One of my heroes in my life is my Dad, my dad has always been special to me. He always sends me emails about paradoxes and programming. Every time we ride in the car together we always talk about philosophy or a interesting topic. He is always showing me interesting things usually on the computer such as space simulators, or sites where you can program elevators. As a computer programmer we share our interest in. I like that he is always showing something new such as Fermi's paradox. I like that he is very empathetic and thoughtful. This is why my dad is my hero.
Argentina: A Space Odyssey
Very Important Information
As the writer I must say that I cannot give you the names of some of the people who are in this story because of government investigations on this topic. To make the story more interesting, I will give a name to the character Will.
Will was stressed; he was going on his first mission, Earth. Earth was the most dangerous planet because of the inhabitants superstitions in intelligent life forms. They usually worked with inhabitants who thought they were the center of the universe. Will sighed; he should have done worse in training because he hated the attention it brought. Everyone knew who he was because of the mission; to make it worse, he was the youngest person who was sent to the planet. He got ready for the long ride because Earth was 30,000 light years away. In school he learned that Earth’s inhabitants could not shift their appearance, which meant vanity and other things. Ugh! At least he could leave the planet Tellus, the training planet. A loud knock sounded on his room door.
“Yes? Is it time to leave?"
"Shuttles leave soon. Go finish packing."
He recognized the gruff, muffled voice of the Lieutenant.
Will laughed, "You're too used to Earth time. I have all the time in the universe."
"Whatever, just be there."
Will stuck his right hand out, jerked it upward and slammed it against the ground. The ground rippled, bending like a wave traveling across a lake. Everything that it passed froze. To them time was not relative. They could change it, reverse it and stop it, but only one thing they could not do, move forward in time. Many citizens paused time, probably every one of them did it multiple times a day. Everyone in the universe paused except a few people, the workers at Time Control. Time Control was in a green building surrounded by a weird shimmering shield which blocked the time changes.
Will finished packing and walked outside carrying his luggage behind his back. He wished he was not in human form so he could blend in. Everyone who was going on missions had to be in their form they would be taking so they could adjust. Luckily we looked very similar to the Earthly inhabitants except that we were a bit taller. Still, the difference was notable. He walked towards the shuttle bay and tried to hide his face from the people watching. When he entered, he did not see the normal shuttle. He looked around puzzled then the Lieutenant walked in. "Follow me,” he said.
The Lieutenant walked down a passage way and opened the door.
"Prepare to be amazed,” he said with a smirk on his face.
Will was surprised. It was the first time the Lieutenant had smiled. Will looked around. There was the biggest ship he had ever seen. It was gigantic. On the side there were in huge black letters The Mothership. He could not wait to get on the ship.
The Lieutenant said, "I have to leave. Go ahead and board it.”
Will rushed on to the ship, very exited about the trip now.
They had been traveling for ages. Will knew the trip was going to be long but not that long. They had been on the ship for a long time before they began nearing the planet. Finally they neared the planet. The Lieutenant was nowhere to be seen. A man standing near the bay door beckoned for him to come.
“We are nearing the planet, so I need you to put this vest on.”
Will was now accustomed to the respect that came to him because of the mission. The man then said, “Someone will be joining you to help get accustomed. His name is Mark. He will be your trainer.”
The teenager named Mark walked in,
“Get ready to jump,” Mark said without an expression.
Will was confused yet again. There were so many new things for him to learn. Suddenly everyone except him and Mark began rushing out of the room getting behind the glass panels. Will looked through the outside window. Giant screens flipped into place projecting the image behind the ship. Then the giant bay door started to open, when it was fully opened the air lock counted down.
10. 9. 8. 7. 6. 5. 4. 3. 2. 1. 0. Suddenly he felt ripped forward into space, flying out. Mark yelled "Get ready for impact."
Will braced himself. After a second he sensed something coming up ahead. Then he felt like he felt like they slammed into a brick wall, the atmosphere was so thick. They whistled down. Flames started to form around them.
Mark yelled, "Get ready to pull the strap on your jacket in 3. 2. 1. Now!"
Will yanked on the strap causing the vest to case around him like body armor. Suddenly he felt like he was slowing down. Then the suit flipped him onto a standing position. He then waited for the impact. Boom!
He slammed into the ground, sinking him up to his chest into a muddy bank. He crawled out and lay on the ground,
"Scary, isn't it,” Mark said.
"Yeah, fun though,” he responded.
"Wow, gravity is super low here. I feel super strong,” Will said.
"There is a airport near here. I have tickets to New York. Oh, and no questions."
A man in a skyscraper, dressed in a dark suit, looked down onto a long air strip. As a plane arrived, he pulled out his phone.
"They have arrived,” he said.
Will got off the plane, happy to be on solid ground. He looked up, "So this is New York City."
Mark said "Follow me."
Will followed him into the city looking at the humans loving that he got to see a new species. They reached a big building in which they entered. Will sensed that in the building were not humans but of their kind. A woman was at the door.
"Hello I see we have a new arrival. This way please."
They entered an elevator, and the lady punched a button. When the doors opened, he saw hundreds of non-human workers. In the middle there was a huge shaft going into the ground.
"Here is were we get our power for many cities including the largest most important city, Argentina. Earth is special because of its red hot mantle which we use as a power source. The humans cannot use this power source because they cannot survive the temperatures,” she said.
Will walked over to the shaft. It looked like it went down forever. He asked,” I know this might seem silly but would it be possible for someone, I mean one of us, to dive through the shaft?"
"Actually, that could be possible. If you want you can try." She responded.
Will nodded. He got a running start and jumped through the shaft. After a few moments he saw the red glossy red mass of magma. He then plunged into it with a large splash. He swam upward and climbed onto a platform on the side.
A worker said, “Beware! That basin with white metal over there is X-steel. It is very resistant and can only melt at this heat. It can kill you.”
A man in a dark suit waited outside two white gleaming doors. Inside a counsel was preparing. Suddenly the doors swung open revealing a huge circular room with seven white robed men seated on golden seats all watching him. On a elevated seat sat a golden robed man staring intensely at his paper.
"Mr. Zain Blackwood, you have pledged that the planet Earth is too dangerous to use as an energy source. Even though Earth powers many cities - even Argentina - you continue to insist that we must leave. Have you considered that if we were not on Earth, you would have died seven years ago and this building would never be built?” The golden robed man said, "That was before, now we must leave. Did you know that we have had eight deaths of new recruits on Earth already not counting other workers, trainers and trainees?”
“Are you saying that you do not care about the people who die on that planet?" Zain responded.
“We will agree to this. If there is one more death, then we will stop,” the golden man said.
Zain grunted and walked off.
To Be Continued