Scott and Simon Book 1 Chapter 6

Chapter 6

Space City factory Spaceship visit 1 The view from space 01 Australia

Scott and Simon are looking at the Earth from a Space City Observation Deck at 130 degrees East.

Map 130 E
Map 130E

SIMON

Australia is all green now but most of it used to be brown because it was dry. You remember that thousands of years ago they had droughts when there had not been rain so their animals died or they sold them all off and gave up farming. Now it is all that beautiful green.

SCOTT

Robots were the answer, and needing to try to absorb carbon dioxide. See that sea going right up through the middle. Robots dug that. Australia is a pretty flat place anyway and they needed to grow more forest all over the planet. So they dug a sea, put in desalination plants by the million serviced by robots, and poured water all over the country.

SIMON

Of course having sea levels about twenty metres higher because of global warming helped.

SCOTT

True. They will need to shift the desalination plants if it is going to rise sixty metres or so as they suggest.

SIMON

Yes, this was after the China impact so there were a lot less people but the warming problem kept getting worse.

SCOTT

So they grew trees, everywhere. So far the trees have not fixed things up but in another thousand years or so it will be green and the sea level will be going down.

SIMON

And then your several greats grandchildren will go to London on foot and not in a robotic single person submersible.

SCOTT

Do you remember the story from Australian ancient history? Before the British arrived the Aborigines wars were usually about women. Wanting them back after they had gone to be with a man in another tribe or whatever, even after they arrived. You can read the accounts from those people from the First Fleet telling the same sort of stories. Aborigines did not have stories to read because they did not have writing, just oral history. Anyway, what better war to have than one where you get a woman and also a Toyota Landcruiser.

SIMON

You must have read that yourself. It could not have been part of one of my History Stages or I would know that.

SCOTT

With the beginning of robots in manufacturing in the twenty first century in Australia a lot of Aboriginal men along the Murray River, you can see it along the middle of the telescope view, Albury is the big city near the Eastern end, the water shown there is quite big, it is the Hume, your many, many greats grandmother went sailing there.

SIMON

Yes, that ancestor was a good sportswoman. Into soccer particularly.

SCOTT

On the other side of Australia in the north west a tribe was about to get vast amounts of money from mineral rights and a huge claim was being settled. The guys in the east needed women, a job, or money, and these guys in the west had both. What better way to get it all than to engage in a bit of old time Aboriginal culture and take the women and the money. How to do it? A fishing trip.

SIMON

With the Eastern seaboard next door so to speak that is a long way to go to catch fish.

SCOTT

The fishing was the excuse to get together with the locals. The guys from the east towed a caravan of boats they had borrowed to go fishing with their new buddies from the west. They had enough boats to hold all the men with a claim on the money. Off they all went to sea. When you go fishing you want a drink.

SIMON

Definitely one of the things everyone I know does when they go fishing is have an Esky of ice cold stubbies with you. One of the things that hasn’t changed over the centuries.

SCOTT

It is a bit of a problem if you drink has had something added to it to put you to sleep. Obviously the eastern guys did not go to sleep. They tossed the western guys overboard to wake them up, or so they told the guys rellies. Oh look. A million sharks are having breakfast on our friends. Get them back. Oh, too hard. The sharks have eaten them all.

SIMON

I remember that Aboriginal culture was regarded as something that should be respected. I guess that is how these guys got away with it.

SCOTT

So now the east guys had heaps of women, money and hence new lives in the west. Actually they took the women and the money back east because the north west was as bad to live in as the east was good to live in. They could then buy their boats to go fishing on the Murray River with their new wives.

SIMON

I remember one of my ancestors wanted an Aboriginal ancestor but he could only find a pile of convicts when he did his search. All the convicts were from Ireland but one of the convicts kids had married a soldier from England who was in charge of convicts. So they were a mixture of Irish and English.

SCOTT

The northern coastline of Australia shows big indents now that the sea level has gone up twenty metres. The west coast is going to have big problems if it keeps going up as much as they say but so far it is not too bad. Down south Melbourne has lost a bit to sea water.

SIMON

So much for Australia. Up there in China they have made it all green as well. The western part used to have deserts and the high country had snow all the time. All that has been greened by pumping fresh water from the desalination plants in the east. A lot of rivers used to rely on the snow in the Himalayas but that is now not there all the time. It has been a problem they have fixed with robots and pumps.

SCOTT

See the huge crater in the middle of China. It is all green now but when it happened back in 2091 rock was strewn over a vast area of the country. And up in the air. That was the start of the Earth having a sensible population.

SIMON

If you go to China you can visit the cities along the old east coast in a submersible. It will take you all around Shanghai and Qingdao or any of the other places now under water. It is at twenty metres now but it is supposed to keep rising and they think it might get to sixty metres. It just isn’t stopping.

SCOTT

Those twentieth and twenty first ancestors of ours burning coal and oil have a lot to answer for. Apart from the crime of burning it at all. Your ancestors are also from China from above where Laos was so it is not under water. See how your ancestors from Thailand fared.

SIMON

The middle bit you can see is under water. You can visit the Grand Palace in Bangkok in a submersible, and the dozens of temples from the Buddhist faith. The rellies were from the North East so it will never go under water.

SCOTT

When the sea rises to sixty metres if it does all the middle of Thailand will be under water. That is the best rice growing area. It is just as well the population has gone down so much otherwise we would all be hungry.

SIMON

Yes, wait until we get over Europe. Some parts of that are under water completely now.

SCOTT

So we are off to see the next factory which makes communication fibre. Gravity is a problem for making it on Earth so they make it all up here. We can have a sleep in the carriage.