Stunning Views of the Earth

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Stunning Views of the Earth… Odry rapped on the metal hatch of the blister. After a moment, the bolt slid back and the door opened. Odry entered through the first access door and directed herself across the spacious open expanse of the module’s laboratory section toward her office, located in the fore starboard corner. Inside […]

Do People Dream in Space?

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Do People Dream in Space? The judge looked as a pretty woman with vines for hair. She said with a passion: We the members of the Jury being duly constituted in the State of Grace, and otherwise perfectly lit to determine the issues presented here, find the defendant guilty of playing with nature and otherwise […]

Cosmos

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Cosmos We are made of stellar ash. Something in us recognises the Cosmos as home, as our origin and evolution have been tied to distant cosmic events, and we are the children of equally of the sky and the Earth. However, the Cosmos was discovered only yesterday, as for many years it was clear to […]

Jupiter Module

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Jupiter Module After leaving Daniel in the command module, Odry made her way down the station’s central tunnel until she passed through the double hatch marking the boundary between the station proper and the Jupiter module. The lab of the Jup Module was even murkier than the connecting tunnel. The gray floor and salmon ceiling […]

Survival of Our Civilisation

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The Survival of Our Civilisation Space and time are interwoven. We cannot look out into space without looking back into time. In our tenure of the Earth we have accumulated hereditary propensities for submission to leaders and hostility to outsiders, propensities for aggression and rituals, which place sometimes the survival of our species in some […]

Battle of the Cemetery

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Battle of the Cemetery Our choice is stark and ironic. The same rocket boosters used to launch probes to the planets are poised to send nuclear warheads to the nations. The radioactive power sources used on Viking, Voyager and other spacecraft and probes derive from the same technology that makes nuclear weapons. The radar and […]

Electric Blue Eyes

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Electric Blue Eyes It was a face built of contradictions: hawk’s nose and finely sculpted cheekbones. Strong stubborn jaw with a mouth that seemed almost too small and lips as this and sensitive as a poet’s. She kept her light hair long enough to cover her eyes, and liked to throw it forward to conceal […]

Survive Technological Adolescence

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How to Survive Technological Adolescence Yes, civilizations would take billions of years of tortuous evolution to arise, and then snuff themselves out in an instant of unforgivable neglect. But let’s consider the alternative, the prospect that at least some civilizations learn to live with high technology. Just imagine that the contradictions posed by the vagaries […]

Technological Civilisations

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Technological Civilisations What percentage of the lifetime of a planet is marked by a technical civilisation? In our case, the Earth has harbored a technical civilisation characterized by radio astronomy for only a few decades out of a lifetime of a few million years. So far, then, for our planet the lifespan is less than […]

Divert the Danger From the Earth

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Divert the Danger From the Earth Norma turned her attention to the calculations she had been working on just prior to the explosion in the Cloud and birth of the sphere. She called up the program she had written to create a suppression beam. Half of the emitters in the cockpit didn’t work, and it […]

The Audrey Hepburn

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The Audrey Hepburn The Audrey Hepburn was called after a commander’s Daniels Rastoropnov’s fiancee, who patiently waited for him on Earth while he was exploring the asteroids belt. When we found the sky of this tiny planet a kind of pinkish-yellow rather than the blue which had erroneously first been reported, the announcement was greeted […]

Deadly Force From Space

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Deadly Force From Space Peace is born at mutual understanding. But if there was one thing the Earth could not afford, it was the luxury of understanding. Many called the Cloud the destroyer of the worlds, but humans have always demonstrated on a vast scale that they knew how to conquer those who came to […]

Hybrid Varieties

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Hybrid Varieties Norma had worked tirelessly for two nights, creating dozens of virtual hybrid varieties until she found one that could endure the rain and prolonged rainy seasons. The pure happiness she had felt when genetic analysis confirmed the stability of the hybrid could not be rivaled. She was aware of the fact that the […]

Dangerous Curiosity

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Dangerous curiosity Moments later, they watched as the spheres began to spin and gyrate along their individual axes. The various colors within them – oranges, reds, yellows, lavenders – all increased in vibrancy with the motion, and within minutes they had begun to move gracefully among each other, gliding, spinning upward with their increasing speed […]

Dangerous Force From Space

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Dangerous Force From Space Our first first-contact situation is in every way a textbook example of everything you don’t want to happen when you introduce yourself to a new species. In fact, we deal with a powerful and potentially dangerous force which we cannot fight with our most advanced technology. We, the Humans, like to […]

The Earth Is Dying

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The Earth Is Dying Today, the human race is rushing headlong toward extinction. The problem is not for the generations to come. The dying has begun. Implacable rain chokes our cities. Farmlands are becoming lakes while megatons of water fall from the sky. Deserts are disappearing and rain forests are rapidly invading villages and towns. […]

Salvation Means Change

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Salvation Means Change Salvation means change and most people fear change more than anything else. To save ourselves we must engage in genetic research. Only by developing new forms of life, creating creatures that can eat up pollutants and may be convert them into harmless biodegradable waste matter, can we hope to cleanse the Cloud […]

Hope and Fear Mean Nothing

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Hope and Fear Mean Nothing If she thought the Orpheus III stood a chance against the Cloud, Norma would set course for the ship at once, but something in her gut told her that she was still missing some piece of the puzzle. Perhaps the true history of the Cloud was unknowable. However it didn’t […]

Space Coordinates

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Space Coordinates The gas giant globe they were now orbiting, the third they had scanned in search of an ancient geological formation in the origin of the Cloud, was not the one they sought. The navigator studied the set of coordinates, as the captain and the Earth conferred quietly. As he begun to enter the […]

Cellular Division

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Cellular Division In ten years of independent work she has never achieved the level of metabolism for cellular division in a single sample. Norma hurried to her data terminal and called up second by second analysis of the sample’s progress. She watched in awe as the single cell duplicated itself. The thrill of possibility quickened […]

Saturn

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The Saturn The Orpheus I spacecraft encountered the Saturn system and uncovered a host of wonders concerning the planet, its intricate ring system, its swarm of attendant satellites. Perhaps, most interesting of these was Titan, known to have an atmosphere rather like that of the primitive Earth, a dense haze layer composed of complex organic […]

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