In the utopian world of 5216 where violence is so abhorrent as to be impossible, mankind is defenceless when a primitive enemy emerges. For now Man is safe in his domed world but fear is growing that their defences could be breached in the future. An improbable solution is proposed by the geneticist Johl Avery to seek protection from the clones of a platoon of soldiers from man's brutal past. More
The few human survivors of nuclear holocaust vow that they will never let it happen again. Through generations of re-engineering and re-education man reaches a state where violence is so abhorrent as to be impossible. By the year 5216 he lives in a domed world of tranquillity where a self-limited population lacks for nothing.
However, Utopia is not without its flaws; man is slowly dying, there have been no births for several hundred years, bodies remain young but minds continues to suffer from aging and overload - dramatic memory jogging is needed to keep them functioning. But of most concern is that the world beyond the dome grows more hostile. Already an attack has resulted in a tragic loss of life. It is feared the dome may be breached and man like molluscs without a shell will be utterly defenceless.
Irrational fear is growing strong in the minds of the vulnerable and soon it seems clear that force can only be met by force. An audacious solution proposed by a geneticist, Johl Avery, calls for the resurrection of soldiers from man's brutal past to confront the danger. Johl argues that clones of men who have been willing to die defending their nation could not stand by and watch their fellow men destroyed. Others worry that this analysis of the behaviour of men who have nearly brought the world to the brink of destruction is completely naïve. The debate has been long but it is now felt a decision must be made. Should man risk his future at the hands of his past or wait for the present to overtake him? Or is there hope that the future lies on quite a different path?
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