Here’s the sitch:
I have decided to conduct an experiment.* Using the various technomagic resources at my disposal, I will be recruiting† 20,000 young Americans between the ages of 18 and 25. Half will be men and half women; they’ll be screened beforehand to make sure they’re all physically healthy and of significantly above-average intellect; none have children.‡ Otherwise they’ll be picked randomly, so the incidence of various ethnicities, religions, sexual orientations,and so forth will be about that of the general US population. The abductions will be done while they are sleeping and by teleporter, so the [del]victims[/del] [del]guinea pigs[/del] valued experimental subjects will not be aware of what has happened until they wake up in their new homes. The VESes will be kept unconscious upon being delivered to their new homes, and while unconscious, their bodies will hinkied with so that they no longer age and are immune to all diseases. That’s not to say they’re immortal, though; they can still die by accident, misadventure, or violence.
The women will wake up on an island the size of Madagascar; I’m calling it Themyscira for reasons some of you will appreciate. The men will awake a similar island I’m calling Andro. Neither island is on the Earth we know. Rather, both are on alternate Earths in which no sapient species never got a toehold. Both islands have excellent climates for agriculture, and just to be nice I’ll be providing plenty of game animals, farm animals, seeds for crops, and appropriate tools & weapons needful for agriculture and hunting. (There won’t be any other non-human predators on either island, incidentally, and I’m not providing any guns.) I’m also providing an extensive library–say multiple copies of every single tome in the Library of Congress, all in hardback and printed on whatever paper will last longest. There are no pre-existing structures on either island other than the two libraries and the buildings in which the tools and weapons are kept. Both islands have extensive natural resources; there’s timber, metals, potable water, etc. Everyone in each set of VESes is awakened at the same time and informed of their situation.** Oh, and everybody starts off with the clothes on their back and no more.
After doing all this, I hop in my time-travel buggy and set off for the future of both worlds. What will I find in twenty years? Two hundred? Two thousand?
- Okay, it’s more like an unethical, sadistic game, but whatever.
† Well … kidnapping.
‡ I am not a monster.
** By recording. I am also not an idiot.