Seat 14c Short Story Competition

http://seat14c.com/

Another competition to try for, especially since this one is free to enter. My luck, I have a hell of a time trying to load the website. The competition is sponsored by X-prize and ANA (All Nippon Airways). The premise is you are on ANA Flight 8 from Tokyo to San Francisco and your plane flies through a wormhole that sends you 20 years into the future.  Yup 2037.

You need to write a short story (between 2000-4000 word) about what you see there. They are asking for positive stories, so no post apocalyptic worlds. First person perspective too.

Here is the first part of my story.  I would be interested in what you think.  Draft version, so happy to hear how I screwed it up but would love for that to be gently done.

 

“Whoa” I said when the plane hit the turbulence. The lightning was terrible, the entire cabin was lit up and people were yelling. It wasn’t really that bad of turbulence, but enough to shake the nerves.

I looked around the business class seats and noticed the others were settling back in as well. Seasoned travelers we are. A few tightening of the seat belts but for the most part crew and passengers were getting back to normal.

The sun was trying to fight through the clouds to show a beautiful dawn sky ahead of us. The wave tops below sparkled like tiny diamonds in a sea of golden azure. It was a calm view to see after the last 30 minutes of the trip.  The last hour would prove to be very relaxing and then San Francisco.

I couldn’t wait to see my granddaughter again. Such cute cheeks and an irresistibly impish smile. My daughter’s daughter definitely. Lots of spoiling and hugs.

Wait, what is that?

In the distance a large ship was following the receding storm and there was a massive structure on the top of it. It looked like a large funnel. It couldn’t be that heavy or it would have capsized the ship, I imagine.  I wonder what that is for, I thought, pulling out my phone to snap a picture of it.

Never seen a ship like that before. Would need to research a little to see what it does. I continued to stare out the window enjoying the view when another weird scene sailed below. A weird blimp was flying over a ship. The blimp had large propellers on the top of it and looked to be matching the speed of the ship. I watched them for a while and yes, they were moving as one. I snapped a picture of that too.  What a weird day this was shaping up to be.

The landing announcement came over the speakers and the crew started preparing for landing. I looked ahead and saw more blimps over ships and then San Francisco. Something was weird, the skyline did not seem them same. Yes it has been a while since I have been back to the US but this really looked different.

What is up with the blimps?!

There were more blimps over the city, with the large propellers. I did not understand this, the US was not that into green energy last I heard. Grant it California was one of the leaders in the states but this?

More pictures snapped.

As we got closer to the airport, the more things looked out of place. Something was definitely not right. More people around me were questioning the strangeness of the situation.

A passenger in 12C said rather loudly, “I just left here two days ago and this ain’t right.” Others joined in saying how long they have been gone and agreeing on the strangeness. The cabin attendants looked on helplessly.

The Captain made an announcement. “This is the Captain speaking. Folks, something is going on and I am not sure what but we will be landing soon and can get answers then. Please be patient and prepare for landing.”

The landing was uneventful, but where we were landing was anything but uninteresting. The other planes were sharper, defined. Faster looking. Truly massive buildings dotted the skyline with too many flying craft wending through the buildings. That was weird, a few helicopters I can understand but planes or I guess they were planes?  

And those blimps, everywhere………………..

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Short Story: At War with Ourselves

John sighed, That’s done, I am home now.  He opened the door and was about to call out to his wife and son, when two men grabbed him. They pulled him through the doorway and slammed him against the wall.

“Traitor!”  One of the assailants yelled into his face as he knocked the wind out of John.

The other assailant smashed his elbow into John’s jaw. John heard a loud popping sound and wondered if his jaw was broken. A salty taste flooded his mouth.

Not able to think about that taste too much because in came another punch to his stomach and an elbow to the shoulder. Driving him down to the floor. In the background, he heard his wife and son screaming and another person yelling at them.

They were kicking him, now that he was on the ground. He was doing all he could to block the kicks with his legs and arms. Punches pummeled his head. He wife and son continued to scream and the assailants continued to hurl abuse.

What seemed like a long time of beatings eventually stopped. Logically, John knew it was only a minute or two, since he still could reason, but it felt like a lifetime. He knew they could have beat him senseless. Silence as the assailants backed off. Even his family stopped yelling.

Only the sounds of boots on wooden floor, approaching, could be heard. John tested his jaw and found it still moved, at least they did not break his jaw.

“Ya fucked up this time, didn’t ya John?” Said a familiar voice but John couldn’t place it in his rattled state. He tried looking up but his head was still spinning.

“What did I do?” He choked out. Yes, a mouth full of blood and at least one tooth knocked out.

“Oh come now John, let’s not play this game.”

“Please, I don’t know what you think I did. I was out..”  He was kicked.

“John… John, that is enough. Lies will just make it worse. You were seen helping that downed pilot. That is treason to help them. You know the Party takes a dim view of this. Especially in light this pilot was part of the attack against the city.”

Fighting to calm himself. “Please, I was out looking for the pilot, like I was supposed to but I didn’t find anyone. I.. I… Please believe me.” He heard his wife start to sob. His son was moaning “No”.   He was starting to lose it too.

Sighing, the unrecognized man directed his men to lift John. He was almost beyond fight at this point.

“John this war is not going to be won by being nice to the other side. They choose this path. I believe you thought you were doing good but we can not allow these radicals leniency. They tried to steal the election last year and see what it got us?” They started to drag him out the door. The man continued. “Cooperate with us and I will try to put in a good word for your wife and son.”

His wife yelled. “How could you?”

John snapped at that moment, his sobbing stopped as the last strength came forth. The accusing tone of his wife drove him crazy.  He knew they would get the truth out of him but his family would never know it. The truth to his family is all that mattered.

Planting his feet, he pushed one handler into the door hard, forcing him to loosen his grip. Then he violently shook off the other man. Turning back into the house, he looked pass the man, who was going for his gun.

To his wife and son. “It was our daughter. My God, I couldn’t turn her in.”

Short Story: “Detection Lost.”

With the innovation that allows us to detect gravitational waves, new things will be discovered. Maybe………..

2052 AD The mission control room was silent. Everyone was watching the main monitors, as the last of the Cosmic Interferometer Gravitational Directional Array (CIGDA)nodes was to report taking its position. This node was the furthest out, at 80 million km. The other eleven nodes had already reached their position. The last a few hours before this node.

The feed the controllers were watching was almost five minutes in the past due to the distance light had to travel. Government and civilian officials were on hand besides the mission control room team. These worthies were up in the visitor’s box. Out of the way of those that actually worked but near enough to see when the last node linked up.

Doctor Tanya Hirano was extremely nervous, staring intently at Jay Garrett’s back. He was the Director of Node Communications, responsible for ensuring the direction finding system actually worked. From a technical perspective. Doctor Hirano was the brains behind the use of gravitational waves to detect space object movement.

The idea had been in Sci-Fi for nearly a hundred years. With the dream of detecting gravitational waves becoming a reality in 2016. All that was left was for refinement of the detecting method and for someone to come up with the means to detect things. James Grimm, a writer in 2016, came up with the basic method.

Many of the control room engineers were staring at Lena Romano. She was monitoring the communications from Node Omega, the twelfth node. She turned to Jay and smiled with a thumbs up. Tanya was watching and saw the signal. She could breath again.

Turning back to the assembled officials. “Thirty-six years ago, in 2016, detecting gravitational waves became a reality. In that year, an unknown Sci-Fi writer, published a story about using gravitational waves to detect interstellar traveling objects.”

She walked to the podium and looked back down at Jay to see if things were still going as planned. Jay, smiled back at her, nodded his head. She continued, “By creating a group of twelve receivers and linking them back to a correlation engine on Earth, we will be able to determine the direction of massive objects many light years away and smaller objects much closer. Additionally, we should be able to further identify and track objects much further out in our solar system.”

Jay turned back to his team and via the speaker in the visitor’s room, Tanya and the others could hear him. “Alright team, let’s sync them up.”

Everyone was silent, while the large viewing screens in the control room displayed large bars with each node’s name above one of the bars. Tanya turns down the speaker volume and turns towards the crowd, “We are now trying to sync each of the nodes to the core. The core, here in Tokyo, is sending out sequenced messages to each of the nodes. The nodes time stamp the receiving of these messages and then send back the resulting time stamp. They will do this a few hundred times until the core has a sufficient number to build the off set time difference between each node and the core. Once that is done a few time samplings of what the nodes are hearing will be sent back for further sync analysis. When the core believes it has all nodes properly sync’d up, then we will start recording what we hear.”

A military officer in the crowd asks, “How long will this take Doctor?”

“We should be sync’d in approximately fifteen minutes.”

A news reporter off to the side asks, “Doctor, is it true we will hear aliens?” A polite laugh from the crowd.

Not missing a beat, Tanya responds, “That was one of the questions we wanted to answer. If the aliens are traveling in large mass ships, at a high percentage of the speed of light, we should be able to detect them. If close enough.”

“How close Doctor?” Another news person. Everyone was quiet and interested in her responses.

“We estimate we can detect a million ton object three light years away. That would put it almost near Alpha Centauri.”

“A million tons? That is about 4 USS Trump class aircraft carriers.” Said one of the US Admirals in the crowd. All the news people were furiously writing down or speaking into their recorders.

One of the Chinese diplomats came forth. In an exasperated voice, “Doctor, do you really believe this is possible? My government believes this project was a waste of money and hearing this nonsense is further insult.”

Taking a calming breath, Tanya responded, “Ambassador Xi, the Chinese government’s position is well known. It has also agreed to wait and see what is produced before further comments. Correct?”

In the background, the display on the viewing screen blinked a few times. Before Ambassador Xi could respond, Tanya turned the volume back up, on the speaker, since Jay was talking. “…chronization has completed and now we are recording live data. The viewing screen will start to display all objects, as we get hits. Over time these objects will have their data refined when we detect more waves against them.”

The screen changed to a display of the solar system with large blips coming from all over the place. Every planet and the Sun had large blips over them, along with the asteroid belt. The Kuiper Belt and Oort Cloud were large glowing rings of overlapping blips. As was most of interstellar space. The crowd was bubbling with comments among themselves. Even Ambassador Xi was excitedly talking to one of his assistants.

Tanya spoke over the crowd, into a mic, “Congratulations Doctor Garrett and team.” “Congratulations Doctor Hirano.” Responded Jay as the control room cheered.

Back to the crowd, Tanya continued, “Over the next few weeks we expect to have the solar system completely mapped out. The CIGDA Ring, as we are affectionately calling it, covers 100 million square kilometers. The closer an object is, the higher the frequency of the gravitational waves. The farther the object, the lower the frequency. Additionally, other characteristics tell us how massive the object is.”

The representative of the European Confederacy spoke up, “Congratulations Doctor, you did it. When will we all be able to get feeds off the data?”

US Admiral McKinley responded, “First we need to refine the data before passing to all the signatories.”

An argument erupted over the American attempt to control the data flow. Tanya looked at the previously happy officials, now in a heated argument over who gets the data. Shaking her head at the lunacy of these control freaks. The data should be for everyone, she thought.

Looking at the viewing monitors, How can you hold this data secret, it will benefit the world. The newsies were floating around the edge of the arguing officials, trying to get sound bites of the juicy, newsworthy comments and insults. The world had become more peaceful but just barely.

Watching some of the blips become more solid, Tanya was mesmerized by the objects. Let the idiots argue, they can not ruin my day. Looking down at Jay, she saw him smiling at her, shrug his shoulders and turn back to one of the engineers.

She realized the speaker was still on so the control room engineers could hear the bickering going on in the visitor’s room. She turned off the speaker, causing many of the engineers to look up at her. She shrugged her shoulders too, a few engineers smiled then returned to their work. The bickering continued unabated. You said, we said, we paid, etc…

It was the one blot on an otherwise fantastic day for her. She had spent ten years arguing for and selling this idea. Now, here it was. The tracks kept clogging the screen up with only a few becoming more defined. In time, she thought.

Then one track in the upper right corner of the map caught her eye. It moved. Things should not be moving this soon. Over weeks yes, unless it was a Near Earth object. She continued to concentrate on that object, while the crowd argued and the control room engineers worked their consoles.

It moved again!

Tanya was thinking, The team should be noticing this. Maybe no one is thinking of anything at this time. We all thought it would take weeks to clear up the pictures beyond the local planets. She looked at the station that was responsible for tracking fast moving objects. The person was talking to his neighbor.

She looked up again and the object was no longer where she expected. What happened to it? She searched around the region of the screen, finally seeing it as it moved to another spot.

Object 1321f1.

Quickly moving to a console in the visitor’s room, she started to enter her credentials. Some in the room stopped bickering to watch her. Assuming she will present a new view for them. Others continued the argument with gusto.

Getting into the system, she started the viewing application and entered the object’s number. The main view screen cleared away all the blips less that one. Which moved again. Now replaced with 1321g1.

The room was silent as everyone was wondering what this object was. The control room went silent too. Jay reacted quicker than most, knowing Tanya well as they worked together most of these last ten years. Also as lovers, she had told him her desire to really find evidence of aliens. He hoped she was onto something and not desiring to see things that could be a detriment for her future career.

He started to shout orders to the engineers to start recording and evaluating the object being concentrated on.

“Doctor, what are you doing and what does this mean?” Asked one of the officials.

Not turning around to see who talked, “This object has already moved seven times since we recorded it. It is close but not sure how close.”

Another person, “Could this be a Near Earth Object? Should we worry?”

The object moved again, 1321h1.

Seeing the speaker light, she turned on the control room speaker. Still not answering the speaker. “Yes Jay?”

“Doctor Hirano, preliminary estimates are projecting this object at 15 million tons and about one light year away.”

1321i1.

The object’s track was displayed and it seemed to be cutting across the inside corner of the Oort cloud. A few more tracks and it would be off the view of this screen. Tanya was doing the calculations in her head but wanted to hear it from the core.

“What is the speed?”

Jay turned to another engineer and as they were calculating, the object updated.

1321i2.

Jay turned to Tanya with shock on his face. Hitting the mic button, “It was traveling at approximately 30% of the speed of light. But it stopped.”

Noise erupted behind Tanya. Everyone was trying to ask her what was meant by that and what was going on. She tried to signal for quiet and after a few minutes she finally achieved it.“The number 1321 is the object number. The letter is the number of instances the track has moved around. We built the system to only update this when an object moves more than ten million miles relative to its last position. This ensures we are not getting crazy with the movement markers. The raw data can show us that later. The last number represents the number of waves we have detected the object at the current location. As you can see, this object was moving along rather quickly and then stopped.”

“How is that possible?” someone in the crowd cried out.

Shaking her head,”I am not sure. People please realize that we need to build up a knowledge base of what is being recorded. I can not truthfully answer with any degree of certainty.”

1321i3.

“So it’s probably nothing right?” asked one of the reporters.

Shrugging her shoulders, she hit the mic button, “Doctor Garrett, any additional information?”

“The raw data suggests it has decreased its speed to 10% of light speed.”

1321j1.

Over the next hour it sat in the J position, while the gathered officials and engineers tried to guess what was going on. Calls out to observatories, to governments and SETI were made to try and see if anyone can zoom in on the area and find out additional information. No one responded that they could. Discussions over the data feeds intensified as many of the governments wanted to the data so they can do their own analysis against other forms of data they had.

After another three hours, the data feeds were being passed to many interested parties. Other tracks were checked to see if any other objects acted similarly. Four and a half hours later, the object started moving again.

1321k1.

The crowd had only lessened a little. Everyone was trying to determine the import of Object 1321. No one really wanted to leave what could be a historical moment in the history of humanity and Earth.

Over the next hour, Object 1321 moved off the display. Tanya had the display expand further out from 2 light years to 4 light years. The next control room shift came on but the retiring shift did not leave. An hour and a half later, the object was listed as “Detection Lost”.

Many started to leave, many questions remaining unanswered. Was it a craft, a natural object or just some wackiness in the system? Tanya and Jay left that day, excited about what that might mean. How their system found that and the idea they might see more like it.

The excitement continued into the night in their love making. In the early morning hours, a satisfied Tanya, listening to Jay’s breathing, took in the view of the stars through the window. Her last thoughts before sleep took her were, I wonder why it stopped?

Around 5am that morning, a new object appeared near where Object 1321 held it’s position. This object was labeled Object 2912. It moved slightly over the next few hours but in the excitement of Object 1321, no one really noticed that Object 2912 came in to the solar system from a start point near one light year to near the orbit of Pluto. And there it sat.

Maybe the beginning of a new story?

 

 

 

Saviors: A new Sci-Fi Universe

I have started another universe based on an idea I have had about an alien race coming to Earth and “uplifting” us to a space faring race.  Some would say why would anyone ever do something like that.  Most people are not that kind. Ah, but what if its not really out of kindness but because they have a need?

This novel will start with the aliens telling us why they are giving us a hand up. Let me know what you think?

Saviors

They came as civilizers, they said. Ya, civilization always screws the natives. In this case, we, humanity, are the natives. The Valodars came 10 years ago to much fanfare. Acting all high and mighty, they first tried to change us by appealing to our nobler side. Well, we never really were good at listening. So they then forced our primitive cultures to stop warring and fall under a one world government.

That showed us their true nature. They can kick ass with the best of em. They did a good job of destroying most of our military forces in a quick and violent set of strikes. Before we even knew what hit us, we were trashed and at their mercy. They then brought down their armored troops and made us see the errors of our ways.

Ya, civilized. The more civilized one gets the more violent the destruction they reap.

But then the Valodars or squidlies as we started to call them, shocked the shit out of us. Once they forced us into a one world government of their choosing, they started to teach us their technology. In the 6 years since our “education” began, we have been given warp capabilities, alright they call it phased translocation. But it still seems like Star Trek.

They helped us build star ships that could move around the solar system in hours. They gave us powerful propulsion systems, artificial gravity, nano technology, many wonderful technologies. They showed us how we can control these systems with our minds.

We have sent explorer ships to the neighboring stars and have found planets that could support life. We were planning on colonies light years away. Building space stations and habitats on the other planets in our system, Sol.

These were heady times. Man had found a true friend that freed us from our terrestrial bonds.

Or so we thought.

Empire Earth: A New Universe to play with

Premise:  Earth unites around a one world government the hard way – war. In 2033, the earth is united under the banner of the Earth Federation. The earth becomes a Type 1 civilization that can harness their planet and can reach interplanetary space.

This now identifies the inhabitants of Sol’s 3rd planet to have breached the barrier to InterStellar relations. The protocol that the Zshu set up millions of years ago means that advanced civilizations can interact. In all the ways that that little word can mean. The Zshu, the ancient ones that ascended to another evolutionary level but impose their rule on this one, declared that there are certain levels of interaction that can occur between civilizations, at different stages of advancement.

The Mjor are an old race that preys on new Type 1 civilizations. There are many races in the Milky Way like the Mjor but they are one of the original bad guys. The Mjor have learned to prosper within the guidelines that the Zshu have set. One of the Zshu’s rules is that particular type civilizations can not destroy or control lower types. The Mjor can not destroy or conquer the human species because of it’s primitive state. The law does allow Humanity to seek protection by the Mjor and then the Mjor can do as they wish, as long as they do not destroy Humanity.

So with that premise, I have already started a timeline.  Not much yet and I have my When Atlantis Fell and Worm Hole Earth universes to work on as well.  I plan on doing a series on the Mjor-Humanity interactions but also many sub-plots or short stories.

With that, here is the beginning of the timeline:

Year Event
2015 Global war starts with NATO invading Russia over a flare up in Ukraine. Initially driving deep into Russia, the allies are beaten back by long supply lines and millions of chinese soldiers who join Russia. India also joins this alliance as NATO stirs up animosity with heavy handed miscues against India. A Chinese general helps the Eastern Alliance to stem the actions of NATO.
2016 The Eastern Alliance relies on large quantities of low tech systems to combat the NATO’s technological advantage. The Eastern Alliance invades and takes most of South East Asia and Australia. South Korea and Japan join the Eastern Alliance after US forces in those countries are eventually defeated and the US seems to go into a defensive mode in the Pacific.. In Europe, the Eastern Alliance moves the battle lines back towards the Russian border with overwhelming numbers.
2017 The Eastern Alliance and NATO open up fronts in Africa. While not completely safe, the Indian Ocean becomes an Eastern Alliance controlled ocean, facilitating the delivery of war supplies and troops to Africa while bringing back Africa’s resources to the industrial base of the Eastern Alliance. The NATO alliance also start to invade South American countries in a preventive measure. With most of their force fighting in Europe and Africa, the South American nations band together into the Federated States of America (FSA). The FSA is supported by the Eastern Alliance and the NATO Alliance is stopped at the Panama Canal with large guerilla forces operating throughout Central America.
2018 Eastern Alliance Generals Kurchatov and Li Shou prove unbeatable for the NATO Alliance. The problem is they can not be everywhere. Kurchatov defends the Russian front while Li Shou fights in southern Africa. NATO pushes into the Sinai with a combined invasion and strike along the Mediterranean coast. The US also breaks through the Panama Canal and enters Venezuela . On the Russian front, the NATO Alliance pushes back towards Volgograd in a move reminiscent of WWII. The massive forces push into the city of Volgograd to be met by stiff resistance in street fighting. After 2 month of beating back the Eastern Alliance forces to take the city, the ultimate trap is unleashed. The Eastern Alliance had planted massive bombs in the city and still have large quantities of artillery in range. In little over a week, massive missile and artillery barrages with the underground bombs destroy a large NATO force. At the same time a costly offensive is started all along the Russian front by the Eastern Alliance. Simliar offensives are started in South Africa and South America. At the end of the year the NATO Alliance is pushed back towards the borders they had at the beginning of the year.
2019 The Eastern Alliance learns to manipulate gravity into a shield. This technology projects a field of gravity so strong around a device that incoming missiles, shells and lasers are stopped before reaching the target. It literally crushes objects and bends laser light. The Eastern Alliance puts gravity projectors around the surviving cities and industrial bases. Due to the massive amounts of power required, This technology could not be used for military forces. NATO could not penetrate the shields. The Eastern Alliance starts to concentrate industrial might around cities that have these shields.
2020 NATO forces start deploying hand held rail gun technology that starts to cause problems for the Eastern Alliance and FSA. In a desperate attempt to counter this technology, the Eastern Alliance builds an orbital space ship. NATO tries to stop the launch of the ship with nuclear weapons but is thwarted by the gravity shields. Once the ship obtains orbit, it destroys all NATO satellite systems it finds with its rail guns. Using its gravity shield, the EAS Victory defeats the NATO Alliance’s space station, utterly destroying it. Utilizing kinetic rounds, the EAS Victory pounds capitals of many NATO member states. Peace is offered with heavy penalties to the NATO Alliance. NATO accepts.
2021 The Moscow Peace Treaty signed by all parties. NATO must leave Africa and return Central America to the FSA. They also had to give up much technology they developed. This total sell out was deemed better than destruction by kinetics.
2023 General Li Shou trades in his uniform and becomes the President of the Eastern Alliance. This becomes a federated state of all member states have limited powers. The FSA formerly joins the Eastern Alliance which is renamed the Earth Federation. The Earth Federation embarks on a massive program to build cities underground, build a larger space presence and re arm their military with laser and rail gun technology. Li Shou pushes for a new language to developed based on English so all members of the Earth Federation can talk to each other. The one common language for most of the Federation is English. The NATO alliance is limited in their improvements due to the constraints put on them by the peace treaty.
2029 The Earth Federation establishes two space stations in high earth orbit. Using their gravity based technology, they not only build shields but also provide their stations and ships with artificial gravity. There are 10 war ships and the new mining ships that search the asteroid belt for valuable objects.
2032 War erupts between the US and Europe. The NATO alliance is broken. The war starts over the Earth Federations offer to invite NATO to be part of the Federation. The US refuses the offer but many European nations want to join the Federation. In the years since WWW3, the NATO alliance has steady diminished cut off from the rest of the worlds resources and not allowed to leave the planet. The stronger nations used the weaker ones for their raw resources. Many nations of central and southern Europe did not like the situation and jumped at the chance of joining the Federation which has improved the living standards of many. President Li Shou had proven a leader of great vision. Bettering his people, making them learn the new Common tongue but allowing them to keep their mother tongues and rebuilding a professional military.
2033 The Earth Federation joins the war against the US, France, Germany, UK and Poland alliance. Before major Earth Federation ground forces engage the enemy, the Federation Fleet uses kinetics to destroy most of the war and industrial capacity of the Alliance. The war ends with the entire world part of the Earth Federation.
2034 The Federation’s Tranquility Moon Base becomes operational.
2035 A UFO enters the Sol system and stops around Jupiter. The Federation Navy tracks the device and sees that it is a ship of some sort. The Federation commissions another 10 ships and arms the stations. A crash project is made to get the former NATO Alliance populations in underground cities along with all those that had yet to be relocated.
2036 A probe is set towards the space ship is destroyed as it gets within 1 million kms of the ship. Later in the year 10 more ships come in the the system and meet up with the original.

Worm Hole Earth: Military Part 1

Here is a piece of the Military history that I having been working on.

In the late 22nd century, the Republic of Man had built their first space fleet. These consisted of large tubular vessels that used the Jrings to provide artificial gravity and shields. They used fusion reactors to move around and could not venture beyond mars without resupply. Quarters were fairly cramped and the lifestyle was not so jokingly compared to the days of wooden ships and iron men, during the 17-18th centuries.

Armed with rail guns and missiles, these early ships were designed to combat the last remaining holdout nations who were putting space stations into orbit with primitive shuttles that were armed with missiles. Of the most advance, the Republic of Texas and Florida and the Nordic Federation, they had built larger vessels that could make it out to the asteroid belt and set up a few mining colonies. These last holdouts traded and feared the Republic but could not do anything to counter their more advanced systems.

In the last days of the Republic of Texas and Florida, Prime Minister Tolbon of the Republic of Man offered the Republic of Texas and Florida a chance to surrender. A major engagment in the Gulf of Mexico had destroyed most of the small republics military forces on Earth. The small republic had armed up a few of their freighters and frigates and sent them out to raid the Republic of Man’s space stations. The Republic’s 1st and 2nd squadrons (5 ships each) went after these privateers while the 3rd squadron destroyed all space borne assets of the small republic.

The Battle of Vesta was the first space fleet engagement in human history with the Republic of Man’s 3rd squadron taking on the remnants of the privateers that the Republic of Texas and Florida had created. The battle took place two weeks after the surrender of the Republic on Earth because the space rebels would not surrender. With all of their bases destroyed by the Republic of Man’s 1st and 2nd squadrons and those two squadrons closing in on the 12 remaining vessels of the privateer force, the 3rd squadron surprised the enemy at Vesta.

The RMS Moscow, one of the newest of the fleet’s vessels, was armed with an experimental ring fed rail gun. The rail gun sat on Earth and was capable of firing 6 rounds a minute vice the current ship board system that could only fire 2 rounds a minute. The Republic’s plan was to let the RMS Moscow fire on the enemy from a greater distance than normal and see what happens. The other major point of the ring weapon is that it did not run out of ammo like a shipboard system would.

As the opposing forces closed the RMS Moscow started firing in a random fashion at the enemy just filling the space between them with kinetic rounds. After a short time, the rest of the 3rd squadron started to fire to add their rounds to the storm bearing down on the enemy. The privateer force tried to move out of the way of the incoming rounds but the rounds would not stop and kept tracking the enemy force. Eventually the privateers were getting hit or crashed into each other and then were hit. The entire privateer force was destroyed without getting a chance to return fire as they were out of alignment with the Republic’s force for their rail guns and missiles.

The first space based battle was also the first battle in which ring weapons were used. They immediately showed their value and thus began humanities use of its most important capability. Over the next 100 years would see the continued concentration of power into fighting vessels and the emergence of bigger and more powerful ring weapons.

Worm Hole Earth Background – Habitable Planet Structures

Today I will discuss some of the structures that are found on habitable planets in my Worm Hole Earth universe. These are structures of the Republic of Man, Solarian Empire and a brief discussion about those in the Union.

I hope you like it. Please comment.

After the war, the Republic of Man started to build cities underground. This was deemed necessary because of the radiation in the environment from the war and to protect it’s citizens and industry, since there were still other nations. Once the Republic was able to move most of their citizens underground the other nations either surrendered to the Republic or became even more xenophobic towards outsiders.

These cities were miles underground and were divided into large caverns over 10 miles wide and 200 feet high. They were created by the use of high powered lasers melting the rock and reforming it into a layered material they called Sodar. This Sodar was so strong it was used to line the caverns, build the internal structures and the large mega structures the Republic built on the surface.

While the caverns were large and open, the Republic knew they could not abandon the surface. The large mega structures were built to be recreational center. They stood up to 1 mile high with a 10 mile wide base that narrowed to half a mile at the top. With the use of Sodar, these structures became whimsical monuments to man’s ingenuity. Each city would try to outdo the last.

These structures were built with a further 2 mile wide belt around them that was enclosed in a 500 foot tall, 200 ft thick wall. Within the wall was parks, golf courses, lakes, pools, sports facilities and other amusements. Outside of the walls was left to nature to rebuild itself or in the future to grow unhindered by the hands of man.

The underground cities had many of these caverns. Each cavern was called a CENTER and many of these Centers were connected via central tubes. In the early days of the Republic, some Centers were used for Industry and Agriculture but as man learned the technologies necessary to live in space, these functions were moved to space infrastructure.

During the time of the Solarian Empire, massive space stations were used for food production while most industry was performed on non-inhabited planets/moons or stations. Habitable planets would never have industry or agriculture ever again. With the wormhole networks, food was grown throughout the known space and shipped to thousands of planets.

The Empire always built underground cities, believing in the protection it afforded its citizens and the desire to keep the surfaces of planets for recreation. Besides the open areas around the mega structures, man would occasionally build resort areas around specifically beautiful areas. Sometimes these areas of beauty were space based and resort space stations were made.

The Union eventually started to build cities under the skies of their planets. While the Empire developed nuSky, which were massive screens placed at the tops of the caverns and used to create a sky view. The cities on the surface had what mother nature gave as a view, nuSky cities could have whatever sky they wanted. Many times they would project what the surface above them looked like but other times they would provide other planet views or whimsical views. The creators of nuSky views became famous and highly sought after for their visions and skill in creating a realistic view.

One of the advantages of the Empire was that using Universal Standard Time, all underground cities throughout the Empire could be synced to the same time. If you wake up at 6am and travel to your office 1000 light years away, you still arrive around 9am for work. Cities on the surface do not have that advantage so some people in the Union would wake up in the middle of their night to get to work on another planet or system. Because of this annoying reality, around 2900 CE, the Union started to go back to a more planet and city type of lifestyle. Industry and agriculture were had in system or on the planet. Sometimes these would be done underground as well.

Regardless of which human polity, cities on planets were powered by geothermal systems. Man found that enclosed geothermal power systems were the best. Water loss was less than .001% per year and the power was clean. Vast geothermal sinks were dropped to near the crustal plate to where temperatures were over 800 degrees to heat the water.

There were two major Center plans. One plan would build concentric zoning rings. The outer wall of the caverns are housing units about 6 stories high, then a ring of schools and retail outlets. The next ring is entertainment and finally business centers near the central tube system. There would be small bus or tram lines every few degrees that would feed into hubs in the Entertainment Zone. In later years, these would have a ring that goes to the city’s Ring Hub. Additional lines would go between hubs in the Center’s Entertainment Zone or towards the central tube. A transportation component would be within a 20 minute walk from anywhere.

The second plan would zone the Center into a pie shape. Larger slices of the pie would be housing or business and smaller ones entertainment or retail. This design also tried to have the same type of transportation layout.

Even the Union’s surface settlements tried to stay true to the Center layouts since the same groups designed and built both. For one, it would allow citizens to move between locations and have a good idea of how the layout would be. The second main reason was the efficiency of the design. The hub and spoke design of the in Center transportation allowed for anybody to catch a bus, train, tram or ring in less than 20 minutes from almost anywhere in the urban area.

Other Center designs were built to handle special requirements. Some cities had dedicated Entertainment Centers (like amusement parks) or Special Resort Centers. While there were surface Entertainment and Resort locations, those were mostly dependent on mother nature. These underground Centers would be available year round as the environment was controlled. Large amusement parks were built, capable of being visited by anyone in the Federation. While some Resort Centers were built to replicate an ocean, natural or mythical land; others were massive zoos that had animals from around the galaxy. Instead of actually bringing the animals to these zoos, scientists and drones would follow these animals and then a 3D projection of the animal’s life and its environment was created for visitors. This immersion was better than that received from the MindNet because the sounds, smells and environment could be experienced.

While all heavy industry and most large business centers are off-world from a habitable planet, Many people telecommute to work with large numbers never leaving their Center or city. Depending on the the job, most can telecommute 2-3 times a week. Most of the business in a Center is related to servicing the home or telecommuter. Almost no one works in their homes, since with the MindNet, connectivity to the home is not really required. Home connections center around the Home Computer system.

This is not a computer like today but the House AI. Due to the restrictions on AI, these are stunted systems that are basically a system foundation with some basic behaviors. Additional behaviors are added to it as the person acquires services or systems. An example, when a person buys a new food preparation system they get a behavior model that is loaded into the House AI. This will tell the owner what can be done with the system. The House AI is connected to a central monitoring system that will check to make sure that the House AI has not be tampered with.

These house networks are connected to service providers and Center security networks. Long ago the war with hacker and AI made it necessary to separate networks that are gatewayed with human-AI hybrid systems watching the interactions. MindNet is used to interface with the House AI but in a limited scripted manner.

Worm Hole Earth – Timeline Part 3

So the third timeline installment.  To see all of them please go select the TAG timeline.  I hope you like it. I will use this timeline and other things I put together to build my sci-fi universe.  Please comment.

2319 Alpha Centauri Prime colony is established. The planet’s surface was found suitable for earth cohabitation but superstorms were extremely deadly with winds going over 200 miles an hour. The native plant and animal species have adapted ways to handle these storms. Man has to live underground with visits to the surface. Like their Earth counterparts, Man builds large superstructures on the surface and surrounds them with high walls. Inside the structures are plants and gardens of Earth while outside is the native varieties. Three population zones are inhabited with another two being built around three economic zones where all the consortiums and guilds set up shop. Elsewhere in the system, the mining guilds start mining the belts and the agro-consortiums set up space stations for food production.
2326 The Hyun-Sumi Shipbuilding Guild builds the first world encompassing industry in the Barnard’s Star system. There were three planets with two being medium gas giants like Neptune and one being an ice world outside of the habitable zone. The Hyundai Guild purchased a 500 year lease on the system, a first for a guild since mostly the consortiums take over systems. They built a large ship building facility encompassing half the planet (about the size of Mercury). Needing superconducting systems to build these ships, the planet’s temperature at -170F eased the requirements. Using large underground building docks with J-Rings to provide gravity the shipbuilders opened up shop. To reduce their costs, they lease out the systems mineral rights in the asteroid belt to the Rio Vale Mining Consortium. With PT Rings, the Guild built a transport hub in the planet’s only habitation Center to allow workers to commute from their home worlds to work on a daily basis.
2328 A mutiny on three frigates and the command station on Bernard’s star occurs. The local commander was a harsh disciplinarian and went too far when he instituted lashing a well liked junior officer on the Republic of Man Frigate Hammon. The fourth frigate remained loyal to the government but was driven off by the other three frigates into the outer reaches of Kuiper belt of the system. The mutiny also took over the unfinished industrial stations being built on the 5th planet (ice ball mercury size). the and the central hub. The mutineers blocked the PT ring and started to negotiate with Republican officials so the system was cut off. Luckily the Tri-free Industrial Consortium had already had delivered a few rings a year ago for quick access to their systems. Two were configured and taken over by the mutineers while one was in storage. The quick thinking of Chief Miner Tuni and his crew got the ring out of the storage facility and onto a runner to head towards the moon, Anvil, of the 5th planet, Miters Point. There was a small consortium research center there that was unmanned for the last year (after their mission of determining moon composition). The crew accessed the station and sent through messages. Knowing little of how a PT ring works and only that its distant end was probably in storage they kept trying to get attention of someone on the other side. After a week of trying, finally the PT Ring grew to the size of a personnel ring and Consortium security came through the ring. The Chief advised them of what was going on and the ring was turned over to the military. Initially the military sent through some marines to set up listening posts on the moon to find out where the mutineers were. Negotiations were going bad and it was decided to use the ring they have to take the system back. The marines took the ring into space near the dark side of the moon away from the planet when it was on the other side from the mutineers and made the ring into a space based ring. Thru the ring came Task Force Hammer, 2 dreadnoughts and 10 frigates. There were no ring weapons on these ships because of the ring thru ring limitation but the firepower was overwhelming. The mutineers quickly gave up and the system was restored to the Republic. After this incident, the military discovered the value of having other space based rings in or near the system with the extra rings for ring weapons. All systems would get one or two space rings in the outer system with enough rings for mounting on ships as they came through the rings. These forces would be independent of the system forces and their locations kept secret.
2389 The Republic of Man has habitats in 8 systems and has expanded its reach out 25 Light Years. There are another 20 systems that could support life on a planet but most of those are currently being researched. The Republic’s core law for space is to do not destroy life already on other planets.
2397 Mars is colonized as an Earth like planet with a breathable atmosphere. The gravity is a little light compared to Earth but it is determined that people can live there easily. Like Earth, Mars’ colonies will be underground with the surface left to be a nature reserve with only the cities’ mega structures as evidence that Man is there.
2409 Venus’s temperature has been brought down to the point where it can start terraforming.
2481 The Republic is out to 50+ light years and has 37 habitable systems. A crisis is occurring regarding how systems are represented. The numbers of representatives is starting to become unwieldy yet many wish for the current system to remain while others are wanting to see changes. Three major factions develop with two wanting changes but not the same. Over the last twenty years these factions have been solidifying their support base within systems with the occasional violence to supporters of other factions. In the Procylon system, an uprising occurs on Procylon III that takes over 5 of the 9 cities on the planet. They cut off PT ring travel and require the system Governor to call in the Army to retake the cities. One of the cities, Versparo, becomes a bloodbath as the Royalist party had many supporters in the city and they fought block by block with the Army. Further instigation was the desertion of a few of the army units to the Royalists and a few other units refusing to fire on the civilians. Eventually the uprising was put down but the separation between parties became even greater.
2483 The Republic civilian and military leadership realize the problems from the Procylon III uprising and institute measures to make sure military units are not all one party or from one system. A few senior line officers are sacked due to political declarations. This further disgruntles the remaining military and the political parties.
2484 Unbeknownst to the general Republic government, the Royalists have garnered massive support in 20 systems and launch a coup. Three of the 5 Interstellar bases of the Navy, 1 of the 3 Army interstellar bases and the Marines join the Royalists. Of the remaining loyal forces, a smaller portion in the newer systems in the Eta Leporis region decide that they would break off from the Republic. They shut off all PT Rings leading to any other system and have over 50 frigates and 2 dreadnoughts to their fleet. One of their systems, Eta Leporis, had a large military fortress station that could service ring weapons. They create the Union Eta Leporis and declare themselves out of the fight. The Royalists and Republicans fight many pitched battles in certain star systems.
2486 The last Republican stronghold of Tau Ceti is defeated and Emperor Rinar the Sure is coronated. Rinar was the candidate for the position based on all the remaining Royalists and the military leadership. As a gesture of goodwill, he offers peace to the Union Eta Leporis and accepts they are a separate entity.
2487 The peace treaty is ratified with divisions of how space will be divided, have been accepted by both parties. The Empire agrees not to continue their growth in the space going in the direction of the Union. The Union agrees to only grow in that direction. The division is accepted for 200 years at which time both may compete for territories in any direction. With the PT rings, contiguous space is not necessary. Trade is allowed with Luyten’s Star and L347-14, called Rinar’s Peace, being the two neutral zones. Both sides are allowed to have a space ring and small military station with a central rotational station as the trade zone. The Empire polices and manages the station and space for Rinar’s Peace and the Union does the same for Luyten’s Star. No activity outside of coming and going to the trade station or authorized transiting ships are allowed in the system. All other wormhole communications have been cut off except a communications on link betwen Sol and Eta Leporis for military and political communications only.
2491 Emperor Rinar decrees Universal Standard Time (UST). All Imperial cities and stations will use UST. Local time can also be used but work schedules and inter planetary communications/entertainment would be in UST. Since the majority of the population lives underground, they can not see what the surface is about. Standardizing the time frame allows for more economic activity. City and station nu-sky is timed to UST.
2537 Word arrives that the Union has met an alien civilization, in Cygni A system. The aliens, known as the WERZU to the Union, are a new to space travel race of humanoids with four arms, three eye stalks omnivores. They have only their home planet and small outposts on their 3 moons. They do not use radio communcations but have a form of telepathy to communicate. The Union explorer did not see them in their initial scans and when the science ships came in they were detected by the WERZU. Instead of leaving the system they met the aliens. Trade has been established and the WERZU were allowed to set up trade and an embassy with the Empire. Since social ties between the Union and Empire are good, the Union allowed the Empire to purchase some rings from them and to have a star in the Union as the Empire hub for access to the WERZU. So the Union built two ring pairs one from, Wagner, the Empire’s name for their new system, to the WERZU system and another pair between Wagner and the Empire.
It would take 30 more years before the connection was fully established but the Union allowed communications in the mean time.

Worm Hole Earth Universe Details – Mining Consortiums

Took a break from converting my Wall of Destruction story to a movie script. Did some work on the details of my Worm Hole Earth universe. The government is based upon an Oligarchy. There are major consortiums and then guilds that almost all citizens of the Republic of Man or Solarian Empire worked for. Here is what I have written about the mining consortiums.

Mining Consortiums:  There are 4 consortiums responsible for all natural element acquisition. Whether it is water, Helium, Gold, Silver,etc… They are responsible for acquisition and refinement (smelters, clarifiers, etc..) for delivery to their customers. For example, they will produce Gold into ingots or Steel into bars for delivery or purify water or turn hydrogen into liquid or harvest anti-matter.

In the habitable systems, the territory is broken into zones around the system and they can bid for each zone.  In non-habitable systems they can bid for the entire system. Then only the government presence is authorized without their permission. They get a 100 year lease on either the zones or 250 years for a system.

When Man first went to space, the mining consortiums set up factories in Earth orbit and sent small mining colonies to the asteroids to start mining them. Then around 2100 the Argotonian Mining Consortium built a station in the Asteroid Belt. The trips back and forth between mining concerns and the processing factory were shortened. Since the majority of a trip is from source to factory and not factory to customer, the economics proved overwhelming.

Within the next 20 years, all four consortiums had built their processing stations in the asteroid belt. The powering of these stations made them dangerous places with the Chibra Mining Consortium losing their station, in 2141. A minor asteroid rocketed into the side of the station and the nuclear reactor melted down. This caused 29,023 deaths and the further regulating of space stations for safety.

By 2300, the consortiums had become system owning concerns with each owning at least 4 star systems. These systems were mostly Red Dwarf stars that already burned through the majority of their fuel. They were surrounded by dead worlds and large Kuiper belts. The worlds were investigated for scientific reasons while the clouds were mined.

Normally, when a system is leased, a single Solar Station, Central Station and System Command Station are present. The controlling consortium would come in and build a processing facility, additional Solar Stations and a fleet of Scheffer class ships to mine the belts. The “Scheffer” class ships are massive ships over 5 miles long and 3 miles in diameter. They have large bays forward that allow the ship to “swallow” asteroids or comets, lock them in place and then start mining them. Only the rear 1/3 of the ship has artificial gravity. There is a large PT Ring that feeds the broken down materials to an orbital industrial station.

The ship drills stabilizing struts into the object, then robotic miners go out and break up the material. The robotic miners are controlled by drivers located in the front third of the ship. Large vacuum type systems suck all the lose material up and push it towards the PT Ring. These ships can scoop up 4-5 objects less than a mile wide and start tearing them apart. The crew gets changed out every 8 hours with another shift from the industrial station.  No further mining on living planets is allowed. All future mineral gains will need to come from space based sources.

Science teams would canvas the planets and the further reaches of the system for geology of the system and general science of the system. Sometimes they would invite other consortiums or guilds to come to their system to build their own stations. These entities would pay a lease to the controlling consortium which would offset some of their lease to the government.

As with the rest of human space, no one normally lives on the mining stations or Scheffer ships. They commute to work via the ring network from the habitable planets. Most stations and ships have showering facilities but not really living quarters.

Short: Daddy where do you work?

“Daddy, where do you work?”