Right, where was I, , drifted
off there for just a moment. Aliens landing, galactic food resource, do
not be alarmed, harmonious communication ... yes, that was it, that's
when it all went a bit wobbly cos my mind had been turned inside out with
all that parallel destinys, universal substrate, etc. etc. So, have we
got to the bit with the big nutter bastard aliens who turned up after
?. NO, wait, that was much later on, what am I thinking, I'd forgotten
about the HAT, how could I forget the HAT. Well I called it HAT anyway
cos that was the only identification, just a black and yellow safety label
[HAT], don't know what it meant but it looked slightly dangerous, like
a warning on a foreign piece of machinery, right above the big red button
that you almost can't resist thumping, even though you can't read the
sign it still screams DANGER in any language. Sorry, sorry, yes, I know,
I'm jumping ahead again, just got a bit excited, sorry. OK, it had been
almost 2 weeks since the first wave had arrived on their mission to prepare
the surface, well pretty much demolish everything really. Fortunately,
the place scrubbed up quite nicely once all traces of human civilisation
had been eradicated. The world they built for their clients was described as "a flexible
and adaptable environment that would pretty much maintain itself with
only minor top ups of essential fluids and an occasional enhancements
to unreliable technology." In addition, the food resource production
was so efficient that the planet paid for itself even when not in use
by sending excess product to the hub for distribution to other sectors.
No, it didn't make much sense
to me either at the time, but you have to remember I was right in the
middle of it.
Imagine the town where you live with the streets and houses stripped away
leaving the strangest view of the most familiar. You recognise the contours
of the land but all the references are gone, it makes sense, you know
where you are but you're also in a totally new environment. I had obviously
missed something crucial. Probably not concentrating, or did I take it
all in but then forget it all while I was distracted thinking of top 10
tips on how to remember stuff. Anyway there I was, not even half a clue
about what was going on, just the flashing of light and thought and multi
dimensional spacetime every time I closed my eyes. When I came round from
my GUFFathon brought on by our friends teachings, I had only 2 questions
I wanted answering.
Question 1 : where the fuck am
Question 2 : no, really, where the fuck am I, OK, now I'm in a room with
a bed, a chair, a table and a mirror, but I have no idea where this room
is, were here is, or even if there really is such as a thing as here.
It was the oddest sensation,
if I looked one way, I saw new Earth, Resource E36 as our friends so charmingly
labelled it. All high function super structures that re moulded themselves,
reshaping to the requirements, becoming the perfect solution to the problem
presented. This constant swelling and popping and generally disconcerting
amount of movement made it hard to focus. The shimmering silver shifting
quality of the new sky didn't help either.
But, if I just adjusted my focus just a nothingth of a notch, not even
a conscious movement, just the slightest shift of perspective and I'm
standing in a wood panelled room that seems to be hovering just above
the surf line on the beach, you remember beaches, you know, the bit where
the land meets the s... oh, sorry, forgot you won't know about sea. Well
that was the key really of course. That's what they knew and we didn't.
Just think, if we'd have known, I mean if we will have known, or is it
if we were to be knowing Yes, yes, I know I'm wandering but I still haven't
got the hang of temporal pronouns even after all this...time.
So, the room. Strange looking
place yet somehow familiar. Colours too vivid somehow, really yellow yellow.
But being the brave galactic adventurer that I wasn't I ignored the fact
that I seemed to be standing in one of Vincent's paintings and went over
to the bed. I had to resist the natural temptation to lie down and kip
off as it was impossible to dismiss the 2 glittering spheres taking up
most of the space between the bed and the ceiling. Did I forget to mention
them, well there they were, and since I had absolutely no idea what they
were or how high up the scary scale you'd find their danger rating, I
decided to rap my knuckles on the surface of the nearest one to see if
it was hollow. As I touched the surface it resisted slightly before de-atomising
and becoming nothing more than a faint smell. Fortunately it was just
the wrapping, on the bed in front of me was a wide cylinder, more a band
really, about 8 inches across and 2 wide. I picked it up, no weight, and
the colour, if you can call it a colour was, was, well, colourful. Shifting
and changing like the sky in Universe 1. "I know, I'll put it on my head"
I thought, - not very wise - but it seemed like the right thing to do.
I sat down in front of the mirror and as soon as I rested the band on
my head, it reduced it's diameter very slightly for a better fit and went
almost transparent, kind of glassy with occasional green glyphs glowing.
At the same time as I'm looking at this in the mirror, the area all around
my head and about 3 feet away is a translucent green surface with a single
message wrapping around me and then a single vermillion button dead ahead
of me, floating at head height
Oh yes, excellent, that's more like it, interactive thought controlled
HUD. As I though of Head Up Display, the left edge of my vision flashed
OK, HAT, what ever you're called,
it's time to see what you can do.
So, as you can imagine I was quite happy to spend the next few hours
discovering what this advanced technology could do. Once
I realised that this was much more than just an information delivery
device, once I realised it could actually produce any variety of complex
environments within the space around my head, I pushed it up to eleven
on the very hazey home grown fantasy setting and left the unpacking of
the other sphere till the next day.
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