Earthrise: 2176 [Featured]

Earthrise: 2176 [Featured]

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J.C. Gunn By WillFlyForFood Completed

What if we were the first in our part of the galaxy to discover the secret of faster than light travel? What if this discovery was 10,000 years before it was supposed to be? Our neighbors had been watching for centuries and were surprised with our early arrival into the Web of Worlds...  

The Year is 2166: To the people of Earth, the universe seemed to be a very lonely place. Astronomers have discovered tens of thousands of planets; many had indications of organic life. SETI had been searching for signals for over 200 years. There had been a few tantalizing bits of radio or radar energy received but nothing ever proven to be of intelligent origin.

But there was an alien civilization out there, in fact many of them linked together in a Web of Worlds. They were watching us quietly, carefully and patiently. It had long been the prime directive of the Web that no developing civilization be contacted until that civilization made it into interstellar space on their own; and that always took time, lots of time. Most Web worlds took 1,000 years or more to go from steam to the atom and none had made it from the atom to a sublight stardrive in less than 5,000 standard years. Every civilization of The Web had proven that faster than light travel was impossible, so there was plenty of time to watch the Earth...

The watchers were astounded with the speed of progress of human science and also horrified at the periods of violence. By 2076 nuclear fusion power was widespread on earth. By 2100 the first interplanetary fusion ships explored the Sol system.  The men and women of the Anglosphere Alliance began their first missions in ships approaching 0.1c. At that velocity, manned flight to even the nearest stars would take a lifetime. 

What would happen if a beautiful engineer and a brilliant physicist stumbled upon an artificial gravity field which would make a faster than light drive possible...

Earthrise: 2176

Cover by: The Distinctive @Distinctive

SteveMorease SteveMorease Mar 14, 2017
Just thought i would say that after reading some of your stuff i am still maybe lonely but feeling quiet so alone.. Thanks for the words...
I thought sounds travel faster than light? Thunder and Lightning?
gilbertot0701 gilbertot0701 Mar 10, 2017
it is awesome good job congratulation and continue with the new hirtories
Decra524 Decra524 Apr 11, 2017
never underestimate us! we are the race that made darth vader!
SAK1530 SAK1530 Nov 23, 2017
Sounds so intriguing! Wouldn't it be ironic if this story was around for actual citizens of 2076 to read it and compare the fictitious to real occurrences?
Luvs_U Luvs_U Nov 25, 2016
hey just published a story,wondering if someone could give me some feedback