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The Forge of God (1987) is a science fiction novel by Greg Bear that gives a convincing account of an alien attack on Earth accomplished through misdirection and the use of self-replicating von Neumann machines. It features a character, Lawrence Van Cott, that is clearly modelled on Larry Niven. See also: 1986 in literature, other events of 1987, 1988 in literature, list of years in literature. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... DeFoes Robinson Crusoe, Newspaper edition published in 1719 A novel (from French nouvelle, new) is an extended fictional narrative in prose. ... Gregory Dale Bear (born August 20, 1951) is a science fiction author. ... A clanking replicator is an artificial self-replicating system that relies on conventional large-scale technology and automation. ... Larry Niven Laurence van Cott Niven (born April 30, 1938) is a US science fiction author. ...

Memorable scenes and events include the discovery of an alien in the desert, who clearly says in English, "I'm sorry, but there is bad news," and this alien's subsequent interrogation and autopsy; the discovery of an artificial geological formation and its subsequent nuclear destruction by a desperate military; and the Earth's eventual destruction by the mutual annihilation of a piece of neutronium and a piece of antineutronium dropped into Earth's core. General Name, Symbol, Number neutronium, Nnn, 0 Chemical series noble gases Group, Period, Block 18, 0, 0 Appearance colorless Image:.jpg Atomic mass  ? g/mol Electron configuration none Electrons per shell 0 Physical properties Phase plasma Miscellaneous Notable isotopes References Neutronium is a colloquial and often misused term for an... Antimatter is matter that is composed of the antiparticles of those that constitute normal matter. ...

It is noted by some for its depiction of an American President whose effectiveness is compromised by his fundamentalist religious beliefs, which are manipulated by the aliens. The President of the United States is the head of state of the United States. ...

There is another alien faction at work, however, represented on Earth by small spider-like robots that recruit human agents through some form of mind control. They frantically collect all human data, biological records, tissue samples, seeds, and DNA that they can, and evacuate a handful of people from Earth. Some of the evacuees eventually settle a newly terraformed Mars while others form the crew of a Ship of the Law to hunt down the home world of the killers, a quest described in the sequel, Anvil of Stars. In space, this faction's machines combat and eventually destroy the attackers, though not before Earth's fate is sealed. Space-filling model of a section of DNA molecule Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA)nucleic acid that contains the genetic instructions specifying the biological development of all cellular forms of life (and many viruses). ... Artists conception of a terraformed Mars in three stages of development. ... A book by Greg Bear and a worthy sequel to Forge of God. Where the children saved from the recently destroyed earth are sent on a quest, by a faction called the benefactors, to find and destroy the civilsation who send the killer probes in the first place. ...

The two books show at least one solution to the Fermi paradox, with electromagnetically noisy civilisations being snuffed out by the arrival of self-replicating machines designed to destroy any potential threat to their (possibly long-dead) creators. (A similar theme is explored in Fred Saberhagen's Berserker novels.) Radio telescope observations play a role in researching the Fermi paradox The Fermi paradox is a paradox proposed by physicist Enrico Fermi that questions the probability of finding intelligent extraterrestrial life. ... A von Neumann probe is a fictional or hypothetical self-replicating machine, specifically designed for space exploration or colonisation. ... Frederick Thomas Saberhagen (born 1930) is an American science fiction and fantasy fiction author most famous for his Berserker series of science fiction stories. ... Fred Saberhagens Berserker series is a space opera in which robotic self_replicating machines intend to destroy all organic life. ...


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