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The Seeds of Time Kay Kenyon Clio Finn is a Dive pilot on a troubled Earth in 2019 Public paranoia about the AIDS virus and its successors has led to the imprisonment of the subversives of the society namely, drug users and gays in forced labor quarantine camps known as quarries Meanwhile, Earth itself is dying from a progressive lack of greenery, as the UV irradiation from a successively depletClio Finn is a Dive pilot on a troubled Earth in 2019 Public paranoia about the AIDS virus and its successors has led to the imprisonment of the subversives of the society namely, drug users and gays in forced labor quarantine camps known as quarries Meanwhile, Earth itself is dying from a progressive lack of greenery, as the UV irradiation from a successively depleted ozone layer is killing off all the plants, and therefore the planet s ability to sustain itself To counteract this problem, the powers of Earth have decided that new greenery must be found on alternate worlds, to supplement Earth s dying stock with heartier, alien strains But since faster than light travel is still unavailable, a new method must be found to achieve this Enter time travel, in which a quick jaunt down through time can bring ships into the position of planets which had rotated through Earth s present position in the distant past, due to the galaxy s extended period of rotation.As most people are unable to remain awake during these temporal Dives, the guiding duty is left to an exclusive class of Dive pilots Only dive pilots have a limited span before they burn out Most can last thirty to forty Dives Clio Finn has lasted fifty five, and she is on the ragged end of burn out, kept on track only by a handful of outlawed drugs But the potential rewards are great A previous haul of greenery, once thought to be Earth s salvation, is dying off, and an illicit jaunt into the future taken by Clio and her colleagues has discovered the violent end of humanity itself So her current destination, Niang, an Edenic tropical planet, seems the answer to mankind s prayers Only, on Niang s surface, Clio discovers a desperate secret The green which may save mankind also subsists on metals, and may therefore destroy all of mankind s existing technology Clio s dilemma whether to regreen Earth at the risk of driving man back into the dark ages is only exacerbated when an accidental loop in time catches her in a paradox between two alternate futures, each of which is determined to eradicate the other completely and absolutely.
The Seeds of Time Kay Kenyon