It seems that putting a question "on hold" disables the ability to post answers, so that an "on hold" question by definition can never attract good answers (because it cannot attract any answers).
I've just cast the final vote to reopen. In my opinion it's not a good question, but it's also not off-topic given its reference to the text of a scifi novel.
I suspect it will spawn a bunch of highly guesswork-oriented answers as well as some code rants. That being said, I stand ready to be pleasantly surprised if it turns out to be something interesting.