Tuesday, August 01, 2006
New Beginning 29
It is so hard to know the future and so easy to know the past.
That’s what Captain Enso said over five thousand years ago. His thought still holds up to the scrutiny of scholars and students when they teach and learn about causality violations and the nature of probabilities that govern time travel. Even now, when the Council of Five take time to survey histories, review the past decisions, and plan for the years to come, the words that Captain Enso uttered ring true. Knowing that the past transpired without serious error, without major disasters, without dead-end plans… knowing that our plans succeeded, well, that gave us the confidence to launch mankind into and beyond the galaxy.
At last count, one billion, forty-five million, two-hundred, seventy-three thousand and fifteen worlds each with populations of at least a billion humans have reported to Terra Prime and Sector Zed, Zed, Zed. No two reports are the same. They all have different histories and unique adventures to relate.
"Officer Gamelan! Quick, look!" Lieutenant Experian ran into the data room carrying an info-rod. It was one of the red ones.
"One minute. Busy." Gamelan didn’t look up from the console.
"It’s the new reports."
Experian ran over to the console and threw the rod down. "But look! It’s a new--"
" . . . one billion, forty-five million, two-hundred... Damn it!" He picked up the rod and rammed it deep into Experian’s nostril. The young lieutenant fell to his knees screaming.
Gamelan watched with grim satisfaction as the look of utter surprise on Experian’s face turned to one of horrified realization. Ah, how right Enso had been, all those years ago. He turned back to the console: "One . . . Two . . . Three . . . "
Opening: Dave.....Continuation: ril
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