n In the spectacular sequel to Genesis 2, the defeat of the alien matriarch, Link-soo-shan, has united the highly-evolved species known as the Gnathe with the human race.
But they were not alone on their new home. The Gnathe, creatures with an incredibly aptitude for genetic engineering, had already established their civilization there and some of them did not welcome their new neighbours.
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Led by Link-soo-shan, the humans narrowly escaped being made extinct for good. With the help of winged beasts known as Terra-raptors, the humans deposed Link-soo-shan and formed a new alliance with the Gnathe. In Genesis Debt the science-fiction adventure continues as new technologies are discovered and the new colonies attempt to uncover where the Gnathe came from and whether they can travel backwards to save Earth from its catastrophic fate.
But in the shadows the rumour of Link-soo-shan's return grows and it is clear that she has her own plans for revenge on the humans and their allies Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Genesis Debt , please sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. The Cambrian Explosion only happened about million years ago, roughly 4 billion years after Earth was formed.
If we give planets the opportunity to fast forward evolution, we can give them the chance to have their own Cambrian Explosions. It is very likely that the oxygen-rich primordial atmosphere of these planets will have prevented abiogenesis in first place, that is the formation of life. Our galaxy could potentially harbor billions of habitable but lifeless oxygen planets.
Nowadays, astronomers are looking for planets around M-stars. These are very different from planets around Sun-like stars. Once a star forms, it takes a certain amount of time to contract to the point where fusion begins, and it starts to produce energy. For the Sun, this took 10 million years, which is very fast. Then they have to contract to dissipate their initial heat. All the water that was in their stratospheres, the UV radiation would have disassociated it into hydrogen and oxygen — the hydrogen escaped, and the oxygen remained. All surveys have showed that they have oxygen atmospheres, but this is the product of chemical disassociation and not from plants as with Earth.
We believe there may be billions of oxygen planets in our galaxy. They would have no life, and complex life needs oxygen. In science fiction, you have all these planets that look alike.
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The first wave would consist of unicellular autotrophs. That is photo-synthesizing bacteria, like cyanobacteria, and eukaryotes the cell type making up all complex life, that is animals and plants. Heterotrophs would follow in a second stage, organisms that feed on other organisms and can only exist after autotrophs exist and take root. That depends on the technology. If it can advance, we can miniaturize a gene factory. In principle, nature is a miniature gene factory. Everything we want to produce is very small.
Send in a gene bank, and then select the most optimal organism to send down. If that is not possible, you would have to have frozen germs.
In the end, it depends on what would be the technically available. You could also send in synthetic life. Synthetic biology is a very active research field, which involves reprogramming the genetic code. In science fiction, you have alien life with a different genetic code. Today, people are trying to produce this here on Earth.
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The end goal is to have new life forms that are based on a different code. This would be very dangerous on Earth, but on a far-distant planet, it would be beneficial. The probes would have to go into orbit, so we are pretty sure that from orbit, we could detect complex life on the surface. The Genesis Project was intended for planets that are not habitable for eternity. Earth is habitable for billions of years, but we are not sure about habitable exoplanets.
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Exoplanets come in all kinds of sized, temperatures, and habitabilities. Many of these planets will only be habitable for some time, maybe 1 billion years. Life there will not have time to evolve into complex life forms. So you have a decision: leave them like they are, or take a chance at developing complex life there.
Some believe that all bacteria are worth saving. On Earth, there is no protection for bacteria. But bacteria living on different planets are treated differently. Planetary protection, why do we do that? So we can study the life, or for the sake of protecting life itself? Mars most likely had life at one time, but now not, except for maybe a few bacteria. Still, we plan manned missions to Mars, which means planetary protection is off.
This offers the possibility about doing something about it. Yes and no. Yes, because nothing would keep our decedents or any other intelligence living on Earth by then , to visit Genesis planets in million years the minimal time for the life initially seeded to fully unfold. Genesis probes could be launched by the same directed-energy launch system planned for the Breakthrough Starshot initiative.
Breakthrough Starshot aims to send very fast, very small, very light probes of about 1 gram to another star system. The same laser technology could send something more massive, but slower.