THE RETURN TRIP – Episode 4

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…Space Colony 1 has all the appearance of being worth every budget-busting Kronor, Rupee, Shekel, Dinar, Peso, Pound, Ruble and Euro, camels or cocoa beans

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Celeste McKinney hurdles mission business to inquire, “How are the boys Braden?”

“Your angels still have their halos, though slightly askew. They wanted to talk to you guys, but I told them they’d have to wait until you powered-up the Colony. In fact, if you do not adjust for the iso-magnetic field, we’ll have to pick up your pieces.”

“I’m on it Colony Control. All instruments are online—preparing to enter synchronous orbit with Space Colony 1—reducing speed to 11,000 km/hr—orbit set at 110 kilometers,” adds Sampson.

The Mars Colony’s main superstructure is a hulking 400 meters in diameter and 100 meters tall, with spiny offshoots that makes it appear to spinning like a toy top in its final few revolutions. It is that slow centrifugal motion that produces its own gravity, as well as placement above the Martian wispy atmosphere.

This multi-trillion dollar project, to which most of the developed free world, has made noteworthy input in people and money, has all the appearance of being worth every budget-busting Kronor, Rupee, Shekel, Dinar, Peso, Pound, Ruble and Euro, camels or cocoa beans. Years of planning, check and double-checking design and computation, has the world on the brink of the future outside of Earth and much closer to probing the rest of the Milky Way galaxy.

Like the superb team they are, precisely the reason they were chosen to inaugurate the Colony, the McKinneys {of space family fame} are moving to advance history. Sampson brings their modified space shuttle into docking position, unleashing thruster blasts for fine tuning. The massive craft floats in with deceptive ease, belying its gross tonnage of 90,000.

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Episode 1    https://wp.me/p2MBwN-6xV      Chapter 1   The Red Planet

Episode 2    https://wp.me/p2MBwN-6yu

Episode 3    https://wp.me/p2MBwN-6yD

Episode 4    https://wp.me/p2MBwN-6yS

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Episode 15a    Chapter 2   Complications

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Episode 46      Chapter 3   Up a Creek

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Episode 57      Chapter 4   Space Family Confidential

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Episode 158      Chapter 8   Going Somewhere? (very far)

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Episode 214      Chapter 9  Meanwhile Back @ the Ranch

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Episode 243    Chapter 10  Where are we?

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Episode 246    Chapter 10.5  Company is Coming

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Next to Last

The End

“Get to know the people, places and things.”

Thank you for reading and keep an eye out for the sequel – THE NULL SOLUTION

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CHAPTER ONE

The Red Planet

For Sampson and Celeste McKinney, this is a proud moment, one that makes their 8 month year journey to this space-place worth every blasted boring minute…

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The steadily enlarging sphere, which has been a fixture on their view screen for what seemed to be a fortnight, has silently made its presence known. The once reddish blur is now a well-defined reality that needs to be reckoned with. It is, after all, their destination.

From behind the back side of the fourth planet in the Earth’s solar system, an enormous man-made object adds space-colony-1-001itself to this pristine picture, giving them their first glimpse of Space Colony 1 in space; they had seen it last 38 months ago at the cooperative space dock, the last rivets being set in place. This grandest of all achievements of mankind has been towed by a drone-hauler to its present orbit around Mars.

For Sampson and Celeste McKinney, this is a proud moment, one that makes their 8 month year journey to this space-place worth every blasted boring minute. Here in the year 2030, a decade of secrecy has come to an end.

 

Note from Gwen: “Science Fiction was my first inspiration in my quest to write books. THE RETURN TRIP is the first of a series that features the Space Family McKinneythe first family of space exploration for NASA as it efforts to colonize Mars. As it was with ALPHA OMEGA M.D. and CONSTANCE CARAWAY P.I., the book is broken down into daily “episodes” w/an “Episode Catalog” to make the reading experience easier.


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the H1N8 Pandemic of 2046 is still fresh in their minds, not to mention African Ebola and Zika viruses that will not go away…

Stardate 2060 Earth

“The World Health Organization has decided that you must land at Harmonia, at least until a proper incubation period has passed.” Roy Crippen gives the bad news to the passengers aboard NEWFOUNDLANDER. They have penetrated the outer limits of the Terran System and were looking forward to a GLF landing. Francine is by his side, as passionate of a bystander as possible, waist-deep in the controversy.

“You have to be kidding! It turns out Joyner has seen some nice improvement. His body was missing the excessive humidity at home. We have been weaning his wet bulb tolerance down by 2% per week,” Celeste explains.

“Francine hasn’t been able to sell WHO on your findings and they are looking for 100% verification of baseline indicators… the H1N8 Pandemic of 2046 is still fresh in their minds, not to mention African Ebola and Zika viruses that will not go away. And how about the anti-vaxxer farce, the world hasn’t recovered from that one?”

“We are talking about the possible dehydration of a half-human adolescent, not some smallpox-infected-adopted child from a 3rd World country!”

“There is no more 3rd World, remember? You have to stay 30 days on Mars, followed by six months in quarantine at an isolation clinic we’re building at GLF. You have to consider, Cerella & Joyner will be the first aliens to live on Earth…”

“… that we know of Crip, c’mon, we know the real truth. Eridanus was snooping around the B.C. Egyptians for years… if anything, they were killed by something they picked up from Cleopatra.”

“Not to mention what Lorgan has been up to.”

Lorgan… now that’s another story.”

 

THE END

 

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the H1N8 Pandemic of 2046 is still fresh in their minds, not to mention African Ebola and Zika viruses that will not go away…

Stardate 2060 Earth

“The World Health Organization has decided that you must land at Harmonia, at least until a proper incubation period has passed.” Roy Crippen gives the bad news to the passengers aboard NEWFOUNDLANDER. They have penetrated the outer limits of the Terran System and were looking forward to a GLF landing. Francine is by his side, as passionate of a bystander as possible, waist-deep in the controversy.

“You have to be kidding! It turns out Joyner has seen some nice improvement. His body was missing the excessive humidity at home. We have been weaning his wet bulb tolerance down by 2% per week,” Celeste explains.

“Francine hasn’t been able to sell WHO on your findings and they are looking for 100% verification of baseline indicators… the H1N8 Pandemic of 2046 is still fresh in their minds, not to mention African Ebola and Zika viruses that will not go away. And how about the anti-vaxxer farce, the world hasn’t recovered from that one?”

“We are talking about the possible dehydration of a half-human adolescent, not some smallpox-infected-adopted child from a 3rd World country!”

“There is no more 3rd World, remember? You have to stay 30 days on Mars, followed by six months in quarantine at an isolation clinic we’re building at GLF. You have to consider, Cerella & Joyner will be the first aliens to live on Earth…”

“… that we know of Crip, c’mon, we know the real truth. Eridanus was snooping around the B.C. Egyptians for years… if anything, they were killed by something they picked up from Cleopatra.”

“Not to mention what Lorgan has been up to.”

Lorgan… now that’s another story.”

 

THE END

 

Copyright © 2018 by Gwendolyn K Hoff   All Rights Reserved

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…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.


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…“Maybe space sickness took a while to set in?”…

CHAPTER TWENTY-TWO

Unwelcomed Home

In the midst of the long way home, young Joyner has indeed come down with something. 4 out of 5 doctors do not have a clue; the other 1’s license is expired.

The otherwise warm & fuzzy homecoming story has threatened to bury the lead.

With each passing parsec, Joyner McKinney drops further below his baseline of perfect health. “Listless” is definitely not a word used to describe his countenance, but listless he is. Outward symptoms like a runny nose or an upset stomach, Does Not Apply to his Eridanian half. Any illness at all will be his first. Lethargic will have to do for now.

On Eridanus, wellbeing is a given. Near immortality promotes an invulnerable attitude and rightfully so. “Pert’near immortal” is the new moniker that Sampson McKinney has attached to the Eridanian condition, especially since the passing of Ekcello. His vested interest in Joyner dampens this certain set of circumstances, “Maybe space sickness took a while to set in?

While the effects of space affect everyone differently, Celeste is the closest thing to a medical officer on this ship. She begs to differ, “No, I don’t think so Sam. He was given a complete physical before we left. He checked out just fine.”

She has had ample time to observe her grandson. Not once has there ever been a solitary reason to panic… up until now. She has been hesitant to raise an almost unthinkable theory about his health. In the privacy of her and Sam’s cabin, she shares her theory.

“I am wondering if the same “bug” that did in the original crew of NEWFOUNDLANDER is what is causing Joyner to feel bad. There were a couple bodies on the bridge when we found it.” They must confront the facts, no matter how unsavory. “He is ½ Eridanian after all, just a thought.”

“Skaldy wasn’t sick when he was summoned to Harmonia.”

“As far as I know, the Null have greater resistance to outside influences like germs and such. I am going to scour this ship for any signs of a harmful agent, something that we either overlooked or have not been an issue until this voyage. In the meantime, you better send a message off to Earth. Crip may want to run this by Decon 1.”


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