Our Own Personal Gaia
Published by Mirrormask Fiction at Smashwords
Copyright 2011 James Monaghan
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At 3 :15 A.M. local time, on Saturday, the 17th of June 2093, an alarm sounded in a basement facility somewhere in Antarctica.
Steve Phillips could have been forgiven for his lack of enthusiasm. Assigned to this end-of-the-world listening post as part of his ESI training, his job description involved gathering and relaying telemetry from worlds considered lost causes in humanity’s never ending thirst for colonisation. In layman’s terms, he sat at a desk from midnight to 5 A.M., playing solitaire of following the latest footie scores over the ESI Newsnet, waiting for something to happen. Something generally turned out to be a malfunction in the comm buffer or a crank satt intercept.