The Space Tunnel
In 3001, the Space Federation of Earth, launched it's first
interplanetary space tunnel, to Mars. It looked very much like a subway
tunnel except that it consisted of the elongated body of the space
shuttles that were used beginning in the 1980's till around 2010. These
bodies were retooled to be able to launch small personal craft,
through a tunnel, using the most forward advanced travel technology
The father of this technology, Sam Slade, was born in 2956, to a poor
immigrant family, new to the spacing consortium. He was gifted and rose
quickly in the ranks. His first inventions, were not given much
attention, until by sheer pressure of numbers, he swamped the guild with
ever more brilliant, and practically do-able transportation solutions.
At the age of 23, his first design was incorporated into the space
program. After that, he was apprenticed to the foremost inventor of that
day, and together they made the first bold steps, towards building the
Today, it has been perfected, and can be used commercially to reach
Mars, in 12 hours of Earth time. During this time, the passenger is
asleep. When he or she arrives at the destination, the personal
assistant aboard the Tunnel vehicle, wakes the traveller, dresses
her/him in Mars safety clothing, tests it and releases the passenger,
into the man-made Marsosphere.
This is the equivalent of earths' atmosphere.
What, exactly happens during the trip "down the tunnel to Mars", you
may ask. This is a mystery that only the Tech. wizards can really
explain. So far it appears, to be linked to and be mostly dependant on
the principles of Quantum Mechanics. In short, you as the passenger
"dream yourself" to the destination, using a very potent form of dream enhancement. The travel technology becomes hard-wired, (to use a quaint
old computer term) to your particular brain waves as you dream. It
then, sends you to that destination, to experience there, the purposes
for which you have dreamed of it. This assumes of course, that every
destination of which you dream, has a meaningful reason to appear
in your dream. It is this reason which is deciphered by the machine,
and then acted on.
Can you control the dream destinations which appear? Apparently yes,
you can. The first users of the tunnel have taught themselves how to
dream of the Martian planet in a meaningful context for the Tech.
machine's deciphering program.
If you believe that you have a significant lifetime of work/experience
to live on the Martian planet, you are here-by invited to apply for
the dream enhancement training. To apply you must appear in
person, at the Spacing Guild Headquarters in New San Francisco,
with conclusive evidence from your neurological MD. that you have the
ability to be trained in dream enhancement.
Good Luck to all aspiring Candidates for this new form of Tech. Travel.
Writing by Regina Stemberger