The Songs of Distant Earth Author:Arthur C. Clarke Just a few islands nestled on a warm, planetwide ocean, Thalassa was a veritable paradise -- home to one of the small colonies founded centuries before by robot Mother Ships. Mankind had barely managed to flee before the Sun went nova and destroyed the Solar System. — The people of Thalassa were happy, devoted to living well on their beautiful wo... more »rld. Mesmerized by the beauty of Thalassa and overwhelmed by its vast resources, the colonists were unaware of a monumental evolutionary event slowly taking place beneath their seas . . .
But Thalassa's idyll was broken one day by the appearance in orbit of the Magellan, a huge spacecraft carrying one million hibernating refugees from the very last, mad days of Earth. Clearly, whether the Magellan was just stopping by on her way to a more distant star, as her crew alleged, or intending to stay -- as many Thalassans feared -- uncertainty and change had come to the placid paradise that was Thalassa.« less