SPEAK… Alien! By ∠B(sin0)y=∇ X∍∑ √-1235UΠT4∀$ς! (pronounced Voydth Zyes Yupitasz)

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(tick…)
(…)
(tick-tick…)
(tick-tick-TICK!!!…)
(…)
(tick…)
(…)
(…)
(TICK!…)
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The Geiger counter clicked… (tick-tick-tick…)
(tick…) intermittently… (tick…)
(…) indifferently….
That’s what Geiger counters do… (tick…)
(TICK!…) Geiger counters… CLICK!!! (TICK!!!…)
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The Astronaut… (tick…)
(…) the Officer of the Watch…
(TICK!!!…) checked his monitors.
Nothing was amiss. (tick-TICK!!!…)
(…) No klaxons clacked. (tick…)
No sirens wailed.
Calling sailors to their graves.
Silently they swam into those kelpie caves.
Still… in the vane vacuum of dead space… dead men tell no tales. Ships vanish without a trace.
(tick…) He perused his Control Panel…. (tick…)
(…) No red lights flashed….
No cause for alarm. No alarms at all.
No warning what-so-ever…. (TICK!!!…)
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The Rating checked the ships chronometer… (tick-tick)
before sounding “All’s Well!” (tick)
(…) Ding-ding… ding-ding… (tick)
(tick) ding-ding… ding-ding….
“The end of the Middle Watch!” (TICK!!!)
chimed the Eight Bells.
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And then… all HELL broke loose….
(Tick-tick-tick-tick-tick-tick-TICK!!!)
Like Satan escaping his fetters….
The ripping steel….
The hiss….
The feel of utter… stark… freedom….

Like monks before Matins rising to pray,
Cosmic sailors rise to their work days at odd hours.
Time…
And Space…
Are relative…
In a relativistic Universe….
Gravity is defined
by how fast man falls…
never mind what forces are in play.

Sunrise is relative in the dark vacuum of Space.
On Planets. And on Moons. Other satellites. And ships….

Besides…
today should certainly be different…
some thought through blank stares…
enjoying the solemn quietude
of some supposedly silent Sunday.
Avast!
Are we adrift…
in the vastness of Space…
sailing towards the soulless stars…?
Me hardy boys sift through immeasurable mysteries….
Unspoken screams
And shattered dreams
Soon assailed their startled minds
that day.
That night.
That span of time.
Reality is rarely… never… what it seems….
Ignorance is not only bliss, but also… sublime….
Though no one uttered a prayer…
soon enough…
some would be prey.
As man trods along his ill-defined path towards god
Seeking glory better left unclaimed
Inevitably some simple clod
Must find the means to save himself.
The captain quaffed. The first mate laughed. The glass was drained. A fine wine. No more time stained.

Natural background radiation known. Heats planetary core.
Cosmic radiation generally predictable. Spikes due to plasma and ionized particles during Solar Storms. Deep space background more powerful… and less predictable. Protected by Jupiter’s ionosphere… largest in Solar System.

Sere.
Syncopated rhythm determined the crew’s fate. Cruise.
Randomness. Utter VOID!!!
Ancient mariner’s rhyme.
Vacuum silent.
Sent by some greedy government to meet their maker and bring back proof. Sooth. Goof.
Value-added benefit of business.
Ripping metal sings a swan’s song supreme to some fat goddess. A fatalistic tune….
And then… the hull is sundered….

Absolute silence inevitably ensued….

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