Thursday, March 2, 2017

Getting From Here to There


The Great Escape:

A crew of twelve, kept alive in Stasis, occupy the craft. Stasis, a state in which the body is kept alive during migration, is achieved through the injection of intelligent machines, quite similar to the craft, only microscopic in scale. Once injected, these machines self-replicate keeping the host environment functioning, while the mind is suspended in a sort of prolonged dream state ... then, after a time in transit, a hospitable planet will be found on which the craft will land and the crew will awaken. 

One side effect for the crew is that the machines injected to promote Stasis are really good at what they do, which allows the crew the luxury of an extra-long-life:

I often wonder whether or not these machines will be passed on to our descendants. I go back and forth between yes and no. Either way, the philosophical implications are profound. 

Anyway, our beginnings on these new worlds always follow the same course of imaginings: we find shelter, clear the land for farming, and ritualistically, almost every night, we gather via fireside to discuss the news of the day. I never really imagine it happening any other way. The thought of space-time-travel always seems to suggest that the idea of carting around the nuts and bolts that will construct the new world in the same fashion as the old seems somewhat far-fetched and highly improbable.  Sure, multiple craft could make the journey together, but, that will be it. We will have memory of the old world and of its built environment, but to recreate it will take us generations, and so from meager beginnings we begin our work:

Question: If you were to take this journey, and were allowed only one carry-on,
what would you bring? 

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