A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 066, Wednesday
March 7th, 2018
Chapter Three: History 3rd
Long before creating the Continuum, the ancient people found a way to the heavens.
They colonized asteroids, comets, planetessimals, and planetoids, launching them as living vessels into the dark void between the stars.
The brave people who piloted them, together with their families, set out on their epic journeys knowing well that they would never return, and knowing that generations of their offspring would be born, live their lives and die before they ever found a permanent home.
Many of those pioneers met with doom. A malfunction of equipment could result in the loss of navigation and suddenly they were headed toward nothing at all, adrift, in the cold and dark.
Fuel system failures, food system failures, disease, mutiny…these were common among those sojourning in the void.
For every three vessels launched by the ancient people, one would arrive at the star system they were aiming for, find a planet suitable for habitation, and succeed in establishing a colony.
Whenever they could, and for however long they could the explorers and colonists would send messages back to the world of their origins, providing their cousins on the first world with the stories and chronicles of their lives.
Many of the colonies failed. One in two would not continue past the third generation. Of those that did thrive, some of them would advance to the point of being able to send out explorers of their own. The drama would continue.
In time the technologies of the Ancient People became so great that they were able to catch up with their progeny, connect them all to each other, and create the foundations of a galactic empire.
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