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AN ISPIRATIONAL NOVEL ABOUT EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES: 

THE ALPHA CENTAURI PROJECT - THINKING WORLDS

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PREFACE


I have always dreamt to share the contents of "The Alpha Centauri Project" with the widest audience, with the purpose of contributing to discussion about great themes. Therefore I have made available the free download of the ebooks in English, French and Italian. 

The " Alpha Centauri Project " is a science fiction novel full of suspense and action, that becomes soon a fascinating travel into emerging technologies, disclosing future impacts on our civilization. A striking comparison with current beliefs emerges.

I have been constantly shocked by these scenarios, but looking at present trends, I believe some of them may become a reality soon. I feel uneasy. Is this good ? What is bad? Unavoidable questions rise, with difficult answers.

A statement of evolutionary ethics says: "Good for a species is what makes it thrive and in turn more likely to be happy". In our civilization there is a widespread culture about what actions may contribute to Man's happiness.

Instead I am not sure that judging now future scenarios is that simple...

 

The dedication of this cyberpunk science fiction novel is a good anticipation of the contents.


To he who explores new horizons,
because knowledge doesn't have limits,

to he who tries new ways,
because dreams become reality,

to he who pursues brotherhood,
because peace is not a chimera.










SETTING


24th century. Humans live on Earth and the Moon, last strongholds of their past power. Mars and the Net are inhabited by artificial intelligences and souls obtained by digitizing the brain after death. The virtual reality allows the two races to communicate.

Their differences are deep, their interests incompatible.

With digitization, humans have postponed real death to an indeterminate future, but they are not happy. Towards the virtual beings they feel admiration but also envy, inferiority and a lot of anger.

The digital creatures instead cannot bear being relegated in worlds too small for their unbounded ambitions. Their Martian experience has allowed them to develop the competence necessary in extra-terrestrial environments, most of all to acquire the self-confidence indispensable for the colonization of other star systems.

The Alpha Centauri project obtains the humans’ support, in exchange for the waiver of any expansion on the Earth.

Just before departure, Earth Security intercepts a suspect message from the Space Agency. Terrorism? The evidence leads to the Elects, a sect that entered Net fifty years before through a collective suicide...


CHARACTERS


The main characters - Eve and Victoria - are digital creatures. They joined Net when their brain was digitized after death.

Eve - an AI scientist that committed suicide during her earthly existence, being unable to stand a scandal purposely mounted to get rid of her – is a farsighted idealist convinced she can boost digital creature evolution by means of her discoveries. In her opinion, this will finally lead to a new race and to a new civilization.

Victoria was drowned while bathing at the seaside. She maintains close relationships with humans by means of the virtual reality, but she realizes her behavior is an obstacle to a fully lived digital life...