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Chapter III: Day/Page 23 CONTINUED FROM YESTERDAY. . . . “I’ve asked Sofia to give us an overview of the planet and general background information,” the Professor says, “since she knows more about this planet than anyone. But I only sprung it on her this morning, so I’m afraid she has not had much time to prepare, but I assured her it was informal, and that we were all friends here. So, Sofia, if you’re ready, I’ll turn the room over to you.”
Sofia begins by saying that data from the LAAC sensors placed there some 30,000 years ago indicates that the class-1 life-form on the Blue Planet is descended from canines. “They stand erect like we do,” she says. “But are slightly larger and heavier, with elongated canine muzzles, long fur on their heads and short fur over the rest of their bodies—the males more so than females. They are omnivorous, and seem to eat just about anything. Unlike canines on other worlds, they have no tail, but retain sharp teeth and an acute sense of smell, evident from commercial broadcasts that seem to promote products that generate a good scent, or eliminate a bad scent, or have no scent at all.
“They are highly territorial and organize themselves into distinct packs, using various indicators to differentiate themselves and their pack from others, including clothing, language, breeding, religion, or all of the above, which may explain why they seem to be perpetually at war.
“Industrialization started roughly nine-thousand six-hundred and fifty years ago, as evidenced by significant increases in the burning of fossil fuels. About a hundred years later they detonated their first atomic bomb, and about one-hundred and seventy years after that—or precisely nine-thousand three-hundred eighty-one years ago—they launched the three nuclear missiles.
“After that there is no further evidence of industrialization at all,” she says. “Everything stopped when the missiles were launched. No more anything. Their civilization just ended, based on the sensor data.”
“They went from first burning coal to nuclear fission in only one-hundred years? Is that possible?” asks Dr. Thrush.
“Unfortunately it is,” says Professor Hawkeye. “There have been many similar cases in the past, but most have ended badly. Only a fraction of them make it successfully through the Trinity. It seems this life-form, sadly, was one that did not.”
Sofia continues. . . .
TO BE CONTINUED TOMORROW. . . .
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