Episode.1.Final – InstaByte installment #120 01-24-2113
We now leave regular NanoNews programming for a live report from the Earth Corp Galactic News JournoPod, currently docked at Moonbase 9 Debriefing Section, where Vincent King brings you InstaByte installment #120 01-24-2113:
Greetings citizens, Vincent King reporting.
Captain Dixon, of the starship Far Explorer III, recently returned from a 15 year journey to the largely unknown reaches of the universe, has made a remarkable discovery, and solved a mystery that has baffled scientists for seven decades.
An ever-expanding cluster of curious objects, just beyond known space, and about the size of our solar system, has turned out to be garbage. Our garbage.
The innocuous Ready Refuse Remover, used everywhere on earth, was originally touted as a disintegrator. Discovered by accident by E.V. Ready in 2100, it solved the near-disastrous conundrum posed by an unknowable accumulation of household waste.
Simply place the waste in the machine and, poof, gone. The same technology was used to rid us of our age-old industrial and nuclear waste.
But, as it turns out, the RRR is not a disintegrator, but a transporter. Our garbage has become a solar-system-sized mass spinning at the edge of the universe.
Scientists now believe that RRR technology can be applied to space travel. Experiments using low grade bio-gens creatures are already underway.
Interviewed after his debriefing, Dixon also commented on an unsettling “sense of being watched”, while navigating the Explorer III through what has been playfully dubbed the Celestial Dump.
“If I had to describe it”, said Dixon. “I would say it was like having my thoughts sifted. Made clearer. Each thought became entire. I felt a clarity unlike anything I have experienced.”
Doctors and scientists attribute Dixon’s “clarity” to the stress caused by a burst of brain activity after being in suspended animation for 15 years.
Dixon is not so certain. “It lasted for weeks,” he said. “I felt like a child being questioned by a parent. To a certain extent, the sense lingers to this day.”
Dixon has been suspended from active duty.
This InstaByte installment has been brought to you by BioGen Robotics, household aids for a toil free future.
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