A quantum Nursery on Ethree

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Earth 1 is harmonious as always. Its 21 billion inhabitants are nearly always healthy and happy. Yes, these are special days for everyone: The nursery is slowing to nearly orbital velocity, its swarm of support vessels now mostly transferred to Earth 3 development. “Nada, our whole civilization dances with excitement with your arrival, yet you seem perturbed.” We know that increasing gravity makes people anxious and uncomfortable. But, you have been going through this for nearly 10 eoy. What is wrong, can you share a little?

I see tears building up, can you say why? “I wish I could hold you now.” Hold me then. “These stupid robots!” she screams. They really make me angry, you know. She laments quietly. I don’t want to hold them. I really wish I could hold you. I feel the tears welling up in me too. These are the moments when the distance is so painful, and although I feel like the most privileged man on Eone, it really hurts, and I just have to let the tears run.

After a while I get the idea, but I don’t want to risk hurting her more. I know how the gender issue bothers her, but she really needs to hold someone, real. My robotic self is just so inadequate at times like this, so I risk the greater pain and suggest it anyway. “Hold Ave.” With a deep sigh, she resigns herself and calls Ave.

Ave is unashamed of her feminine gender, and loves Nada so much, especially when she is hurt like this. Ave does not need to talk about it, she immediately embraces Nada, and indeed the magic of human touch is rich. Nada finally lets Ave fully into her heart healing herself in their embrace. I don’t need to go through the sleep ritual. I just leave. She can tell we are disengaged. She will have to call me back, but I feel very good that I can leave them to their privacy.

I love my job as much as living here in the Pluvinergy clouds. I can always see sunshine to the north, just beyond the perpetual storm systems of the powerplant. I think Nada and Ave will not need me for a few days. When I was younger, it took months or even years before she would call me from sleep, but as the nursery has slowed so much now we are almost on mutual eoy time. Still, I feel I can go down to the thunder symphony.

The biyearly Pluvinergy thunder symphony is so special, but I would rather watch it from here. The thunder from physical lightning separates from the music, since the thunder is timed for arrival to the amphitheater, it’s cacophonous here. But, the vibration shaking my house is somehow soothing with the discordant music from the amphitheater.

It is Ave that called; telling me that Nada has engaged ASCEND. I don’t need to ask about what. ASCEND has engaged me directly, to release my prepared arguments. I hesitate so that I can understand the issue. Worldwide reaction her question has taken so much computational power that Pluvinergy high density weather modeling capacity has been reduced to field the worldwide reverberation of interest. Nada’s prepared arguments seem to go back centuries. My prepared arguments are just not holding up and although I have resource priority in using Pluvinergy processing capacity, my arguments are just not holding up.

Nada demands to know what her name means, and she has worldwide support. Although I feel this is wrong, I am overwhelmed. It is only my parental authority that is holding the issue open. She has had 800 eoy to prepare her arguments; mine are only dozens of years in the making. And I did not realize how critical this was to her. So, I digress, to let the world community consider the issue and hopefully support me.

Now instead of her closest supporter I feel like an opponent, with Ave as my confederate. The only thing that comes to me is to talk about how our communication can carry on across 22 ly. “Nada, think about IDM.” Inter-Dimensional Modeling use to be called QM, Quantum Mechanics. You don’t like to talk about that because it seems silly to you. But IDM converted a convoluted confusing mess of theories into a simple comprehensible construction. Where QM proposed a hodgepodge of nonsense to accommodate quasi-Euclidian atomic construction, IDM makes it a simple and consistent inter-dimensional matrix. Without it, we could not communicate, and the nursery vessel would not function. The support robots that you rightly detest, could not have nursed you without parallel parents like me. I ask her to let the conversation into ASCEND, which she denies.

Look, within 14 eoy months the nursery will arrive on Ethree. The entanglement of our communication could be interrupted once you are on the planet. Your people will require your guidance as you encounter unknown and unimaginable difficulties. Although the planet is constructed to support human life, unknown diseases may develop. The thousands of pilgrims in your charge may disagree, but the race is supposed to convert from hermaphrodite to split sexuality within 2 generations. This will be hard. With broken entanglement you could be on your own, with no support from us. Knowing the origin of your name, entails destructive mythology that could poison your people’s understanding…

“Are you saying we are incapable of reason?” Is it not Eone’s people that are incapable of reason, insisting that we must end our hermaphroditic nature? It is not just better for rapid population development; it is a more complete existence. Why must we evolve? People are complete; evolution is in machines and our biota. ASCEND makes us as capable of reason as you. Pluvinergy provides for all our energy and commodity needs...  

“I think she should know.” Ave offers softly.

Nada demands, with worldwide support, “What does my name mean?”

“Nada, your name was a simple mistake.”

About the Author: 
Atanacio Luna studies anything of interest. Currently he authored the book Pluvinergy: Responsible, food, water, and energy security. Its premise provides inspiration for the story.

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