Though the other half of my band leans more toward the mystical, I’ve always felt that we best encapsulate the sounds of science fiction. One of our last albums before we took a hiatus of a few years was Black Hole, a soundtrack to a non-existent Science Fiction movie along the lines of 2001: a Space Odyssey, about the disappearance of the USEF Sagittarius IV, a scientific expedition to the A* supermassive black hole. For that project, I wrote some pieces of accompanying short fiction and even made a music vid.
Well, we’ve got a new track that we want to share with the world and will hopefully have available soon. I wouldn’t call it perfect or our best work, but it’s certainly worthy of a comeback. I’ll have more details on that soon, but mostly I wanted an excuse to share this:
and despite the efforts of our chief engineer, navigation through the phase gate (designated 693) proved especially difficult and it is through these difficulties that the crew’s morale seems to be slipping and in desperate need of a pick-up as we approach the region of Sagittarius A*; while no one has yet begun outright questioning the mission’s goals, as the previous briefings have convinced us all of the sheer scientific importance of the mapping of the A* region’s event horizon, there is a sense of unease about the preparedness of the U.S.E.F. craft to both withstand the cosmic radiation from the dense region this close to the center of our galaxy and the mental health concerns which have been raised by our crew’s medical officer. The journey has proven more stressful than anyone could have predicted in their models and plush offices, and being 10 months from our last port of call, a remote deep-space research post operated by a skeleton crew who are barely capable of maintaining custodial duties of the laboratories, much less effectively oversee the primarily automated experiments whose value remains in question to those left. From what we gathered, we were the first ship to visit them in three years; while the crew of Sagittarius IV had at first been delighted at the prospect of human contact outside of their own, they were quickly disappointed to find the crew of Ceti-Omega’s social skills… lacking. Ceti-Omega’s crew of four, we learned, had dwindled from an original twenty. They had lost contact with their U.S.E.F. mission staff when a wave of particularly strong spatial distortion had adversely affected their communications array; along with the disabling of their Heisenberg beacon, U.S.E.F. had been able to neither communicate properly nor even locate the region of space into which Ceti- Omega was currently drifting. One of the scientist (now deceased) had created a strategic 5 year plan to ensure the survival of the crew as well as continuation of the experiments onboard, however this strategy seems to have included a lottery drawing of sorts which has left the crew to the state it is currently (the scientist who originally devised this scheme is no longer with the crew, who are somewhat reticent to relay details, and perhaps the less said the better). However, this digression has gone on too long. Our stay at Ceti-Omega was brief and demoralizing (as was my adamant stance on refusing to accept the remaining staff as refugees on our craft), however we did transmit their coordinates to their U.S.E.F. supervisory committee, which, I suppose, may be of some help if the transmission both reaches its destination (quantum communications have been behaving strangely as we’d approached 693, the final phase gate through which we were to pass) and if their mission has not been terminated and the files sealed. Prior to our unsettling experience with the crew of Ceti-Omega, we had fully resupplied at our final official stop before 693. Those supplies are now dwindling, but we are still within the mission tolerance for a successful return journey. However, as I previously stated, the navigation of phase gate 693 was especially difficult, as its course has been, until now, uncharted. I have been told that PG-693 had been put into place by U.S.E.F. engineers decades ago for the specific purpose of creating an easy jump point to aid in the mapping of the A* region and its event horizon, however after placing it, something happened to their charting probe and very little of the data recovered was usable. Even more perplexing was the immediate recall of the teams who had put the phase gate into place; Phase Gate 693 had never been mapped, never been tested, and never even been maintained since its installation at its point in deep space; therefore I took it upon myself to create a map of 693 in
I’d written this for use on one of our show fliers for the Black Hole CD release. We saw a couple people around with their face pressed up to the image of the black hole we’d superimposed it on trying to read the whole thing. Hopefully it was less of a chore to read it here.
Anyway, some new medicide will be up in a few weeks.