THE NULL SOLUTION = Episode Catalog

Leave a comment

The one-stop shop for the entire post library of:

THE NULL SOLUTION

(scroll down for episodes)

 “The Space Family McKinney”

Prelude/Recap  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-7Aa

Recap /History https://wp.me/p2MBwN-7Af

Episode = 1    https://wp.me/p2MBwN-7Au        Chapter One   RETURN TRIP Continues

Episode = 2    https://wp.me/p2MBwN-7AH

Episode = 3    https://wp.me/p2MBwN-7AT

Episode = 4

Episode = 5

Episode = 6

Episode = 7

Episode = 8

Episode = 9

Episode = 10

Episode = 11    Chapter Two  Free at Last

Episode = 12

Episode = 13

Episode = 14

Episode = 15

Episode = 16

Episode = 17

Episode = 18

Episode = 19

Episode = 20

Episode = 21

Episode = 22

Episode = 23    Chapter Three  The 64 Parsec Question

Episode = 24

Episode = 25

Episode = 26

Episode = 27

Episode = 28

Episode = 29

Episode = 30

Episode = 31

Episode = 32

Episode = 33

Episode = 34

Episode = 35      Chapter Four  Friend Or Foe

Episode = 36

Episode = 37

Episode = 38

Episode = 39

Episode = 40

Episode = 41

Episode = 42

Episode = 43

Episode = 44

Episode = 45

Episode = 46

Episode = 47     Chapter Five  Null Not Void

Episode = 48

Episode = 49

Episode = 50

Episode = 51

Episode = 52

Episode = 53

Space Family Thanksgiving on Earth  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4sb 

Space Family Thanksgiving on Eridanus  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-4sf

Episode = 54

Episode = 55

Episode = 56

Episode = 57

Episode = 58

Episode = 59    Chapter Six  Milky Way Apprehensive

Episode = 60

Episode = 61

Episode = 62

Episode = 63

Episode = 64

Episode = 65

Episode = 66

Episode = 67

Episode = 68

Episode = 69

Episode = 70

Episode = 71

Episode = 72     Chapter Seven  SCIFI

Episode = 73

Episode = 74

Episode = 75

Episode = 76

Episode = 77

Episode = 78

Episode = 79

Episode = 80

Episode = 81

Episode = 82

Episode = 83

Episode = 84

Episode = 85    Chapter Eight  Fuzzy Mathematics

Episode = 86

Episode = 87

Episode = 88

Episode = 89

Episode = 90

Episode = 91

Episode = 92

Episode = 93

Episode = 94

Episode = 95

Episode = 96    Chapter Nine  Phantasmic

Episode = 97

Episode = 98

Episode = 99

Episode = 100

Episode = 101

Episode = 102

Episode = 103

Episode = 104

Episode = 105

Episode = 106

Episode = 107

Episode = 108

Episode = 109   Chapter Ten  Snail’s Pace

Episode = 110

Episode = 111

Episode = 112

Episode = 113

Episode = 114

Episode = 115

Episode = 116

Episode = 117

Episode = 118

Episode = 119    Chapter Eleven  Cryptomaniacs Anonymous

Episode = 120

Episode = 121

Episode = 122

Episode = 123

Episode = 124

Episode = 125

Episode = 126

Episode = 127

Episode = 128

Episode = 129

Episode = 130     Chapter Twelve  Facts & Other Fibs

Episode = 131

Episode = 132

Episode = 133

Episode = 134

Episode = 135

Episode = 136

Episode = 137

Episode = 138

Episode = 139

Episode = 140     Chapter Thirteen  Eupepsia Dreaming

Episode = 141

Episode = 142

Episode = 143

Episode = 144    Chapter Fourteen  Tall Tales

Episode = 145

Episode = 146

Episode = 147

Episode = 148

Episode = 149

Episode = 150

Episode = 151

Episode = 152

Episode = 153

Episode = 154

Episode = 155

Episode = 156

Episode = 157    Chapter Fifteen  Key to the City

Episode = 158

Episode = 159

Episode = 160

Episode = 161

Episode = 162

Episode = 163

Episode = 164

Episode = 165

Episode = 166

Episode = 167

Episode = 168

Episode = 169

Episode = 170     Chapter Sixteen  Harmonia

Episode = 171

Episode = 172    Chapter Seventeen Will it Play in Peoria

Episode = 173

Episode = 174

Episode = 175

Episode = 176    Chapter Eighteen  Two Sides to a Mirror

Episode = 177

Episode = 178

Episode = 179

Episode = 180

Episode = 181

Episode = 182

Episode = 183

Episode = 184    Chapter Nineteen  Outbound Outcome

Episode = 185

Episode = 186

Episode = 187

Episode = 188   Chapter Twenty  The Long Way Home

Episode = 189

Episode = 190

Episode = 191

Episode =  192

Episode = 193    Chapter Twenty-one  They Call Me Lorgan

Episode = 194

Episode = 195

Episode = 196    Chapter Twenty-Two  Unwelcome Home

Episode = 197

Episode = 198

The End

The NULL Solution = Episode 109

Leave a comment

The NULL Solution = Episode 109

…A modicum of equality will have to do for now…

CHAPTER TEN

Snail’s Pace

Promises are meant to be kept.

Some are deferred.

Skaldic the Null willingly added his Null-ness to the Gifted, with the promise of parity for his people. Ekcello had done his level best to bridge the gap between the Gifted and the Null. However he has not the final word in the matter.

For cycles immemorial, never the tween did meet. The Null had their tower and that was that. Their needs were met more than adequately. And life was good – just happens to be better for the Gifted majority. As in most societies, the majority rules and the majority of Eridanian Gifted believe elevating Skaldic to Gifted status is quite enough. An extra portion of special grog is appropriated for everyone else. Certainly that will do.

Skaldic does not partake in grog, just as he has resisted the temptation of hookah. His judgement is sound and his commitment to his people is as clear as his new robes are white. You can lavish the emperor with new clothes, but you cannot water down what is underneath.

As a small concession, the Null are allowed to roam the planet at certain times in a cycle, not that there is anything fantastic to do outside their tower, but they are allowed to mingle and observe the Gifted way; an unwritten code of conduct unenforced at Null Tower. Little things, like bowing out of common courtesy, not worship and not speaking in the Olde Language, especially not out of tune, are expected behaviors.

In exchange, the Gifted have been instructed to respect the Null and aid them in the indoctrination. Most family units actually have ancestors among the Null population. The difference between the two cultures is esoteric.

A modicum of equality will have to do for now. The Towers were not built in a day.

Just as some riddles are meant to be solved. Some are not.

 


The NULL Solution =

Episode 109


page 108

The NULL Solution = Episode 85

Leave a comment

The NULL Solution = Episode 85

CHAPTER EIGHT

Fuzzy Math

Fuzzy Math by Sadie Benning

Pilot Gus McKinney will be on his own out in space, though in no uncertain terms is he to engage anyone/thing. “Go in, collect as much data as you can and get out – got it? Do not – no I forbid you to enter Mars atmosphere under any circumstances. Until we know exactly what is going down out there, we do not take chances.”

NASA photo

— And so it is, with mission guidelines clearly understood, that Gus takes Stellar Explorer out for some old fashioned seat-of-the-pants fact-finding. Just like when man landed on the Moon the first time. The very reason astronaut Armstrong had to jump off the ladder of the lander is because NASA expected the moon dust to be 18” thick not 3. In the same way as good as he is at flying at the speed-of-light, the new/old Mars may hold some surprises.

“No surprises yet Crip,” Gus closes in on the Red Planet quicker than a starving man filing a plate at an all-you-can-eat buffet.

“We show Lorgan on the dark side,” Fletcher Fitch reports, “oh wait…”

“… I see him,” he will be cautious this time, “and now I don’t. For a second there, I thought I saw a reflection of the United Nations… flags everywhere!”

“That old cow has been put to pasture years ago, Gussy.” Rancher/Prez Roy uses a Texas-sized analogy for the ineffective alliance {UN} of nations which the United States booted off its soil in 2025 unceremoniously, once political correctness was properly harnessed.

“Yeah, whatever, I saw what I saw and now I don’t. Nothing surprises me about that thing anymore.”

“Keep an eye on the alert screen just in case. SEx’s sensors ignore mirages.”

He is jolted by to a complete stop not long after the following message appears on the alert monitor:

I am the how & why that blocks your way

2 + 1 = 6

6 – 2 = 9

0 – 1 = 0

Solve the what where & who and you can pass through


The NULL Solution =

Episode 85


page 85

The NULL Solution = Episode 58

Leave a comment

The NULL Solution = Episode 58

…I have a disease that the there is no surefire cure…

“I don’t know, ever since these visions I’ve been having, I seem to get these flashes. Today’s flash must be happy,” Gus describes his state-of-mind to his stepfather.

About that time, his personal device tries to vibrate off his handy-dandy utility belt. It is hard to stay in the present, when your mind may be 40 trillion {unknowingly} miles away. The present is very persistent.

“Would you please respond to that? NASA devices do not exceed one alert, unless it is important, like when you are on the other side of the Sun.”

“It’s from Mindy. I’ve got to get back to the house.”

“I never thought I’d see the day when Gus McKinney is a henpecked husband!”

“You had the whole country henpecked for eight years,” that not-so-obscure reference to Francine Bouchette-Crippen is sufficient to silence the critic.–

— Moving at Earth-speed is so boring… until it isn’t.

“Do you remember our date night, the one after you returned from the Sun?”

“How can I forget? That movie we saw… wasn’t it Notebook: The Cure? Incurable diseases are so yesterday.”

“Well, I have a disease that the there is no surefire legal cure.”

She sounds serious enough for him to take notice. Do Earthmen really roll with the flow?

“We have access to the best doctors in the world Mindy. We can fight this!” which begs the question, “What exactly are we fighting?” His concern deepens.

You cannot be married to a McKinney male without having a sense of humor. “What has 4 limbs grows tall & strong and is destined to bear fruit?”

“A lemon tree?”

“Aren’t you sweet?”

“An apple tree?’

“You’re getting warm Adam.”

“I’m Gus.”

“Do you give up?”

Not in the McKinney dictionary.

Does this riddle have anything to do with his previously contented bliss?

“Does your riddle have anything to do with my good mood, before you turned it into a quiz?”

“Time is up!”

Mindy McDonald-McKinney holds up a doctor’s prescription for prenatal medication.

What do you think the expectant father does first?

“Mindy is pregnant, Dad!” He rings up Roy to share the news. Then he ponders her quiz, “4 limbs blah, blah… bear fruit? Does that mean it’s a girl?”

Parents on this side of Stardate 2031 do not get a choice about getting a surprise or not. Oh sure the pregnancy may be, but not the xx or xy factor.

Over on Eridanus

“You look doubly content, Deke,” Celeste notices.

Long after getting his baby news, something washes over Deke McKinney.

“I don’t know…, but I am feeling happy about something else, can’t explain it.”

Outside the Null Tower

“Are things ever going to change for the Null?” Offingga asks Skaldic.

“They already have.”

The future of the Null is NOT void.


The NULL Solution =

Episode 58


page 60 (end ch. 5)