Enemies of the System
ALDISS DISSE OU NÃO DISSE as a small group of people in a surface train on a hostile alien planet get stranded in the middle of nowhere, and left to face both what's outside and their own natures. Though the character work is interesting, what will stay with me longest from this book are the portraits of devolved humans - a million years ago a colony ship crashed upon this energy-poor planet, and over that time their descendants have adjusted to fill various niches in the food chain. Imagine a pig with an almost human face - and then imagine eating itHomo Uniformis: man alike throughout - a centralised nervous system and a million years of genetic engineering have flushed out the old ways of war, disease, ritual and emotion. But the planet of Lysenka II is inhabited by the primitive descendants of the original space-ship colonists, and when a group of the system's elite become stranded in the wilderness they face a horrifying threat to their survival
Antimatter factories in both Switzerland and the United States churn out tidbits of antimatter daily. At CERN in Switzerland and at Fermilab in the USA, antimatter is created by smashing ultra-high velocity protons into copper or tungsten. Some of the fragments of energy resulting from the collisions form into anti-protons and anti-neutrons. Theoretically we should be able to make 500 anti-protons from 1000 normal protons however, the best we can do currently is 50 anti-protons out of 1000 normal protons. These antimatter particles are captured using magnetic fields and stored in antimatter "traps." The "traps" also use magnetic fields to keep the antimatter from straying from its home and getting into an energy releasing collision with normal matter.
Antimatter could conceivably be used as a highly transportable energy source for space ships (just as it is used in Star Trek). One gram of antimatter could power 47,564 hundred-watt light bulbs for one year. In other words, if one of my mother's size 9 tennis shoes was made of antimatter and was collided with the other one, it would produce enough energy to power the city of Anchorage for twelve and a half years.