Badger (Jacob Hull, Book 2) by Kindal Debenham

By Kindal Debenham

Captain Jacob Hull has obvious higher days.
The Celostian Union is below assault on all fronts by means of the Oduran League, now allied with the pirates of Telos. As Jacob struggles to assist stem the tide of Oduran aggression, he has to stand political machinations and sour divisions at domestic which are as a lot a hazard to the Union as any Oduran activity strength. but regardless of the demanding situations, Jacob needs to discover ways to triumph over those hindrances and once more lead these below his command to victory, simply because if he doesn't, the choice will suggest demise for the folk he holds pricey.

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As early as 1946, he was prophesying a new age of exploration, and in 1962 speculated on the possible revival, if not of epic, then at least of something approaching it: ‘surely the discoveries and adventures, the triumphs and inevitable tragedies that must accompany man’s drive toward the stars will one day inspire a new heroic literature’. Clarke consistently stressed science fiction’s unique capacity to evoke wonder and to inspire readers with large visions. Thus when spaceships appear over the world’s cities in Childhood’s End (1953), the story sounds like the script of a B-movie from that decade – until contact begins with the aliens.

One of the most recurrent themes in science fiction is its examination of humanity’s relation to its own material constructions, sometimes to celebrate progress, sometimes in a more negative spirit of what Isaac Asimov has repeatedly described as technophobia, through fictions articulating fears of human displacement. As we shall see later in this chapter, the city becomes a key embodiment of futuristic technology and, as the German sociologist Walter Benjamin showed, a labyrinthine, fragmented space, which encouraged characteristically urban processes of cognition on its inhabitants.

One of the most famous novels to use this pattern was A. E. Van Vogt’s The Voyage of Space Beagle (1950, a ‘fix-up’ from previous short stories), whose title echoes Charles Darwin’s naturalist journal of his travels round the world, The Voyage of Beagle (1839). The purpose of Van Vogt’s voyage is scientific exploration for the Nexial Foundation, and he applies a Darwinian presumption that contact with other species will produce conflict. The Space Beagle undergoes four encounters, of decreasing materiality: first with a cat-like creature, then with telepathic birds, and a creature living in space wanting to implant eggs in a human host, finally with a consciousness at large in space.

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