© Chris Eales, 2006-12
The Moon became the 1st permanent
off-world habitat in the history of mankind.
dir Duncan Jones, 2009]
Many of them were young men
& women now, some of them had never left the colony. Many
of them had only ever seen Earth on a computer terminal screen.
I didn’t think that was such a tragedy. But now there was
a problem, the 1st hint of old Earth’s troubles arising
within New Earth’s domain.
Never before had there been
any serious acts of violence on New Earth, never had there been
an attack, not so much as a riot in the more than 20 years that
the colony had been populated (since c2135?). All that had changed
in the last few hours, there was going to be a difficult time
ahead, and all I knew was that ESEC [Earth Space Exploration Co.]
and Joe Creigh had dragged me along for the ride.
The United Nations World Government Council, or ‘The Leaders’
as most people usually called them, had conceived of the plan
to build an entirely new habitat for the Human Race, in response
to the multitude of problems that developed on Earth over the
course of the C22nd. They squabbled over it for about 30 years,
and finally somebody somewhere managed to forge an agreement for
it to go ahead. .
There were more than 20 individual colonies on
the surface with a population of over 30m. Planning of the Compound started; collecting the resources, arranging finances,
and construction was supposed to begin at the turn of the C23rd, however various delays meant that they missed the turn
by about 3 years.
Started building what was to become the single most
in the history of Humanity;
2 enormous bio-spheres sitting
upon a vast rectangular base known as ‘The Compound’;
hub; the most advanced system of computer networks ever devised,
capable of administrating & supporting the entire lives of
a population of over 1m people, and able to provide resources
necessary for numerous research centres & laboratories, where
some of Humanity’s finest minds would be able to work on
what they hoped would be the next generation of scientific discoveries.
The bio-spheres stretched to over 80,000 ft above the compound,
and were constructed from a material known as Plasma-Webbing.
I didn’t pretend to understand where the hell they had come
up with the stuff.
I had read about it when the colony opened,
but I had only been a kid then, no older than 12. I seemed to
recall that it had a foundation that was some sort of plastic,
textile mesh, and they spliced it with a kind of semi-organic
matter, and created these virtually unbreakable cords that formed
the framework. Then they webbed it together and shaped it, and
moulded it and in the end they had their spheres in place. The
plasma-web spheres were invisible if you looked up at them from
the colony below, but if you were gazing at New Earth from outside,
as I always had, you could just about see the outline of the spheres
as they gently reflected the light of the distant stars.
Activated / stocked colony (took 5 years)
Activation complete & opened, with 1m people arriving from
Earth to begin a new life
off-world. The people had been selected
carefully, covering every age group, every nation,
and every industry. The idea was that the colony should be broadly representative
as a whole, although I had never understood why that
was such a good thing. If I’d been
planning it, there were
plenty of aspects of Humanity that I wouldn’t have minded
leaving behind. By all accounts it was a great success.
1st Families settled, new-borns
within 1st year of opening, 1st generation of
Human Beings not
to have been born on either the Earth or its Moon.
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