Von had not known Earth like the others. People of his generation didn’t know the Earth as a place of beauty and wonder. They knew it as a dying rock that they needed to leave in order to survive. From the moment they were born, they were raised to live in space and told they would inhabit the future Earth. He came from the Earth 2 pod. These people were not naturally born humans as others were in the past. They were manufactured in order to continue the existence of the human race. Their DNA was regressed back to the original state of the “human”. Each member of the Earth 2 Pod was a slightly modified clone.
Natural birth was a practice of all the other versions of the homo sapiens. Or what used to be homo sapiens. Now, they were collectively referred to as the “others” by the pure humans. It took the scientists years to clean up the human DNA in order to find and create a “pure” human. Pure humans had gone extinct centuries ago. Science, technology, evolution, and the continued experimentation of the human allowed the species to become a work of customization over time.
Von had always thought it was interesting listening to the stories of the clones that had come before him. They really didn’t know the world either, even though they pretended they did. They were also manufactured. The first were created as a trial to find out if they could be manufactured. When that proved possible, questions such as life expectancy, mobility, capability, intelligence all needed to be answered.
The first few batches proved to be frail and didn’t have a long lifecycle, but soon the Others were able to strengthen the formula and produce a stronger more resilient human clone. This reduced the negative effects on the clone body from the different forms of labor. Soon the clones were living the normal two hundred years and could work in any of the labor categories that they were trained to do. Von was from the 101st batch and produced as a generalist.