By Stanislaw Lem
Hal Bregg is an astronaut who returns from an area project within which merely 10 organic years have handed for him, whereas 127 years have elapsed in the world. He unearths that the Earth has replaced past popularity, packed with humans who've been medically neutralized. How does an astronaut subscribe to a civilization that shuns risk?
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Forgive me for. . . " "My company can wait," I answered. "Go forward, please. If i'm capable, i'll assist you. " We went right into a white development that stood to at least one facet; Marger led me down a surprisingly empty hall; numerous immobile robots stood in alcoves. In a small, easily provided place of work he I took a sheaf of papers from a wall cupboard, unfold them at the desk, and commenced to give an explanation for the character of his — or, quite, our — task. He was once now not a lot of a lecturer, and that i quickly had doubts approximately his percentages for a systematic occupation: he stored assuming I had wisdom of items that have been thoroughly unknown to me. I needed to interrupt him again and again to invite embarrassingly hassle-free questions, yet he, understandably now not desirous to offend me, bought a majority of these proofs of my lack of knowledge as though they have been virtues. in any case I discovered that for the earlier fifty years or so there had existed a complete separation among paintings and existence. All construction was once computerized and happened lower than the supervision of robots, which have been overseen through different robots; there has been not anywhere during this realm for individuals. Society led its personal lifestyles, and the robots and automata theirs; other than that, to avoid unexpected aberrations within the status quo of this mechanical military of work, periodic inspections have been helpful, they usually have been conducted through experts. Marger used to be this sort of. "There should be no doubt," he defined, "that we are going to locate every little thing basic; then we look at specific hyperlinks within the procedures, then depart our signatures, and that's all. " "But i don't even be aware of what's produced the following. " I indicated the structures throughout the window. "Nothing no matter what! " he exclaimed. "That is the full element. not anything. this is often easily a unload for scrap, as I instructed you. " i did not relatively deal with this position unexpectedly imposed on me, yet i couldn't continue objecting. "All correct. What precisely am I presupposed to do? " "What I do: we make a journey of the complexes. . . " We left the papers within the place of work and went out at the inspection. First was once a tremendous sorting plant, the place automated scoops took carry of piles of sheet steel, twisted, damaged trunks, overwhelmed them, and threw them into compactors. The blocks ejected from those traveled by way of belts to the most conveyor. on the front Marger wear a small masks with a clear out and passed one to me; lets no longer converse to one another because of the din. The air was once full of a rust-colored airborne dirt and dust that burst in pink clouds out of the compactors. We endured in the course of the subsequent corridor, additionally packed with noise, and took a relocating walkway to a flooring the place rows of presses ate up the scrap, which, now extra finely damaged down and rather featureless, used to be poured from hoppers. On an overhead gallery resulting in a development contrary, Marger checked readings on keep watch over meters; then we went to the manufacturing facility backyard, the place our means used to be blocked by means of a robotic that stated that Engineer Gloor sought after Marger at the mobilephone. "Excuse me, i will be again in a minute! " referred to as Marger, and ran up a winding stairway to a pitcher annex round the corner.