Change... The Final Frontier

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

Submitted: June 25, 2019

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Change…The Final Frontier!

It was a normal day for the students at University of California at Berkeley.  I don’t think any of the students in the Extragalactic Astronomy & Physical Cosmology class within the Astrophysics Department would ever go on an adventure as big as this one. I think this adventure did these people some good, some more than others, that’s for sure. First, a little bit about the students. Leila Ohana, a Hawaiian, is twenty-one, she is one of the two girls in the class and it is hard for her, because she always felt like she had to step down and let the boys take charge. Geralyn Wolff is twenty-two, German, she was stone cold and she especially hated Leila. Yan Li is from China, 18, and one of the youngest, and most hard working, but he had zero common sense. Santiago Miranda is twenty-five, from Mexico and is very witty, but is also very stubborn. Josh turner he is twenty-four, he is from Texas and is also very funny, but not a team player. Sanjay Shah, 18, Indian, and he is the smartest in the group, but he has a bad temper. Benjamin Jekhowsky is the lead professor in the Astrophysics Department, and he has discovered asteroids and even has one named after him. He has been working on a secret project for most of his life. 

In the middle of class one day, the group was arguing about the rate at which the sun is warming. These days the sun was a major concern since the ozone layer had been almost completely depleted through the over use of CFCs and an ever-increasing rate of toxic emissions produced by industrialization, vehicles, and pollution. 

 “We cannot blame everything on humans! Anyone with a little bit of knowledge knows that the sun warms as it gets older.” Wolff exclaimed. “Ha, that is the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard! It is so like you to place the blame on the environment. I know that the sun does warm as it ages, but what about the tons of emissions produced every year because this country’s government cares more about making money than it cares about our health and wellbeing,” Santiago said in a loud tone. Sanjay butted in and said, “Come on, there is no point in arguing here. We really need to get it together. We have a 23 day deadline to improve the shield clothing. Many people have reported third degree burns as of lately.” Leila was in the middle of this argument and she just wanted to yell and say, “STOP! It’s annoying being in this situation all the time,” but instead she said in a mellow tone “Guys, come on why do you have to fight? I’m with Sanjay on this one.” Wolff was about to start picking on Leila, but finally Professor Jekhosky stepped in and took charge and said, “Hey! Let’s take out our tools and a few of you had come up with some fabrics to show the group today. I have found ways to change the chemistry of the sun block most commonly used in America.” The whole class went silent and began to do as they were told. 

After about twenty minutes, the alarm came on. Some of the students had never heard it, but Leila just knew something terrible had happened and in a split second Wolff fell on the ground and Josh ran to her side to pick her up. She said some not so nice words in German and took her arm out of Josh’s hand. A message was sent to all students on campus through their cell phones. They were not to leave their classrooms. The announcement read, “Warning warning stay where you are; do not leave your class. I repeat DO NOT leave your class; find a spot and do not move from there!” The group looked at one another in utter terror. 

The professor guided them to a little door behind a stack of books in the classroom closet. Santiago joked, “I think Yan Li is the only one that can fit through that door Doc.” Wolff clapped back, “Santiago, you’re right to stay behind, only brilliant minds fit through that tiny door.” Santiago turned scarlet and looked down at his shoes. I gently patted his back. The professor looked worried and excited. “Guys, MOVE! MOVE! MOVE!”

“What is this!?” asked Sanjay. Finally, everyone got in and the professor explained what it was and said, “You are in my very own transporter and I have traveled to foreign lands. I even discovered two other planets, Sassatron and Enchanzia. These planets are way ahead of us and I suspect, something terrible is happening on our planet. I had been planning to tell you all since you are a very fine group and now with this alarming situation back on Earth, we might as well look for solutions elsewhere.” After the explanation, he pressed the red button; they began to feel ticklish and started to laugh, hard. Soon, they were surrounded by dusty, red rock. “Welcome to Sasstron people!” Announced the Professor. When they walked out of the transporter they looked out and saw Sassatron, but it looked just like Earth but a whole lot cleaner. “Whoa” they all said in unison. “This is crazy cool” Josh Turner said in a low, but somewhat excited tone. “Welcome, I’m Specs More, Benjamin has told me so much about you; I didn’t expect you all so soon” Specs said. Specs looked like a middle aged man with a beard but he looked exactly like a human; the only difference was that he was lilac with a tail and gills. “Glad to see you again, we had a situation back at home and so now we’re all here” explained the professor. “This is Leila, Geralyn, Yan, Santiago, Josh, and Sanjay” he said as he pointed to all of us.  “Nice to meet you!” Specs said happily. 

“I am so glad you all are here because it gives your planet a chance at survival; I’ve seen your planet and I see that it is getting worse and worse every day. Three years ago, we were in the same situation as you, but we saved ourselves from further destruction and I want to help you save your planet,” explained Specs. Wolff rolled her eyes and said, “We are doing what we can. Our class has been issued the next generation of sun-block clothing technology. We even received a grant. I have many ideas.” Yan interrupted, “You know Wolff, we are not in the sort of situation to neglect help, especially from people that have lived through what we are living through right now. We can at least listen to what our friend Specs has to say.” Sanjay agreed and said, “We don’t have much to lose and much to gain from listening and taking the advice back to Earth.” Josh turned to the professor and asked, “Why did the alarm ring? Why did we feel a tremor just before coming here?” Wolff sneered, “I did not fall for the sake of falling!” Leila knew deep inside why this was happening, but as always waited for the professor to communicate the happenings. The professor told Leila to enlighten the group so she shyly began to explain. Santiago was overwhelmed. He questioned Leila on how she knew about this. The professor told all of them that Leila knew a lot more than she tells and that they should all try to listen when she does decide to speak. Wolff looked down at her shoes. 

“Well group, now that you know that the St. Andreas Fault Line has produced significant seismic activity, further warming the atmosphere on the Pacific Rim, we can look to Specs and his people to guide us because they were able to reverse some of the same issues on Sassistron.” Specs interrupted, “Actually many of the ideas came to us by observing your planet. Your state established many different laws to help decrease pollution. They made recycling mandatory, but we added harsher punishment if our people did not support it. We have put filters on every single emission producing technology as well. Severe bans have been made on foams and single-use plastic containers. We ration meats on this planet as well. We are working on a pilot program at the moment that takes species of every kingdom and helps preserve to stop extinction. They are placed in a natural, but extremely protected habitat.” 

Most of the group was in awe. These were great ideas and some had come up for discussion, but were never supported. Professor Benjamin said, “I am sure that with the current situation on Earth, people are more willing to listen and change.” The group thanked Specs and his people, but before they left Sassitron to go back to Earth, Specs had a gift.

Specs lectured for just five more minutes longer, “Remember that no matter your differences, you all are scientists and your goal is to better the world in which you live. I have gifted you with special fabric and the secret formula to make more of it. The secret ingredient is actually trash, if you can believe that. Now, go back and make it, just remember this is not a solution, it is only a temporary shield.  Push legislation that will change emission production. In this bag, you will also find evidence of what will happen to your planet if changes are not made soon. This will change the humans’ minds.”

They all thanked Specs personally. They boarded the transporter and were zapped back to Earth. They all had the same goal. Change!

 


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