Humans had known for centuries that all known life shared DNA, informing the belief that everything evolved from a common ancestor during the billions of years of evolution of life on Earth. But the question was our DNA exclusive to Earth? Was there other life in the universe that shared the same code? It wasn’t until the mid 2100s, during mankind’s first ventures beyond their solar system, that we found the answer.
Early expeditions beyond the reach of our sun were understandably focused on planets we projected were hospitable to life. We quickly discovered that vital planets in our own galaxy were no where as rare as we speculated. Microbial life, simple organisms, and plant life abounded in nearly every solar system we probed. The discovery of complex organisms was not as common, but still not rare. much of this new life was strange and some shockingly familiar. By 2150 it was clear that our DNA was not an isolated occurrence and far far older than we would have ever imagined.
In 2180 our migration into Draco-Tao – 60 billion light years from Earth – provided further confirmation of this. The plants and wildlife on Solum, and other planets we studied and colonized later, all evolved from a common base code. The same confirmation as we expanded into the Vigilem galaxy in 2280. DNA as we knew it was indeed pervasive throughout the universe.
It is important to note that “common” does not mean “same”. Obviously the genetic variation across worlds and organisms is significant. A common source of DNA explains why so many aliens exhibit familiar characteristics, and the prevalence of so many humanoid aliens. However, even an alien races such as the Aran, that are nearly physically identical to humans, are as genetically removed from us as a plant.
However, as it is with science, answers are questions waiting to be asked. And the new burning question was, what was the source?
An experimental process is developed to extract plasma energy from stars.
The following is a general reference for common human sensor technologies.
Short range using various forms of visual technologies and transponder registrations to identify vessels. While limited to a fairly short range they’re fast and their accuracy is nearly 100%.
Effective Range: ~.5ly
Short to Mid range, detecting and analyzing the distinct EM signatures of different power systems and engine types. While having fairly substantial ranges and a high degree of accuracy they are only effective on stations and outposts in order to filter EM signatures against background noise.
Effective Range: ~250ly
Long range analyzing shape and mass of ships over long range by measuring the gravimetric distortion caused by the vessel. These sensor types are highly reliable as they are not affected by common interference such as EM and Nebula static. They are also difficult to fool as it is nearly impossible to mask gravity displacement. The drawback is that they can only reliably detect ships or fleets large enough to cause gravity fluctuations.
Effective Range: ~1000ly
Networks of probes that use combinations of various sensor types to cover large areas of space far outside stationed sensor arrays. The main drawback is that they are prone to disruptions from common cosmic hazards such as micro meteor impacts and thus require regular maintenance.
Internal systems used to detect living beings inside facilities through a variety methods. Usually using registered unique bio-electric or neural signatures but pheromone and air displacement sensors are also used for tracking, in particular with alien visitors.
First discovered in an impact crater on Mars in 2101, Helidyte is a mineral compound that when exposed to Nitrogen decomposes releasing high levels of Helium. With both XEM and QS reactor technologies requiring vast amounts of Helium the mineral held great potential as a fuel source. Unfortunately all that existed was a 12 gram sample.
With the Helium shortage on Earth a mining expedition was started aimed at the red planet to see if they could find more Helidyte. The operation however never made it to Mars as large deposits of Helidyte were identified in the Kuiper Asteroid Belt in 2118. This discovery led to the establishment of the Titus Mining Colony and the Luna Chorda refining complex on the moon in 2122.
Helium extraction from Helidyte was a boon to Earths tech industry leading to significant advancements Quantum Static power generation which in turn led to advances in other high energy technologies such as LEAP.
After the Exodus 2179 humanity is slip between two galaxies. In Draco Tao on humanities new home world of Solum there was no longer a Helium shortage however Helidyte remained a critical element in energy generation until 2230. It was simply more efficient transport and refine Helidyte than to handle Helium itself. After 2230 many colonies moved to solar power or localized Helium extraction but Helidyte was still needed for ships and space stations. In the Milky Way Helidyte is still a high value commodity in the outer colonies but is no longer used on Earth.
Helidyte is a gray brittle shale-like mineral. Raw Helidyte breaks down rapidly when exposed to Nitrogen producing Helium 4 and Beryllium nitride as a byproduct.
Dr. Abla Zwarhi, a prisoner serving two life sentences for ethics violations in a WSO science work camp, makes a breakthrough. Zwarhi had spent the first twelve years of her sentence working on a new power source based on Tristan Benoble’s Quantum Static Theory. On March 23rd 2059, she simultaneously confirms Benoble’s work and invents the first Quantum Static Reactor. The tiny device generates 145 kW for approximately 3.1 seconds before the resulting plasma build up breaches the inadequate containment vessel killing Zwarhi and 75 others.
A year later Pinot Garrett, building on Zwarhi’s work, designs a version of the reactor that is safe and magnitudes more powerful. The Gen1 QS Reactor produced 300 times the power output of the biggest XEM power cores. It was so efficient in fact that Stellar’s predictions for their engines performance turned out to be significantly underestimated.
The QS Reactor did however have a major drawback. The byproduct of the particle conversion was super-heated plasma. This plasma could not be vented safely inside the atmosphere except in very small quantities. This meant that the new power source could only reach its true potential in the vacuum of space.
John Hawking had spent his entire career working to prove his Interuniverse Resonance Theory. After the events of the Shinigami disaster destroyed much of his previous research he was forced to start over, something he would later say was his greatest blessing.
In 2025 Hawking had been collaborating closely with a colleague inside the Blaisdale Corporation. After the disaster in 2029, Hawking had become certain that what had allowed the Shinigami 101D to escape destruction was a technology based on his theories.
The Interuniverse Resonance Theory states that all matter in the Universe vibrates at a specific base frequency. This frequency is unique and is what binds matter to our specific universe.
Hawking believed that given enough energy, matter could be forced out of its origin universe and into another. This displaced matter could not however exist in the other universe due to its mismatched resonance frequency and would be instantaneously forced back into our universe. Hawking also theorized that matter forced out of its universe would not re-enter at the same position at which it left. Instead it would re-enter at a new position relative to the energy used to force it out initially.
On December 8th 2051, after years of development Hawking successfully built a device that was able to shift an atom of iodine one billionth of a micron. Hawkings’ device used Nueon particles to alter the resonance frequency of the iodine atom enough for it to be push out of our universe.
On March 16th 2042, the World Sciences Organization (WSO) was formed.
It was the policy of the UGC that all technological advancements be made public with full disclosure to prevent another Shinigami type incident. However the Earth Defense Initiative lobbied for certain technologies to be classified in the interest of global security. It was agreed that certain technologies would be granted a level of secrecy. However, in the interest of fair technological advancement and accountability, the WSO would be in charge of disseminating variations of beneficial technologies to public and private firms, maintaining the confidentiality of the technology without stifling advancement.
The WSO would also act as a watchdog resource director for all scientific research world-wide. In 2050 the WSO established Science Work Camps to house people convicted of criminal or ethical violations related to scientific research. These camps utilized the skills of inmates to further advances in sciences under strict direction.
Tristan Benoble was born on February 8th, 2012 with a rare genetic disorder giving him a 15 year life expectancy. Tristan was however also a child prodigy. By age 7 he had earned an honorary degree in Mechanical Engineering from MIT. Tristan then moved on to conquer Biochemistry where he, at the age of 13, developed a treatment for his condition. On his 17th birthday he accepted the Eva Vertes Prize for Medical Advancement.
The future ahead of him Benoble became an unstoppable intellectual force. By age 22 he was considered a leader in the field of Quantum Physics, posting a ground breaking paper on Quantum Static Theory.
In 2034 Benoble theorized that it was possible to utilize the energy from Higgs field particle interactions to create a limitless source of power. However with the world still rebuilding from the Shinigami Disaster, Benoble was never able to test his hypotheses before dying from liver disease on June 12th, 2038.