5: Probes (part 3)

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5.3 Paradise

Shepard Complex, Lussac Crater: February 2115

A few weeks later Andy's showed his dad a report on MoonNet.

"I told you I'd seen a new one," he said, proudly.

His father skimmed the item.

"Hmm, well done. Looks like you were right," he admitted.

"They've even got a photo of that big tree in Hyde Park," Andy said, enlarging a picture in the holographic display.

"Amazing. What's caused that growth?" his father asked, leaning forward to peer at it.

"They don't know. It's wilder than Green Earth and Robot World."

Over the next few weeks Andy became fascinated by this new incarnation. Had he been the first to see it? He sought out all the available online images. Pocking this wildness were areas that appeared tamed and managed, and small isolated villages could just be picked out. Human habitation, it was decided, must still exist though the level of technology appeared primitive.

Not surprising then that this alternative was soon termed Paradise and, from the cramped Moon colonies, it represented nothing else.

Andy followed the news, intrigued at one point to see that the giant Hyde Park tree was not the only one of its kind as several more were located around Cornwall, and similar but smaller structures could be found in other places around the world.

The discovery of Paradise evoked an impetus to investigate further. People demanded to know what it meant, what it represented and whether or not they could go there.

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