United States Virginia, February 16th 2111
Gerald extends out his hand to greet Adrian, "I appreciate you taking the time to meet with me Mr Blackford, I've heard great things about you. Please
have a seat."
"No problem Mr Fitz, I'm just honored to get a chance to meet you sir. The work you have done on Mars is truly ground breaking." Adrian replies.
"Please just call me Gerald. Now if you could sign this NDA form before we get started that would be great."
Without hesitation Adrian reaches for a pen, "No problem, let me see, sign just here?"
Gerald sits back in his chair and starts stroking his mid length beard, "Yes... fantastic. So I'll just cut to the chase. As you know Fitz Industries
is on the forefront of interplanetary travel and Mars colonization. However we believe traditional propulsion mechanisms are fundamentally slow,
inefficient, and quite frankly outdated. After years of research and testing we believe that we are close to having a working warp drive engine which
will solve these problems, but these new ships are too complicated to be controlled by a human and require an advanced AI navigation system to
carefully plot routes and follow those routes at FTL speeds while avoiding obstacles. That's where you come in Mr Blackford, I want you to lead our AI
team. Sound like something that might interest you?"
"How could I say no to an offer like that? I can't pass up a chance to change history! May I ask what made you choose me for this job?" Adrian
Gerald leans forward and rests his arms on the desk with his fingers crossed, "Like I said, people tell me you're the best of the best. But the truth
is I've already offered this position to a few other individuals and they all turned it down. What I haven't told you yet is that due to regulations
we have to conduct all warp drive research on Mars so you will be required to live on Mars for the duration of your employment. Furthermore, the
sensitive nature of the research will mean communications with Earth will be minimal. If you are willing to make those compromises the job is
Adrian sighs deeply and takes a moment to think before responding, "You are aware I have a wife and a daughter? Her 7th birthday is next month, what
kind of man would I be if I abandoned my family?"
"I'll be blunt Adrian, we look closely at all potential employees and we know your marriage is falling apart because you love the work you do.
Creating technology which can change the world is like a drug for you, and that's the type of person we are looking for. In my experience, passion and
determination is what gets the job done. Your flight to Mars wont be leaving until September so you still have plenty of time to enjoy with your
family. However we will need a decision from you by the end of the month."
... 10 years later ...
Adrian Blackford would ultimately spend just over a decade living on Mars working under Fitz to help build the first ever practical warp drive
spaceship. By 2118 he had successfully developed an AI system to help navigate the new warp drive ships, and by 2120 the new ships manufactured by
Fitz Industries would help mankind begin colonizing other parts of the solar system beyond Mars. When his work was fully completed Adrian would return
to Earth in early 2122 only to find his daughter Tessa had run away from home.
A few years later Adrian would discover that Tessa had been sentenced to 120 years of cryogenic imprisonment and this is when he would hatch a plan to
alter her destiny once she was unfrozen in the future. Adrian was tasked with designing a system for interplanetary navigation but what Adrian hadn't
told anyone was that he also designed an interstellar navigation system. Adrian had once pitched the idea and was told by Gerald "It's not possible to
license that technology. Don't ask me why, they just tell me it's classified."
As the only patent holder for a working warp drive, Gerald Fitz would go on to become one of the wealthiest men on Earth. Even though the warp drive
would be highly regulated there was enough interest from governments and other space tourism companies to make record breaking profits. Gerald would
spend his life working until 2153, when at the age of 72 he would finally decide to have a child, which wasn't an unusual occurrence at the time due
to the prolonged human life span enabled by advanced genetic manipulation.
Gerald's only son Paul would go on to inherit Fitz Industries and continue the legacy of his father. At age 57 Paul meets Veronica, the love of his
life. Six years later, in the year 2216, Veronica gives birth to their first son, Jack. Then four years later, their second son Zark is born. Jack and
Zark would be born in the United States, or at least what remained of it, but they would not stay on Earth for long. As Paul aged, a battle for power
over Fitz Industries would manifest, forcing Zark and his brother to seek refuge in the UCM cities of Mars.
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