In the contemporary 21st century, there is a scientist – an observational astronomer who also enjoys building instrumentation. She has immense love for life, nature, humanity and culture. She sees the beautiful things in this universe.
Yet, the world is contradictory. There is unfairness and sadness in the wider society that she cannot ignore. She often imagines a future in which all the current and historical problems are resolved. With enormous technological advancement, people are intellectually enlightened, rational, loving, caring and happy. She wonders what the future world in a few centuries will look like. She wishes that she had been born in that hopeful future.
One day, she and her robot are looking into space (and time) through their telescope. They see a “UFO” land in a field not far away. They rush out … only to find out that the person coming out of the spaceship is the scientist’s clone from the 23rd century.
The clone has escaped from a disaster in her own time. The clone does not quite understand what exactly has happened. Even though her world is much more advanced than in previous centuries, she experiences many problems in her society – problems that have carried over from the past. She concludes that in order for her to find the root cause of the disaster, she needs to travel back to the past and experience the social environments that define her contemporary time.
Besides, she’s curious about her own origin. She wants to learn more about the scientist from whom she received her genes and fragments of memories. Thus, the 21st century is a natural choice as a destination.
Spending time together, the scientist and her clone learn from each other, about their lives, and each learns about the world that the other was born into. The scientist grows more and more concerned about the future world and decides to witness it herself. She takes the spaceship from her clone and flies into the future with her robot. Her clone takes her place as an astronomer and continues to study history at the same time.
Motivated by her curiosity, the scientist takes a detour to look at the 22nd century. There, she meets another scientist. His intellectual level matches hers exactly. He is warm and kind. He has deep knowledge and understanding not only of science and technology but also of world events and their social implications. They fall in love. They live and work together for half a century.
He works in a Natural History Museum, which turns out to be a whole continent. Yes, a whole continent on Earth has been transformed into a museum. It preserves the technologies and infrastructure of previous civilizations, as well as the wilderness of prehistorical times. Some areas even use museums built in the previous centuries as categorical sections – there are museums inside museums inside museums …
Human society has developed in many areas of science, including medicine and space exploration. Aging has slowed down. Developing a mature clinical human clone technology becomes an area of focus in the research center inside the Natural History Museum. They also develop a way to upload one’s memories onto hardware. The scientist embeds a chip in her robot, who records her memory.
Although the 22nd century is much more advanced than the 21st century, there are still struggles and conflicts caused by the unequal societal and economic structures. The scientist wonders how these are going to evolve during future generations. Reminded of her initial intention of travelling to her clone’s era, she decides to leave. To keep her in her love’s memory, she gifts him her robot – her companion since the time she was an astronomer from the 21st century.
虽然22世纪比21世纪发达许多，不平等的社会与经济体制依然使人们面临各种针扎与斗争。科学家很想知道这些会如何在更未来的年代发展演变。她记得初心是要目睹自己克隆来自的时代，决定离开。为了让爱人留住她的记忆，她将小机器人送给了他 —— 那个从21世纪就一直陪伴着她的小机器人。
She flies into the 23rd century, finds out about where her clone comes from, sees the future world that she dreamed about and discovers the precursors of the disaster. She then realizes that her time is up. It is time to answer her ultimate question. She drives her spaceship into a black hole. If she is still alive, she will find out what is on the other side, beyond the white hole, otherwise, so be it …
A civilization thousands of years ahead of us has been observing us. They were once like us. They have experienced the same developments and evolution we have experienced and gone far beyond us. They study our behaviors so that they can explain their past. Humans are good at creating problems and solving them, rather than preventing problems. They have concluded that history repeats itself. They have seen it all. Everything that the humans are struggling with and fighting for on Earth seems mundane to them now…
Only the lucky artists’ work will end up in a museum and be described as “unique and special”. The rest are “untrained and ‘do not follow the rules of painting'”. Only the former will deserve: “Oh look! (There seems to be a mistake in the drawing. Maybe it’s meant to be that way.) That’s interesting…”