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Methuselah's Children (feat. Mike Bennett)
Life on Earth getting you down? Lets steal us a shiny new starship and go explore the universe!
Alternative - Avant Rock
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Michael Duran & Michael Bennett
Michael Duran & Michael Bennett
August 30, 2020
MP3 9.3 MB
320 kbps bitrate
4:02 minutes
Story behind the song
Music by M. Duran additional solos by Mike Bennett. thanks Mike for the awesome crossfire riffs!! Rock On! By the 22nd century, the "Howard families" have a life expectancy exceeding 150 years, keeping their existence secret with the "Masquerade" in which the members fake their deaths and obtain new identities. The Masquerade helped the Families survive the dictatorship of Nehemiah Scudder, but as an experiment, some Howard members reveal themselves to The Covenant, hoping that the free society established after Scudder's defeat will be friendly. They are mistaken since others refuse to believe that the Families obtained their lifespan by selective breeding but insist that they have developed a secret method to extend life. Administrator Slayton Ford, leader of Earth, believes that the Families are telling the truth, but cannot prevent efforts to force Howard members to reveal their alleged rejuvenation abilities. Lazarus Long, the eldest member of the Families, proposes that the Families hijack the colony starship New Frontiers to escape Earth. Using an inertia less drive invented by Howard member Andrew Jackson "Slipstick" Libby, the Families leave the Solar System with the deposed Ford. The first planet they discover has humanoid inhabitants domesticated by indescribable godlike natives. When Earthly humans prove incapable of similar domestication, they are expelled from the planet. The second planet is a lush environment with no predators and mild weather. Its inhabitants are part of a group mind, with the mental ability to manipulate the environment on the genetic and molecular level but do not distinguish between individuals. That becomes evident when Mary Sperling, the second oldest of the Families, joins the group mind to become immortal. The Families are further horrified when the group mind genetically modifies the first baby born on the planet into a new, alien form. A majority of the Families returns to Earth to demand their freedom; Libby, with the help of the group mind, builds a new faster-than-light drive to take them home in months instead of years. The Families, returning to the Solar System 74 years after their original departure because of time dilation, discover that Earth's scientists have artificially extended human lifespan indefinitely by replicating what they believe is the Families' secret. The Howard members are now welcomed for their discovery of faster than light travel. Libby and Long decide to recruit other members of the Families and explore space with the new drive aboard the New Frontiers.
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