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Science Fiction in the Classic Style

A synopsis of: The Idea of Metal
The Idea of Metal is an epic, spanning both time and space - stretching from our immediate future to conclude on another familiar world. It is humanity discovering its long hidden past while they hear the tales extracted from the inanimate objects unearthed quite by accident.

Humbly it begins with a farmer's discovery of a cache of ancient artifacts. The psychic interpretations of the imprints left inside them are at first baffling to the scientists. However, soon the true history of the simple farmer's world is revealed and the revelations are delivered in a dreamcast to an audience which experiences the history as if they were living it. We are among those attending this "lecture" in the amphitheater and, by its end, we understand that these people know perhaps more than they'd like about their past.

Through this miraculous media we see our immediate future through the eyes of those who will live it. We witness our civilization's bitter conclusion in a war that ravages the globe and nearly extinguishes civilization as we know it. Our future is revealed through a panoply of characters playing their parts in a drama which spans millennia.

Hope comes in the form of a new civilization which retained and then advances upon the old knowledge. However, it is not alone and the spiteful reaction of a ruined world, still insane with war, forces it to come of age. It is the inevitable conflict between the new Pacific Civilization and that of the old world which creates a conflict to dwarf all others. Billions perish horribly in a war that spans decades, encompasses the globe, and is desperately fought even unto its last battle, in which the fate all life on Earth is threatened.

Then, after centuries of peace, the incomprehensible science of the time uncovers the truly bizarre though wholly natural cycle of Earth's own growth. We learn how Atlantis and other fabled civilizations could have existed in all their majesty but yet leave not a trace of good proof for their existence. In the awe inspiring conclusion we see that it is their godlike effort to evade Earth's fated cycle which brings about the very disaster they sought to avoid. It is the remnants of human kind who find that only Venus holds the promise of being new world, though even there civilization plummets to the depths of chaos before reemerging again only to be completely ignorant of all that had gone on before.

At the end of the tale we walk up a pathway to a lookout atop the ancient hills surrounding the amphitheater. It is not for the usual reasons: to welcome the sun or see dawn spread over the vast surrounding plains. They will know that although their history played out its most beguiling dramas atop those plains, that the strangest of all had quietly awaited them for millenia only to be found by a simple farmer. And so we will stand with them as they look above their world toward a new challenge. We are with them as they look to the East and watch that green star, now known to them as Earth, rise into their firmament posing questions no one is willing yet to speak of.

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