By Henrik Nieratschker
The Boltham Legacy is a fictional story that highlights the both challenges and imaginary potential that would come with a longer-term approach towards technological application and development.
British billionaire Lloyd Frederic Boltham secretly founds a private space program. Taking advantage of recent breakthroughs in synthetic biology and the discovery of previously unknown exoplanets he succeeds in launching a 400-year mission that sends engineered, mineral-detecting bacteria to a planet far outside of our solar system.
Once the Bacteria is spread on the planet it will changes its colour according to the existing metals in the environment and the planet becomes a visualisation of its own resources. If the mission succeeds it will create a future monopoly in space mining for the family.
After his death the mission became the unique legacy of his family and several generations to come will observe the journey of his space probe in secret.
The narrative is presented through different objects that the Boltham family inherited after Lloyd Frederic’s death. These artefacts become a central aspect of the legacy they live with.