The Von Neumann Survey

The so-called Von Neumann Survey was the foundation of the great wave of colonization that began in Old Earth's 24th Century. Begun in AD 2151, shortly after the discovery of the Harper Drive, the survey was conducted by a fleet of faster-than-light self-replicating robotic probes. The probes were simple in concept, if complicated in execution, consisting of a drive unit, a sensor package, and a robotic controller, and were far cheaper than any manned probes could possibly be. The African … [Read more...]