Tuesday, April 25, 2006
When the two scientists realized that their fusion shielding experiments was leading to, they quickly changed the objective of their research and with in a year the Chattergee-Haque fast as light drive was a reality. Probably the most amazing thing about the drive was not that it allowed man to go fast as light, but that it allowed him to do so relatively cheaply. Very soon over ten nations launched interstellar probes using the Chattergee-Haque drive, and before any of them had sent back data huge colony arks were being built.
The first group to leave the solar system was sponsored by the Confederation of Islamic States. Over a million Kurds went up the Space elevator in Kenya and boarded 4 great space arks. This was soon followed by two Arks carrying half a million Palestinians and several Arks carrying a quarter of million each of Indonesians and Malays all who took the Indonesian space elevator.
Not long after this the North American Alliance launched an Ark carrying Cherokees, Arapahos and Mohawks. The French Government launched one Ark a year for several years of a hundred thousand each, though sometimes they had to draft colonists.
It was this way that mankind colonized and explored the stars for nearly 300 years, until the discovery of the worm drive.
Friday, April 21, 2006
I have no memory of my great grand mother as she died when I was one year old at the age of 96. Now I was born in 1387 A.H. (1968AD) so yes she died in 1388A.H. (1969AD). The Year she died she watched a man walk on the moon, when she was born, the year 1290 A.H. (1873 AD), there were horses and carriages on the streets of New Orleans and the quickest way to travel was either by steam ship or train.
The changes she saw in her lifetime were phenomenal; In my lifetime I can remember going to a friend's house who had a PC which used cassette tapes then computers started to use floppy disks, right now most computers use CDs, and on my key chain I have a 1 gig flash drive. My first computer did not have a 1 gig hard drive. I can only imagine what everything will look like at the end of my lifetime or what my children will see during their lifetime. So before you start to scoff at some idea as being implausible remember my great grandmother.
Tuesday, April 18, 2006
Sorry about taking so long between posts lately I am trying to learn blender and flash right now, and that is taking up a lot of my time but as I think knowing blender and flash will allow me to greatly enhance the story telling here, I am really motivated to learn them, which also means if you know any good tutorial sites feel free to post them to me here. Oh and that combined with the fact that the schools out so the kids are all home right now means I am doubly busy with that. Trying to keep the little guys busy and not just sitting in front of the TV all week.
Friday, April 14, 2006
The Spike back cats of New Kurdistan are that worlds planetary animal. There is a wonderful display of the creatures in front of the Pesh Merga command center, which is a must see tourist attraction.
A dangerous predator an adult spike back weighs upwards of 70Kg and has 10-centimeter razor sharp claws. While they are jungle dwellers and decent climbers, in the open they can run up to speeds of 100Kph.
They normally live in packs of 6 to 8 adults. They are matriarchal with the lead female leading the hunts and eating first. As pack hunters they can bring down prey 4 to 5 times larger than themselves.
The Spike back’s feline appearance is deceiving as while they are warm blooded the have far more in common with reptiles. They are egg layers and begin to reproduce in their 5th year of life laying 3 to 4 eggs at a time. The newly hatched spike back does not suckle but eats meat, which its mother brings it. They learn to hunt in their 2nd year of life and are on their own by their 3rd year.
Contrary to popular opinion their spikes are not poisonous.
Tuesday, April 11, 2006
The Troop leader kicks out his sons when they reach maturity. The female offspring stay with the troop but it should be noted unlike many animals Walid Monkeys do not mate with their offspring. They gained their name from the famous exo-bilogist Muhammed ibn Hamza who noted their peculiar mating habits.
A bachelor Walid Monkey will approach a troop carrying fruits and nuts or build a pile in the path of a troop. While the head male is eating from the pile the bachelor then steals one of the mature female offspring of the head male. Biologists believe the monkeys can smell whither or not a female has ever been pregnant, and this is why they don’t try to grab one of the head male’s mates.
Tuesday, April 04, 2006
After Mars gained its independence, several Martian rebel leaders decided to build the first permanent Mosque on Mars. All previeus mosques on Mars had been temporary affairs and facing had been simply a guess or had been figured out with a rather complicated mathematical formula directing the worshipers roughly towards earth.
With the building of the first permanent masjid where the Minbar and the mihrab would be came into discussion. Some adovcated figuring out the matching coordinates on Mars for the Kaaba others said it should face West while others east. It appeared that a major division was getting ready to occur and there was even talk of a Mubahala between the leaders of the different groups. But a scholar arose whom when tempers were hot simply recited the Quranic passages
2:177 It is not righteousness that ye turn your faces to the East and the West; but righteous is he who believeth in Allah and the Last Day and the angels and the Scripture and the prophets; and giveth wealth, for love of Him, to kinsfolk and to orphans and the needy and the wayfarer and to those who ask, and to set slaves free; and observeth proper worship and payeth the poor-due. And those who keep their treaty when they make one, and the patient in tribulation and adversity and time of stress. Such are they who are sincere. Such are the Allah-fearing.
2:115 To Allah belong the east and the West: Whithersoever ye turn, there is the presence of Allah. For Allah is all-Pervading, all-Knowing.
This brought the groups to their senses. Then they decided as most of the Martians were originally from Malaysia and Indonesia that the masjid and all others after it would face west as this was what they were used to.
Sunday, April 02, 2006
Captain Abdulrahman was jolted out of bed by the sudden change in course of the C.S.S Lahore. Abdulrahman rubbed the bruise on his head and groaned “Alhamdullah”. Abdulrahman was at first not very alarmed until he realized that the emergency lights were on. Damage to the ships power system was very serious. His door’s emergency controls showed that there was air on the other side, so he cranked open the door and walked down the hall to the bridge.
The Captain found pure disarray and panic emerging, It took him a few minutes to calm everyone on the bridge down and they started to explain what had apparently had happened. After exiting the wormhole into the New Bengal system the ship had been struck by a boulder sized object which had an extremely strong magnetic field. The object’s magnetic field had caused a power feedback in the communications array and the power system. Several pieces of equipment had overloaded and burned out. After that the bridge crew was at a loss for information so captain Abdulrahman had to call down to the engine room.
Abdulrahman buzzed the engine room the ship’s com system was still working which he was glad for.
A voice shouting over a lot of static answered, “Engineering chief engineer Muhammad here.”
“Captain Abdulrahman here, what is the situation in engineering Muhammad?”
“It’s pretty bad sir, some kind of magnetic pulse caused the plasma pulse overdrive to overload, which then fried out both of the sub-quantum plasma disrupters. That triggered the emergency computer systems to take the phase source extractor, the stationary duality portal and the radiant quark accelerator offline”
“How long to get them back online?”
“Well sir it is going to be a while as they did not go through the normal shut down procedures, inshallah 4 maybe five hours each. But sir that is not the worst of it, to get to the sub-quantum disrupters I am going to have to take apart the gravitational singularity initiator and that sir is going to take, Inshallah ten hours at least. The good news is the particle singularity modulator is intact.
“So we are dead in space floating for a day is what you are saying.”
“Yes sir until we can get all these backs up the ship’s worm and thrust drives are both down. Inshallah, I may be able to save some time by patching the phase source extractor directly into the spectral sphere ignition system”
“Thank you Muhammad I know you will do your best.”
Abdulrahman started to think of what could or would happen next. He realized that he would have to prepare a statement to give to the colonists they were carrying. At this time the C.S.S. Lahore was ferrying over twenty thousand colonists to New Bengal and if they started to panic they could cause a lot of damage to the ship.
It was at this time the ship’s navigator broke the bad news. The C.S.S. Lahore was on an intercept path with Bengal 6 one of the systems 3 gas giants. According to the Navigators calculations in 14 hours the ship would become caught in Bengal Six’s gravitational field and approximately 20 minutes later they would burn up in Bengal six’s atmosphere. And the news kept getting worse as even though there was confederation naval heavy cruiser in the star system the magnetic pulse which had fried burned out crucial drive components had also gone though the communications array frying out key parts there as well. Noaman the communications officer informed him that while they could send out a distress signal, it would be limited to a range of one thousand kilometers.
Captain Abdulrahman called a meeting of his top officers and system chiefs in two hours. Everyone was to come up with some type of plan to save them and the ship. The meeting was a mad house of shouting and blaming. Over a dozen ideas were proposed and shot down as either completely unworkable or workable but taking to long to get into place. Finally a small fellow spoke up over the multitude of voices.
“Sir, engineering Ensign Dawud Naqvi, sir I am in charge of maintaining the ship’s fire suppression systems.” Stated Engineering ensign Dawud Naqvi directing his comments to the captain while avoiding looking at him. Something the captain found to be a rather interesting trick.
“Quite” Shouted the Captain, yes Ensign you have an idea.
“Yes Sir, we were talking and my friend Atif he is over in waste systems operations, well Atif said maybe we should get out and push. A joke sir but it got me thinking, we don’t actually have to fix the drives we just need a push to get us off our currently trajectory” he paused and shot a quick glance at the captain.
“Go on Ensign I am following you so far.”
“Well sir we can reroute some of the pipes we use to carry the CO2, it is under pressure, and we can use it to change our trajectory to one were we don’t all die a horrible fiery death.”
“Like a fire extinguisher race” said Abdulrahman as he stood up.
“Yes Sir Just like that.”
“But how long will it take you to do it?”
“Inshallah should take about four maximum six hours sir.”
Five hours later the C.S.S. Lahore was on a new trajectory heading towards the inner system and away from Bengal Six. It took two more days to get the thrust drive online and the communications array to work properly. The C.S.S. Musa, the Quyata class heavy cruiser assigned to protect the New Bengal, was able to intercept them and escort the C.S.S. Lahore to New Bengal. The Colonists were on the planet before they were told how close to disaster they had all been, and oh yeah this is the reason that the Capitol of New Bengal is called Naqvibad.