Once a colony ship has left Earth, it cannot be recalled and it cannot be contacted. The fate of those vessels and their cargoes - designed to be the seeds of new human worlds - remained a tantalizing mystery to those who stayed home.
The mission of the scientific recontact ship Daedalus
was to go out there and find out what happened. And, if necessary, help out the colonists should their developing worlds have taken warped paths.
The Florians is the story of the first flight of the Daedalus
and its crew of seven.
is one life-system invading another. It's the seed of Earth trying to implant itself in alien soil. Sure, the worlds have been surveyed, the life-systems inspected, and the whole venture certified practical by men who are trained to guess right.
But it's not as simple as that. when a life-system in balance is invaded by another there are bound to be ecological repercussions, both short- and long- term. the colonists have no way of analyzing the ecological effects of their invasion, let alone any capacity to mount a long-range scientific program to deal with them. Over a period of time there are bound to be permanent antagonisms developed between the two lifie-systems. The invasion will cause permanent change in both
systems, as they react to one another and - in the long term - adapt to one another.
was designed to recontact colonies. It's a flying laboratory, fitted out for the specific tasks of genetic analysis and gentle engineering. Its job is to help resolve the antagonisms which inevitably develop between the life systems.