Super-scientist from the year 3000.
|Alternate ID||Super-scientist from the year 3000|
In the years prior to 3000, a growing number of analysts warned that the interplanetary network was not designed to handle four-digit years, and that the resultant system failure would be catastrophic. They warned that unless immediate action was taken, every essential service which made life in the 30th century possible, from the orbiting weather control and solar energy conversion arrays to the transplanetary matter transmission and realtime neurodata networks would shut down. Humanity would be returned to a level of barbarism not seen on Earth in nearly one thousand years.
Unfortunately. their warnings were ignored by the Interfederal Network Administration Authority. They were disregarded as the same sort of hysterical millenialist ravings that had accompanied the approach of the year 2000. The Interfed silenced any who protested in the name of public safety.
As Xerxes observed the data grid from his research station in the Estonian arcology, he knew that the dire warnings about Y3K had been correct. As the date ticked from 2999 to 3000, system after system went dark. First a few, then a cascade of failures spread across the data grid. In another few nanoseconds the world as Xerxes knew it would end.
Fortunately, Xerxes and his team were prepared. In the final moments before the power net shut down, Xerxes Chuan and other sixteen members of the Historical Preservation Society activated the temporal discontinuity generator, catapulting them back through the ages. Each member of the team selected a different destination. Xerxes selected the dawn of the Information Age: the year 2000. It is a one-way trip for all of them.
Like everyone in the 30th century, Xerxes is the result of generations of selective genetic manipulation. As a result, he is healthier, smarter, and more attractive than the typical 21st century human. His perspectives on ethics and morality are also colored by his 30th century origins. For example, he regards ranged weapons with the same revulsion that his 21st century peers reserve for chemical and biological weapons. He also regards the vast number of competing and overlapping legal authorities as hopelessly primitive and more than a little frightening. However, he is also aware that the monolithic structure and virtually unlimited authority of the Interfed made it possible for them to prevent anyone else from preventing the Y3K disaster. So he knows the importance of decentralized authority, but in practice it makes him quite nervous.
There are benefits to the 21st century, of course. Chocolate, for example. The cocoa plant from which chocolate is made became extinct during the latter 22nd century.