Cristian Alejandro Solari
Cristian A. Solari was born on March 23rd, 1969, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He is an evolutionary ecologist, with a B.S. in zoology from the U. of Florida (1993) and a Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology from the U. of Arizona (2005). Between these degrees he worked in the private sector, in industry, and founded with two other partners a graphic design and advertising agency. He has written several papers on the evolution of multicellularity in scientific journals such as The American Naturalist and PNAS. He is currently a CONICET researcher at the Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Simplicity is the greatest accomplishment of the Universe Confederation. However, simplicity tends to shelter complex dilemmas. All intelligent species in the Universe live by their succinct Constitution: no true intelligent life form can harm in any way or interfere with another unless it is directly harmed or interfered with. The Constitution has never been broken, not even in the most complicated differendums.
Different experiments had been set up in the Universe outskirts to try to understand the transition to high intelligence; researcher Geb is assigned a particularly promising one. To everyone’s surprise, this experiment succeeds and self-conscious preintelloids evolve and thrive. But, on a routine analysis, Geb finds astonishing evidence of a new technological development that would allow preintelloids to migrate from their star-planetary system and meet their creators. Their space travel technology was not expected to be so advanced at that stage of their evolution, before becoming fully cooperative.
The Confederation has two uncomfortable choices: either terminate the experiment and risk going against the Constitution, or not interfere and risk an invasion by a potentially dangerous species.