by: Clint Smith, P.E.
320 Pages – November 20
Infusion is a story that takes place in the present time. The novel is about the exploitation of the Earth’s resources and the moral conflicts that arise due to the limited resources of the universe.
The Kimoph and Zeron live on two sister planets orbiting a common sun. The resource the Kimophians and Zeron’s need is dattan, which is vital to their survival. Their need for dattan is a result of bio weapons used during the civil war between the two plants that destroyed both eco-systems.
However Consortium law forbids the extraction of dattan from any planet in the Preserve. Earth is located in the Preserve. The law was enacted after the consortium destroyed another planet trying to collect dattan to restore their damaged eco-systems. The KIEF, an environmental police force, enforces the law protecting the Preserve.
The Consortium has found itself at war again. The conflict began over resources needed for dattan production. Dattan production has been declining and new sources are needed.
The KIEF has been investigating a major plot to extract dattan illegally. The suspects include several corporations and potentially the Consortium itself. The undercover investigator for the KIEF is Kiren Hillel.
Kiren Hillel is now in a bind. She is a crewmember onboard the cargo ship Curgan heading toward Earth to extract dattan. Kiren is unable to communicate with the KIEF to summon help and prevent the crime. She is now faced with the dilemma of helping commit the crime she swore to prevent in order to stay alive. Her problems are compounded when an alien from Earth is brought on board, by accident, and she has to care for it and keep it safe.
Every society has choices to make, which determine the very nature of its character and being. Some choices are instinctive, while others are imposed. The instinctive choices are rooted in the desire to survive, while the imposed are derived from the morality and ethics of society. Regardless, choices involve decisions and all decisions have consequences.
The people on the planets Kimoph and Zeron were again a single society, governed by a collective organization called the Consortium. The Consortium was formed as a unifying organization to bring the two sister planets together after their Civil War. The years of civil war devastated both planets’ eco-systems, requiring an extensive restoration program, now an integral part of their society. They’d made a lot of mistakes in the restoration process in the past, so the Consortium wrote laws and enacted them afterward to prevent those mistakes from happening again. The restoration process continued, but it required unique ores not found commonly or easily in their solar system. Exploration for new sources of the vital ores led to a conflict with another race, resulting in a new war.
Time and resources are limited and it is imperative that the restoration of the eco-system be completed; both Kimophians and Zeronians are dying. There are other alter-natives for restoring the eco-system, but Consortium laws forbid their use—is it possible one wonders, to get around those laws? As with most decisions the initial quest is noble and justified, but problems always arise that can easily alter the direction or outcome of the initial objective. Trying to over-come those obstacles often presents the need to compromise ethics and/or morals. Although the compromise may appear justified, making one lapse is worse than the thousandth, since the second is now easier.
The time is now, resources are scare, the Consortium is at war, and mistakes are about to be repeated . . .