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AstroTown is a small science-fiction eBook written in 2009 by Saulo Fonseca and published in 2010 by Smashwords. The book was written in English, but is also available in German and Portuguese versions, translated directly by the author.

Story

The book depicts a future where humankind has left the Earth due to global warming, and they have decided to live in the International Space Station. There are 3.2 million residents in this future city in space, called AstroTown. The inhabitants decided to stay in the space station instead of colonizing other planets. We learn from the story that it would be easier to adapt to zero gravity than to send the entire city to a new planet. There is no mention of extraterrestrial life or super powers of any kind. At first, AstroTown is governed by a dictatorship, but the society stages a revolution to overthrow the dictator when a “normal human being,” cloned from the time when the humans lived on Earth, appears on the scene.

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International Space Station

International Space Station

The International Space Station (ISS) is the largest modular space station currently in low Earth orbit. It is a multinational collaborative project involving five participating space agencies: NASA, Roscosmos (Russia), JAXA (Japan), ESA (Europe), and CSA (Canada). The ownership and use of the space station is established by intergovernmental treaties and agreements. The station serves as a microgravity and space environment research laboratory in which scientific research is conducted in astrobiology, astronomy, meteorology, physics, and other fields. The ISS is suited for testing the spacecraft systems and equipment required for possible future long-duration missions to the Moon and Mars.

Weightlessness

Weightlessness

Weightlessness is the complete or near-complete absence of the sensation of weight. It is also termed zero G-force or zero-G.

Dictatorship

Dictatorship

A dictatorship is a form of government which is characterized by a leader or a group of leaders which holds governmental powers with few to no limitations on them. The leader of a dictatorship is called a dictator. Politics in a dictatorship take place between the dictator, the inner circle, and the opposition, which may be peaceful or violent. Dictatorships can be formed by a military coup that overthrows the previous government through force or by a self-coup in which elected leaders make their rule permanent. Dictatorships are authoritarian or totalitarian and can be classified as military dictatorships, one-party dictatorships, personalist dictatorships, or absolute monarchies.

Revolution

Revolution

In political science, a revolution is a fundamental and relatively sudden change in political power and political organization which occurs when the population revolts against the government, typically due to perceived oppression or political incompetence.

Earth

Earth

Earth is the third planet from the Sun and the only astronomical object known to harbor life. While large volumes of water can be found throughout the Solar System, only Earth sustains liquid surface water. About 71% of Earth's surface is made up of the ocean, dwarfing Earth's polar ice, lakes, and rivers. The remaining 29% of Earth's surface is land, consisting of continents and islands. Earth's surface layer is formed of several slowly moving tectonic plates, interacting to produce mountain ranges, volcanoes, and earthquakes. Earth's liquid outer core generates the magnetic field that shapes the magnetosphere of the Earth, deflecting destructive solar winds.

Source: "AstroTown", Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, (2022, November 25th), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AstroTown.

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Notes
  • The author wrote the book on his iPhone during breaks from work. It is probably the first book written directly on a Smartphone.
  • The book has the human figures from the Pioneer spacecraft’s plaque on the cover because the city remained far away from Earth, like the Pioneers from NASA.
References
  • "Die unendliche Reise der Menschen (German)". Scheinfurt Tagblatt. November 4, 2010.
  • "Brasileiro escreve livro no iPhone (Portuguese)". Mac+ Magazine. October 25, 2010. Archived from the original on 2011-08-20.
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