The NULL Solution = Episode 197

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The NULL Solution = Episode 197

…I believe that the McKinneys are seriously concerned about bringing back a viral agent that may be able to morph into a pandemic on Earth…

Crip may want to run this by the decontamination team.”

“The kid just needs a stiff shot of caffeine. That will perk him up!”

“We cannot take the chance. You message Roy while I do some lab work.”

As it would happen, the message meant for the director of NASA seeps into the cracks of bureaucracy and into the hands of a snotty-nosed underling.

-He reads.

THERE IS SOMETHING WRONG WITH JOYNER. NOT EXACTLY SURE WHAT IT IS. CELESTE IS LOOKING INTO POSSIBLE LINK TO BUG THAT KILLED THE CREW ON MARS, WAY BACK WHEN. SEE YOU SOON – SAM

-He reacts.

Instead of delivering the {For Your Eyes Only} message to Roy Crippen, who would keep it under his hat for the sake of secrecy, the staffer shares it his colleagues while he is on his morning break. “Look at this, guys,” he proudly flashes the rare communication from the returning McKinney mission, “you don’t see one of these every day… it’s from Sampson McKinney himself!”

He thought he was reading about a little insect bite or something. The breakroom sees it differently, especially the medical officer in charge of infectious space threats.

“I’ve read about the 2030 Tycho/Space Colony 1 mission… they never were able to isolate the precise cause of the alien disaster. You don’t lose 50+ crewmen and ignore the cause. I believe that the McKinneys are seriously concerned about bringing back a viral agent that may be able to morph into a pandemic on Earth.”

“That is some farfetched theory, man.”

“Hey, do you want two aliens coming to Earth and spreading a deadly disease?” The room goes silent. “It’s my job to prevent such things and that’s what I am going to do!”

The horses have just got out of the barn.

By the time Roy tries closing the barn door, it is too late. Varying forms of Sam McKinney’s cautionary tale explode across every single known Internet medium and then some. And just like the Collapsar Axis invasion/panic/narrative, anti-alien sentiment suddenly trumps the feel-good homecoming story.


The NULL Solution =

Episode 197


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The NULL Solution = Episode 192

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The NULL Solution = Episode 192

…Without probable cause, Ekcello expires on the spot. His spirit wafts unto his offspring, but his corporeal presence ceases…

Imagine the surprised passengers of the wayward NEWFOUNDLANDER, when Ekcello pops in with Celeste. And they are accompanied by a toolbox of technology in the form of a Null; a naughty Null at that, unbefitting his status as representative to Harmonia.

True to his word, at the sight of his {former?} friend, Sampson wastes no time attacking Skaldic, his still strong hands wringing the life from the co-conspirator.

“Stop!” Ekcello has facts pertinent to the well-being of the victim. “Skaldic is here to restore control to the navigation.”

Sampson backs away, “In that case I’ll kill him after he undoes his handiwork.”

A good wife supports her husband. A better wife rights his wrongs. She pulls him aside, “Ekcello is behind the glitch, not Skaldic. Let them work and we can be on our way.”

A dagger stare at Ekcello replaces clenched hands on Skaldic. Ekcello is acutely aware of the disdain that Sampson is sending his way. Normally aloof and above the fray, the Eridanian is feeling pressure from all sides. He has not taken the radical changes to his world in stride. He is given to fits of erraticism. His power of influence has been neutered. He is experiencing humiliation for the first time. His beloved Cerella and Joyner, the 2 main sources of his anxiety, remain at a distance, unsure how to act toward him.

Without probable cause, Ekcello expires on the spot. His spirit wafts unto his offspring, but his corporeal presence ceases.

Cerella crumbles in a heap.

Celeste rushes to his side.

Joyner is feeling ill.

Skaldic completes his task.

The ship turns around.

The people are stunned.

Without the aid of Ekcello, there is no returning for Skaldic the Null. If Celeste escorts him back, she will be forced to stay on Eridanus, her trans-migratory capabilities unable to stand on their own. All she can do is to forge a telepathic connection with Fortan to give her the news that Ekcello will not be returning.

Oh the irony of it all. He wanted his daughter back and now he is with his daughter, in spirit only.

Ironic in its own way is that Skaldic gets what he really wanted; to be with Deimostra, in proximity only.

However, from Lorgan’s Harmonia galactic view, Skaldic remains the Eridanian delegate, which means his life is not completely his own. Somewhere between Orion Nebulae and the Terran system, he is called away for greater galactic business, which is the end result of The Null Solution.

As for the rest, it will be the long way home.


The NULL Solution =

Episode 192


page 187 (end Ch. 20)

The NULL Solution = Episode 187

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The NULL Solution = Episode 187

… like a doting parent, the glistening orb from Neverland reminds one & all, that he/she/it/they remains dynamic in what goes on in the Milky Way…

The McKinney departure was treated like a holiday, on a planet where cyclical celebrations are nil, until that time in a cycle when those wacky stowaways from a distant planet arrived on their doorstep. If they had drunk-uncles on Eridanus, the McKinneys would be considered such.

While the general population rejoices then and now, Skaldic commiserates with Ekcello. Whether he will ever rid himself of his emotional ties to Deimostra is questionable. He has been spotted with Ekcello in those off-hour circadian rhythm hours practiced by the off-worlders. His mechanical expertise is essential to Ekcello’s doings.

Any elder who is anybody is sure to be on hand to watch NEWFOUNDLANDER whoosh away into the pinkish skies. Regular air travel is mandated to just above the height of the many towers. The piercing of the outer atmosphere is not to be missed or likely repeated anytime soon.

The Null contingent continues to be deliriously happy to roam freely anywhere. Some have ranged far. Others choose to cohabit nearer the action of Eupepsia.

The creativity and resourcefulness of the Null is inspiring. The notion of gift giving had been buried so deep, by the Gifted, that it took individuals like Offingga to compile a crate of mementos for the emigrants to take back to Earth. It will serve as proof that their post-Space Colony 1 adventure really did happen and has not been staged by a NASA conspiracy.

Offingga may be pleased to see Deimostra leave, but she is guilty of nothing more than understanding that the McKinneys are leaving behind a long chapter in their book of life.

As not to be excluded from this seminal moment, ⃝    makes an unexpected appearance. There, like a doting parent, the glistening orb from Neverland reminds one & all, that he/she/it/they remains dynamic in what goes on in the Milky Way.

Of course, any given reflection off by Lorgan is as different as the rare snow-fog-flakes that fall once in a pink moon. Some see faces, others the past and others something unknown.

As NEWFOUDLANDER zooms away, and the occupants look back and forward, they witness what is to be their outbound outcome, had any of them possessed the skill to interpret it?


The NULL Solution =

Episode 187


page 180 (end Ch. 19)

The NULL Solution = Episode 181

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The NULL Solution = Episode 181

…What will the John Q Eridanian say when a princess is allowed to leave for another, god forbid, primitive world like Earth?…

Primitive Pyrimids

  1. Female – Alien {Cerella} – Planet of Origin – Eridanus – Eupepsia
  1. Male – Mixed Galactic Strain {Joyner} – Planet of Origin – Earth – Texas USA

There are some inescapable complications to the blending of civilizations.

What happens when Cerella goes to the grocery store? Will the other children make fun of Joyner’s pale face, not the paleface of the Native Americans?

The real question is whether Ekcello allows them to leave at all. In his book, if it were not for her revolutionary pregnancy, Cerella would never have set foot on Earth. But is it his book to write?

As in any sound decision, giving the issue enough time to sink in is important and that is the only tool Ekcello & Fortan can use, “If the Earthlings take our daughter away, they will use NEWFOUNDLANDER to do so. We cannot allow Earth to inherit the TSF technology. It is too soon in their SOL development.” Now that is practicality personified.

This is the equivalent of a father and mother, grandmother and grandfather talking amongst them selves. Though not especially sentimental by nature, there is the bond of tradition. Their daughter is considered Eridanus royalty by most, if not all its residents, Gifted or not. What will the general public say when a princess is allowed to leave for another, god forbid, primitive world like Earth?

Say that Cerella & Joyner do leave. It will take nearly two years, during which time she can change her mind. At least that is one optimistic way to look at it. Joyner’s boundless energy alone may tempt them to turn back {out of exasperation}.


The NULL Solution =

Episode 181


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The NULL Solution = Episode 180

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The NULL Solution = Episode 180

…When heaped on top of an already formidably accumulated pile of reasons, has ultimately culminated in a Space Family McKinney pow-wow…

Pow Wow by Jean Clayton

With Roy and Francine in the twilight of their lives, far from dead but golden nonetheless, that and the fact he flat-out misses the company of his brother, is not lost on Deke McKinney. As much as Eridanus has become home to him, Earth is within reach and time is a wasting.

Up until now, Deke has taken up the task of an anchor. He and his growing family are the very reason for staying put… even after Cerella was cared for by Dr. Jean-Luc Picard on Earth. Even after he and Sammy Mac were roaming the halls of King Ranch in the dark of night to retrieve his wife and child. At the time, it just made sense to return to Eridanus.

But the anchor is starting to lose its grip. When heaped on top of an already formidably accumulated pile of reasons, has ultimately culminated in a Space Family McKinney pow-wow.

The preeminent tribe of space travelers is confronted by a conundrum; not the daunting query from Mars, but nearly as seminal in nature. They have no need of permission, but a quorum amongst them is certainly required. The issue is an old one. The timing is not.

Only the cast of characters has changed, thereby severely muddying the possible outcomes. Being a groundbreaking family usually does not include introducing the 1st & 2nd true alien beings ever {that we know} on Earth. The Milky Way Census Bureau will have a time with that one…

  1. Female – Alien {Cerella} –  Country of Origin – Epsilon Eridani
  2. Male – Mixed Galactic Strain {Joyner} – Country of Origin – Texas USA Earth

The NULL Solution =

Episode 180


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The NULL Solution = Episode 172

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The NULL Solution = Episode 172

…the  who’s-whos and so and so’s are currently too numerous to mention…

CHAPTER SEVENTEEN

Will it Play in Peoria?

 The planet Earth is one huge medium-sized dysfunctional family. It has more individual country/states than makes sense. Getting a majority to agree on anything is asking too much. So when it comes to making decisions for the planet as a whole, the global superpowers take it upon themselves to hash out policy for the whole.

Earth gets but one delegate to Harmonia, as it is for Eridanus and Seljuk, or what could have been for Collapsar Axis, had they decided to play nice with the rest of this dimension of space-time. {It is not about Earth; or that Earth itself is so perfect, just as it is not that Collapsar Axis was so bad. Harmonia is all about choice}.

But it IS all about Earth, for the purpose of this story. All the other who’s-whos and so and so’s are currently too numerous to mention. There is one star system, from the fringe of Harmonia’s beam {if there is one}, which is particularly anally retentive and not a Grand Hall favorite, yet welcomed nevertheless.

Close but not quite anally retentive, Gus McKinney is not appointed as Earth’s Harmonia rep. He has become preoccupied with finding out what is going on with the Epsilon Eridani wing of his family. He is on record, in favor of a retrieval mission to Eridanus, never mind the 4 year roundtrip.

That idea has not played well over in Waller County Texas, where Mindy shoots down such an idea, “You aren’t some unattached lab rat anymore, Gus!” A drone attack at the ranch, having a bomb fly past their limo and a close encounter with an alien invasion has soured her stomach for bold new projects, especially ones that will add gray hairs to his stubble.


The NULL Solution =

Episode 172


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The NULL Solution = Episode 169

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The NULL Solution = Episode 169

…Once a troubling tormentor, the tenacious Sampson has managed to unleash Ekcello’s inner adventurer…

“We need to run the idea of us leaving past Ekcello. His wisdom has been invaluable in the evolution of our family,” insists Celeste McKinney.

“But that was back when contaminating Earth’s timestem was the stumbling block. The Milky Way has been turned on its ear by change. Heck, aliens are not what we’ve cracked them up to be,” counters Deke.

Just like water, there is a common innate thread that runs throughout time and space. Sure some are more comely than others, but like H2O, the similarities diminish the differences.

Ekcello has been conveniently monitoring this conversation. It is not eavesdropping in his mind, seeing his mind in is tune with his entire world. He knew that this day could come, one of these cycles. He is tiring from having to hold the McKinney’s leash, such is the outward tug.

The Supreme Elder of the High Council does not have the pull he once had. The Nulls are on the loose and displays of Giftedness are falling out of favor. Those nutty Earthlings have grown on him, but their leaving will not change having known and loved them. They will always be only a whisper away.

Once a troubling tormentor, the tenacious Sampson has managed to unleash Ekcello’s inner adventurer. The thick Eridanian atmosphere used to be a ceiling, now it resembles a revolving door.

“The Seljuk spacecraft will be arriving soon,” Ekcello senses. There once was a time when the term “spacecraft” {or the Eridanus equivalent} was a banned 10-letter {or so} word. “I so look forward to Sammy Mac’s version of the Harmonia expedition.” Irony has crept its way into his vernacular.

“Let’s give the heroes the key to the city.” Deimostra summons the new Eupepsia spirit.


The NULL Solution =

Episode 169


page 165 (end Ch. 15)