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help_wanted_the_story [2015/11/19 11:14]
einarpetersen [ETA 27 min. and counting.]
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-The large ship which could carry more than 15.000 ​inhabitants was like a small island in spaceonboard there was everything civilization needed to survive.+The large ship that could carry over 5500 inhabitants was like a small island in space onboard there was everything civilization needed to survive. ​
  
-The final preparations ​had gone on for a couple of months now, everything had to be in place, biospheres, laboratories,​ though ​the planned museum of the human race had been deleted from the list of things crammed into the immense bulkhead, replaced by a virtual museum in a CUBE crystal storage.+The final preparations for the big test were in progress now. Steiner was amazed about the diligence on display. Technicians crossed his and Mai Li’s paths as they strolled through ​the biosphere areas. The eco systems ​had been operational for two months now and conditions seemed optimal. Mai Li had been inspecting ​the adjoining laboratories but that was not what impressed Steiner ​the most
  
-The exterior of the ship was covered with a thick polymer alloy capable of withstanding radiationas well as other energy charges. Exposed ​to radiation, violent energy bursts like high intensity laser beams or any other charges for that sake, it deflected it in a plasmatic reaction.  +His complete fascination was caught by the educational facilities, to imagine they had crammed the entire produced works and feats of the human race into the CUBE crystal storage placed neatly ​in a work pad which lay nonchalantly tossed on a desk in the auditorium
-Inside ​the polymer alloy coating there was the immensely strong bulkhead capable to withstand serious collisions.+
  
-The antennas and guns sticking out all over the ship made it look like a giant porcupine, a fact that had gotten the ship builders to name it after this odd looking animal.+The entire knowledge of mankind in the palm of your hand… Now that’s information at your fingertips.
  
-Mai Li and Steiner ​were sitting in Takahashis quarters with him.+Mai Li took Steiner’s hand as he dreamily let his gaze sweep across the viewscreen that was showing the exterior of the ship was.
  
-"I see you are wearing rings, she finally got you, huh!", Takahashi said.+The hulk was covered in some sort of polymer alloy that was capable of withstanding high radiation doses as well as repelling or dispersing other energy charges and then there were the antennas sticking out all over the ship making it so similar to a giant porcupine that the ship builders had decided to name the craft The Porcupine.
  
-"Got me, well If you put it that way, but I still think I was the one who got her", Steiner said and blinked toward her.+A good while later Mai Li and Steiner were sitting in Takahashis quarters.
  
-They laughed and talked for while about Takahashis assignment as Chief Engineer aboard the Porcupine+"I see you are wearing rings” Takahashi said with smile fondling his own bare finger “She finally got you, huh!", he added giving Steiner an elbow.
  
-"So have the engines been thoroughly tested then", Steiner ​asked+"Got me, well you could put it that way. But I still think I was the one who picked her, in the first place anyway", Steiner ​said and blinked toward her.
  
-"Well, only on a smaller scale, since the first human piloted tests a couple of drones have been out and backthe images haven'been released yet, but I expect they will be as we leave. I guess it has something to do with avoiding to much public fuzz about the technology before we get it thoroughly tested. But let me tell you this, it'​s ​beautiful universe that's out there"​. +They laughed ​and talkedSteiner couldn’remember such a good time in company ​with his friend for very long time.
-"Do you have any idea how the whole thing works?",​ Mai Li asked.+
  
-"Well it's a bit complex to explain", ​Takahashi said wondering about how to explain it properly.+“So Mr. Chief Engineer aboard the Porcupine. Have the engines been thoroughly tested then", ​Steiner asked.
  
-"Try to imagine that time is like a rubber sheet, ​on or perhaps in it we place the spaceship, okay?",​ "First we create a distortion of space-time which produces an expansion behind the ship, that means we stretch the sheet, as we do so we also create an opposite contraction ahead of it, thus we are pulled in our chosen direction by space time itself",​ as Takahashi said this his gaze swept across the room.+Takahashi blew on the golden insignia and polished ​it with his sleeve “Wellonly during basic flight mode. The only craft with FTL drives have been our drones”.
  
-"The best part of it all is that, while you as an observer would register ​the ship as exceeding ​the speed of light, I as a traveler would never have to do that". Mai Li and Steiner ​were both sitting mesmerized by his speech, both listening intensely as he unveiled the wonders of the universe.+“Is that including Clinton’s flight?”Steiner asked somewhat amused. Once again an ape got the honor of representing ​the human species under the most dangerous circumstances. Not that humans ​were too far removed from that developmental plateau.
  
-Takahashi went on explaining more about the principles ​of the craft while his listeners were drawn in to the complex webs weaved of time and space.+“Yup, who is fine by the way! Not showing any signs of side effects”, Takahashi said with a big smile.
  
-"So what you're saying ​is that the ship has two powerful emitters that each produce ​field that actually distorts time itself"​Steiner said with disbelief.+“That Clinton ​is a sturdy fellow. Won’t let anyone or anything dethrone him. He sure is the King of FTL Traveling. Must be enjoying his piloting career tremendously”Mai Li stated.
  
-"Yes isn't it beautiful, it's so....so simple, I wished I was the one who figured it out", Takahashi ​said dreamily, "In all the history of man there are so few who will be remembered",​ "But let me tell you one thingthe name Alcubierre will be forever connected to FTL Technology as Einstein'​s is to relativity"​.+“Definitely”, Takahashi ​replied still smiling “Oh by the way… I wish you could see the pictures… damn shame I haven’t got any hardcopies”he added sliding an envolope ​to Steiner.
  
-"​We'​ll if it can bring me back and forth without to much fuzz I don't really care how it works", ​Steiner ​laughed.+Steiner ​winked at the technician, the room probably wasn’t bugged but one never knew. Walls sometimes did have ears.
  
-"Come one, it's fascinating"​, Mai Li intervened, "Just think that until late in the twentieth century, only dreamers dared challenge the speed limit of Light",​ "And now less than half a century later, we will travel to the Stars, at our own leisure",​ she stared the poster on the wall with dreaming eyes, it was depicting a comet with it's bright tail at full length crossing the inner rim of the solar system.+“Why haven’t they released them yet?”, Mai Li inquired.
  
-"Wanna take a look around?", ​Takahashi ​asked.+Takahashi ​pondered for a while before answering “Dunno really but I expect they will be as we leave. I suspect that the management wants to avoid to much public fuss. You know about the technology and all that before we get everything thoroughly tested”.
  
-Mai Li turned her head and looked at Steiner, she raised her shoulders as to signal why not"Okay, we're game", Steiner said and got up from the bunk. +“Understandably”,​ Mei Li said and nodded. ​Steiner ​was about to disagree but Mai Li beat him“Honey I know you hate the cloak and dagger tacticsWe do need complete ​transparency… on all levelsbut it is not perfect world. Not yet at least!”.
-The tour was almost ​complete, ​and as they walked down one of the many corridors connecting the main parts of the ship voice crackled over the intercom, "All visitors please go to the exit gates, this ship is to be cleared of unassigned personnel ​at 2200 hr'​s"​.+
  
-Steiner ​looked at his wrist"​Nearly 21:30, looks like the tour is over huh!"+Steiner ​nodded “But we are getting closer though aren’t we?”he asked.
  
-They started walking toward one of the lift'swhich would bring them down to the disembarkment zone.+“Thankfully we are”Takahashi agreed.
  
-"Did you notice the tense look on everybody'​s face in the engine compartment", ​Mai Li askedas they got nearer to the lift.+Mai Li simply nodded in silent agreement how she wished Steiner would be allowed to see that perfect world he yearned for. She hated seing him torn between his ideals and duty. There was no kinder soul than her wonderfulwonderful Steiner
  
-"Sure didbut hey it's her maiden voyage, I think we got right to be a bit nervous, don't you?", Takahashi asked.+So trusting and simple. No malice whatsoeverjust strong sense of justice. The flying corpse could ask for nothing better.
  
-"Well I guess you do", Mai Li ackwnoledged.+"Do you have any idea how the whole FTL thing works?", Mai Li asked curiously.
  
-The corridor came to an endthey had arrived at the lift, "So big guy you're staying here", Takahashi said.+“Huh…”Takahashi ​had allowed himself to be engulfed in the idea of transparency
  
-"Yeah, I wouldn'​t paddle around in a barge like this one", Steiner ​said, Mai Li's elbow wasn't hard but firm.+“FTL… how does it work you dope”, Steiner ​queried with the most comical expression on his face.
  
-Steiner spread his arms, "Do I have to", Takahashi ​asked with a twitch in his face. "There is no escape",​ Steiner ​said and gave him a tremendous hug while giving him a good padding on the back.+“Aah… well it's a bit complex", Takahashi said wondering about how he could best explain ​the concept properly.
  
-"Wish I was coming with you though"​Steiner said as he let go.+"Try to imagine that time is like a rubber sheeton or perhaps in the sheet we place the spaceship, okay?"
  
-"I wouldn'​t have you here", "​Besides they need the best instructors back here if we find anythingand you got  responsibilities now!", Takahashi ​replied looking at Mai Li.+"First we create a distortion of space-time which produces an expansion behind ​the ship, that means we stretch the sheetas we do so we also create an opposite contraction ahead of the ship. Thus we are pulled in our chosen direction by space time itself", Takahashi ​said triumphantly allowing his gaze to sweep from Mai Li to Steiner before the grand finale.
  
-She looked down slightly and put her hand on her stomach, it felt wonderfully hot and vibrant.+"And the best part is that while you as an observer would register the ship as exceeding the speed of light I as a traveler would never have to do that! Thus I do not violence the theory of relativity "
  
-Steiner ​pressed ​the lift button ​and put his hand on Mai Li's shoulder, "We really have to leave now, I don't want to miss the countdown",​ he said.+Mai Li and Steiner ​were mesmerized by the Chief Engineers speech ​and were listening intensely as Takahashi unveiled ​the wonders of FTL traveling.
  
-"​I ​know", Mai Li paused before ​she continiued, "Give my regards to Jo Ann will you", ​as she finished the sentence ​single ​tear trailed ​it'​s ​way down her cheek.+Takahashi went on explaining even more about the principles of the craft all while his listeners were drawn in to the complex webs weaved of time and space. 
 + 
 +"So what you're saying is that the ship has these powerful emitters that produce a field that actually distorts time itself",​ Steiner said with disbelief in his voice. 
 + 
 +"Yes isn't it beautiful, it's so....so simple. ​wish I was the one who figured it out", Takahashi said dreamily. 
 + 
 +Takahashi looked intensely at his guests “In all the history of man there are very few who will be remembered. But let me tell you one thing. The name Alcubierre will be forever connected to FTL Technology as Albert Einstein'​s name is to relativity"​. 
 + 
 +"Well if the craft can bring me back and forth, without to much fuss, I don't really care how the whole thing works",​ Steiner laughed. 
 + 
 +"Come one, its fascinating", Mai Li intervened "Just think that until late in the twentieth century, only dreamers dared challenge the speed limit of light and now less than half a century later  we will travel to the Stars", ​she stared the poster on Takahashi’s wall with dreaming eyes. The poster was depicting a comet boasting a bright tail crossing the inner rim of the solar system. 
 + 
 +They talked for what seemed like hours when suddenly a voice broke in over the intercom. 
 + 
 +“All visitors please head for the nearest exit. The ship is to be cleared of unassigned personnel at 2200 hours"​. 
 + 
 +Steiner looked at his wrist "​Nearly 21:30looks like the visit is over huh!" 
 + 
 +“Does…”,​ Takahashi answered saddened by the inevitable farewell. 
 + 
 +They left Takahashis quarters and headed for a lift that would bring them down to the disembarkment zone. 
 + 
 +On their way they passed technicians and relatives all wearing tense faces some were even in tears but finally the corridors came to an end and the company had arrived at the lift. 
 + 
 +“So big guy you're staying here huh?", Takahashi said. 
 + 
 +"Yeah, I wouldn'​t paddle around in a barge like this one", Steiner answered. Mai Li's elbow wasn't hard but firm. 
 + 
 +Steiner spread his arms and steered towards the Chief Engineer. 
 + 
 +"Must you?", Takahashi asked with a twitch in his face.  
 + 
 +"There is no escape",​ Steiner answered and gave Takahashi a tremendous hug and a good padding on the back. 
 + 
 +"Wish I was coming with you though!",​ Steiner said and let go. 
 + 
 +"I wouldn'​t have you here you fag. Besides they need the best instructors back here in case we stumble across anything. And you got responsibilities now!", Takahashi replied looking at Mai Li. 
 + 
 +The two men both laughed as Mai Li let her gaze sweep down. She put a hand on her stomach it felt wonderfully hot and vibrant. 
 + 
 +Steiner pressed the lift button and put his arm around Mai Li's shoulder "We really have to leave now, I don't want to miss the countdown",​ he said. 
 + 
 +"I know", Takahashi answered heavily. 
 + 
 +Mai Li paused “Give my regards to Jo Ann will you?", she dried a tear that trailed ​its way down her cheek.
  
 "I will", Takahashi answered and gave her a hug. "I will", Takahashi answered and gave her a hug.
  
-The lift doors opened and they entered, Takahashi blocked the door sensor+The lift doors opened. Mai Li and Steiner reluctantly ​entered.
  
-"Well good-bye then", ​Takahashi ​said and took a long last look at his two friends.+Takahashi blocked the door sensor ​"Well good-bye then", ​he said and took a long last look at his two friends.
  
-"See ya", Steiner said and pressed the lift button.+"See ya", Steiner said with a wink and pressed the lift button.
  
-"​Don'​t worry I'll be back in a couple of month'​s", Takahashi said as the doors slid shut, the lift hissed and got on it's way.+"​Don'​t worry I'll be back", Takahashi said as the doors slid shut. The lift hissed and headed toward the exit.
  
-Not long after they had left the Porcupine the shuttle craft touched down near the Phoebos Array, McKinley was waiting for them as they came out of the airlock.+ ...
  
-"She sure is a fine ship huh", he said as they met.+The small shuttle craft touched down near the Phoebos Array. McKinley was waiting for them at the airlock ​as Steiner and Mai Li entered the complex.
  
-Steiner noddedMcKinley did about and proceeded into the observation lounge, there were surprisingly few people there, most of those who knew what was going had seemingly decided to look at the launch on View Screen, rather than experiencing it first hand.+"She sure is a fine ship huh?"he said and greeted Mai Li with a hug.
  
-"Maybe I should have agreed to go with them as Chief of security"​McKinley ​said with envy in his voice.+“Yup”Steiner ​said and nodded ​in complete agreement.
  
-"​Don'​t worry Pa, there'​ll be another ship", Mai Li said as she gave him a hug and a kiss on the cheek.+“How are you?”McKinley asked noticing how Mai Li seemed to be radiating, my god she was beautifull.
  
-The engines of the Porcupine had started glowing slightly ​and the windows were automatically dimmed by the safety filtersthe ship looked majestic and not a single word was uttered in the Observation Lounge as the red dials on the wall came closer ​to zero.+“Fine dad and you look terrifficwhat have you been up to”, Mai Li enquired.
  
-Steiner placed himself behind father and daughter.+McKinley smiled “I’ve been taking some pills the last couple of months… I tell you, these pills. Ha… you’ll probably never have to take them. They’ll probably splice the formula right into your food.
  
-"​It'​s a beautiful sight huh!"Steiner said as he put his arms around ​Mai Li+“Come on pa… you know how I feel about manufactured food”, Mai Li argued.
-He leaned forward until their cheeks touched.+
  
-"It sure is"she answeredAt that very instant ​the ship started moving slowly, but finally it broke orbit and headed toward infinity.+McKinley knew only too wellbringing an ecologically aware child to the civilized world of additives had been hellBut he had to admire Mai Li for her convictions. Her ideals were probably what the human race needed to pursue in order to secure a habitual world for coming generations… McKinley chuckled; he was and would probably always be an additives guy. He needed that long life food too much.
  
 +McKinley did about and proceeded into the observation lounge and noticed that there were surprisingly few people there Apparently most had decided to look at the launch on Vid, rather than experiencing it first hand. Some people, McKinley though and placed himself strategically close to the observation window.
  
-THE END +"Maybe I should have agreed to go with them as Chief of security",​ McKinley said with envy as he scrutinized every detail of the large ship in orbit.
  
 +"​Don'​t worry Pa, there'​ll be another ship", Mai Li said giving him a hug and a light kiss on his cheek.
 +
 +The engines of the Porcupine started glowing slightly and the windows automatically dimmed caused by the safety filters.
 +
 +The ship looked majestic and not a single word was uttered in the Observation Lounge as the red dials on the wall crept closer to zero.
 +
 +Steiner placed himself behind Mai Li and McKinley.
 +
 +"​It'​s a beautiful sight huh!", Steiner said and put his arms around Mai Li. He leaned forward and held her tight.
 +
 +"It sure is", she answered and took a deep breath. “Oh I think it kicked”, Mai Li uttered. McKinley turned his head “Kicked?​”,​ he asked in a surprised manner.
 +
 +“Uhu.. kicked”, Mai Li said with a smile “Look”, she added and hinted toward the ship.
 +
 +McKinley had a hard time breaking free from his mesmerized gaze but managed to do so as the implications raced through his mind, he was going to be a grandfather. ​
 +
 +At that very instant the Porcupine started moving, first slowly almost unmentionably,​ but finally the craft broke orbit and headed toward infinity.
 +
 +THE END 
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