The Terror of Infinite Space Chapter 2

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Status: In Progress  |  Genre: Science Fiction  |  House: The Horror House

Terror ensues when a scientist reaches towards the unknown only to discover he is not alone.

 

 

 

 

 

The Terror of Infinite Space

by Benjamin Patelsky

Chapter 2

 

Wade's Particle

 

Preparations for the experiment began in January. I notified my peers about my theories surrounding microscopic life and regarding the possible advancements it could provide people in the medical and technological field. Initially I was met with skepticism by my contemporaries, all of whom argued I was acting a proponent of “pseudo-science” and this experiment was a wasted venture. It was widely believed by my superiors that I was better off using my immense resources to fulfill the various military contracts my associates and I had been working on at the time, these contracts included such projects as the creation the latest state of the art sound-based crowd control weapon designed specifically for pacifying protestors or working on the next aeronautical stealth bombing system in preparation for the coming war.

 

It wasn't until late-January perhaps it was in the 3rd week of the month in-which I illustrated my hypothesis most luminously to my peers and was met with much positive reception, there I divulged the contents of my theories as well as my usage of my own custom created apparatus including a power-suit, nano-machines, and the illustrious experimental particles referred to as “Wade particles.”

 

Andrew Wade had been an associate of my mine back when I was a researcher at Burton Research and Development. Under military contract we developed an unstable experimental particle that acted as a method for soldiers to transport explosives into high-civilian population density target zones through usage of foreign objects as well as organic life. For example take a squirrel or a dog and infect them with the particle or feed it to them in a capsulized form, the particles were highly unstable and would collapse upon themselves under any changes in composition. The particles begins to decay after 24 hours within the hosts body, this grace period allows for the host to nest themselves into heavily populated areas unknowing that they themselves are the harbingers of death. When the unstable particle collapses it results in a massive explosion comparable to that of a nuke which effectively topples nearby cities, disables local economies, wounds infrastructure and causes civil unrest in the area usually succeeded by escalations of violent tensions flaring up as the populace challenge their ruling class directly as a result of this unseen enemy. It was a great siege weapon, it's application allowed for the US to destabilize areas without having to announce a declaration of war. It was a supreme model for how a nation could launch a preemptive strike against its rival, turning a population against its government while remaining utterly anonymous.

 

My research on Wade Particles was effectively my ticket to renown here in the scientific community, it's discovery launched me into the upper echelons of the intellectual community and into the larger conversation that is modern Science.

 

It stands to reason when I discovered how to stabilize it for medicinal usage, I effectively unlocked the next sequential step in the research now removing it from it's primarily militaristic use, Wade himself was proud of this achievement and remarked quite earnestly praising my advancements on our research. It was to be my labor to see if the stabilization of the particle could be used as a tool for the benefit of mankind, and remove it of the stigma that it is a tool used for the destruction of human-life but instead pave a new path towards the possibility for its uage for the greater-good of humanity and the betterment of mankind. My reasoning was as follows; it was already effective on living tissue, now that it was no longer considered a poignant chemical bonding agent used in our militaries bombs it could very easily be repurposed and used to the better-meant of our society.

 

Now working with researchers from MIT, we begun to construct the equipment necessary for our experiment to proceed. Several millions of dollars were flooded into the creation of a facility to house our research, custom built technology, our investors were not interested necessarily in the advancement of human medicine rather they wished to unearth what possibilities microscopic life allowed for them in terms of surveillance. Whilst I was enamored with the belief that through infinite space we could bring about the day in which words like “Peace,” “Equality,” and “Brotherhood of Man” may come to fruition and pass into reality, but it was my superiors desire to use this new “frontier” as a home for microphones to alert officials of conspiracies to commit violence and treason against the government's current regime. My research had in part been funded by the NSA as a way to expand surveillance, while not what I intended, it didn't deter me from my goals.

Even in the scientific community it stands to reason money talks and there was no way I could separate my intentions from the motives of those providing me with my resources and the funding necessary for the experiment. Today it is my belief that surely if I had been successful in our expedition into infinite space, we'd find ourselves living in a vastly different world, a world in which all people would be surrounded by 1,000 eyes 24/7 fixated on keeping record on what it is you are doing. This Dystopian nightmare however does very little to relieve the horror I've experienced, little did I know that in the coming months of my preparations, an unknown terror was looming in the distance, an unsightly beast, and a horrible fate. 

 

 


Submitted: June 05, 2020

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