WAKTM is an opera / musical based on a book by Chris Eales "based in the future, that wondered how Mankind might progress." Rupert Cheek is the creative director / main composer.
In the 22nd Century, rescuer Matthew Thorpe is called to join a mission on the off-world New Earth colony, where an attack has taken place upon a research centre. During the hazardous journey through the disaster zone, he discovers that the centre has been targeted by a reactionary religious group who are trying desperately to destroy a project taking place there, the nature of which may come to change not only Thorpe's future, but the future of all Humanity... Thorpe must confront his enemies through the wreckage of the colony, and through the virtual landscape of cyberspace, to prevent his own destruction, and that of what may be the most important discovery of all time....
the future of planet Earth (including climate change)
the horrors of fanaticism & religious fundamentalism
Philosophy (Descartes & Aristotle...)
illusions & delusions of literature & art
the nature of consciousness
the future of Humanity
Theology / knowledge, education
The colony of New Earth was constructed over a period of 25 years. The UN World Government Council, or ‘The Leaders’ as most people usually called them, had conceived of the plan to build an entirely new habitat for the Human Race round about 2160, in response to the multitude of problems that had developed on Earth over the course of the C22nd. They squabbled over it for about 30 years, and finally somebody somewhere managed to forge an agreement for it to go ahead. They started planning round about 2190, collecting resources & arranging finances. Construction was supposed to start in 2200, however various delays meant that they missed the turn by c3 years."
The Moon became the 1st permanent off-world habitat in the history of mankind, within 50 years there were more than 20 individual colonies on the surface with a population of over 30m.
Many of them were young men & women now, some of them had never left the colony. Many of them had only ever seen Earth on a computer terminal screen. I didn’t think that was such a tragedy. But now there was a problem, the 1st hint of old Earth’s troubles arising within New Earth’s domain.
The United Nations World Government Council, or ‘The Leaders’ as most people usually called them, had conceived of the plan to build an entirely new habitat for the Human Race, in response to the multitude of problems that developed on Earth over the course of the C22nd. They squabbled over it for about 30 years, and finally somebody somewhere managed to forge an agreement for it to go ahead.
Started building what was to become the single most ambitious project in the history of Humanity;Planning started; collecting the resources, arranging finances, and construction was supposed to begin at the turn of the (23rd) century, however various delays meant that they missed the turn by about 3 years.2 enormous bio-spheres sitting upon a vast rectangular base known as ‘The Compound’; Never before had there been any serious acts of violence on New Earth, never had there been an attack, not so much as a riot in the more than 20 years that the colony had been populated (since c2135?). All that had changed in the last few hours, there was going to be a difficult time ahead, and all I knew was that ESEC [Earth Space Exploration Co.] and Joe Creigh had dragged me along for the ride.A hub; the most advanced system of computer networks ever devised, capable of administrating & supporting the entire lives of a population of over 1m people, and able to provide resources necessary for numerous research centres & laboratories, where some of Humanity’s finest minds would be able to work on what they hoped would be the next generation of scientific discoveries.
The bio-spheres stretched to over 80,000 ft above the compound, and were constructed from a material known as Plasma-Webbing. I didn’t pretend to understand where the hell they had come up with the stuff. I had read about it when the colony opened, but I had only been a kid then, no older than 12. I seemed to recall that it had a foundation that was some sort of plastic, textile mesh, and they spliced it with a kind of semi-organic matter, and created these virtually unbreakable cords that formed the framework. Then they webbed it together and shaped it, and moulded it and in the end they had their spheres in place. The plasma-web spheres were invisible if you looked up at them from the colony below, but if you were gazing at New Earth from outside, as I always had, you could just about see the outline of the spheres as they gently reflected the light of the distant stars.
© Chris Eales, 2006-2012
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