Just to keep you all on your toes, here is another brief extract from my upcoming science fiction eBook novella – The Next Age.
What he found completely astounded him. A system of unknown origin was still operating; collecting Bolides in its invisible equivalent of a lacrosse stick net before redirecting them towards the Solar System’s planets. Deliberately wedged in a part of the device’s lattice support framework he found the object responsible for reflecting the sunlight. Although he had no way of knowing at this precise moment in time, what he held in his gloved hands was the gold-plated audio visual disc from Voyager 1, containing photos of the Earth and its life forms, plus scientific information deemed pertinent to whoever found it, along with greetings from the then Secretary-General of the United Nations and the President of the United States at the time of its manufacture, along with a host of Earth’s natural sounds and music. The disc had been attached to the outside of the probe prior to its launch into space from Cape Canaveral in Florida on September the fifth 1977, when it began its monumental journey through the Solar System and on into deep space and the unknown expanses of the universe. How it had got here, let alone what had happened to Voyager 1 was for others to surmise and endlessly debate about.
A message of some kind had been crudely carved across it in a script which reminded Sergei of the territorial marker scratches from a cat he was all too familiar with, the Siberian Tiger, having suffered a painful encounter with a yearling when it ambushed him while he was on military exercise in Siberia’s heavily wooded Taiga. He was extremely fortunate to survive the attack. Had the tiger been a fully grown adult he would not have.
Whoever was responsible for what was going on had clearly left long before the pair arrived. Stewart piloted the pod to the rise before setting delayed charges on the lattice work supporting the redirection system, after responding to Sergei’s call. Taking the disc with them, they immediately headed back to Gogol, along the way noting what was left of the detector screen. Besides redirecting the meteors, the unknown assailants had destroyed the entire screen, possibly with some form of laser technology. Each detector was now nothing more than a melted mass of plastic and electronics.
More later, if you are patient…