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"Vermin - Book 1 (Prologue)"

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Greetings to all Ciao members and non-members. Some of you know me as Novabug, factual and sometimes amusing writer of product reviews which vary in there subjects greatly. I'm here today as C.B.R.Weatherley, hopefully a Science Fiction Author to be. I would like to share with you all the Prologue from the novel I have been writing over the last few years. Sci-Fi in genre, The title is Vermin, and split into 3 books. I have tried to tell the story in classic Sci-Fi prose, but with the normality flipped on it's head. This is just the setting up part of the story, but please tell me if you would like to read more. I have trialled the book with friends and family who all say it is absorbing and original. So now I'm being brave and submitting it too a wider scrutiny. I wish to know if other writers, readers and general fans of the written word like it too. I welcome all comments, observations and questions greatly, but I must ask, please send me these via my Guestbook and it is very personal to me. Thankyou and I hope you enjoy.

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PROLOGUE - THE NEW SYSTEM

The U.D.C.S.A. Observatory & Research Centre 12, Florida, East USA, Earth.
May 25th, 2204.

Professor Michael Davis finished off his remaining double caffeinated black coffee with three sugars, lit his eleventh cigarette in an hour and reached across to his work terminal. He punched a few commands into a worn keypad and turned towards his giant hi-mag digital telescope, and watched impatiently as it lazily swung its lens towards the night sky. Davis adjusted the lens to match what his computer readouts suggested, stabbed more commands into the console and peered through the eyepiece with manic expectation. As he altered the settings, he glanced at the display and he saw what he was looking for. It had taken years of research to exactly track down the co-ordinates to see it, and he still wasn’t completely sure he was right. Test after test had shown that somewhere, maybe, near his calculations, was a new dwarf-system, the closest to Earth’s own, and the only new complete system ever seen. Davis looked wildly at the readouts, did a double-take and spat his cigarette out onto his lap as the computer finally displayed the telescopes images. He was right, it was there, it really was another planetary system, but it was something no-one had ever seen before, the Hubble V, Webb II & Spitzer A3 had all missed it, but it must have always been there. It seemed that there were two complete sun systems in this new sector, one next to another, plus a countless number of rogue stars and meteors. Davis had noted a strange amount of dust clouds and gasses blocking the light emanating from the entire uncharted area, some of which he couldn’t recognise. Davis changed the magnification to view what details lay within, trying to pick a view hole through the gasses. He did this for hours. After checking the results from previous pictures taken, and many other tests and results from various world satellites, he decided to call it a night. He finished up by idly flicking over the images one more time, and then his jaw dropped.

"My God!" he stammered, choking coffee spittle over his worktop. "It's....it's.. Fantastic!"

The view which was filling his computer screen was of a giant planet, but this giant planet was clearly not just a ball of gas like Jupiter, or even a star nearing the end of its life, it was Earth-like in appearance with fantastic purple rings, which seemed to follow the planet as it rotated with an elegant grace. This was the first full size planet beyond the solar system the human race had found which looked to be, at first glance at least, capable of sustaining life, and it was practically right under the human's nose!

Davis made a hermit of himself over the next few months. He studied the new system and its surrounding area in depth, using every resource available to him, making extremely accurate notes and creating plausible theories and hypothesising reasons of why he, or no one else, hadn't discovered this dwarf-system before. Its small size was a major factor, as were its genuine uniqueness, but also the gasses surrounding all the planets, what were they? They were incredibly dense, not like a nebula, they blocked all light from anything they obscured as they drifted in waves. These could all contribute to the apparent invisibility of this place, but it’s was so bright and distinct, plus it was a twin system. So extremely rare, how could anyone have missed it before? He decided to focus on the other planets within. He noted that there were three planets in the system with the giant planet, with its unusually bright star. There were two planets in the other neighbouring system, which all looked quite dead, including its sun, and again, this weird galactic mist surrounding it.
He checked his notes over for a final time.

"Amazing!" he said aloud. "Absolutely A-FUCKING-MAZING!"

Davis quickly brushed all his notes into a dirty looking leather bag, grabbed his keys and rushed out of the tower, slamming the door behind him. It was time to tell the world, he had kept this secret for many weeks now, other people in his field would had surely laughed it off, seeing as nobody ever had noticed this dwarf-system before. Numerous probes and satellites had been launched from Earth over the past 50 years, many to the outer reaches of the Milky Way, and none had ever detected these planets. They couldn’t have just appeared out nowhere. That would be ludicrous. Little did he know that this particular set of planets had existed long before the Earth had, and had harboured intelligent beings for countless centuries.

After Davis had presented to his colleagues at the UDCSA, the research and proof of this new sector, and after many consultations with most of the Earth’s governments and leaders, they all soon agreed, they had to contact it. Within a matter of months, preparations were being made to launch an advanced ship to contact the new world, and seeing as all the inhabitable planets of the Earth’s solar system had been colonised, Mars, the moon, and the Saturnine moon of Titan were the only ones possible, it wouldn't be long before the human race had the planets of this new region in their grasp, bio-thermo graphic scan readings proved the giant purple planet had a surface temperature a little warmer than Earth, better odds to start with that even Mars. The ship that was sent was to send down a probe to the purple planet, which was codenamed 'D2' after the system's codename Davrosi, and was to make brief reports of the planet status, which was to be examined back on Earth to see if colonisation was possible. After several lost probes and failed launches, the results confirmed it was, but more importantly, answered one of mankind’s most galling questions, they were not alone in the universe. There was life on D2, developed life, intelligent life, walking, talking, and thinking life! On the 31st of October in the year 2217 the colonisation of the Clhustor system was to begin.


Over the next few years, the humans began to set up various remote settlements and unmanned workstations on the planet S’Mardian, and eventually sent a manned craft to touchdown on this mysterious planet, which was followed by more, and more, and even more humans, all making use of the new world and it's benefits, like clean air and peaceful surroundings. Initially, the mards had welcomed the humans with open arms, which slightly stunned the first arrivals, they had obviously been watching a lot of crude and thoughtless alien prediction and abduction films. The natives had been preparing for this, they had long known about the human race, and most other physical races of the cosmos. Their contingency was to shower the humans with documents, reports, diagrams and verbal information on their planets and their minor findings. Nothing was included which could give the humans ideas of which they could never handle, no important historical information about S’Mardian or any of the other planets was included, nothing about their culture history or their technical abilities or encounters with other life. With some degree of luck, the humans would scurry back to Earth with their findings, and be worldly heroes, but this plan back-fired like a pistol with a knotted barrel. Once the humans had an in-depth look a S’Mardian and its people, they wanted more. They wanted to permanently settle on S’Mardian, to become residents of the Pontempi sector, and brought colonisation equipment and councils to meet with S’Mardian’s leaders. Even with their great wisdom, nothing could prepare the mards for the human curiosity, ingenuity and thirst for knowledge. The human race requested an area of the planet so they could build a colony, no money was offered, currency didn’t exist on S’Mardian. The planets leaders agreed to allocate parts of S’Mardian to the human colonists, the parts that the mards considered suitable, which were places the mards thought were the most tolerant to the human way of life. This of course was to be governed by a strict set of laws. The mard council agreed with the human colonisation council that a planetary act must be drawn up, that had to be adhered to by both factions to stop the human culture affecting the mard culture and vice versa, and so was put immediately into action. Most of the laws were simple and faithful to common sense, but the majority of the new settlers disagreed with one of the most important of laws, enforced by the mards on condition of giving over their land. It was designed to prevent the humans entering the planet Kratorn, which was the mards treasured resource planet. It had ecosystems so delicately balanced and tuned perfectly to the planets cycles that even the slightest upset would cause a global disaster. No indigenous life, just pure tranquillity. Kratorn was an instant hit with the humans, a rich, mineral-full planet, largely untouched, perfect for harbouring materials. The law was simple, they would not be allowed to enter Kratorn’s atmosphere or to place satellites to orbit around the planet. The humans protested, but the law was passed and had to be obeyed, even though some humans were prepared to do anything to settle on Kratorn.

As time went on, more and more humans began to arrive on S’Mardian and settle, the humans now occupied more than 33% of S’Mardian landmass, population on Earth was returning to tolerable levels, and the situation was beginning to seriously disturb the native mards, something had to be done otherwise the humans would soon take over the entire planet, a task the mards had never thought possible of them. A solution that wasn’t aggressive was near-impossible to find. Some mards contemplated introducing the humans to the Pontempi’s other solar system, Ry, but the humans had never, ever showed an interest in this, and the mard council quickly agreed that that was not the way forward, and thus dismissed any more talk about Ry. Some mards even proposed to hand over the Clhustor system’s innermost planet, Cybrezx, to the humans in it entirety. The humans could have a planet to themselves, but they weren’t stupid enough to accept the offer of Cybrezx, which was a deeply, deeply hostile world. Eventually the situation began to cause extreme tension between the two races, political talks droned on and on to no avail, but the law was never debatable, unchanged and unaltered, until the humans made their move, an action the some mards had feared. They had attempted to enter the planet Kratorn's airspace. They were warned not to try again but ignored the mard council’s warnings and kept trying to land on Kratorn's surface, and this gradually started to change the well-balanced atmosphere of Kratorn, within a matter of weeks! The transport crafts the humans used were primitive, grimy, great hunks of metal which were powered by fast burning hypermeth-fuel which left ugly gas trails in the sky, polluting the surroundings with smoke and odour. The huge murky green coloured ships also used to lurch violently upon lift-off in sudden movements, causing jet backwash that scorched and scared the landscape, upsetting some of the more delicate ecosystems instantly. The S’Mardian council had had to call an urgent meeting with the human colonist officials and the representatives of Kratorn. The small mard population of Kratorn instantly approved, and after some negotiation, the human officials decided to attend for sake of their S’Mardian lands. This day was to be a turning point in both the two races future, but unfortunately, for all the wrong reasons.

Thanks for Reading. I look forward to your opinions in my Guestbook. © C.B.R.Weatherley

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  • tallulahbang published 01/08/2011
    Sci-fi isn't my thing, but it's intriguing so far. xx
  • angelboouk123 published 21/07/2011
    I really enjoyed reading this and I wish you every luck with being published :)
  • Coloneljohn published 20/07/2011
    Excellent John
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