Synopsis of Genesis Logs
Nick Johns, a wounded and quadriplegic U.S. Marine of the Iraq war, encounters
assertive government officials, who, unbelievably, recall him to active duty to
serve humanity. Spirited off to Area 51,
he meets the president, where he learns Earth will face total
destruction from a massive asteroid, but the government had secretly
initiated the Genesis Project to save the human race from extinction. Shockingly, the president asks him to
volunteer his brain to provide the spark-of-life to the shipboard computer and
become the captain of the spaceship, Genesis, for a two hundred year deep-space
flight to colonize a new habitable planet called New Earth.
the unexpected death of the original brain donor, Capt. Johns escalates to the
top slot on a carefully screened shortlist of potential donors, all
quadriplegic with proven resistance to depression and demonstrated
self-sacrificing values. The scientific
team of experts and fellow voyagers scramble to make their launch window and
hurriedly brief him on the major aspects of the project: the discovery of the
asteroid, security of the top-secret project, use of alien technology, Light
Wave Drive, location of the target planet and planned astrological route, brain
interface and extension, etc.
briefings were comforting and informative but not actually required. Once he reluctantly agrees, the doctors
extract his brain and install it into the core of the human brain cell
computer, where his mind extends into the computer, and the Genesis becomes his
new body. He remains Capt. Nick Johns,
but he also becomes the Genesis. His
intellect expands exponentially, and he knows everything…all the scientists’
research, background of the project, and all stored knowledge of the human race.
soon, the world discovers the imminent doom and plunges into chaos, resulting
in total anarchy and global nuclear war.
Fortunately, the Genesis launches seconds ahead of an Al Qaeda nuclear
attack designed to prevent the salvation of the human race. Genesis rendezvous in orbit with the only
other surviving escape vessel, The Hope, a much less sophisticated project
developed by the Japanese. The Genesis
takes control of the Hope and launches into deep-space towing the Hope with an
umbilical attachment, where they witness the asteroid’s impact and destruction
intellect mushrooms during the voyage, driving him to the point of
insanity. He finds emotional release
through a developing friendship and, ultimately, unexpected love between
himself and the beautiful Akiko, the director of life support. Capt. Johns devises a plan to escape his
cerebral prison and physically be with Akiko by cloning his DNA and, through
his heightened intellect, telepathically live through this clone body. Akiko volunteers to host the clone embryo to
term, but her body begins to reject the infant, forcing it to be taken
early. Unfortunately for her, Akiko
refuses to allow the infant to be taken until her body has been severely
damaged. The infant, Nick, survives, but
Akiko’s body hovers near death and must be placed into cryogenic hibernation,
while he works on a way to cure her and bring her back to him.
reaches Alpha Centauri, the first of six planned jumps in the long journey, to
discover an alien race known as The Enlightened. The aliens are far more advanced and will not
allow humans to settle. The aliens
instantly transport the Genesis forty light years to the second planned hop,
Trianguli Australis. From here the
Genesis resumes its original journey.
the young age of three, Katy comes into his life. Katy, the accidental daughter of his doctor
and the Genesis’ engineer, comes into the control room and begins visiting with
Nick’s holographic image and wins his heart.
With the loneliness of command and the loss of Akiko, he quickly accepts
this new friend. Katy and his clone are
about the same age and the only children on board. Nick begins living through his cloned body,
playing and eventually grows up with Katy.
After years of being constantly together, they fall in love and become
lovers, yet he still loves Akiko. Both
accept this fact.
discovers that Akiko’s replacement over life support has virtually destroyed
the on board ecosystem she designed and created. In his anger, Nick forgoes his adult and
authoritative holographic image and fires the acting director using his cloned
physical body, learning a valuable lesson... command is a state of mind, not a
of the Hope’s engineers and closet Islam extremist becomes a constant nemesis
to Nick’s authority and secretly organizes a mutiny. Like the extremists of Earth, he schemes to
sabotage what he perceived to be an escape from Allah’s destruction of the human race. When
the armed terrorists take command of the control room, Nick flares the lights,
temporarily blinding them long enough for his team to kill the mutineers.
the scientists and doctors, Nick continues to work toward bringing Akiko back
to full health. Together they conduct
stem cell research and develop an Immortality Gene, which miraculously brings
Akiko back to healthy life...an immortal life.
always finds a way to survive. The
assertive little Katy will not be denied.
When Akiko shows signs of reviving, Katy decides to go into cryogenic
storage, charging Nick with the task of convincing Akiko to accept a menage a
trois. This turns out to be easier than
he thought possible, and they eventually become a threesome.
the entire Genesis Project almost collapses in failure when one of Nick’s
artificial hearts fail. Through quick
response of the emergency team, they narrowly avert the disaster, but this
launches the team into converting the artificial organs to modular human
of the department heads had taken the Immortality Gene (IM). At thirty years old, it became Katy and
Nick’s turn to take the gene.
Unfortunately, of all those that took the IM gene, only the inventor’s
body, Cdr. Taka, rejected the gene.
Katy’s body became the second to reject the gene. These two were destined to eventually die of
old age…the only ones. Nick and Akiko
would not accept losing Katy to old age, while they lived immortal lives. Nick and the scientists develop a plan to
slightly modify the DNA and clone Katy and Taka so the altered bodies would
accept the IM. They also invented a
brain interface that would slowly copy their memories and essence into the
clones. This effectively creates new
versions of the same people. One version
dies of old age, while the immortal clones live on with all the memories of
black hole is discovered in the last leg of the journey, threatening also to
doom the project. The crew applies
extraordinary effort to deviate their course to by-pass its gravitational
pull. Nick is required to make some hard
decisions and sacrifices many sleeping souls in cryogenic storage to save the
Genesis, thus alienating himself from the crew.
He realizes this is why he was chosen…to
avert the Black Hole and survive, but regrettably, the course modification
takes the Genesis beyond its ability to correct and dooms the project to
failure. Science having failed to save
them, they turn to Divine Intervention and bring the Chaplin out of cryogenics
to lead them in this effort. They begin
praying and are miraculously transported to their final
destination by The Enlightened, leaving the reader to decide if it was
Divine or alien intervention.
story ends with the Genesis and Hope in orbit around Genesis Prime planning the
colonization of their new home on Mount Olympus, the home of the
Immortals. This, of course, will be the
Log of Captain Nick Johns
I have learned anything from my over 300 years of life, it is the absolute
certainty that humans cannot be trusted to govern themselves. Humans by their very nature are
self-destructive, and given enough time they will destroy themselves. I wish I had known that when President
McIntosh had asked me to serve him, humanity, and as he put it: “Hell, Nick I’m
asking you to serve the world and keep humanity alive.” I’m still mad at him
for asking me to commit to serving humanity and keeping it alive. Amazing, since he has been dead for over 270
years; he died along with the rest of humanity when Earth died.
should have realized this was an impossible task when humanity turned upon
itself and destroyed all life on Earth, even before the asteroid exploded the
already dead planet. I should have
remembered Humanity’s history as filled with never ending wars. Hell, I was even a Marine in one of those
wars. Who was right, and who was
wrong? It doesn’t
matter; humans look for an excuse to war, and people died. That very fact should have told me that
humans are destined to have strife and war.
Maybe the radicalized Muslims were right and it was Allah’s will that no
humans escape destruction. They said the
asteroid was sent to destroy the wicked and the Genesis Project was an
should have realized this was an impossible task when we had an attempted
mutiny on board Genesis en route to our new home on Genesis Prime, and we only
had less than 75 people on the awake team.
I couldn’t even prevent it. Well, I did prevent the mutiny; I killed
them. But, the fact that conflict
between humans, even with a small population, is inevitable; it’s
should have realized this was an impossible task when we met the highly evolved
aliens, The Enlightened. They tried to
tell me that our species couldn’t interface with them
because of the destructive emotions humans demonstrated such as lust, pride,
greed, conceit, vanity, jealousy, covetousness, etc. They transported us 40 light years away from
them before we could corrupt their minds.
I should have listened more carefully.
should have realized this was an impossible task when I was assassinated. That certainly surprised me, but I dare say
it surprised the plotters and assassins even more to discover that I had a
spare body for just such an event.
really don’t want to sound so cynical. Of course there are good humans that control
their emotions and are kind, caring, benevolent, and work for the common good
of all; but they tend not to defend themselves and become followers, letting
others lead. Unfortunately, the bad ones
seem to float to the top and influence the sheep followers. I have learned from my mistakes and will
never allow this to happen again, and I have the power. Some think of me and refer to me as a god,
and many even call me Zeus. Certainly I have many god-like powers, immortality being
only one of them.
and my staff created the immortality gene (IG) to restore and save Akiko. I would have done anything to save her. We have since injected this IG treatment into
the awake team staff and some of the more key personnel necessary for survival
on Genesis Prime. I have since decided
to provide this option sparingly.
Immortality in some could become a burden to my command in later years;
immortal years are forever. No, I have
decided to bestow immortality only to those loyal to me and have proven
themselves dedicated to the common good of all.
I certainly don’t need any immortal psychopaths
or self-centered narcissists to deal with over time.
believe I am one of the good ones, and I think I have shown this to be the case
over and over. As Marine Captain Nick
Johns I sacrificed myself to save my men and was rewarded with a life as a
quadriplegic; as Captain of the Genesis I saved the lives of all on board
numerous times; and I have kept the Genesis Plan and humanity alive. None of this means anything though, because
it doesn’t really matter if I’m one of the good ones
or not; good or bad I carry the responsibility, thanks to the president talking
me into assuming the control and salvation of the human race. I committed myself to this task, and now I
have no choice. I will save the human race, even from itself, even if I have to kill
some of them to do it. I am no longer
interested in saving or even trying to work with psychopaths or bearers of
evil. No, I am only interested in working
with those that promote the common good, and to do that they must serve me...at
least follow my instructions and rules.
children have asked to read my logs. This is why I am reviewing them to see if anything should be
skipped, but I have nothing to hide.
Most of it is, however, boring, since so many uneventful years are
documented; therefore I am skimming over the logs and eliminating much of the
useless or redundant entries. The file
for publication will be this reduced and rendered version.
Introduction to the Public Genesis Prime Logs
those of you awakening that went into cryogenics before leaving Earth, an unbelievably
lot has happened since we launched, and the good news is that you
survived! Some did not, but you did.
predicted, the Earth was destroyed by an asteroid a few days after launching,
and we are the only survivors of Earth.
Earth may have died, but we brought all the history and knowledge of the human race with us.
This knowledge and history still lives through us.
were joined in orbit by another escape ship, Hope, from Japan. They came under our protection and authority
and are welcome members of our new society.
biggest shock will be discovering that a minimum of 132 years have passed, and
we have arrived at New Earth, which has been renamed Genesis Prime. Let me put 132 years into perspective in this
way. Doctor Rossen and Linda Clark, two
of the major designers of Genesis, had a child on board ship. This girl, Katherine (Katy), grew to
adulthood aboard Genesis, was educated with numerous doctorate degrees, had a
full 50 year career organizing and planning the colonization of Genesis Prime,
and eventually she died of old age at the advanced age of 123. Does this put 132 years into
before you become confused, there is a Katy now in charge of the colonization
on Genesis Prime. She is a complete
doppelganger clone of this original Katy, both mind (memories) and body. She was simply too important to our survival
on Genesis Prime to lose. Dr. Rossen,
Dr. Taka, and myself made this happen.
launched from Area 51 on July 8, 2015, but only minutes before a terrorist
atomic bomb exploded. Minutes before
this happened we worried about a last minute worker’s revolt, not unlike
everyone wanting to get on the last lifeboat of a sinking ship, but we were
saved from this by an impromptu address from President McIntosh. After hearing it I vowed to immortalize his
happened over 132 years ago, but I remember it vividly as if it happened
yesterday. President McIntosh stood outside
on the ramp of Air Force One and pointed toward the ship for emphasis and said,
“Genesis, we who are about to die salute you!
You carry with you our future, our hopes and
dreams…all that we are and have ever been.
We gave you life, and you are our child, and we sacrifice our lives so
our child might live. As
long as you live we will live in your memory. Like Genesis of the Bible, in the
beginning…this is our new beginning. May
God bless this new beginning.”
am not leaving. I will stand with you
and defend our child!” He stood tall and
erect and full of defiance. The crowd
began to cheer, and I cheered with them.
might also be interested in knowing that we are not alone in the universe. We even used alien technology in the
construction of Genesis, and without it we would not have survived the long,
arduous voyage. The government kept the
knowledge of aliens a secret, but there is obviously no reason to keep this a
the long voyage we met another race of highly evolved aliens, The
Enlightened. I won’t
say they were particularly friendly, but they did help us along the way and cut
40 light years off our scheduled trip.
They again helped us during the final leg of our trip. Without their assistance we would have surely
failed. Some will say it was Divine
Intervention, and it may well have been.
Either way, we are here now.
you want to know more about the voyage, a reduced copy of the “Genesis Logs” is
available for you to read and study detailing the entire voyage.
you rejoin the living there are a few things you need to know. The colonization of Genesis Prime will be
governed under military control, and I, Admiral Nick Johns, am the supreme
authority. I am in command, and you will
follow my rules. My second in command is
Capt. McCullah, which you may remember as Major General McCullah. All Genesis citizens will fall under a
department head (Cdr.). The rest you
will learn as we go along.
(Orbital Survey of
Prime Log: 12 Feb 0001
last log entry in the Genesis Logs was dated 11 Feb. 2147, but we decided to
start a new dating system to completely separate our
journey on Genesis from our colonization on Genesis Prime. Since we arrived at our new home planet of
Genesis Prime we wanted to start fresh, starting at year 0001. Everything now would be a new experience from
so many new faces, awake from cryonics, were at the last staff meeting, I
decided to conduct this meeting in a more formal setting. These newly awake would, of course, be the
department heads choice picks for their other key positions, but for the most
part would have absolutely no idea who I was or most of my key staff and
department heads. They had been given my
brochure and maybe a little indoctrination from their department head but very little more.
main staff members were gathered around my dome housing in the open Control
Room, where we usually met. The large
open upper dome area surrounding the central control area was filled with
attendees. For maximum effect I adjusted
the entire dome area of Wonder Metal to transparency, allowing a spectacular
view of Genesis Prime to provide the backdrop.
were many gasps when Genesis Prime became visible, filling the view out of the
clear dome. Afterwards the audience fell
into total awed silence. Genesis Prime
was very much like Earth with vast blue oceans, and five large land
masses. White clouds floated and swirled
on the planet surface in various stages of weather conditions. It was easy to see areas of dense, green,
tropical forest along the equator and also some arid
deserts on some of the continents. All
and all, it was a very impressive display that required few words.
flared my holographic image to life at twice my normal size. Actually, I did it
for effect and enjoyed the reaction. I
then waited for the audience to settle and spoke, “Hello ladies and
gentlemen. I am Admiral Nick Johns
commanding this successful expedition... so far. I am also this young man sitting in the front
row.” I stood up in my body and waved to
the crowd. “In time you will understand,
but for now accept it as fact.”
won’t bore you with any details of our long voyage to get here and the
hardships. This information is available
through numerous sources, and it will be up to you to find them. What we will be concentrating on is what you
see out the dome. This is our new home,
Genesis Prime, and you are awake because we will be landing soon and you have
been chosen for specific functions and tasks by your department heads, which I
will introduce shortly.”
sorry for the confined quarters, but Genesis was never designed to support this
many awake personal. You won’t have to endure the crowding much longer, but I can
assure you that it will be even worse once we land, but improving your living
conditions is your responsibility to correct.
Again, your department heads will assign your job function.”
red-headed man in the distinguished red blazer in the front row you may
remember as Major General McCullah. He was in charge of the Genesis Project on Earth, and since we
are here, he did an exceptional job. He
is my second in command with the rank of captain. His title is First Officer and speaks with my
authority. He is also head of Security
and is in charge of keeping you alive.” First Officer McCullah stood and also waved at the crowd.”
lady sitting next to him is Cdr. Katherine Lynn Clark, and she is managing the
colonization on Genesis Prime.” Katy stood so the crowd could see her. “She coordinates the department heads as it
pertains to anything relating to our activities on ground after we land. She is the go-to girl on Genesis Prime and
answers only to First Officer McCullah and myself. Cdr. Clark is highly educated and has more
doctorate degrees than we have time to list.
Suffice to know, she is well educated in many fields and can answer your
questions. She has spent over 50 years
organizing this colonization plan, which she will soon begin to unfold for
you. You would be wise to listen to her
and follow her suggestions, instructions and orders.”
Akiko Mitsuhara has been in charge of Life Support on
board Genesis and has kept us all alive.
She will be responsible for food production for our colony, among other
responsibilities, which will become obvious as we go along. Take a bow, Akiko.” Akiko also stood and waved.
John Rossen, Doc, wears multiple hats and responsibilities, but he will head up
the medical facilities, with his assistant from the Hope, Cdr. Takashi
Ishiguro. Gentlemen stand up.”
Linda Clark is in charge of engineering and
construction with assistance from Hiroshi Tsuji of the Hope. This is a big job and will encompass much
effort and time. Linda, Hiroshi, stand
Hyung Rae Kim is our astronomer and astrophysicist and has the honor of having
named Genesis Prime. Humm, since we are
already here Kim is out of a job. I
guess we may have to get him to help Cdr. Clark.” The staff burst out laughing, even Kim and
many in the audience that had only a vague idea what I was talking about.
officers are department heads and my key staff, and I wanted you to meet
them. In the future there will be others
as needs dictates. I see Lt. Bill Boland
of Engineering, Lt. Naomi Sami of Life Support, and the big man there is SgtMaj
Andy Gomez of Security. There are many
more you will meet in time.” As I
introduced them they stood, holding an arm in the air to be noticed.
Katy Clark will present a general overview of the planet and our plans for
colonization, but due to the lateness of the cycle I think we better wait until
tomorrow. Plus, we have some other tasks
to attend to first, namely the assignment of everyone to a department
head. I will forfeit the floor and allow
each department head to organize you into groups for additional instructions. The last thing I want to do is welcome you
back to the human race, what remains of us. It is up to us to restore the
human race and keep alive the dreams and aspirations of all those that
lived before us and are now dead.”
let my holographic image vaporize, ending the initial formal introduction and
instructions to those newly awaken. I
continued to observe the crowd through my visual centers. They looked scared with wide-eyes, but I
could hardly blame them. Much had
happened since they had gone into cryogenics.
Billions of humans and Earth itself were still alive when they went to
sleep. Now they awake in a new century
with a bunch of strangers and realize that everything had changed. In retrospect these volunteers probably
should have received more counseling prior to entering cryogenics. Oh well, it’s too
I continued to observe, each department head went to the podium and read off a
list of names, claiming them within their department. They also scheduled a time and place for their
group to meet, where they would provide more information and instruction. The larger groups scheduled the control room,
which would take several cycles.
general went first and his list was a short one. First Officer McCullah had always been General
or Mac to me in informal communications.
Actually, the general had no list at all. He had awakened all one hundred of his
Marines and they already knew where they belonged, because he had personally
other department heads had not been so lucky.
They, of course, had their recruited staff, but they had been limited
because of available chronic chambers, which the bureaucrats had insisted on
filling randomly, apparently, since many had no training or purpose During our near catastrophe with the black
hole I was forced to forfeit 1150 chambers including the souls occupying
them. As unfortunate as it was losing
1150 souls, I screened each occupant’s bio and prioritized them, eliminating
some of the bureaucratic mistakes. I
chose to keep trade skills such as construction workers, brick layers,
mechanics, farmers, etc. over politicians, lawyers, the elderly, professionally
unemployed, and those that were rich and had obviously bought their way on
board. I tried to keep all the skilled labor
and those that could contribute to the common good of all in a new colony. So, I guess what I’m
saying is that I tried to increase our odds of survival, certainly through the
first few years.
Prime Log: 13 Feb 0001
our quarters before our next gathering, Akiko and Katy were at odds with each
other, which hardly never happens. Katy
wanted to orbit a few more days to gather more data about Genesis Prime, but
Akiko voiced her concern about feeding this many people.
said, “We have got to get all these awake people on the surface. Our life support can’t
handle this many people. We will crash
our sewer system, water treatment, oxygen delivery. We are already tapping into our backup oxygen
supply. Nick, our whole ecological system
will fail, not to mention the amount of food we are going through. We have to find native food and get crops in
the ground if we are going to eat next year.”
had to take sides with Akiko on this issue, but I could appreciate Katy’s
concerns. So, I said, “Two, we have to
respect Akiko’s concerns. They are
serious. But, we can talk to Kim and
Linda about launching an observation satellite so you can continue your
research.” I cheated because I already
knew Kim had plans to launch three orbiting satellites. “Will that work?” I guess it worked, since they both gave me a
hug and we went off to the early cycle meeting, where Two was scheduled to give
often call Katy Two, especially in private, as do most of the staff that
watched her grow up. I still remember
the first time I saw her as a fiery little red-head of three years old. She announced her name was Katherine Lynn
Clark (Katy). This Katy we call Two is
the exact clone of the original in memories and body, thus the nickname Two. She is in essence the same Katy.
was by no means nervous with the large group, quite the contrary. She seemed to enjoy the attention and took
the podium like she owned it and began, “For all the new attendees, I am Cdr.
Katherine Clark, and I manage the colonization on Genesis Prime. After several days of orbiting and studying
Genesis Prime by all the department heads, I have consolidated the data and am
now ready to give an initial report. I
wanted to remain in orbit for a few more day and study the planet in more
detail, but Cdr. Mitsuhara informs me that with so many awake we are over
stressing the ecosystem, so we must land soon.”
Two winked at Akiko. “As most of
you know, we learned about this planet and its location from retrieved alien files,
which obviously were correct. Cdr. Tsuji
deciphered more of the files en route.
From these files we learned more about Genesis Prime and the
aliens. We now know the elusive aliens
who visited Earth also visited here, and thanks to the decrypted files we now
know why. The aliens were mining ores,
apparently rare in the universe, but found in sufficient quantities on Earth
and Genesis Prime.”
may wonder why I am giving you a history lesson when I am supposed to be
talking about colonization. Well, these
aliens may still be mining Genesis Prime, which makes Genesis Prime a potential
hostile planet and significant to our colonization. The second reason may shock you. The aliens relocated humans from Earth,
apparently for slave labor to mine these ores.”
any significant indigenous life here should be human, which has been confirmed
from our orbit observations. We have not
identified any other forms of intelligent life that could be alien. This does not mean they are gone, only that
we can’t detect them.
The alien files tell us that the Earth humans were transported here from
the 3rd Century BC, and from observation of the planet we see no signs of
advanced technology to indicate they have advanced much beyond that time in
Earth history. The unanswered questions
is ‘Why not’? But, due to their apparent
lack of advancement, they will most likely be somewhat primitive and frightened
of us, which could also pose a potential danger. We don’t know what
kind of relationship these humans had or may still have with the aliens and in
either case would probably consider us the alien invaders on their world. That is the potential danger and reason for
the location of our landing and initial colonization site.”
have identified the native population centers, which are surprisingly few and
scattered, and we have chosen an easily defended location distant from these
native human populations.”
you observe Genesis Prime through the dome you can easily identify the five
major continents, and if you look toward the center of the three continents now
facing us you will see a land mass in the center between them. This is our chosen location to land and
land mass was not really large enough to qualify as a
continent, more like a large island. I
was trying to get some perspective on the size of the Island, and in Earth’s
perspective it would be approximately the size of Oklahoma without the
moved to the console and hit a few buttons and the outside dome changed from
transparent then to an opaque before a large portion became a video monitor,
complete with an outside camera view of Genesis Prime. She began zooming in on the island, which
slowly began to fill the monitor section.
As the zooming continued, the audience could see dense tropical forests
covering over half of the southern end, along with steep rugged mountains
cutting the island in half east to west.
Toward the northern end of the island, the terrain changed to rolling
hills and open plains broken up by spatterings of dense forests. The picture enlarged on a section of the
northern coastline with tall hills surrounding a large naturally protected
harbor being fed by a large river.
attention to the map with a red laser pointer, Katy continued, “According to
First Officer McCullah, this natural harbor and surrounding mountains provides
a perfect defensible location for our settlement. The harbor can support our future shipping to
outlaying colonies, fishing and industrial
activities. Here on this tallest rise,”
she paused, again pointing with the laser, “is where we propose to land the
Genesis. We call this Mount Olympus,
since if discovered by the indigenous humans we will surely be considered
gods.” She stopped, smiling, while the
waking the new attendees from sleep I had cautioned the staff not to say
anything about the Immortality Gene.
Getting the gene was not going to be an automatic entitlement; it was
going to have to be earned. Katy had
remembered and didn’t mention that we had named Mount
Olympus, because it would be the home of the immortals.
continued, “From this vantage point, we can defend the settlement spread out on
both sides of the mountain below and also the
harbor. The ship's laser on the top of
Genesis can defend against anything approaching from ground, sea or air.”
addition to the shipboard laser, we propose to move the second laser to a
permanent location, here, adjacent to the Genesis’s location.”
laser mounted on the bottom deck would have been useless once the Genesis
landed. Linda and the general had come
to me with that recommendation, and I readily agreed.
also propose to use some of the spare parts we have aboard to build a third
nuclear power plant deep inside caves in the mountain. If there are no caves, we will build
them. Initially the plan calls for tying
into the Genesis’ power plant. It is
large enough to supply electrical power to a city much larger than we will have
for many years. The Genesis has never
used more than a tenth of the available potential from one plant, and I might
mention that we have two power plants on board Genesis.”
can thank the aliens for identifying the locations of mineral deposits on the
planets. Many are on the larger land
masses but accessible for mining. This
is where the shipping comes into play.
Our harbor is ideal for receiving ore from ships that we will construct. The good news is that there is an abundant
supply of minerals on Genesis Prime to make Wonder Metal for much of our
construction. Initially, however, much
of our construction will be made from stone from quarries here (pointing). Lasers should work well to cut the stone,
which we already designed and built en route.”
superimposed a layout of the complete settlement over the video on the monitor,
complete with docks, buildings of all kinds, defense walls, gates on both
sides, fields, factories, utility distribution, etc. There were multiple levels and a complex
system of roads, stairs, and railways interconnecting them. Ironically, virtually all roads eventually
led to Genesis on Mount Olympus. I could
see the vast work in the planning. The
buildings were labeled, and I could clearly see military barracks, housing,
sewage plant, water treatment plant, refineries, a hospital, a community
center, a large cafeteria, motor pool, church and even a cemetery. It was a totally well-thought-out design of
a complete operational city. I knew she
had thought of everything. I was
did not go into a question segment and went directly into her closing
comments. “I will leave the plan on the
monitor so you can study it with your various department heads. We will be landing ASAP, so I suggest you use
what time you have available to learn about your new environment while you
can. It will be tough on the surface for
a while, and I’m talking about tents, MREs, latrines,
no electricity, and danger. Be ready to
suck it up. The good news is that the
climate is tropical, so no freezing.”
breaking up, Linda asked one final question, “Do you have a name for the
was reserving naming it to solicit suggestions,” said Katy.
Linda said, “Might I suggest Atlantis?”
was no necessity to wait for other suggestions, everyone loved the name.