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Welcome to my universe, my vehicle, my reality.  Isn’t it beautiful?  I call it the, “Lie Flower.”  It is ubiquitous, an algebraic Lie Group diagram that properly describes the very fabric of the universe, leaving string theory an artifact of time.  I use this structure to sail the skies of infinity powered by mind alone. 
     Am I an alien?  No.  You can’t tell it by looking at me, but I probably represent the next step in the development of mankind, an evolutionary advance capable of manipulating time and space through the power of thought alone.    
     People have always wondered what the next step would be, but it should not have been hard to guess.  We know interstellar travel is not possible for biological reasons.  Mankind cannot survive the dangers that permeate the interstellar medium and the prohibition against faster than light travel is very real.  What would be the point of spending most of the Earth’s treasure sending people into the void without a rational hope they might survive?  Clearly we are destined to populate the universe.  We think about it all the time.  But I, like many others, knew there had to be another way. 
     The study of quantum physics shows the very structure of the universe must be subject to manipulation.  Further, the trillions of particles that make up a human can be entangled with others in the universe and the whole theoretically teleported anywhere.    
     From that simple bit of knowledge, the future should have been obvious.  At sometime, in some place we would evolve or discover the ability to manipulate time and space, either mechanically or in our minds so as to travel anywhere we might choose.  My epiphany came during a biochemistry lab experiment attempting to implant the memory protein RbAp48 into a human brain with the hope it would improve the minds of the demented.
     Like most other scientists, I knew it would be wrong to experiment with my own body rather than conducting step by step experiments, but I was young and determined to succeed.  I wanted to be the next Sheldon Cooper with eidetic talent.  There was no known reason to suspect the memory protein might cause harm, so I did it. 
     That’s when the dreams began and I came to see the Lie Flower.  It was everywhere in the background, an omnipresent wallpaper enclosing everything. Picture a fetus in the uterus before birth, warm and comfortably wrapped, or of the grey fuzz that dominates vision when you close your eyes, a form of non-vision always present but reactive to your mind.  As time went by, I came to understand.  It was a gateway to the infinity of the universe.  When I focused on a particular pathway in the diagram and mentally stepped through it, I entered another reality.  The experience was not a dream.  I could see the different shades and knew I might be the only human capable of doing it. 
     After the first adventure, I was excited but worried.  How could I share this great discovery with others?  Then, it dawned on me.  All humans do it.  They must.  The universe would require it.  My memory was not enhanced or superior, it had simply been unlocked.  I now remember pathways and realities after the fact. 
     What a downer.  I went from the great hope of the universe to the only human who cheated to become more than he was born to be.  Having a sense of honor told me I must share the knowledge, but in the end they put me in the psychiatric ward and shot me full of drugs.  My memory suffered.  I forgave them, for they knew not … mmm, something.    
     Over time the dreams came back along with my ability to enter the passages.  I played psycho today not-psycho tomorrow until one day they stopped giving me shots.  The next day I was out of there, sailing through the intricate flower happy as a kitten with a ball of string.    
     Last week I met a wonderful woman in Singapore who said she understood because her own memory had also been unlocked.  We discussed our more exciting trips and had a wonderful time exploring our humanity.
     It was naïve of me to think I would be able to hold a woman who was only there for an instant and in the next might be half way across the galaxy exploring some extraterrestrial planet for other intelligent beings.  That was her goal, for her expertise had been gained while working for SETI.  I tried to tell her to give it up.  In all my own attempts, I’d found life only in minimally intelligent forms.  One day, she just disappeared and did not come back.  I tried to find her, but failed. 
     Rehired at the university lab, I confessed to a silver-spooned colleague with whom I’d been intimate.  We’d broken it off for different reasons.  From my perspective she’d been standoffish, poor in the sack and unwilling to take big chances.  After hearing my story, she laughed and demanded I submit to a test.  It was simple enough.  She wanted me to make something move while she watched.  Her theory was that if I could move to another reality, I should be able to change my physical surroundings.  I told her I could not because it would entail moving where she would not be able detect the change.  There is no test except to take the protein and experience the rapture.  She left and came back with a security guard.  He grabbed me and it was off again to the funny farm. 
     What a waste of time.  Before I got there, I’d lived on twenty different worlds, married and divorced many times and had more children than are currently known to exist in North America.  Being in a padded room is not all that bad when you sail the Lie Flower.  It’s just one more perturbation of the reality within which I currently reside.    

About the Author: 
Gerald Lane Summers is a retired lawyer with over thirty years service within the justice system of California. He has been a police officer, probation officer, juvenile court referee, writing instructor and novelist. He has two published novels on

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