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In 1977 GySgt Thordarson nicknamed Thor after the Nordic God serves with the Astromarines to protect satellites that watch the Soviets. In a space battle Thor is blown into space. Into the future he finds himself brought back to Earth and to life. His rescuers are immortal and society is transformed. There is no longer conflict. But why did this future generation bring Thor into this utopia? More
Gunnery Sergeant John Thordarson, nicknamed Thor after the Nordic God, is a warrior without equal who comes from a long line of warriors. In 1977, he serves with the top secret Astromarines, whose duty is to protect the spy satellites that watch over the Soviet Union.
During a space battle to protect Skylab, Thor finds himself blown into deep space, where he eventually finds the death that he has cheated so often and his body enters a comet-like orbit. Before his communication with Earth is severed he asks for forgiveness from his long-suffering wife and children.
Three hundred years into the future, Thor finds himself brought back to Earth and to life by a future generation who calls upon his skills as a warrior again.
The future world that greets Thor seems at once to be everything he has fought for as well as everything he has fought against.
His rescuers, as he discovers, are immortal, and society as he knew it has transformed completely. Everybody enjoys regenerative health and beauty beyond compare. Only total dismemberment can bring death.
Religion has been rendered obsolete in that the biggest selling point of religion is the promise of an afterlife. The future generation has made heaven on Earth.
Immortality means there are no children, no more passing on of DNA. As the population is freed from the trials and tribulations of childrearing, many of society’s norms are smashed. In that most long-term relationships are based on the prospect of raising children, relationships become fleeting and casual sexual with partners of both or either sex the norm. The primary reason for sex has moved from reproduction to pleasure.
Thor also finds that there are no possessions, whose primary and now obsolete purpose was to advertise to a potential mate that one was able to provide a safe, healthy, and stabile environment for offspring. With competition to find a good mating partner a thing of the past, there is no need to have a job to purchase items like flashy cars or expensive houses.
Governments themselves no longer exist as there is no longer any need for a health department. With no need for anyone to hold a job or travel to work, there would be no call for a labour department or a transport department. With no more money in circulation there would be no need for a treasury department.
The future is a place without conflict. No longer do people fight over mating partners, possessions, and religion, and there are no governments to lead people into war.
But why did this splinter group of the future generation bring back Thor into this utopia? Over the course of 300 years of societal bliss they have grown to hate their society, a society without change, its people leading self-centered lives without challenge or purpose.
They want Thor to teach them the art of war since they believe that it is the biggest engine of progress that history has seen.
The technological state of aircraft, radio, vehicles, radar, chemical engineering, and medical science, not to mention the rights of women, all underwent revolutionary changes during wartime.
They believe that Thor is the perfect man to teach them. But has Thor changed his mind about war as per his last message to his family or will he help the splinter group “advance” from the carefree lifestyle he so despised in his time?