Traveler’s Notes: A Modest Proposal

Todd Drashner

Published by The Orion’s Arm Universe Project, Inc. at Smashwords

Copyright 2011 Todd Drashner

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Our first day within Siris Habitat is spent inside our quarters. A short pod ride down from the arcology landing stage, they will provide accommodation as long as we reside here or until we choose to move our lodgings elsewhere. That first day is one of drowsy lassitude. We doze and nap, our sense of time turned low as our bodies are adapted to this place. Swarming nanomachines move through our blood, updating our immune systems, synchronizing our sleep cycles to the local progression of day and night, and otherwise adapting us to the new world we find ourselves within. Just as importantly, they check our bodies and minds for hidden traps and tricks. Contraband dataware, hostile nanomachines, contagious bioweapons, infiltrator memetech. All this and more is searched out and confiscated, contained, or destroyed by the local immune system. Part of a customs protocol that is older than many civilizations.

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