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   Children of Anthea, by Frances James  
  Novel, first publication in 2009
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      Forests are no longer cut down to build from, but are encouraged to grow into useful structures like homes, cities, and eventually vast vessels capable of functioning outside the earth’s atmosphere. Not inanimate ships, but living breathing biological entities containing many of earths life forms inside them, including plants, animals, oceans, and man as facilitators of the process.

    This story takes place with journey of the Anthea, the sixth and smallest of the vessels to leave mother earth in search of new planets … A living breathing entity itself, conceived by the collective consciousness on earth, under guidance of the Divine Spirit.

    It was host to a multitude of life forms collected from the biodiversity of the earth, including 6 million humans, and a vast array of animals and plants, all working in harmony representing their contribution to life.

    Once capable of surviving independent of the life giving energy of the sun, it had set out to inspire the growth of life on a distant star.

    Around the 17th generation of man after Anthea’s departure from earth, the planet system of a star they are passing is studied for the potential of life. While the temperatures of the 4th planet are acceptable, the atmosphere was made of high concentrations of sodium, manganese and hydrochloric acid… not elements useful to the life of humans. Efforts to inspire the building blocks of life to form out of the elements there had so far proved unsuccessful.

    During this time, life on the Anthea is suddenly threatened by an unknown disease, or cancer, affecting large parts of the population. While officials fight with the task of finding a solution, a small group of students working on their term project discover a link to the possible result of the disease.

    But, will they be able to help find a cure in time to save the population?

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  • Plague - Disease - Epidemic - Virus
  • Space Ships - Spacecraft

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