Watcher in the Fall: Connections

Watcher in the Fall: Connections

by Ron Townsen


Publisher CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Published in Science Fiction & Fantasy/Science Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy/Fantasy, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction

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Book Description


When an ancient race living on the edge of the universe energizes a unique pattern, an advanced super secret U.S. Defense team suddenly becomes the focal point of one of the greatest events in human history.

Sample Chapter

Sxxty the Old One emerged from the protective area with its sulfur-based atmosphere, located on the station. The station orbited above the artificial shell’s enclosure of the star. The message had already been distributed that initial contact had been made successfully as “Watcher” reports from around the universe were starting to be cataloged. Once Sxxty removed the environmental mesh from his body, this creature of the Old Ones’ race knew work had only just begun. The work to prioritize which information to transfer, while leaving enough transmission capability to have a respectable two-way information exchange with a specific civilization, had not yet been completed.

Sxxty had requested a tele-swap transport window to travel back to the research facility on the outer shell. The lab from which he had just emerged was a facility in orbit beyond the outer shell placed around the star. Sxxty proceeded to the transport room and settled in for the short jump. He looked out the window while waiting for the tele-swap; he continued to enjoy the view of the outer shell, which glowed with life. The design of the shell, while not unique, had been built many times before. The Old Ones’ designs had been implemented around different stars. To Sxxty, the wonder of the Master Pattern in allowing one such as himself to reach such heights in evolution made him understand the honor.

Sxxty had done his required work with lower-level civilizations and knew the difficult time most civilizations must pass through to have a chance to survive and reach such heights.

Unlike the transports between stars, local tele-swap units were like simple rooms. The systems surrounding the room communicated with the receiving port location to ensure no contention with other tele-swaps requesting the same location access. The systems drew power from the inter-dimensional connection, identified the space for swap and executed the tele-swap transport.

Longer trips used tele-swaps with many rooms including a nutrition/refresh room (rejuvenation area), sleeping quarters and engineering controls. The massive Old Ones’ ships were designed to support a wide range of life-forms working with the Old Ones. Trips between star systems were not long, but previously consisted of multiple jumps so the systems could collect and focus power for each jump segment. Because they were in a less dense void where gravity fields were weaker, the collection took longer and the process needed to cover larger distances. While time of movement between two stars took less than a normal refresh cycle with older ships, some trips were much longer as they moved between stars far distant around the galaxy, so minor comforts were accommodated for.

A new ship design was under construction, which would enable direct jumps anywhere within the galaxy. The fleet now being assembled and nearing completion would be capable of collecting and focusing energy to a level that was expected to finally enable galaxy-level jumps.

Their larger ships maintained a functional design, not an aesthetic design, but of immense proportions. The look could best be described of a number of rectangular rooms stacked together like children’s blocks, some of which were well over one thousand meters in height, width and length, with others even larger by factors of ten. These ships had no need to deal with atmosphere entry that requires a more sleek design. This massive ship was designed strictly for travel between planets, stars and, now, galaxies. The engines were more of a field generator spread throughout the ship. The design was focused on providing strength to hold together given the great stresses.

Tele-swap between ship and planet surface used the same technology built into a simple pin that could be attached to a body covering as well as built into a body suit that enabled a single-person tele-swap transport, along with a number of other abilities. The personal transport options accounted for environment or invisibility needs. Other variations of the devices allowed tele-swap transport of stacks of gear or supplies in structures. The larger devices included the ability to tele-swap complete physical structures such as a buildings and large sections of a planet surface. On rarer occasions, small shuttle craft were available to actually fly to the surface.

The Old Ones had no reason to add weapons to their ships. They considered it a waste of time and energy. In cases of attack as they dealt with a new civilization, they maintained a simple ability to block and disrupt any energy-beam weapon. For any explosive or kinetic device, they trapped it in a field that shifted it to a region where there would be no danger. In their experience, the Old Ones trusted these abilities to quickly show the civilization that even their best weapons were of no threat to the Old Ones.

The Old Ones’ ships did more than just provide simple transportation; in key times, such as when a civilization’s star transitioned, their ships were required for complete movement of a planet’s population and environment. The ships could be brought together quickly to support this effort and had performed this feat multiple times within recent history – some of which Sxxty had been involved in. This need led to the large ship designs, which were capable of carrying tens of thousands of life-forms along with food supplies, complete physical structures and anything else of major importance. With the new galaxy-class ships, the size would increase more than one hundredfold.

Sxxty blinked and the tele-swap was completed. A small wormhole had been opened and closed over the short distance. He found himself on the outer shell surrounding the enclosed star. He left the transport, walked down the hallway and entered the rejuvenation area for the Old Ones, where the atmosphere felt warm. In the Old Ones’ section, a breeze blew and Sxxty could absorb nutrients through his skin. It was similar to the atmosphere on their original home planet. After a quick stop to refresh, Sxxty moved on to his rest area and settled down for a rest period.

Sxxty had been assigned to the connection machine program as part of the standard rotation. The Old One’s fate had been tied to the object of the communications; the Master Pattern had shown Sxxty at his point of creation to be the broadcaster, and now he was fulfilling his destiny.

By the time he reached the shell and entered his research rest location, over ten thousand advanced civilizations’ Watcher patterns had made contact and been cataloged, indicating they received the contact calling card. Eventually, millions of contacts were expected, but at this point they were only looking for the most advanced civilizations of the pattern.

Sxxty’s life had begun as all Old Ones’ lives now begun – in a genetic lab. The seed-based genetic manipulation of new members of their race had been happening for millions of generations. The original race had been born through the production of seeds and germination in warm, still mud until the new life came forth and evolved through the early stages of the formation of appendages.

Now through the evolved techniques of genetics, new life for the race was born in a small dish, and within weeks evolved to a stage where connection to the communications net occurred. Once connected, the adults took on the job of training the new ones. Training evolved as the body matured, and within a period of two cycles around the home star, they were fully grown and fully integrated into the society.

New members were created only as needed. Sometimes a member would die through a physical accident. Sometimes the society would decide growth needed to occur as they found new races needing support, and sometimes individuals just wanted to reach the end of their very long lives naturally.

With each member of their civilization being brought to life, a study would be undertaken to see the new life’s impact on the Master Pattern. In Sxxty’s case, the key point he would play in the pattern was soon discovered. It wasn’t so much that he didn’t have a choice in what his path would be, it was more of a case of discovery of a key point in Sxxty’s life. He still had the excitement of discovering his path, and the analysis only provided the probability of this major event happening (78%) within the life path and how it crossed with the research work on the connection machine.

Given all the systems, the amount and control rate of information transfer still required work. It was not yet totally solved. The initial broadcast was one-way and intended strictly as an attempt to make first contact for a brief period to see if there would be any response. After the contact with races advanced enough to understand was established, more advanced information could be transmitted in what they hoped would be a complex two-way communication.

There were risks, the biggest of which was to possibly alter the path of a civilization in such a way that could cause danger. Not all civilizations were fundamentally good; some had not been able to overcome a self-centered nature and as such were deemed a danger to all others. Their prediction from the Master Pattern showed a ninety-three-percent chance that over the next thousand generations of the Old Ones, nothing bad would happen from contact and basic information release. That still left a risk that needed to be watched. With new information, the computations could change, but the community considered it manageable and, given the scope of the effort, acceptable.

While risks existed, it became evident in their detailed study of the Master Plan that this risk needed to be taken. However, precautions were built into place to ensure that while advanced technology would be broadcast, key advanced capabilities and knowledge of the study of math projecting the future would not be revealed until such time as they could ensure the receivers were not disruptive. This decision was now set as just a part of the future analysis.

Sxxty settled into his rest unit. One part of his mind drifted to his last civilization assignment prior to transferring to the connection machine. The planet was beautiful, but would soon be destroyed by the transition of its yellow star into a red giant. The people were a kind and gentle biped race known as the Txxans. Sxxty became friends with the son of a scientist. His friend Tia, being very young and playful, enjoyed learning. Sxxty took young Tia on a walk beside their green sea to watch the dance of the three moons and set of rings around the planet, which were clearly visible in the sky. Tia picked up the Old Ones’ language rapidly, even though only twelve cycles old, and their friendship became a unique pleasure to Sxxty.

The Old Ones had looked at this race in the Master Plan and determined that, even though they were still a young race, their kind gentle nature would allow them to evolve into a benefit to the galaxy and early contact would not be disruptive to them. So Sxxty and three others were sent to move the race to a new home to protect them from the coming destruction of their planet.

Tia taught Sxxty how to play the game of ynot, where a round object is kicked around as the children tried to get it into a hole in the center of a large ring. Since Sxxty never played games in his youth, this was quite different, and the joy and laughter on the children’s faces provided a unique experience to this focused and controlled-emotional being.

The Old Ones developed a suitable place for the Txxans to move to in a star system close by. Over the cycle of movement around their star, Sxxty and the others worked with the Txxans to teach them about the coming death of their planet. Sxxty grew to understand the simple yet enriching lives these kind people lived. The race was not large in numbers, only being five million souls due to the limited land space on the planet (which was mostly water), and while there were other creatures on the planet, none had reached any significant level of mental ability. The Old Ones, as part of their standard review process, had studied the genetics of all the creatures on the planet and determined none would progress to a state of advanced mental capability other than the Txxans.

Unlike most races the Old Ones worked with, the decision had been made not to integrate the complete race into the galactic communications network, but rather to start by taking in only a few who desired to be their representatives. In discussions with the older and generally acclaimed leaders of their race, the decision had been made to connect two from the leadership council and train them in the communications of the galactic race. The two leaders were chosen by the people, and the Old Ones provided them with a communication link that consisted of a simple attachment of what looked like a patch of skin. The device was designed as a small dot that was placed on the Txxans’ heads. It provided the capability to read and communicate thoughts between their minds and those of the galactic community. At first, Sxxty’s companions worked with the new members to slowly ease them into the flood of potential information so as to not overwhelm their minds. But slowly, over time, they adapted and were able to share and mix with the galactic community.

When the end of the first cycle approached, one of the attached leaders joined the tele-swap transport of the planet engineers to see the work the Old Ones were doing to prepare for the Txxans’ new life. The planet, originally built from the system material, looked different. The basic environment needed to sustain life and provide them with food and water, and shelter had to be engineered and made ready. To assist in making the transition easier, a new moon and a set of rings had been added to the new planet with protection capability to ensure debris from the rings would not affect the planet.

After the leader declared it suitable, the transporting of the Txxan race and some other life-forms from their home planet arrived at the new planet. This ended Sxxty’s direct management of the population ship – his first management project.

Sxxty shifted to the communications project as others took on the heavy lifting of dealing with the final steps of the move. The final good-bye between Sxxty and Tia was an experience that the Old One would long remember. They had grown close, and to know he may never see Tia again, or at least not for a long time, had broken through the controlled-emotional state of this Old One. Sxxty last saw Tia as Tia sat on the sparkling beach with kids kicking the round object while Tia wept at his friend’s good-bye.

Sxxty had continued to monitor the movement of the Txxan race to their new home and monitors provided updates on Tia and Tia’s family. The move was completed as planned, and the race began to settle on the new planet. The Old Ones had planted their crops for them, so when they arrived, they were able to harvest food. The Old Ones placed the main city along the waterside, just as it had been on their home planet, and all of the Txxans seemed to be settling in well on their new planet.

Under the watching eyes of the Old Ones, the Txxan population appeared to be doing well but then changes were detected. As they continued to adapt to the new planet and its slightly different chemical mix, a survey team reported that the Txxans appeared to be changing, and one of them was showing signs of taking on the traits of a Watcher pattern. This created excitement on the communication net since never before had they seen a new pattern arise in an existing life-form. It had always been assumed the Watcher pattern formed at the point of creation.

The connection team waited for results to see if any of the Txxans responded to the Watcher communications; the Txxan of focus had been identified as Tia. So if Sxxty and the team could communicate with Watchers, perhaps, just perhaps, Tia would be in the mix.


Excerpted from "Watcher in the Fall: Connections" by Ron Townsen. Copyright © 2014 by Ron Townsen. Excerpted by permission. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher. Excerpts are provided solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.
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Ron Townsen

Ron Townsen

“Watcher in the Fall” is an on-going series of Sci-Fi Intrigue books along with a growing list of short stories and movie screen plays dealing with an exciting multiverse predicted by String Theory. Trained in nuclear physics, I continue to spend my life working in military systems and computers while maintaining my interest in oceanography, nuclear and particle physics along with Cosmology as a hobby. Over my life I continue to enjoy reading Sci-Fi along with dreaming and discussing concepts of Black Holes, Neutron stars, star factories, the edge of the visible universe or how many dimensions are really in our universe. This ongoing series of stories draws from the breadth of the intriguing ideas presented in a growing body of military and scientific ideas and concepts. From a story about first contact to colliding universes, destruction of galaxies, to back street spies, gun battles, ships dying in combat to transports jumping across the universe through dimensional shifts; stories take the reader on a ride resulting in reactions of some people to ask if it could actually be happening in their lives now. Having worked on studies from the depths of the oceans to scientific platforms in space, from major weapon systems to sophisticated communications concepts, from advanced supercomputers to highly developed signal processing algorithms implemented in micro computer code, my life has covered a unique spectrum of science and engineering. Along with my life knowledge, calling upon my years of field experience blended with the study of advanced physics I have been able pulled together an ongoing tale covering the spectrum of the wonders and dangers of the universe along with the human experience; a tale which will take the rest of my life to tell. From my years of traveling the world from Japan to Europe, from Singapore to working ships in the center of the Indian, Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, from a life in San Diego, CA to years of living and working in the Washington D.C. area. The story line is designed to take the user around the world and across a universe of planets and galaxies as the stories of aliens and humans alike evolve in unique ways. From artists to warriors, from an alien farmer to senior engineers; from deadly spies to a boy who definitely is not what he appears to be from the outside; races of aliens that destroy worlds to others that build worlds along with structures that encapsulates stars.

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