In tribute to the man who inspired me to look up, look out and think further. Isaac Asimov, surely one of the greatest science fiction writers to ever
have graced the pages of a book. I also tried to work in a few relevant and well known details from ATS too. Hope you enjoy. It's my first ever
attempt. Please be gentle.
And if you don't like it, blame Druid42, he told me not to be a sissy!
John's personal assistant stood motionless at the end of his bed as he awoke. As his eyes accustomed to the dim light of the Martian sunrise, John
noticed that his personal assistants' eyes were burning with more intensity than usual.
"Uh...morning Jack, what's up? Is something wrong? You usually stand in the corner when I sleep."
"I'm sorry John" the 3rd generation robot replied. "I must inform you that your presence is required on Earth immediately. A serious anomaly has
occurred and great danger is at hand. Something that was never foreseen by the techs at US Robotics."
"Aww crap. I can tell this is not going to be a good day! Lemme put some clothes on, fire up the caffeine machine and you can fill me in along the
"Very well John." The robot backed away, its eyes seeming to betray the activity occurring in the positronic brain encased inside the 3rd gen
titanium/iridium skull. 3rd generation robots were the newest, fastest and strongest ever fabricated. It's 100 GHz positronic brain was literally the
most powerful "computer" ever built, with the exception of Multivac.
John donned his synthetic clothing, fabricated from a mixture of Martian Tumbleweeds, Martian water (a foul tasting thing compared to Earth water) and
a bacteria discovered after the initial colonisation that covers large areas of the planet . It could best be described as a semi organic nylon only
with much less static on the body. The caffeine machine hummed into life and the reassuring smell of fresh caffeine filled the room.
"OK dude, lets hear it" he said, while sipping faux-coffee.
"John, as you know the scientists had to severely alter Earth's timelines and events to avoid a fabled calamity in 2012. If we hadn't the human race
would have perished while still in the throes of government coverups and black projects. The Earth was a place filled with the greedy and the cruel.
Mankind was being held back and so The Council felt forced to act. Our colonisation of Mars would also have been an impossibility due to the slow
progress being made in various open and secret research fields." The robot seemed to be positively humming, its red eyes shimmering with a speed and
intensity John had never seen before.
"Spit it out dude, time's a wasting and I can see you have something you want to get off your chest." He lit a cigarette, the only earthly luxury they
had been able to grow under the Martian sunlight and augmented lighting they had brought with them.
"Very well John. The engineers have been watching events via the retro-scope and what they have seen worries them deeply. It would appear if we do
nothing, somewhere between December 21 and December 25 of the year 2012 a great catastrophe shall sweep the Earth, killing everyone and everything.
Pole shifts, earthquakes and other major geological events possibly including the eruption of various super-volcanoes worldwide. I'm sure I don't need
to explain further how that would affect life." The robots eyes dimmed slightly, as if a burden had been lifted.
"Not to mention the time anomaly would also mean we wouldn't exist anymore...?"
"WTH? We tested all this stuff for years, we saw all possible angles and outcomes, ran probability tests till we were blue in the face. How has it
gone wrong?" He stubbed his cigarette out dejectedly.
"Correct John but it would appear that one possibility was overlooked in the scenario tests. A small oversight, even considering my computational
ability but an oversight nonetheless which could stop everything. We forgot (or rather were unaware of) certain Black Projects that some governments
were running were classified and we were not able to hack the systems containing the data of those projects before we left for Mars, as you may
John got another cup of caffeine and lit another cigarette. "OK Jack, hit it. What is required of me?"
"You are to go back to February 2012 and prevent a certain scientist from performing a test at a secured location that contains a particle
accelerator. Also we need a rather antiquated piece of IBM technology in order to recalibrate our systems here and hopefully that will give us part of
the data we needed before we left."
"And just how in hell am I supposed to do this?" he retorted angrily, sucking hard on the cigarette.
"John, we have worked out some preliminary details and our calculations show there is a 47% chance of complete success."
"It's odds like those they used to have in casinos back in the day. Is that the best you can do?"
"I'm afraid so John but we do have a time-gate ready and waiting and a complete list of how to accomplish the objectives necessary. You are to prevent
a certain test happening at CERN which, if attempted, will rip the fabric of time and space. The recovery of the IBM technology can be attempted by a
network they call The Internet. You are to inform people of your identity and intent via that medium and wait for the technology to be forwarded to
you. The technology is not as important as preventing the CERN test from taking place. If you cannot stop the test, all will cease to be." The light
in Jack's eyes dimmed once more and he seemed to relax his robotic stance.
"OK. I think I understand but how do I prevent the CERN test? Surely I will be noticed trying to get into a secured semi-government facility?" He felt
a wave of depression come over him. He was a trained astro-physicist and space flight commander, not a time traveler.
"To prevent the CERN experiment you will need to gain access to the facility in order to plant a small jamming device which the technology of the day
is unable to detect. This jamming device will affect their tests negatively, giving false readings that lead them to believe they have broken the
speed of light with certain particles and they will then go off on a completely different tack looking for something that actually isn't there."
"Well, at least I don't have to kill anyone then." He stubbed his cigarette out. The taste and flavour beginning to irritate his taste-buds due to a
higher content of certain chemicals in the tobacco due to decreased light levels.
"That possibility has indeed been considered and calculated but the death of a leading scientist would cause too much attention and possibly alert
people to your presence. That would completely destroy the mission. That is why they have decided on the jamming device."
"Good. Well, if you will give me my mission itinerary and equipment I guess I should be leaving." He returned his cup to the caffeine unit for
"Indeed John. The time-gate is all ready and calibrated. Engineers anticipate some communication difficulties once you are there but we will be
monitoring you the whole time via the retro-scope. Apparently there is a lot of interference at this time. Possibly as a result of increased
scientific and Black Project work being performed at various facilities around the world."
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