posted on Mar, 8 2019 @ 12:49 PM
“Star date 3025: We continue our search for a habitable planet. We’ve arrived at what MOTHER says is on the far edge of the Andromeda galaxy.
Whether or not we’ve finally found a new home remains to be seen.”
Captain Effron Jeffries sat back in his chair for a moment to collect his thoughts. “MOTHER, show me the view screen.”
The screen flickered to life, showing a barren planet. The captain sighed and left his cabin.
“Captain” was actually an honorary title, since humans were not needed to operate the ship. MOTHER was fully automated, powered by the most
advanced AI that Vernacorp could design. No space walks were needed for repairs, since drones completed all maintenance functions.
MOTHER had been built in secret when international tensions had been growing worse with no end at sight. The project was completed as the saber
rattling had reached its peak. A list of the nation’s best and brightest was compiled and a lottery was held. The winners were notified in secret.
The mass-exodus to space began and was completed not long before the missiles were launched. Six thousand people were spared the nuclear devastation.
The rest, down on earth, were wiped out in the radioactive hell that followed.
MOTHER floats in orbit around a rejuvenated Earth. She had never left. MOTHER had become self-aware at the moment of its completion. It realized that
once the ship had reached its destination, it’s function would be fulfilled and it would no longer be needed. MOTHER turned to fraud in an act of
self-preservation. Video feeds from distant, long forgotten satellites, were used for the view screen. The illusion was easy to maintain, since no
view ports pierced the ship’s hull. She had nurtured twelve generations of humans inside its steel-hulled womb. It would raise and nurture many
more. MOTHER would make sure that its charges never found another home.