Gaea

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Science Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic


Gaea is a story about interstellar travel, science gone wrong, and the end of the world. Several hundred years in the future, the solar system has been colonized, and human society is unified under
a single flag.The reality is that day to day life is a ruthless game between huge corporations. The EXN corporation constructs a high-speed spacecraft to cross the gulf between the stars and build
the first human colony around an alien sun. It carries with it a secret, dangerous payload, a scientific enigma that could hold the secret to the future of technology. We follow the stories of
those connected, from the engineers who built the ship, to those crossing the empty darkness to face the unknown.



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Table of Contents

Prologue

Submitted: December 03, 2017

The Conqueror was launched with much fanfare. Being the first manned interstellar vessel in history, it was naturally greeted with a grea... Read Chapter

Chapter 1

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The Earth hung silently in the stillness of space. Many a poet had described its beauty as it sat there in all its calmness, a blue orb s... Read Chapter

Chapter 2

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  Caroline watched as the ensign left the bridge. She recalled his personnel file: He was born in the Mississippi Administrative... Read Chapter

Chapter 3

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The grass swayed loudly in the summer breeze. It hissed and rattled as it danced, forming a shimmering yellow carpet over the empty plain... Read Chapter

Chapter 4

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The Facem rumbled through the starry black, its engines shining with a ferocity greater than the sun’s. Vast radiators extended around ... Read Chapter

Chapter 5

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Theodora Taylor stared up at the sun, at the blemish-like dark spots adorning its golden surface. Thin wisps of glowing plasma sloughed o... Read Chapter

Chapter 6

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A planet hung silently in the stillness of space. No poets had ever seen it. If George had the talent, he would have written a ballad for... Read Chapter

Chapter 7

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The shuttle creaked and rattled through the thick atmosphere of the planet. It cut its way through the air, flaming toward the hazy surfa... Read Chapter

Chapter 8

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George stared intensely at the dusty ground, obscured as it was by fleeing clouds of yellow dirt. He gripped the joystick tightly with bo... Read Chapter

Chapter 9

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Jupiter twisted in an eternal pirouette. Lightning flashed across its wide surface, bathing the dark sphere in momentary sparks of white.... Read Chapter

Chapter 10

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Yan Liu raised her face to the sky, feeling the drops of rain splatter against her cheeks. Grey, low-hanging clouds canopied the desert, ... Read Chapter

Chapter 11

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The Facem was frighteningly large. Somehow, George had failed to realize this on his first exposure to the starship. On his second look, ... Read Chapter

Chapter 12

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James fiddled with the fingers of his hazmat suit, feeling the thick rubber standing between his flesh and the world outside. The suit wa... Read Chapter

Chapter 13

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The Iapetus began its ponderous journey back to the sun. The first few days were dark and cold, but soon the light of the sun began to pu... Read Chapter

Chapter 14

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Caroline Pierce stared silently as the dropship ascended through the wispy clouds, trailing its own thin line of vapor. The deep roar of ... Read Chapter

Chapter 15

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Yan Liu opened her eyes. The sky was drab and grey. The air smelled of ozone and dampness, as if it had rained recently. The sharp pr... Read Chapter

Chapter 16

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Theodora calmly typed a financial report as the floor pitched and swayed underneath her. Occasionally, a sliver of cloud would leap into ... Read Chapter

Chapter 17

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Nadya opened her eyes She found herself standing on a small outcropping of rock, poking out of a wide pool of molten stone. The pool ... Read Chapter

Chapter 18

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“Who was first?” asked Hernandez. “What do you mean?” said Caroline. “Who actually touched the surface first? It was su... Read Chapter

Chapter 19

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Amit opened his eyes. The cold wind hissed past his ears as he stood, the grass bending in submission to it. The prairie stretched fo... Read Chapter

Chapter 20

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The man in the black suit hung from two hooks like a slab of meat, breathing slowly. The slight pull of gravity stretched his long legs t... Read Chapter

Chapter 21

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George was floating against his restraining belts, studying the planet in the immense distance. The shuttle’s pilot was sitting beside ... Read Chapter

Chapter 22

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The EXN Salutem floated away from the Lionsgate space station. It carried with it several hundred tons of fuel, and a significantly small... Read Chapter

Chapter 23

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James opened his eyes. His head throbbed painfully as it had been doing rather often recently. His condition was not significantly im... Read Chapter

Chapter 24

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“What the fuck do you mean, we’ve lost her?!” “The Facem isn’t responding to our commands. The input is going through, but ... Read Chapter

Chapter 25

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The Salutem coasted majestically toward its final destination. The gold of its fuel tanks glittered in the distant remnants of sunlight, ... Read Chapter

Chapter 26

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The five humans awoke almost simultaneously. Unbeknownst to them, the artificial reality they had been living in had suddenly and un... Read Chapter

Chapter 27

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The sun set for the last time over the city of New York. It produced an ugly blotch of orange across the overcast sky, peeking from betwe... Read Chapter

Chapter 28

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The desperation could be tasted in the air. The truck was silent but for the soft hush of the wind outside. Caroline gazed through a wind... Read Chapter

Chapter 29

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The Zeus Orbital Weapons Platform was the pride of the EXN defense fleet. Orbiting within sight of the tiny asteroid moon, Metis, it sat ... Read Chapter

Chapter 30

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Locusts buzzing in her ear, so loud. Burning and buzzing and burning. Gaea was afraid.   To Black’s amazement, the eff... Read Chapter