By Ken MacLeod
A story of people In a Universe of Ubiquitous Alien Life
Intelligence, it seems, is rare—on planetary surfaces. It flourishes in all places else, from the Oort-cloud fringes of superstar platforms to the magma furnaces underneath planetary crusts. And one of the strongest of the galaxy’s intelligences, there are profound ameliorations of opinion approximately the best way to care for floor life-forms equivalent to human beings.
For, untold gentle years from Earth, the powers that rule the universe were, for millennia, plucking people (and different clever beings) from Earth and forcibly resettling them in a couple of superstar structures just about each other, leaving them to enhance on their lonesome. a number of generations in the past, a small cadre of people from Earth’s twenty first century arrived during this “Second Sphere” all alone power—the first people ever to take action. Their descendants have shaped the “Cosmonaut” category that dominates Mingulay. Now, 200 years later, Gregor Cairns and a small team of work-mates have rediscovered faster-than-light commute and traveled to the celebrity method round the corner. They’re decided to discover extra of the unique, mysteriously long-lived cosmonauts. they need solutions. And for these solutions, they intend to interrogate the gods.
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Sometimes, alas, it only retains its head, and is very glad when it can find something to eat. As the day went by, however, the Éclair continued traveling toward the Azores. When night fell and Trinitus calculated that the islands could not be far away, he took the boat up to the surface, which slowed its progress considerably but allowed the voyagers to interrogate the horizon through the windows. The sea extended in all directions, seemingly infinite. Its high and rapid waves shook the boat forcefully, and after half an hour of continual shocks, Trinitus was on the point of deciding to go back down to calmer layers when Marcel saw an almost-imperceptible light shining on the horizon.
The old mariner shrugged his shoulders. “You’re talking like a child,” he told his nephew. ” “Yes, seaweeds no less than a thousand meters long.
Frightful crackling sounds were audible; that was the rocks and sides of the volcanic chimney cracking on contact with the horrible furnace. Attempting to escape its reach seemed absurd to Trinitus, and to his 6 0 | V O Y A G E B E N E A T H T H E WAV E S companions, so with haggard eyes and their hair bristling in fear, they waited for their final moment. The lava was still rising. Suddenly, however, after a formidable crack, there was a shrill whistle. The chimney had burst at the level of the submarine tunnel, and a stream of water was falling into the furnace through a narrow fissure.