“A couple of years ago (had it really been that long?) I was forced into system 4389.”
Hildi had anticipated and quickly flashed up a system map showing that region of space. “As a precaution I scanned the system carefully for some time before proceeding. I noticed a comet that wasn’t where is should have been from 4-month-old scans. Shouldn’t have been there at all, but it was. When curiosity got the better of me and I turned to go and investigate, it disappeared.” Hildi flashed up a distant shot of the “comet”. “It took quite a few months to scrape together the credits to get some good probes, but when I did I got close enough to get these shots …” Again Hildi was on top of it. Close in shots of the initial probe approach were displayed. A buzz went around the room because it was plain to see it wasn’t a comet. Jown continued, “When I turned in my ship to approach, thinking with the probe I could keep contact this time, it moved so fast the probe lost contact in seconds. So I left the system, waited a while and returned with both probes ready. I sent them to tail the probe, but at a further distance, so as not to spook it. Then when they were in position I turned my ship toward it and went active. The comet moved, but more directly and not as fast as before. Eventually though it outdistanced the probes. When I traced its path it lead to an asteroid, so I sent the probes to orbit and scan it.” Hildi flashed a picture of the asteroid. “After just a few passes the probes located a cave and sent in one to investigate.” Hildi put up a shot of the docking cavern from the entry cave. The room went dead silent from shock. “You will all get to pour over the details later I’m sure, but the short of it is that there is a maintenance bay, a store room and a series of passageways leading to living and control spaces. We’ve spend over a year studying the artifacts. Dr. Grunhilda Gieorn has succeeded in developing a translation program for both the written texts (of which there is a massive amount, all scanned in) and her husband Scientist Johann Gieorn has determined the physics principles that allows the formation and control of gravity fields.” It somehow just seemed to Jown that he should give formal credit to their long labors, and since everyone immediately jumped up and applauded, he was probably right. After things quieted down Jown had them sit back down and said, “But we’re not quite finished yet. You haven’t gotten the bad news yet. We went back to the asteroid base to use their communications equipment to determine if they had detected us.” Hildi flashed up a translated article about the base intrusion by a new race. “Hildi let’s just run the conversation, can you do that?” It only took about 10 seconds and the entire interview with their alien neighbor ran on the screen. Again dead silence. So Jown continued “You see we (the whole human race even though they don’t know it) have a big problem. We don’t see any good coming out of their coming here. There’s not enough room and the invaders will be following in them. After considering this we decided that the only way out was to help them defeat the invaders so they wouldn’t have a need to leave their homelands. Johann I think you had better take over here.” And Jown sat down. He knew they would be full of questions like how on earth can they think that the human race could even get there, let alone help?
“Ladies and gentlemen I know that Jown’s last conclusion sounds like fantasy. Now I must stress that this next part must be considered Top Secret. Your best kept secret. It appears from my research that both alien races have simply copied the technology they are using to create gravity. I know from my equations, and have demonstrated on a small scale, that there is a much more efficient and effective means of creating and using gravity for propulsion. Somewhere in the past that knowledge wasn’t given to these other races and they never developed it. They use their engines to push them through space. It is much more efficient and effective than what we do, but there is a much better way. With the right design we can instead produce and build a potential gravity field that will instantly translate all matter within it’s envelope to a new velocity when it’s properly excited. In essence it instantaneously applies the gravity that would have been applied over the time it was building. This will allow changing speeds and directions with no acceleration effects.” A gasp went up in the room as they all very quickly realized what that meant. They were experienced in the difficulty even relatively short distances (on the universal scale) from a jump gate caused. “The implementation of this new science is actually rather simple. It really shouldn’t take long to design and build a test drone and then from the measurements there to begin building ships and weapons. I’ve been giving it some thought and I have a weapon idea that should be unstoppable and keep us well out of their weapons range, but I’m getting too far ahead. Coming to you was Jown’s idea. You have the detachment from the governments that should allow focus on the primary need, defeating the invaders. And you have the necessary secrecy and security to keep this a secret, even later. We don’t think it would be good for the balance in our society for this discovery to be suddenly just given out. Besides it’s Jown’s discovery and not really ours to give away.”
At this point the Glen Holbert got up and took the floor, “Ladies and gentlemen I know I speak for all of us when I sincerely thank you for the trust you three have placed in us. MNES we have a real problem. We have been entrusted with a great new discovery, but with it comes a solemn responsibility, a responsibility that we are accepting. This is now our number one priority. We can’t simply suspend our other work without raising suspicion, so figure out how to keep up appearances, but don’t let it get in the way of our real task. I am putting Johann, Hildi and Jown on the payroll as of now. They are free to come and go and keep their own hours, but I know they are anxious to help us develop what we need. Ship Design, you’re up first. Work with Johann and the science staff to come up with a drone design for testing and further development. Hildi please, if you will, work with Sam and the Navigation team to develop a navigation method to get us to the battlefield. Logistics, you know your job, be ready when the flag goes up. Communications and Sensors, look at the data on the alien equipment and see if we can adapt any of it in time, particularly we will need some kind of IFF to tell the invaders from our neighbors. Daily status reports right here. Security recheck the clearances of everyone here on this station. We’ll find some excuse to transfer off any that are doubtful. Branch heads when security is done brief your people. Let’s get to work.”
Posted by strailon Sunday, December 16, 2012 @ 00:00:00 UTC