Warmzeit. Geschichten aus dem 21. Jahrhundert (Hothouse Age. Stories from the 21st Century)

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Memoranda Verlag Berlin 2022 Shayol-Verlag Berlin 2003

"Hothouse Age" takes us into the world of the 21st century - with its disasters, its utopias, and the first steps into the solar system. The new century will bring much hardship to mankind: climatic changes, desertification, pollution, a widening gap between favoured and disfavoured regions, depletion of resources, regional wars. Despite gentech, artificial intelligence, exploration and exploitation of the solar system, especially the asteroid belt, the desintegration and partial breakdown of human civilization is imminent. Taken together, the stories of this collection form the beginning of a large future history - the Steinmueller Universe - and pave the road which ultimately leads to Andymon, Pulaster and Spera.


  • Hans-Peter Neumann & Erik Simon: Preface to the 2003 edition
  • Preface: Of Hot Times, West German Waste and the Great Red Spot*


  • Hothouse Age
  • The Laplacian Damon
  • The Eye That Never Weeps
  • Farewell to Melchizedek*

Citizens of the Belt

  • Near L5
  • Corals of Space
  • All the Curses of the World
  • Life, Wherever you Look*
  • Carlo, the Animal

Brave New Planets

  • The Last Day on Venus
  • Songs From the Moon
  • Moths Aboard
  • Oxygen Dearth Story
  • Mars, Forever and Ever*


  • The Dream of the Big Red Spot
  • Before the Time Travel Starts
  • Emigrant Ship


  • Factsheet Space Colonization
  • Erik Simon: From Earth to Belt, and then Straitforward
  • Publication History

    ( * new in the 2022 edition)