A Man from Planet Earth: A Scientific Novel Audiobook, by Giancarlo Genta Play Audiobook Sample

A Man from Planet Earth: A Scientific Novel Audiobook

A Man from Planet Earth: A Scientific Novel Audiobook, by Giancarlo Genta Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Steven Crossley, Eddie Lopez Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 9.83 hours at 1.5x Speed 7.38 hours at 2.0x Speed Series: The Science and Fiction Series Release Date: June 2021 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781799916598

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50:31 minutes

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04:06 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

24:30 minutes

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Sometime in the not-too-distant future … unbeknownst to Earth, the Galaxy is home to a number of spacefaring societies. This confederation enforces a strict protocol forbidding any contact with civilizations that have not yet achieved both a substantial spacefaring capability and sufficient maturity to control the technology explosion before triggering their own extinction.

While this policy is intended to only bring in peaceful new members, matters change entirely when the confederation is threatened by some unknown entity—is the menace real or imagined? The confederation decides to break with the rules and sends a delegate to Earth to hire one of the supposedly belligerent Earthlings to investigate and to revive the confederation’s long-unused starfleet. The Earthman agrees, but demands a high price: should he succeed, the confederation will have to accept Earth as a new member. As the threat becomes ever more acute, the question soon becomes which mission will prove harder—saving the confederation or convincing it to accept the deal!

The extensive appendix, written in nontechnical language, reviews the scientific and technological topics underlying the plot—ranging from the Fermi Paradox, space travel, and artificial/collective intelligence to theories on possible universal convergences in technological and biological development.

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About Giancarlo Genta

Giancarlo Genta is an expert in spaceflight technology who holds degrees in Aeronautic Engineering and Space Engineering (his thesis was on electric propulsion orbital transfers). Until 1996 he was head of the Mechanics Department of the Politecnico (Technical University) of Turin, Italy. He is director of the Italian SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) study center and is a full member of the International Academy of Astronautics.

About the Narrators

Steven Crossley, a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, has built a career on both sides of the Atlantic as an actor and audiobook narrator, for which he has won more than a dozen AudioFile Earphones Awards and been a nominee for the prestigious Audie Award. He is a member of the internationally renowned theater company Complicite and has appeared in numerous theater, television, film, and radio dramas.

Eddie Lopez, a northern California native, earned his BFA in theater from the California Institute of the Arts. He has worked professionally in Los Angeles as an actor and is currently with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. He began recording audiobooks for family road trips at the age of eight on his home cassette deck.