“Worldmaker”

Title“Worldmaker”
Year for Search2014
AuthorsArmstrong, Rachel
Secondary AuthorsWhates, Ian [George](b. 1959)
Secondary TitleParadox: Stories Inspired by the Fermi Paradox
Date Published2014
PublisherNewCon Press
Place Published[Weston, Eng]
KeywordsFemale author
Additional Publishers

Rpt. in Digital Dreams: A Decade of Science Fiction by Women. Ed. Ian Whates ([Weston, Eng]: NewCon Press, 2016). EBook.

Holding Institutions

Merril

Author Note

Female author.

Full Text

2014 Armstrong, Rachel. “Worldmaker.” Paradox: Stories Inspired by the Fermi Paradox. Ed. Ian Whates ([Weston, Eng]: NewCon Press, 2014), 195-215. Rpt. in Digital Dreams: A Decade of Science Fiction by Women. Ed. Ian Whates ([Weston, Eng]: NewCon Press, 2016). EBook. 

The story describes something of a flawed utopia and is split into two parts beginning with a couple in an oyster bar that specializes in pharmacological enhancements of the libido. This part ends with the couples’ belief in the Worldmaker, a plan to seed the solar system and then outer space with life. The second part includes the reflections of a participant in the project, which appears to be a failure. The couple also discuss the colonization of the planets of the solar system, which is described as providing places for boys and their technological toys.