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Could you eat rat jerky? Or roasted leg of cockroach?

A few thousand years from now, the people of Earth have engaged in biological warfare and have nearly destroyed their world and themselves. They’ve reverted to a much less high-tech state. Mutated cockroaches and rats are the main food animals left on their world and the reduced population is on the verge of extinction.

Enter the Exarths, descendants of folk who left Earth centuries before the destruction. They petition their universe-spanning government, the Interspecies Federated Coalition (IFC), to allow them to go to the aid of their distant cousins. Their objective: to restore their home world and save what’s left of its now-primitive people.

They get permission and a program of refurbishment through biological methods is established. Nicknamed SpORE (Special Operations for the Restoration of Earth), operatives of a branch of the Explorer Division of the IFC Navy are used for implementation.

These operatives, called Seeders and Sowers,  reseed the waterways and replenish the forests and other flora of the planet. While these are the only duties that the Seeders perform, the Sowers are also charged with restoring the fertility of the people of Earth.

They are infected with a virus that was developed for this purpose, and it can only be passed on through – well, let’s just say that they get the job done. The mission can sometimes be dangerous but after fifty-eight years the program is a success and is winding down.

Enter one of the last of the Sowers.

As are all such agents, he is young, smart, and dedicated to completing his mission. Will he be able to hold his own with primitive males who take exception to finding him in their camp? How well will he survive a night with eight native females? And, when his partner is trapped by a newly discovered hazard that’s killing the trees of the forest and threatening to reverse the restoral efforts, will he be able to save her and help avert the impending disaster?

These and other questions will be answered in this stand-alone novel.

 

tower_of_babel Artist: Paul Gosselin, Description Belgian painter Impressionist

The Experiment

 

The colossal entity watched as the small beings struggled to finish their tower.

“They work diligently,” remarked his companion who was observing the ongoing construction with him.  “Will they be allowed to complete it?”

“No,” was the reply.  “I have been ordered to stop them.  They seek to challenge us; they even think that by remaining there together, they can successfully war against us.  But, they must disperse out into the world as commanded.  If permitted to finish this building, that will not occur.  They will stagnate at this level.”

“Perhaps if you were to demonstrate to them that they cannot win at such an action, and tell them they must scatter in order to grow–”

He shook one of his middle heads while turning the far left one to consider his companion.  “Demonstrations do not convince them for long, and they have been told; however, they have no understanding of the meaning of a stagnant society, and see no merit in separating.”

His companion contemplated this in silence for a moment, the three eyes in her farthest head on her right blinking at him thoughtfully, then she shrugged her many shoulders, her rows of iridescent wings shifting slightly, and said, “I suppose you are right.  Still, they are resourceful, and, occasionally one will listen.”  She chuckled with five of her throats.  “I thought surely they would all be washed away when our project head became angry and decided to terminate our handiwork.  I am glad he relented and allowed the building of the ark.  At least some survived.”

“Yes, it is also good that they are prolific, otherwise they would be too few to be viable.  But now, they must disband into separate groups for diversification, or this will still fail, and they will never become that for which we are striving.”

He surveyed the little bipeds scurrying up and down the path that spiraled up the side of the brick-built tower, urging their work animals on.  They were nearly finished.

He sighed with regret as he activated the neuron scrambler that would disrupt the language center in their brains, causing their one language to become many.  He would not have minded seeing the tower completed.  Though crude, it was quite an interesting artifact.

He was impressed that these creatures they had fashioned from microscopic organisms and cultivated over such a short span of time, had already been able to do this.  But, the tower had to go.  This action was imperative in order to enable them to advance and reach a certain level.

He switched on the teleporter and began shifting the tiny individuals to different areas of the small blue globe.

Then, he and his companion watched with satisfaction as the miniscule beings, who believed them to be gods, oriented themselves and began to band together in small groups.

The project head would be pleased.  The experiment to prove this a good method of bringing their necessary food to a nutritious fruition was back on track.

 

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