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Chapter 2
Redshift

Members of “the gifted” increased in numbers very slowly over time, consequence of a poorly designed education system. Even though the overall picture wasn’t very bright, they still looked up to the golden years of the past. A time when society valued science. Ancient tales of when inquisitive minds were seen as heroes. They knew they were the elite in the present, but they also knew very well that they couldn’t compete with their ancestry, if such a thing was even reasonable to compare.

Solving this crisis wasn’t an easy task. In fact, a minority of “the gifted” were even in favor of not trying to solve it. But even this minority couldn’t ignore their most optimistic and curious side. After spending long years studying their society and trying to merge maths and sociology, they decided to look at the skies instead. After all, it was the only place left to look. Of course, they knew very well the intricacies of space and their place in the cosmos, but maybe, just maybe, they didn’t look deep enough. Perhaps their ancestors were up there all this time, trying to guide their children from the darkness of deep space.
And so they did. They looked unceasingly at the skies and developed new and superior tools. They were looking for planets, planetoids, asteroids or even rocks. Anything that met the necessary conditions for life. A drastic change. A complete reboot of civilization in another place.
It was only on 6645 UTS in one morning, that a very faint and redshifted light hit the lenses of one of their detectors. This light has travelled for approximately 320 years and that meant this planet was 320 light-years away from them. The data was fuzzy, but it seemed like it had the ideal pressure, temperature and distance from its host star. It was a reasonable possibility. The first glimpse of hope.

This was the year when the project codenamed “The Far Star” began. It was ambitious. 320 years might seem like a long time, but this would be an instant compared to the time it would take to travel that same distance by spaceship with current technology. Also, “the gifted” simply didn’t have the resources and money for such a large scale project. They would need support from the biggest landlords in the planet. In the end, they were left with just another difficult task. But “difficult” was good enough for them, since they’ve only been dealing with the impossible until now.

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from The Far Star Mission (audiobook), released March 26, 2020

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Apotheus Paços De Ferreira, Portugal

Apotheus is a Portuguese Melodic Metal act from Portugal.

Founded in 2008, the group currently consists of Miguel Andrade (vocals/rythm guitar), Luís "Gold Monkey" (lead guitar), Daniel Rocha (bass) and Albano “von Hammer” (drums). ... more

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