MegaBoys from Outer Space - first chapter
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Yelid was a typical boy. Typical, that
is for an inhabitant of the fourth planet in a giant twin star system.
Its population called their home planet Bedem; It was located in a
galaxy hundreds of light years from earth. The home planet was similar to Earth in atmosphere, geology and its intelligent civilization. One major
difference however was its size.
The planet Bedem is over eighteen hundred
times the size of Earth.
Its inhabitants did not know of our tiny planet
orbiting a small star in the far reaches of the milky way galaxy.
Relatively speaking Yelid was an average size ten year old. He and
his friend Cory were out of school for the start of what could be called,
Summer Recess, a time for fun, relaxation, exploration and adventure.
In truth and in keeping with the enormous size of Bedem, one year would be
equivalent to hundreds of Earth years. To say that Yelid and Cory were
thousands of earth years old, belies the point. If one were to see them
together, one would recognize them as young boys, and not guess, given the size
of their home world, that by Earth standards they would be approximately eight
hundred feet tall, each! Here I am getting ahead of myself.
Yelid and Cory are best friends, Yelid with tussled blond hair, fair complexion
and with striking blue eyes, was the studious one, sensitive, inquisitive and
intelligent. His friend Cory was strong, well built, and slightly younger. He
was the dark haired boy, with a bit more aggressive nature, and he possessed a
quirky sense of humor that Yelid liked, they worked together on projects, and
their peers called them, a team. Their teacher Mrs Graf had given the class a
Summer assignment, the students would take a month to camp out, and explore the
deep mysteries of the universe. As Bedem was an ancient planet, its
civilization was technologically advanced way beyond human comprehension.
vehicles called Monopods, used by Yelid and Cory to explore the galaxy were
sophisticated one person, space craft. They were egg shaped, and
mostly opaque. Inside the sealed craft was everything needed for Life Support; Propulsion, Navigation and Communication systems were all intact. Sophisticated electronics allowed
the craft to be piloted by its single operator sitting in the pilot’s console: an adjustable seat that when reclined, acted as a bed. In upright seated position, the instrument panel, and information
displays were accessible. Navigating the vehicle was
accomplished using a simple head piece worn by the pilot. It transmitted
thoughts to the crafts operating system, and thus it allowed its pilot to
guide by the power of his mind.
An operating system, much like an
earthly computer, gave feedback and allowed communication with
the home world, or with any other craft within range. The shape of the craft
was ovoid, and was compact enough to fit comfortably around its
rider. There was just enough room to stand upright, but not enough room for a second passenger. In travel, it was a seamless vehicle. At rest it opened up enabling the
pilot to either leave or enter. The mechanism was controlled by voice command. The wide bottom of the vehicle was it’s base, It traveled in free space, narrow side, heads up.
Inside, the climate was comfortable. It was amazing that the thin shell of the
craft could tolerate the deep freeze of intergalactic space, or the amazing
heat generated by passing through suns or in most cases, re entering a planets atmosphere. The heat shields on the bottom of the craft glowed ever so
slightly, as the ship would make its landings. Although storage space was
at a minimum, the Monopod could generate food, water and air, through its
sophisticated molecular generation technology.
The pilots would wear a
simple form fitting outfit, to protect them from hostile elements outside
the craft. They would be protected from external threatening conditions. Extremes of heat, cold and unfriendly atmospheres did not affect
the explorer wearing his, "Exogear". The suit was easily put on, or removed, and
could in a few seconds time, be compressed into a thumb sized capsule, carried on
a thin utility belt.
The belt was the only garment worn by Bedems, aside from when
wearing their Exogear, which was only under emergency situations.
The formality of clothing was not an issue with the
inhabitants of Bedem. Aside from specialized garments signifying rank and
title, or from the protective gear when occasionally needed, clothing was a
convention long since lost in the primitive past when people were a slave to
environmental conditions. And so it was to be a
simple month long assignment, Cory and Yelid boarded their Monopods, and with
the instructions of their teacher, and the good wishes of their parents,
embarked with thumbs up, on an exploration of the outer reaches of the nebula.
It would be like a campout, a bicycle trip, They would find, and explore an
unknown planet, map it out, do tests, and return with the information for their
class science project, the results of their findings would be added to the
galactic data base, accessed by all intelligent beings. Scholarships
would be distributed to the most spectacular of discoveries, an honor sought by
all the students of Mrs Graf’s class. “Ma, can I go with
Yelid?” Squeeked Punim, Yelid’s six year old brother. Yelid rolled his
eyes up, his brother liked to follow him everywhere, He was OK, but he was a
bit of a nuisance, and Yelid was relieved when his Mother told Punim,
this time, this is your brothers assignment. Maybe next time, but for now, give
him a goodbye kiss, and wish him good luck.” Punim reluctantly obeyed. “That was close.” Whispered Cory
into his headset, so no one but Yelid could hear. The departure time was noon,
and both boys were ready. They would travel within close proximity of each
other, maintaining contact, and making decisions as they traveled the vast
voids of space. They would be tracked and followed from the Exploration center,
and would be monitored closely. In the event of any problems, they would be
guided back to the safety of their planet. Yelid and Cory’s parents were
assured that their children would be safe, and had not a care as the Monopod’s
were launched. At the control panel at the Exploration Center, one of the
technicians, in bending down to pick up his pen, missed the launching of a
third Monopod, when there were only supposed to be two in Yelids group.
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