Factoring Humanity
Factoring Humanity

ISBN: 0312864582
Year of publication: 1998

Factoring Humanity

Robert J Sawyer

Science fiction

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Factoring Humanity by Robert J. Sawyer What is mind? No matter. What is matter? Never mind. — Thomas Hewitt Key (1799–1875) British classicist The messages from space had been arriving for almost ten years now. Reception of a new page of data began every thirty hours and fifty-one minutes—an interval presumed to be the length of the day on the Senders’ homeworld. To date, 2,841 messages had been collected. Earth had never replied to any of the transmissions. The Declaration of Principles Concerning Activities Following the Detection of Extraterrestrial Intelligence, adopted by the International Astronomical Union in 1989, stated: “No response to a signal or other evidence of extraterrestrial intelligence should be sent until appropriate international consultations have taken place.” With a hundred and fifty-seven countries comprising the United Nations, that process was still going on. There was no doubt about the direction the signals...