Star Travelers by Ronnie Coleinger
“Computer, hard to starboard! Hard to starboard,” the commander screamed. The Time Travel Computer quickly made the necessary correction and passed within a kilometer or so behind the stationary object. The commander yelled again at the computer and asked, “Was that an asteroid?” The computer announced that the object was mechanical in nature, not a naturally occurring object one would normally find in the cosmos.
The Galileo crew were all True Blood Demords. True Bloods were the native peoples of the planet Rowkin. Over the eons, humans from planet Earth had migrated to the planet and taken up residence there. The True Bloods were able to reproduce within their own kind, but breeding with humans or other visitors would not produce offspring. Therefore, the True Blood Demords were considered to be the ruling class. At birth the True Bloods were implanted with a device in their brain that allowed them to interface with a specialized computer called a Puissant. The Puissant was like a parent and would guide and protect the child until its twenty first birthday. At that time, the True Blood could choose to be disconnected from their Puissant so they could join the IFTT and time travel the cosmos if they chose to do so.
When the Starship Galileo was built, six True Blood Demords joined the crew and set out to explore the cosmos. The original six-person crew became one member short when Timothy’s partner resigned her Demordian commission and joined up with a fleet of starships under the control of Trish Wilson. During the Time Travel Computer upgrade at IFTT Headquarters - Andromeda, Timothy fell in love with Addalyne and asked her to join him in a connubial ceremony and then join the crew of the Galileo as their electrical engineer.
Two very small fusion nuclear reactors power the Starship Galileo. The energy released from the reactors produces heat, which we then use to produce steam. That steam energy spins four small electrical generators to power our instrumentation and lighting. The steam is also used to operate all of our mechanical systems, such as doors or anything that is required to physically move. We long ago discovered that electrically operated motors and mechanisms often fail and are difficult to repair and require a large inventory of spare parts. Since the steam piping is produced with eleventh dimension strings of energy, replacement of a pipe or fitting simply requires the computer to write new binary coding. The steam operated mechanisms are easily maintained and repaired without a large inventory of spare parts. Since we use steam power throughout the Rowkin Planet, our engineers are well versed in the miniaturization and operation of steam powered equipment.
The mission assigned to the Starship Galileo by the designers is to seek out new life forms and do scientific research within Universe Number Two, the universe where the Milky Way Galaxy is found. The Galileo’s mission statement provides instructions for the vessel to travel millions of years into the past to document the changes that have taken place in the universe, and then time travel many millions of years into the future in an attempt to predict what events in the cosmos will influence the universe.
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Addalyne had requested permission from her boss to sit in on a lecture scheduled to begin just after lunch. The lecture itinerary explained that the professor would address the proposed insertion of robotic implants in monkeys. The intent of the research was to test the plausibility of using such implants in humans to increase their productivity in the workplace. When Addalyne arrived at the lecture hall and sat down in her chair to wait the arrival of the professor, she thought back to how the Demords used the implants on their own planet.
The planet Rowkin, home of the Demords, had a mixed culture of residents. Many of its residents were immigrants from the planet Earth who over the centuries melded in with the original inhabitants of the planet, the Demords. At first, humans and Demords lived and worked together, but were unable to produce offspring. Only the mating between True Bloods’ produced offspring. The DNA structure of humans and Demords were so vastly different that interbreeding would not allow fertilization of a female’s egg, at least in the beginning. After a few years, some demordian females began producing healthy children after copulating with humans. The demordian True Bloods’ searched for an answer to the phenomena, but at the time were unable to determine the cause.
A few years later, the demordian biologists determined that the alterations had occurred from viral mutations that invaded the demordian DNA structure and caused damage. The Demords with the altered DNA could produce offspring when they mated with humans. It seemed that nature used beneficial genetic mutations to allow a species to adapt their genetic structure to advance the ability of the species to survive. It appeared to the genetics that the virus mutations to the True Blood Demords were part of that process.
The True Blood Demords genetic structure normally considered the damaged DNA as an alteration. Therefore, it would prevent the male’s sperm from impregnating a female’s eggs. Thankfully, the virus did not modify the DNA of all True Bloods’. The True Blood Demords with unmodified DNA could only produce children if they mated with another True Blood. Addalyne Yutaka was one of those True Bloods’.
Six humans and a crew of intelligent computers staff the Starship Galileo. It is custom on the planet Rowkin to pair a True Blood child to an assistant within a few weeks of their birth. The Demords implant each child with a memory module that resides between the left and right hemispheres of their brains. The modules grow in place and soon connect to the somatosensory cortex of the brain. This connection provides the child with a wireless interface connection to an intelligent computer system known as a Puissant, which most Demords refer to as an Elder. These Puissants work with each child to provide it with an advanced education and a ready source of knowledge and information storage.
Once a child turns twenty-one years old, they choose a career field, although most have decided upon a career many years in advance. Each child’s Puissant, resides within the central processing network, located inside of the Demordian Council Building in the capital city of Alliance. If a Demords moves to a different city, their puissant remains in the capital city, but remains linked through the eleventh dimension membrane. If a child chooses to disconnect from their puissant, the engineers place their puissant into storage. When a child acquires their legal age, they can mate and produce one child, through a ceremonial process called the Connubial.
You must understand that the intelligence that resides within each Puissants’ programming sequence originally came from a True Blood Demords that had completed its 2000 years life cycle: The demordian council makes the final determination if a True Blood is mature enough to guide a child through its life cycle. The system works well, but not all True Bloods’ survive a full life cycle. If the True Blood dies prematurely, their Puissant is decommissioned. The engineers would then place the Puissant in storage until the birth of a True Blood child that required their services.