He's Been Watching Too Much Stargate

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“Reverse-engineer it?” I asked. “I… look, we don’t even have the physics to describe this thing. Much less make a new one.”

The alien artifact, a small smooth pink slab, sat on the conference table between us.

The general frowned. “Whatever you need: lab equipment, research staff, you name it, just ask. But we’ll get someone else if you can’t do it.”

“It’s not a question of resources, or my abilities. It’s like,” I paused. “Imagine taking a modern computer back 200 years and asking them to build a copy. It wouldn’t matter how smart they were… As far as we can tell, this thing works on the femtoscale — we put it in a beamline and got some particles we’ve never seen before, but don’t you see how crude that is? May as well be bashing it with a rock. Listen, I’ll lead the project but I can’t make any promises. This could take centuries.”

“You have two years,” he replied, handing me a printout of a Hubble image with a cluster of red arrows drawn on it.

The caption read, simply, Invasion Fleet Position.

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Comments (5 so far!)

  1. Avatar ElshaHawk (LoA)

    Talk about pressure…
    Nice analogy, and yet, the man in charge has no concept of reality in technology, only his ego and money.

  2. Avatar ipe

    Nice. This one has a fun sequel written all over it. Hopefully I can find the time.

  3. Avatar BiC

    ‘Pink’? – Advanced (alien) technological minds decide to make the device ‘pink’! – Uh, I don’t think there’ll be a problem with them aliens. As long as Macy’s coordinates the attack with their ‘one day only’ sale, we should be fine. :) Great story by-the-way.

  4. Avatar HSAR

    I love all the classic touches to this – the forceful general, a smatter (but not too much) of technical speak, and the scientist with an impossible task.

  5. Avatar kyle90

    I like to think that the pinkness wasn’t an aesthetic choice by the aliens, but simply how it looks to our eyes. Or maybe it was purposely made pink, but it’s their equivalent of some drab green military shade of paint…

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