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The Brightest Sun

from The Far Star Mission (audiobook) by Apotheus



Chapter 8
The Brightest Sun

The days that followed their landing felt like an eternity. They were now settlers of a new planet and not just the crew of a spaceship. Every day they had something new to learn or to experience. The planet had a slightly stronger gravity, enough to force them to relearn walking. Wind was something very new and discomfortable to them as well, which didn’t help with their walking task. That same wind also carried various new substances, making their nostrils suddenly overwhelmed with a variety of smells. The spaceship they called home was obviously temperature controlled. Apparently random climate changes was not something they were particularly fond of. Walking on the planet’s surface got them constantly dirty. The planet felt very imperfect and not a place one wishes to spend a lot of time in. And yet, there they were, fighting for life on such a planet.

Over the 3 generations, almost like in a bedtime story fashion, the children were told what the new planet would be like. Every tale was pictured with green fields below a golden sun, or with dense forests filled with tall trees. The trees would bear juicy lumps of organic matter called “fruit”. And then the trees would die and their remnants would be used to raise new trees. These stories were certainly a contrasting picture when compared with the bright white and inert walls of their spaceship. Perhaps that was exactly why the stories were so appealing to them. This planet was certainly very different. There was still a lot of work to do.

Trading the comfort of their spaceship with the imperfection of a raw and arid planet didn’t happen without raising some questions. Would all of this be worth it? Would they want to live in such conditions? Was the rest of the mission even plausible? In the end, their motivation remained unshaken. First and foremost, they couldn’t just throw away all the gigantic effort of the past generations. Also, the reasons for the mission were still valid. Their home planet was doomed and this was still their only hope, even if it didn’t look like it at the moment. They gradually learned to see beauty in the planet’s imperfections. Despite all of their discomfort, this was what they had to work with. There was no choice but to succeed. They were going to unceasingly fight to bring life to this planet and make it look just like they imagined it in the old stories.


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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