A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 109, Thursday
April 19th, 2018
Chapter Four: Mutation
During their sojourn to Earth, the children of the Ancients determined what their physical needs would be before they arrived at their new home.
They had identified Earth as a suitable place to end their journey, even while they were still light years away.
They still possessed the scientific knowledge to carry out the task of altering their physiology to align themselves with the gravity and atmosphere of the distant planet.
They began to mutate their DNA, altering their genetic structure, allowing them to inhabit, and thrive on the wet-blue world.
Destination Earth, it was their last hope for a home and haven.
Over the course of generations they adapted to those new requirements, doing their best to anticipate what their bodies would now require, based on a climate and ecology that they could only model through computer algorithms.
It was a process of continual adjustment. Every time a new genetic sequence would be introduced into the body, they ran the risk of a virus springing up, one that was possibly lethal.
Many of the colonists were struck down in this process. It was an ongoing tragedy, and while they had prepared for it, it was painful nonetheless. It called for a continuous examination of conscience. It focused the crew on the existential dilemma. Some of them wanted to abandon their mission altogether, and simply direct their vessel into the nearest star, bringing an end to all of them, in one great conflagration.
The technologies they depended on, which were also the cause of their transformation and eventual triumph, they began to be shunned.
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