Saturday, June 4, 2011

And Outward Aye We Fled: Part 2

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Life was wiped out in most of the Universe except for one strain that passed on through asteroids that both destroyed life and carried it away at the same time. With each new home, civilization progressed, only to be wiped out. But with each cycle, we progressed a little further. When we reached Venus, we discovered the ability to venture into space. But life was always an asymmetry, unable to find harmony with the Universe. Venus, like the worlds before it, was rendered uninhabitable by its own people. Beneath the clouds of Venus lie the remnants of a powerful civilization that killed itself.

However, the sub-optic speeds of the Venusian crafts only allowed them to reach Earth. This planet proved to be the kindest of our homes; an amazingly robust planet that bore the brunt of the asymmetry. We could never tell our own people the truth of our existence because the knowledge that there has always been a Planet B would destroy the strongest incentive to save Planet A.

We tried to explain the need to live in harmony with our world. We devised the science, we created the technology. But how could we fight politics? Eventually, the Asian Nuclear Wars and failed attempts to control Global Warming sparked off the extinction. Earth could no longer sustain the asymmetry and it was time to wipe it out.

When we realised that life was truly going to end, we prepared to flee outwards: to take life to another world. No planet could sustain modern civilization, but the simplest form of life could be sustained. We created the Seed – a spaceship that would take the seeds of life to another world. We found a way to achieve super-optic speeds (it was really as simple as considering an accelerated event horizon) and we reworked the International Space Station so that it would no longer be a lab but a compass in the sky to guide us to our new home.

All we needed was to find a place to go. It took centuries but we finally found Cygnus XVI – your world. The mission was planned so that when the crew reached the planet, the life of its last surviving member would have just ended. Of course, there was always a chance that it would not work but it was agreed that if it did, then that last member would, as Captain, create a message and ask that the new world not be forced to meet the same fate as the old.

From the Captain’s deck of the Spacecraft Seed, this is Captain Tobias Nongkhlaw, signing off in hope that the successors to life will, someday, find this message. And that they will never have to write one of their own.

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