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An exercise in creative writing. In a paragraph or three, describe something that fits into the Science Fiction genre. Something you made up yourself.
This is an open-ended exercise to help get those creative juices flowing.
And another: (I write Star Trek fantasy/fan fiction)

(This is the start of my screenplay for The Idiot Who Made Everything )
The year is 2414. Starfleet and the Federation and their predecessors have been at ceaseless war for more than 400 years. Energy rationing is extreme, so much so that clothing and other non-essentials have long been done away with for replicator rations and shipboard energy.

One enemy, the Borg, an abomination of a convergence of technology and human biology are relentlessly consuming worlds. Yet no one has asked the question: Why? Until now.

One day, all Borg activity ceases as if in suspended animation and the strangest untraceable message anyone in Starfleet has ever received is sent to Vice Admiral Rachel G Brown, every 24 hours, over secured Federation subspace channels:

“To continue repairing your timeline, please insert *crack* eleven dollars and twenty seven cents *crack* into the phone booth to continue. Cheers!”

Under a veil of extreme secrecy, Captain Rachel G Brown works with Section 31 and technology acquired from the now defunct Borg to commission the Federation’s first time and alternate reality traveling vessel, the USS Timeship Phoenix.

Its primary mission: To return to the year 2015 and find out why continuous warfare seemed to start then, and why the year was of such intense interest to Borg simulations.

The Top Secret secondary mission: To determine the origin of the Borg themselves.
 

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I'll take the bait...
Interesting...
Did you know that Nano-technology promises this in reality?
If you like reading take a look at Drexlers Engines of Creation, Specifically Part 2 section 7:
7 - Engines of Healing

Life, Mind, and Machines
From Drugs to Cell Repair Machines
Cell Repair Machines
Some Cures
Anesthesia Plus
From Function To Structure
From Treating Disease To Establishing Health
A Disease Called "Aging"

Drexler said:
Complex repair machines will need nanocomputers to guide them. A micron-wide mechanical computer like that described in Chapter 1 will fit in 1/1000 of the volume of a typical cell, yet will hold more information than does the cell's DNA. In a repair system, such computers will direct smaller, simpler computers, which will in turn direct machines to examine, take apart, and rebuild damaged molecular structures.
 

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Interesting...
Did you know that Nano-technology promises this in reality?
If you like reading take a look at Drexlers Engines of Creation, Specifically Part 2 section 7:
7 - Engines of Healing

Life, Mind, and Machines
From Drugs to Cell Repair Machines
Cell Repair Machines
Some Cures
Anesthesia Plus
From Function To Structure
From Treating Disease To Establishing Health
A Disease Called "Aging"
Tom, it's already being done in Cuba. Medically, Cuba's a good 20 years ahead of the United States with medical technology, which is why Hugo Chavez went there to get surgery.

Here's Castro's public admission of it:
http://news.sciencemag.org/latin-america/2015/05/feature-fidel-castros-first-born-son-foments-nanotech-revolution

And Cuba just opened up a university for the worldwide community with nanotechnology.
http://havanajournal.com/culture/entry/university-of-havana-in-cuba-opens-nanotechnology-college/

Cuba is quite literally, light years ahead of the rest of the industrialized world with medical and nano technology, and is leaving most nations in the dust. The Cuba learned about isolation is - you see what everyone else is fighting over - finite resources - and you think differently than everyone else because you're ostracized from that resource.

And you thought they were poverty stricken ;-) It's an act. Easily one of the wealthiest nations on the planet now. If not the wealthiest. They just learned to hide it.

In any case, I took a trip to Cuba in 2010 for a tour of the facilities.

It's impressive.

To say the least.

To get into Cuba, because of the concerns of illicit exports and concern over corruption of their technology, immigration features a VERY unique three part system to get in or out, which features a demagnetization process as you leave the airplane to get into the common baggage claim area which quite literally shuts down - permanently disabling - any nanoparticles in your system or that are in your presence should you bring them in or out of the country through your body or belongings.

Their unique system converts the particles into inert substances - completely disabling them - and your body then naturally flushes them from your system, whether it's through urine sweat, or fecal matter.

What I wasn't aware of when I went into Cuba was that I actually had nanoparticles in me. Their detection notified me that something was detected (it was embarrassing but they were cool about it) - and from there I was brought into an area where special questioning occurred. Since most people are like me and have no clue they have them - me I literally had them inside my stomach, they let me know 'key areas' I could have visited (China being one) - which may have been responsible for the addition to my system.

I'd gone to Beijing - China mere months before. And China is trying to backwards engineer Cuba's technology and having a rotten time with it. I'd gone there to discuss some personal matters with Microsoft's R&D in Beijing and may have gotten more in the meal they bought me than I anticipated.

My life really had been science fiction even prior to seeing the rings of Saturn from the ground.

In any case, I have done some partnering with Cuba and the nanotechnology, that's why I know much of what I do.
 
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The 'Side Effect'

Its been 3 generations since the medical nanites were made mandatory. People stopped dying. Even if someone were to be decapitated simply placing their head near their body initiated auto repair. Children still grew into adults but stopped aging at their physical prime. Below is some of the unexpected side effects of this wonderful technology.

Bathrooms became obsolete.
The nanites break down body waste into its atomic components and reuses the atoms to maintain the body. Houses and buildings started being built without toilet facilities and many older homes had theirs removed.

Medical facilities became obsolete.
Nobody ever got sick anymore. Injuries were healed or prevented by the nanites immediately. Schools and universities closed worldwide. Pharmaceutical companies closed down and there was no need for doctors, nurses or and support personnel.

Funeral homes & cemeteries became obsolete.
Since nobody was dying anymore, there was no need for burial facilities.

Riskier lifestyles became the norm.
Since nanites controlled the pain threshold and make instantaneous body repairs, people were able to perform death defying acts on a regular basis. Personal protection devices and methods became obsolete. Not only could someone walk into a burning building they could jump from an airplane without a chute and work in space without a suit. Volcanologists would drink a solution and the nanites formed a heat barrier around their bodies allowing them to stand in volcano magma.

Reproduction became an lucrative business.
For two people to reproduce, both had to have the nanites reprogrammed to allow their bodies to manufacture the sperm & eggs. Worldwide population growth slowed to a trickle. Children were born with their own nanites and pregnancy only lasted for 5 months. Regional reprogramming facilities sprang up and prospered from the costs.

Explosion of arts.
With longer life came an increase in artistic talent. From drawing to dancing, expressionism became the new drive in people's lives. Great display halls were built and the music recording business failed. Each region had an army of performers that toured to represent them. World domination switched from a power base to a talent base. It was a great honor to be chosen to represent your region and it became the most coveted job in the world.

Explosion of technology.
With the increased creativity there was also a technology explosion. Space and ocean based facilities sprang up at an incredible rate. The Moon and Mars were populated and a new base is being built on Titan supported by the Jupiter/Saturn Mining Corporation. A great space port was constructed at the equator in the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. Cities sprang up in Antarctica and on the North Pole. High speed magnetic transportation systems were built that allowed worldwide travel in hours.

Personal farming became the standard.
Since the nanites only needed raw materials and very little of those, there was no need for a large food supply. People started eating once per month. Kitchens were removed from homes. Restaurants and grocery stores became obsolete. The nanites in saliva allowed you to consume anything your body needed by just placing your mouth against it. Don't worry, human nanites have protection protocols so you can still kiss your honey.

Wars became obsolete.
Since bodies heal instantaneously war and assaults no longer had any affect. Nanites could morph your body to form a hard protective shell or separate your parts to avoid excessive damage. The world's military forces were disbanded. Weapons were recycled.

Prisons became obsolete.
Using the reprogramming industry, deviant behavior was reprogrammed. Brain damage was repaired and personality disorders were diagnosed and therapy became the new society measure. Huge institutions grew worldwide and each community had their own team of therapists.

Religions became obsolete.
Aside from the few that chose to keep their religions there was no longer a reason to believe in an afterlife. Churches closed and all the drama, fighting and racism related to the opposing views died shortly after. People became content with life and pursued active productive lifestyles in harmony.

The world population is 9,864,799,331. There are 161,800 on the Moon and 78,064 on Mars. Another 50,270 in the outer reaches. We average 700 new souls per year and ZERO deaths.
 

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They're Not Here For Us

Our scientists never detected it until it was as close as Jupiter and slowing down. Strangely, It was coming in above the Solar Plane directly over the Sun. I guess we just weren't looking in the right direction. I mean, It was huge! Estimated to be one quarter the mass of the Sun. So huge that before long you could see it plainly in the daylight sky. It stopped advancing around the distance between Mercury and Venus but directly over the Sun.

The world gazed up at this intruder with frightful eyes. The shining bright rectangle to the east of our familiar star. For 3 weeks mankind questioned its purpose? Its origin? Some people hid in caves and underground shelters. Others went mad with fear. The scientific community agreed that a probe of some type must be launched to gather information on our new huge celestial partner. Eight months later, due to a worldwide pooling of resources the people of planet Earth readied the launch of our mechanical emissary.

The mission would take 4 years to get to the vicinity of the object. We gathered all the information we could with our ground and orbit based instruments. The only thing left was an up close and personal encounter. Eighteen months into the trip the craft went silent. It was still on its way but it was no longer sending back any data at all. Shortly after that the object started to change. You didn't need instruments to see what was happening, all it took was a look in the daylight sky.

You could see that the object was a sorta rectangle box and it was spinning slowly on its axis with the Sun. When the change started it looked like huge flower petals were opening on both ends. It resembled a huge glowing barbell in the sky. The petals opened for 23 days, extending out like a satellite dish on each end. Once both ends were open it stopped moving. What we had was the Sun with a huge glowing dumbbell beside it. Our visitor remained fixed for the next 144 days. Then all hell broke loose.

Suddenly, with no indication of an energy buildup or change in appearance, a huge beam of energy erupted from the end farthest from the Sun. It shot out into the Universe with incredible ferocity. The beam stayed on for 6 full months and it could be seen not only during the day but at night as well. Lighting up our atmosphere in a bright glow. Night turned almost day-like. Then as quickly as it started, it stopped. For the next 31 months it just remained with its barbells extended. Suddenly one day it closed back up.

Sixteen days after it closed our spacecraft started transmitting again. The pictures that were returned showed a giant rectangular box like thing with no indications of structures on the surface. It was smooth. The scientific communities worldwide analyzed the incoming data. It had signatures from the deepest detectable infrared to the fasted gamma. From the data, this thing was hotter than the Sun!

Five months later it changed yet again. This time, like last time, our spacecraft went silent but this time it opened in its midsection. Great spires erupted in all directions. They grew to different sizes at a multitude of angles. The sight in the sky resembled a spike ball with two boxes on either end. The spires grew for 46 days and stopped. Twenty three days later it pulsed something and a cloud could be seen dissipating around it.

The object hit the Earth at the equator in the Pacific Ocean. There was no sound, no shock-wave. Hell, you didn't even see it. It was Doppler that picked it up. Choppers were sent to investigate the area and the found a 2 meter hole in the ocean. The hole didn't refill with water? What the...? A probe was released into the hole and right before it crushed from the pressure it sent back data that there was a solid object located some 300 miles into the Earth. Shortly after that an intense bright beam emitted from the hole and the water closed back in.

The object beside the Sun then closed back up. It left our system shortly after that. Did they try to contact us? What is that object buried so deep in our planet? What does this all mean? During the next year there was great speculation on the strange visitor and the thing they put in the planet. We learned something very important exactly one year to the second from the day that object came to Earth.

One year, to the second, the object emitted a high end gamma pulse directed to the same spot where the Sun's strange companion was at. Its been 30 years since that first pulse but every year, on the second, it pulses again. We have now detected other pulses from celestial bodies in our Solar System as well. The Moon has its own pulse interval as does Venus and all the other planets, moons, asteroids and comets. We have tracked back on the pulses and have discovered millions of new bodies in our system. Asteroids with moons that have moons, comets that have never been detected because they are so distant and infrequent, even Pluto sized planetoids far out in the Oort Cloud. Everything and I do mean everything natural in our Solar System has a gamma signature being directed to that spot.

Our spacecraft, the one we sent so long ago to find out what our visitor was, well it sent back data that there is an object at the very spot where the huge object was. Right above the Sun. The Gamma beams reflect off that object and out into deep space.

The people of Earth are sure they are not alone. The best guess is that our Solar System has been mapped by some outside force. They didn't come to meet us. Its just a mapping program for some Universe Encyclopedia or something. I wonder if we will get tourists?
 

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The Morning Ride

"I'll be taking the new buck stallion out today. He's not quite broken enough for the ride into town. Ya wanna come along?" Jark said. Minnis looked around the stable spying Jira looking excited for a ride in her enclosure. Jira is such an easy ride it might be peaceful taking her out for some morning sunshine. "Sure, Let me saddle up Jira" Minnis replied.
The two quickly saddled up their animals and filled the ration packs for a morning ride. Jark took extra care not to spook Miller. Miller was a fine animal, best of breed. The trainers had some trouble getting him to lead and carry but now it was up to Jark for the fine tuning. Today will be about focus. Miller was stud material and Jira was his prize if he does well this month. His overpowering musk filled the barn making Jira prance with delight.
Minnis lead the two out into the pasture and onto the northern trail. The morning dew glistening on the trees and bushes giving sparkles of reflected light from the sun. At first, Jark had to constantly restrain Miller from Jira. His excitement for the mating making him hard to control. Jark and Minnis both knew that if Miller couldn't be tuned to control himself they would have to sell him to a breeder. In town he would try to breed with every female he encountered.
"Easy boy," Jark quietly soothed the beast. "Just a bit more control and you get your prize" He assured. Miller smiled and nodded to show understanding. Jark hesitantly moved his mount closer to Jira. Minnis felt Jira shudder and get warmer. Jira inched her stride closer to the buck stallion as they entered a clearing by the pond.
"This is good" claimed Jark. They dismounted and set up a small picnic by the water's edge. Miller, tied on one side and Jira pacing on the other. Their eyes were locked on each other. If there was no picnic separating them mating would have been fast and brutal. "Are you going to unleash Miller today, Jark?" Minnis asked. Jark nodded, "but not right away. I think we should sit and talk for a bit and see if he can develop some control", He added. Jark put some feed out for the animals while Minnis prepared the picnic food. A fresh salad of worms and grubs and some chilled knarna blood. It was low-budget Knarna Blood but since it all must be imported to this planet, still a treat. The animals enjoyed their cheeseburgers and fry fries. It was strange that these animals liked water, eww! And it had to be purified water, LOL.
All during the meal the beasts behaved. Jark and Minnis slowly removed the saddles and as soon as Miller was freed he ran to Jira. But... Instead of mounting her as expected, Miller wrapped his arms around her and started pressing his lips to her face.
In awe Minnis looked at Jark and said "Silly Humans"
 

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The Runners

I swear it was the strangest thing anyone ever saw. The craft was miles long and it came to Earth as slow as molasses. It stopped just over the African continent in Geo-synchronous orbit around 300 mile up. It looked like a giant shiny comb.
The craft paused for a few hours and then slowly turned till the tines of the comb were pointing at the planet. Then the tines began to grow, slowly. I noticed on the end of each tine was a small black ball. As the tines entered the atmosphere there was no fiery hot entry. They just advanced on the surface ever so slowly. As each ball got close to the surface it detached and fell the remaining 50 or so yards to the ground where it stuck, motionless for hours.
Now, I don't know about anyone else but this was freaking me out, man! The craft then slowly edged its way away from the planet never veering from its synchronicity with the weird black orbs. Orbs that were about the size of a one story cottage.
About 6 hours later the orbs opened to flat black combs with what looked like legs where the tines would be. Each orb had 20 or 30 legs and they started running around stepping on everything. It was comical to look at but a sense of foreboding over came me as these...things started moving out in a circular pattern. Some were stepping on plants other on animals. Water didn't deter them and they ran all over the place stepping on our world.
They expanded their running and soon they were in the oceans, in valleys and on the highest mountains. No place where they had been remained unstamped upon. Some plants and animals withstood their stepping while others laid flat and dead, buildings and roads held evidence of their passing as well. Luckily, Most of the people were able to get out of their way but those that didn't were flattened in a bloody pulp.

When the entire planet was ran upon, the main ship returned and gathered up the runners across the globe. Long tines would extend and the runners would just jump and ball and 'stick' to it and be carried back to the ship. Once all the runners were gathered back up the ship slowly left.

"What the Hell just happened!"
 

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The Laddership

The object appeared one clear July evening. A huge construct that filled the night sky from horizon to horizon.
For all intents and purposes it looked like a giant aluminum ladder stretched across the sky behind the Moon.
Scientists reported that it was a full 1 million miles beyond our Moon. Its length was reported as being 12 million miles long, 3 million miles wide and of very little mass. The Earth launched a probe to gather more information but as soon as the probe passed the Moon it was destroyed by some unseen, undetected force. Every probe after that met with the same fate.

Gazing up at our new companion we could see the Moon passing in front of this object with extreme clarity. We could see the shadow of the Moon and track it rung by rung. The object never moved, never drifted but stayed in an exact position relative to our planet. For 17 years it never wavered, opened, released anything or shifted its position. Then it just winked out of existence without fanfare.

Probes were sent to the area but found nothing. Human life on this planet has never been the same after that Laddership appeared. SETI was refunded and there was a huge surge of support for space exploration. New religions surfaced, old religions died out. There was speculation all over the planet as to the nature of this object.
Since it appeared and disappeared with no signs of propulsion, science pushed into new areas. Scans were disseminated to look for radiation signals or spectral mass analysis to determine if we could locate its point of origin but nothing was revealed.

After a few years of debate our top minds declared the 5 scenarios and set forth to explore them.
1. The object was some type of projection
2. The object had some type of stealth technology
3. The object warped/worm-holed
4. The object was trans-dimensional
5. Something of unknown technology
 

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The Communicant

So, there I was sitting on the back of my truck one summer evening on the beach enjoying a beer and the beautiful starry sky. Out in the distance I saw a depression in the surf and it was coming towards me. It looked like a beach ball was being pushed towards me rather quickly but there was no ball? When the depression hit the beach sand it disappeared and I felt a pressure on my face. My eyes focused to a very tiny metallic object floating right in front of my nose. It just hovered there for a few seconds until it sped to the side of my head.
I felt a pressure on my eardrum and suddenly I heard a clicking, whiling whizzing noise inside my head. I swatted at my ear but the sound remained.
After about 5 minutes of this noise I heard a tinny voice echo in my brain.
"This is your final warning" it started. "You are in violation of the sector space code. Cease and desist all space-bound maneuvers immediately or we will be forced to take appropriate action." It continued.
Well, I threw down my beer and shook my head. Afraid that I was losing my mind the voice continued. "You will take us to..." and an image popped into my mind. It was Cape Canaveral, The launch pads. "We will communicate with your commander." it continued to say.
Well, I knew that NASA was just a few miles from this beach but how would I ever convince anyone to let me enter the site? For that matter, Why am I even considering this?
I got in my truck thinking I need a shower and some sleep, boy is this gunna be a bad hangover. As I looked down at my key I saw the key ring move slightly and it turned by itself. My truck started up by itself?!
When I pulled onto the beach highway my truck went towards NASA even tho I lived in the opposite direction. I thought I was turning towards home but my arms did the opposite? Oh, felgercarb! This is going to be one helluva hangover! My truck auto-drove itself thru me until I reached the gate for NASA Headquarters.
At the gate I was confronted by the guard asking for my pass and ID.
I heard myself speaking but I couldn't understand the meaning of what I was saying. I recall a large string of numbers and letters and a few sounds that I had no idea I could utter. The guard returned to his shack and I saw him pick up a phone. A few minutes later the barricade lifted and my truck continued its coarse. It came to rest at the Administration building where three very serious white coats and two armed guards met me as I exited my truck.
I was escorted into a room that was covered in mirrors with a projector thingy in the center. It looked like something out of a planetarium.
I heard a voice on the speakers that stated they were ready and in my reflection I saw my eyes light up brilliantly. There was no pain or discomfort and I could still see clearly as the room transformed into a vista of stars. In the center mass of the star field I saw a greenish line faintly glowing at first, within this irregular circle of green there were perhaps 10,000 or so stars. The vista advanced on the one side of the green perimeter towards a single jagged edge. Just outside the edge of the green line I saw a grouping of 20 or so stars. The view advance on those in particular the stars in the center of the grouping. As the view advanced, only one star became visible and it had hundreds of small points of light around it. The view advanced closer to one small point and I started to recognize the Earth and the Moon. The view paused just over the Earth. Brilliant red dots appeared all over the globe as it rotated. On each of the mirrors I noticed places with technology being shown from elevation. One of those pictures was of This NASA installation.
I heard a chirping and buzzing noise in my infected ear and the room's loudspeakers came to life. That same tinny voice I hear in my head was now on the loudspeakers blasting number & letter strings and some kind of legal code. I remember sensing it saying. "You have one star day to comply". Well, everyone knows that our sun rotates once every 27 days. We have 27 days to comply with what?
On the mirrors around me the view started moving. It crashed towards the ground at incredible speed and continued to move not in distance but in scale. On one mirror I saw a spider grow to huge proportions and on that spiders leg hair there was a tiny speck of metallic sheen that got larger and larger. The speck turned into a dot then a structure started to grow in view. Each of the mirrors depicted the same type of structure but at that site. Soon the view was of a craft of some type. The mirror views stopped advancing and each one shown a craft similar to all the others.
Suddenly the entire room went white. The flash blinded me and as my sight started to slowly recover I saw a planet of unknown origin. It was green with splotches of blue and grey dotting its entirety. Across the room, a magnified view of one of these tiny craft was shown. It pulsed once and a yellow wave of energy traveled from it to the planet in a matter of seconds. When the yellow wave met the planet it passed through the planet effortlessly breaking the planet into dust.
That's when I passed out...
 

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Alien Chocolate

Back when ET phoned home it wasn't the Reese's Pieces that became the big hit in the galaxy, It was the Chocolate. When he left he managed to return with a sample that was studied and remanufactured.
A huge and lucrative business was created in this galaxy all based on our confection.
Well, I happened to get a sample of the Alien Chocolate and let me tell you. It looks like chocolate, It smells like chocolate but the taste is just terrible. Hopefully no alien race will taste real chocolate because if they do we will be invaded and robbed.
Keep a close eye on your chocolate. If you see some not under guard, buy it and hide it. I'm serious, Don't mess around with this. The only sure way to remove the threat is to eat all chocolate as soon as you find it. Do your part to help Save the Planet from Alien Invasion.

This is a public service announcement.
 

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Primer, One, Two, Three

Of the 650 candidates that started Primer nine years ago, I am one of five that were selected. My first three years were at the Gulf of St Lawrence Facility off the coast of Newfoundland. My second was in the South Pacific between Santa Cruz and Santiago Island. My Final Primer was spent at the Gulf of Mexico Delta Facility just South of New Orleans.
Nine years of rigorous training, education and endurance testing has landed me in this small room awaiting the three capsules that will change my life, and everyone else's lives, Forever. Locked away under the highest security in the Sky Tower in Barcelos, Amazonas , South America, I ponder my fate and the promises made that lead me to volunteering for Primer.

The door to my chamber swooshes open and in walks a tall shapely black haired woman with a tray. On the tray is a glass of ice water and she places the tray before me on the table and walks out. Next to the water is the capsule for Step One. About the size of a small tootsie roll, black in color, I notice a bright white line glowing around it's center. I pick it up and swallow it as I was instucted during my training. Finishing the water, I sat and waited for something to happen. Nothing. Aside from the feeling of being full from the water, I felt no changes.
After around 20 minutes or so I noticed a fullness in my head. Almost like a sinus pressure but so insignificant.
I have heard of candidates that have went insane from the Step One Black Pill of Death but I felt just fine.
Soon, a team of doctors rolled in carts and started taking my vitals, Looking into my eyes, ears, nose and mouth I heard under-breath comments like..."no blood from this one"..."I think it took"..."Wow"...
They gathered up their equipment and evacuated the room. I could feel their excitement as the room emptied leaving just me sitting there waiting for Step Two.

After a few minutes the same black haired woman returned with another tray and another glass of water. On the tray next to the water laid the infamous Step Two capsule. This time the glass of water was tepid. I picked up the Widowmaker. This capsule has claimed the lives of everyone who has attempted to consume it. Black in color, it had a glowing red line around it's middle. I swallowed it and the water, expecting to die. But I didn't die. Not ten minutes later I felt full in every part of my being. Not only was I not hungry, my flesh felt full, almost like a blood pressure cuff in reverse. My mind and soul felt full, like it was difficult to contain all the brain activity inside me. My mind was racing. I reviewed all nine years of primer in a matter of seconds. Every feeling, instruction and even balance coordination flooded into consiousness.

The team of doctors returned with even more elaborate equipment. They plugged me up to a body EEG! They were measuring the brain activity in my toe? Primer got my body and state of mind ready for this. I just had no idea how much they didn't know. After a good two hours of flash cards, questions and coordination tests they exited the room again.

Seven minutes and 41 seconds later Bonnie returned with the final pill. I sensed her fear thru her protective suit. She placed the tray on the table and hurried out of the room. This time there was no glass of water. This final capsule was wrapped in a foil pouch and I tore it open and a glowing white capsule landed on the table before me. It had no stripes and as it laid there I got a sense of it dematerializing so I picked it up.
When my fingers touched the capsule I felt my fingers absorbing it. I didn't need water because the capsule and my fingers were becoming one.
I felt a wave of warmth flow thru my body. That pressure I felt inside from the prior Step began subsiding. My head cleared and my thoughts became organized and clear. I knew exactly where I was both in Time and in Space. I could feel my awareness expanding faster than I could have ever imagined. Not only did I 'feel' the facility and every thing inside I was starting to 'feel' the entire planet and everything upon it. I now understood exactly what the Primer, One, Two, Three was about.

The Primer was preparation for understanding the root knowledge of mankind. It subjected my body to extremes and focused my abilities. It honed my coordination.
Step One was the AI nanosystem being introduced to my body. It not only set up operations in my brain, it became part of every molecule of my body.
Step Two was the introduction of the nano-assemblers and disassemblers. It facilitated the construction of more assemblers within my cells.
The Final Step, The Glowing White Capsule was the activating agent. The additional energy needed to spark jump the assemblers into active control. The interface, if you will, for allowing my will to direct the AI matrix to control the assembler saturation and function.

As a simple test I decided to absorb the table. I rearranged the atoms to become a personal sheild. Immediately I sensed fear among the scientists watching me from the monitors. I heard the doors lock and saw metal walls come down all round the room. I felt..."How do we contain it?"..."Nobody has ever survived phase two"..."What if he gets out?"...
I spoke to the minds, "I am no threat to you". "Let me show you."
I reached out and disolved the metal covering, the door and stepped into the hallway. I saw bullets slowly moving towards me and disolved those as well. "Don't be afraid" I said to the minds. "I will not hurt you."
 
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Tastes Like Fruit Juice

In the 47th Century we finally found a planet within our means that harbored life.
We went there expecting to inhabit the planet as our own. There were no advanced intelligent species inhabiting this world but the animals became a staple for all humans.
Seems the animal life on this planet has blood that tastes like fruit juice.
We have become Vampires!
 

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The mining ships arrived in the early 27th century. Our forces had no impact on their technology.
Starting on the ocean floors they stripped away the Earth's crust down to the mantle. Sea levels dropped, weather turned extreme and life began to wane.
The miners then began to harvest the land masses. Whole cities and all the people left within them got scraped up into the giant machines. As the mantle was exposed great volcanoes and earthquakes occurred.
By the end of the 27th century all the crust had been stripped from the planet. Nothing was left alive.
The Mars colonists were the only human beings in existence.
They weren't mining for minerals. They eat organic material. The Earth's crust was a rich supply of billions of years of organic material. Lime, oil and coal were like candy to them. Plants and animal were like energy bars when mixed with rich topsoil.
Humans never named them and the Mars colonists only saw the end of days reports on their monitors.
Would those strange harvesters come to Mars?
There was a new fear in the human condition. Fear of extinction.
 

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Moffat Port

I arrived on the early air shuttle flight in the little town of Moffat, Colorado just as the sun was rising. My luggage was heavy as I boarded the bus to Moffat Port. My excitement grew as we approached the gate. There wasn't much to see really. Just a few large buildings scattered here and there. We passed a McDonalds and a Steakhouse, not much traffic and few people around. The bus pulled into a terminal that was well lit and bustling. I disembarked and a purser met me and loaded my bags onto an electric cart.
The terminal was huge. There were buses and trucks parked at the many docks around the perimeter of the building. The sound of loading and unloading was almost deafening. I logged in and had my luggage sent to my new quarters. Being a Launch Inspector gave me a very comfortable residence and lots of personal amenities. I signed for my cart and proceeded to Launch Central.

Launch Central was hot and noisy. I looked around and said some hellos and went up to the Inspector's Station.
From my control pane I had a full view of every station and all the displays. My control pane allowed me to zoom in on any one station or I could select multiple stations. I noticed that when I selected a station the technicians voice burped over the speakers. Again, I said some hellos and got the usual welcomes and salutations.
On the surface behind me was a glowing map of the facility. The pane allowed me to drill down to individual control panels, zoom into track data and examine sensor status. I programmed some quick sets and sat down in my comfortable leather chair. The next launch was in 2 hours, my first launch. I pulled up the director's office and reported in. I then dialed in my last command and reported the transfer complete, my replacement was busy with his first slow-boat launch. I let him work, knowing that people's lives were in his hands. So glad to be out of that stress. Nobody dies from a Moffat Launch.

I guess I should tell you about this facility. It's the newest one and the only facility that is for freight only.

Moffat Port is a privately owned freight launch facility. It also has a recovery port for its launch containers.
It has support buildings above surface but most of the facility is underground. The launch rail is 15 miles long and exits the ground on the west southwest slope of Gibson Peak. There is a Sled Recovery Facility on the mouth of the rail.
Freight (metal components, support hardware, food, water, oxygen, personal items, and anything needed at the International Space Platform) is loaded into specially designed containers. These containers are loaded onto one of five launch sleds and secured with magnetic locks. The launch rail is a 15 mile long electromagnetic rail that propels the sled to no less than 17,500 mph. The Sled Recovery Facility stops the sled magnetically and the container exits the rail tube. As the speed of the container decreases, its on-board systems fire its booster rockets to achieve a designated high orbit.
Once in orbit, the platform jockeys capture the sled and deliver its contents to the platform. The jockeys then send the container back to us which we retrieve and reuse.
My job is to make sure it all goes according to plan.

But it didn't!
 

Tom

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The Sub-Atomic Age

In the late 21st century mankind discovered how to tap the sub-atomic energies of atomic forces. Energy generation became obsolete as well as the need for wires and batteries. Electronic devices got smaller and lighter. Heat became an energy product that was used to create horsepower. Gravity was controllable and used for more than levitation and propulsion.

This discovery was born from the explosion in nano-technology. Its impact rivaled the creation of the wheel, the discovery of fire and the taming of the nuclear age. It was a new era for mankind that we now reap the benefits from.

Physicists discovered that the forces that controlled the atomic structures had patterns that could be manipulated. That energy could be conserved and harnessed for any purpose at the atomic level. That's why we now have devices that require no external energy source. The devices are powered by the forces within the atoms that make up the device.

Research showed that certain sub-atomic particles like the famous lepton and mu were directly affected by gravitational forces. So much so, that they could be ganged together to attract or repel other forces. This effect could be permanent like our atomic adhesive or managed for many of our mechanical constructs. It was just a matter of combining the correct atomic elements in the correct patterns.

The Phare Computing System was created shortly after that. Your cognative implants are based on that old PCS that allows you to comprehend this class. At 16 months you are able to comprehend at higher levels than most people at the age of 50 years back in the 21st century.

You are probably wondering why this class is needed now? History teaches us the forgotten skills that created our world today. Without the understanding of what was our ability to create the 'what will be' is stagnated.

In a few moments I will initiate the pulse. Your next class will be Food: Absorbing The Right Nutrients for Your Body with Miss Willis.
 

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The Farnwell Experiment

Back in 2015 Dr. Jules Farnwell conducted a quantum energy experiment on subject "Tom". Now, 11 years later, "Subject Tom" stands as proof to the next step in human evolution.

Dr. Farnwell used quantum energy to split subject Tom into two separate entities, Tom.5 1 and Tom.5 2.
The 10 year Tom.5 experiment verified the cohesion of quantum particles in a living substrate. Below is a listing of some of the notable conditions observed.

* Tom.5 1 (primary) and Tom.5 2 (secondary) were housed in identical rooms, with identical furnishings and amenities. Recording equipment ran 24/7 for 10 years logging every move both parties made.

** Shortly after separation both subjects were weak and frail. The primary subject (original subject Tom) was given supplements and medical treatment while the secondary subject was afforded no such medical assistance. Dr. Farnwell discovered by treating the primary subject, the secondary subject responded with the exact same results.

1. Stimulus applied to the primary was reflected simultaneously by the secondary.
2. Movements were simultaneous for both subjects exactly.
3. When one subject was removed from the room, the other immediately fell asleep and would not wake until the removed subject reentered their room.
4. Hair growth and bodily function were mimicked. When one subject shaved the other subject's facial hair diminished and slowed growth.
5. Vitality in both subjects increased over the course of the 10 year observation/experiment.

*** Both subjects were cataloged according to intelligence, physical endurance/strength and coordination. They were found to be exactly the same.

During the 11th year, Dr. Farnwell initiated a quantum combining pulse that reconstituted subject Tom.5 1 and Tom.5 2 into one being again. Results were astonishing. Tom1.0.2 was the same person but Twice as strong, Twice as intelligent and Twice as coordinated.
Tests are revealing that Tom 2.0 is able to process food better and requires less of it. The subject can lift 500 lbs repeatedly and can effortlessly memorize anything he sees, hears or smells and verbally recite the details. The subject has also demonstrated the ability to balance effortlessly on any structure.
Tom 2.0 has agreed to another 10 years of testing and experiments in the name of science.

Barring catastrophic failure this stands to be a landmark discovery for the human race. Dr. Farnwell currently has 4 "other" experiments 'in process' with various animal and plant subjects. He is finding that by 'fine tuning' the split experiences he can recombine subjects to predetermined abilities that exceed the limitations of the original. The degree of enhancement is directly related to the duration of the split.

This summary is from the The Journal of Chemical Physics 1,191,3465 (2026)
 

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A Year At 22 Inches

This is the accounting of Major Timothy Barnard's isolation accident at Way-Point Station.

Major "Tim" Barnard was selected for the annual resupply mission to the Mars Way-Point Station. It was not supposed to be a year long mission. His story of the harrowing event reminds us that space is very unforgiving.

His equipment and calm in the face of catastrophic events brought him home with no adverse effects.

As you know, the Way-Point Station resupply missions are a 1 person job. The six month mission is made possible by the use of the Nano620 Lifesuit and the Fission Drive "Mule' Sled. The average payload is 500 Tons of supplies and parts that is delivered to asteroid 936 for Mars resupply.

Tim admits that the 'accident' was entirely his human malfunction and not, I repeat, NOT an equipment malfunction. His recounting in this PSA transmission is to reinforce your training to always be on your game during any mission.

Everything was working according to procedure until I docked with the station. My lapse in judgement is the sole reason I was stranded for a full year until the next mission arrived. My advice is to Pay Attention To What You Are Doing At All Times!
After I docked the Mule I noticed one of the straps on the cargo hatch was not fully secure. Had I followed my training there would never had been any problem but thinking that I could save myself a few hours I untethered from the mule and reached out to secure the strap free-handed. THAT was my mistake.
When I reached out I inadvertently let go of my hand-hold on the mule. When I started to float free I panicked and missed my hold on the strap. My slight momentum moved me away from the structure ever so slightly. I needed to purchase a mere 3 inches of space to reach safety but no matter what I tried I could not get myself closer. Without access to the Mule's radio interface I couldn't even call for help. I was stuck, floating in space, millions of miles from anyone that could assist me. Only my Lifesuit keeping me from sure death.
I checked the OSD of my lifesuit status and it read optimal. I was never so happy to know that my nano suit would keep me alive indefinitely but that happiness was surpassed by the thought of floating away in space forever. I considered attempting to rip my suit to expel pressure but one of the qualities of the suit is that it reacts to external stimuli to keep the occupant in optimal health. It would not have ripped even if I tried. The only way to exit the suit is to completely power down at which time my body would be exposed to space and I still would be no closer to a hand-hold.
Hours led to days which led to weeks then months. The only change was that I was moving slowly, agonizingly slowly, away from the long sought hand-hold.
When Bob (Major Bob Fortenac) finally arrived with the next shipment I had drifted a full 22 inches away from the mark. Bob dropped his cargo and used his mule to bump me back to my control station on my mule.
We conversed while I followed procedure to secure the wayward strap on my cargo and we had a wonderful time during our journey home.
Despite our advanced technology and wonderful gadgets I will never make another delivery without a Propulp again. In addition, I load my suit with more than enough media to keep me entertained indefinitely.
Always follow procedure and stay on the moment. It only takes one bad move for things to go really bad.

Thank You Major Barnard.

Pro-Pulps are now being issued for all space missions.
Download Pro-Pulp Handling and Use ver# 1.0.263.b from the Mission Database before your next run.
And always...Pay Attention!
 

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cMNi Breakthru!

Spokesperson from Pioneer/BASF Laboratories has announced IsoFilm.
This flexible spray can be used to isolate MN effects on a variety of surfaces
including liquids and some gasses.
With its low cost and adaptive materials we will see wide-spread use within the year.


As you already know, Sandia National Laboratories developed the Mass Nullification Field during the mid 21st century. Over the 72 years of testing; Twice, Thrice and Quatra elements were made from Core Elements and are now in wide use around the globe. The main problem with MN technology has been that it can only be used in a controlled vacuum environment as evident from the many MN Element factories worldwide.

Mankind has been dreaming of anti-gravity technology for hundreds of years. Pioneer/BASF Labs has brought those dreams to a reality with IsoFilm. It is impossible to control gravity but with MN fields we can remove the mass from a substance within that field. Till now, there has never been a way to isolate the effect from other objects nearby. cMNi stands for Controlled Mass Nullification Isolation. IsoFilm is a spray that is flexible and creates a barrier to the MN Field. It applies like paint and can be added to manufacturing processes like pigments.

The mixture contains both core and thrice elements with a quatra activator. The precise mixture ratios and process is secret. Remember that Thrice elements are core elements like carbon that has been subjected to MN fields and displaced during deactivation sequence three times; Carbon3 (C3), Tungsten2 (W2), Lead4 (Pb4) and so on. Your ocular implants are constructed from quatra elements.

Light-Lift Corporation, a subsidy of Sandia National Laboratories, has developed a portable field unit. Printing sequences will be available online later this year. Using Light-Lift's PFU and IsoFilm you will be able to effectively render nearly any object weightless. You attach the PFU to a sled, spray the IsoFilm on it all and activate the field using a remote. Levitation fans allow you to set the desired height and control direction. There is no weight limit.

NTA (National Transportation Association) has already approved both commercial and private conveyance construction. Plans are being drawn for a city platform (our first ever floating city).
 
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Mother Seeder 221

Perseus Arm Colonization Project
Star: 1125330
Planet: 4
Moons: 1
Gravity: 1.0:1.0006 E
Radiation: .09:1.0 E
Biosphere: 1.50:1.0 E
Technology: 0.0:1.0 E
Length of Day: 1.008:1.0 E
Length of Year: 1.089:1.0 E
Seasons: 3


Initiate Colony 7 Protocol
Colonists: 500
Flora: Teleport specimens and seeding to related bio-regions
Fauna: Teleport specimens to related bio-regions
Initiate colonist memory restoration
Initiate colonist planetary simulation
Transport colony hardware to colony regions
Initiate transportation corridor clearing between colony regions
Transport automatons to colonies
Erect colony perimeter defenses
Erect communications facilities
Erect space production facilities
Erect support facilities
Teleport colonists to colonies
Monitor progress for 1 year


Proceed to next habitable planet to establish Colony 8 Protocol

The Perseus Arm Colonization Project is mankind's effort to seed the near galactic arm with human colonies.

Mother is a giant computer that is essentially a giant transporter buffer ship that is AI controlled.
It seeks out habitable planets to seed colonies. Currently, there has been seven planet seedings in 70,000 Earth years.

There are 500 Mother Seeders dispersed throughout the Orion Arm, The Perseus Arm and the Sagittarius Arms. Each Mother Seeder carries a cross section of Earth's biosphere in each of its buffers. The colonist count per seeding ranges from 500 to 1,000 humans. The flora and fauna survivability is assessed and selected based on its survivability to the new planet's biosphere.

The Mother Seeders have no life support facilities, no corridors or living compartments, no warehouses or factories. They are essentially massive computer systems. Everything is transported into their buffers and held until a suitable planet is found.
When a suitable planet is located, The patterns are materialized directly to their destinations. Construction is done via AI controlled nano-assemblers on the planet surface.

The human and animal essence is preserved by a simulated program within the buffer that mimics different factors related to the specimen. For humans, different civilization programs initiated creates the impression of multiple lifespans at different technological and civilization levels. As one expires (dies) a new simulated lifespan is created.

Upon deployment, Mother initiates a functional environment related to the planet that the individual will be colonizing. When Teleported to the surface the colonist will have working knowledge of their environment and the change is undetectable. Part of the conditioning is full knowledge of the facts of the mission and understanding of the mission.

The humans know they are being placed on a new planet. They know they have been in a simulation and that they are entering reality again. They know that they will be monitored for 1 year. They also know that after that year, Mother will proceed to its next destination, never to return.

But, something went wrong this time and Mother didn't catch it. Some of the colonists essence was transferred into the lower animal bodies.
Some of the animal essence was transferred into human bodies.
 
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