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Chapter 1 - Copernicus

Black… we see nothing but complete darkness.

Silent… we hear nothing but a deafening silence.

An image on the left slowly appears — it is a crescent, but it is not the moon.

We are moving. Gradually, we can see more and more of what looks very much like our Earth… the night side of Earth with our sun just behind Earth.

We have been facing the far side of our moon all along.

Eventually, we are viewing the whole night side of Earth.

All lights of major cities in Asia and Europe can be observed, but they are very chaotic. Lights flicker wildly everywhere.

Something is wrong. Something is very wrong.

EARTH — AUGUST 28, 2968 — 8:28pm EASTERN STANDARD TIME

Suddenly, we shift to the right moving back towards our moon, zooming to the near side of the moon.

We are now looking at Moon base Copernicus, which is located in the lunar impact crater named after the astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus.

We zoom inside Moon base Copernicus. We finally hear sounds.

Moon base Copernicus commander Doctor Marty Brown is standing and he is staring intensely at their giant screen monitor: “Any words from United Earth?”

Lieutenant Michael Lloyd shaking his head: “Doc, nothing. We have lost all kinds of communication from United Earth or from anybody at all.”

Dr. Marty Brown: “They are running out of time.”

Lieutenant Lloyd: “Everything and everyone who can are rushing out of Earth — moving towards any available space stations or to any of our moon bases.”

Dr. Brown nodding: “God help those who help themselves.”

Dr. Brown continues: “Lieutenant, send out my probe.”

Lt. Lloyd: “Yes doc. On my mark, probe launching in 3… 2… 1… mark.”

The probe is launched from Moon base Copernicus as we follow it zooming very fast towards Earth. We finally enter the atmosphere. We are passing over the chaotic city lights of the night side of Earth, eventually reaching the day side of Earth.

The sudden slowing down of the rotation of Earth… we are now feeling the effects. For unknown reasons, the Earth’s axis rotation has slowed down rapidly. And the atmosphere is still rotating at its normal fast rate — causing the most extreme weather conditions in history of our planet.

We hear and feel the hard impacts of the powerful wind and debris hitting the probe. The probe is made of strong materials, but it is really taking a serious beating from Earth.

The probe is now over the Atlantic Ocean… land visibility is New York as we spot the Statue of Liberty — ripping off from its foundation flying toward and just narrowly missing the probe.

Everybody at Moon base Copernicus watched in horror.

The probe passes Washington as more debris continues to fly hitting the probe. The probe passes Colorado then Nevada and then California… finally it slows down and made a full stop and is now facing the coastal area.

Dr. Brown with mouth wide open: “Great Scott!”

We witness a gigantic wave over 1,000 miles high racing towards Los Angeles — sweeping everything on its path including the probe.



Ryo Francis

Edited: 17.09.2019

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