Black Box

By Kevan Manwaring

Paradigms collide in this gripping journey beyond the limits of cosmos and consciousness.

Sunday, 19 May 2019

Awakening


In the vast silence of the black ocean a distant murmur disturbs aeons’ old sleep. Eyeless eyes seek the source, incensed at this invasion into its hermetic kingdom. A rumble, penetrating the ice-sheet – a ten-kilometre thick door no one had opened, until now. Suddenly a glow appears in the under-ice. A glowing red eye. Brighter and brighter – burning through the black. A seismic scream. The pain makes the ice splinter and, finally, crack – sending a sonic boom echoing across the subterranean ocean. Then, the object breaks through – a red-hot cylinder, penetrating the inviolate depths. Intruders. From its tip shoot a spore-cloud of metallic seeds – each pulsing with inquisitive energy, scattering in every direction. The ice senses the tentacles of curiosity extend from the intruders – sweeping scans of infra-red, radar, mapping laser – sophisticated ears and eyes that leave it feeling exposed. Seen. It can no longer hide.

So it must fight.

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