THE NULL SOLUTION = Episode 77
…These are not ordinary times ahead for Earth or Mars…
— On the popular viral video show “Back from the Dead”, people are reunited with the recently resuscitated or presumed dead. Most all of the concerned parties are usually thrilled with the outcome.
— On reruns of the early century show/website Ancestery.com, folks discover their family tree, long lost relatives or relatives they didn’t know they had. Once again and most of the time they are thrilled about it.
— Like a tried and true recipe, a little of this and a pinch of that can make for a tasty result. Here is a questionable list of ingredients Gus & Crip come up with concerning a possible reunion:
- How long would it take SEx to get to Mom & Dad?
- Can we send a signal, now that we know what star system to look for?
- Do you think Deke will come looking for Cerella?
- How did she get to Earth and who brought her here and why?
- Does the recent Lorgan sighting have anything to-do with this?
- Can Cerella teach us the tricks her to hopscotch around the galaxy?
- How do we break the news to whom and when?
- Do you know what Mindy is cooking for supper?
The pair fights the Polar Hadley prevailing wind on the way back to Texas, so they choose a lower altitude to reprise of their path from southern Europe. The haste with which they came is tempered by the challenges they will soon confront.
“This is the latest image from Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter 3.0 … and this is the one from 10 hours ago.”
“Is that a stratus cloud deck passing through?”
“Stratocumulus I am told and it contains .16 inches of evaporative moisture. There is even adiabatic cooling going on.”
“RR1 indicates it could be raining on the other side of the planet.” A team of Cal-Tech students sent Red Rover–Red Rover One to Mars as a prank 5 years ago. No one is laughing now.
“That’s a real blast from the past. Why is this happening now?”
Roy remains a skeptic, “Why don’t we credit Lorgan with the Big Bang while we’re at it?”
“He’s right Crip. Look for yourself. Lorgan is still parked at 200,000, and stationary I might add. That means the damn planet is spinning and Lorgan is looking down like it is a toy top. ‘Dumb-de-dumb – look at Mars go round + round – dumb-de-dumb.’ I can almost hear that thing laughing.” Gus isn’t laughing.
The concept would be delightful if it were not so maddening.