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Newton's First Law of Conspiracy - Part Three - The End is nigh
Robert L Minteer
"So it’s thought that there was electricity at various times in antiquity. But that’s ridiculous!"

"Wow! But we’ll still be able to make electricity from our stored oxygen and hydrogen in the underground cities, won’t we?"
"Theoretically, yes, although there is talk of adding some sort of shielding around as many as possible, just in case."
"But how could the electrons just go? I thought the theory was that metals accepted them when they first came to earth. Metals wouldn’t be taken, too, would they?"

"Well, I hadn’t heard that before as part of the theory. But maybe they will. Or maybe just Aluminum. Remember, copper, gold, iron, lead, mercury, silver, tin, and zinc have been known since prehistoric times, and nobody really knows who or where they were first discovered. But aluminum, even though it is the lightest metal by molecular weight, was not discovered on the earth until 1825, just six years after electromagnetism was discovered. So there may be a connection. Of course, the accepted theory has always been that the aluminum was there all along, in combination with other elements, but that primitive man just wasn’t able to separate it out. Such may be the case, but Man’s knowledge of metallurgical processes and smelting goes way back. The Chinese made steel 2000 years ago, for God’s sake! Of course, if aluminum is the main component of the reflective layer which gives us the images of sun, moon, and maybe the planets and some stars, and with aluminum being so light, it would make sense that it all floated up there long ago. Then, as the earth increased in size and got closer to the aluminum layer, for whatever reason it started to settle to earth. Makes a guy wonder where that old nursery rhyme character came from—remember, the one that went around yelling: the sky is falling! the sky is falling!"
"Yeah, it does make you wonder…But how would aluminum have given off all those electrons?"
"The theory is that it wasn’t the aluminum which gave off the electrons, but instead as the electrons came streaming to the surface through, or having bounced off of, the aluminum layer, they dislodged the aluminum molecules, which then came raining to earth, to combine with various other elements. Yet others think that such could have happened in the past, before each Dark Period. The electrons could have knocked loose part of the silver and gold layers at different times in the past. The Greeks did have oral traditions of a Bronze Age, a Silver Age, and a Gold Age. Historians have always assumed that the Gold Age had come first, and that their civilization had gone downhill from that time, but since copper is the lighter of the three metals, it would seem logical that it had come first."
"So it’s thought that there was electricity at various times in antiquity. But that’s ridiculous!"
"Is it? Why? Just because we’ve found no old motors or wires? Remember, every conquering people melted down most all of the metals of the civilization they conquered. There’s no reason to believe that they didn’t have some sorts of generators and motors. But it seems that they only used electricity for light and heat. Nobody ever seems to have thought of making any huge electric-powered machinery, mainly, the theory goes, because they weren’t intent on attaining power over huge numbers of their fellows. That seems to have been a rather modern development. Of course there were always kings, but the number of subjects one man could possibly rule was limited. Another possible reason for there being no large electric devices in antiquity was that the electrons themselves would have been heavier."
"Heavier electrons? What are you talking about?"
"Remember the salt layer that various people have theorized? And there’s plenty of evidence for it—all the vast underground salt mines in Europe apparently were blasted free of the layer at some point in the past and then rode the waters up as they rose through the centuries. And vast quantities of oil and natural gas have always been found either under salt domes or sitting on impermeable layers of salt. Maybe there have been several salt layers formed at different times in the past. The first was formed, so it is thought, about 2000 miles from the center of the earth. Gravity would be four times as strong at that distance from the center, which would explain very simply why the dinosaurs were built the way they were. Also the apes and what are supposed to be Man’s ancestors. They had bigger bones and were shorter and squatter to counter the force of gravity. The next major layer—the Potassium Bromide layer—is thought to have formed at about 2500 miles from the earth’s center. Gravity at that distance would be just over two and a half times what we experience today. Actually potassium bromide is used extensively in photographic processes, so quite a lot of it may have formed the firmament layer, and the initial flash of the earth’s core igniting may have etched the images of the stars on that layer. Then, too, potassium bromide is also used as a sedative, and so many of the plants which grew out of this layer may have been used by early man in various ceremonies and rituals, as well as to just relax after an exhausting day. But the solid layer may have again been one of salt."

"So it’s theorized that all the elements from Potassium through Bromine were formed during that era. Why were so many of them not discovered until the 18th century or even later?"
"There are several possible explanations that I’ve heard. First is that the elements were here all along, but not until the Electric Age were they able to be separated. Another twist claims that most of the elements in each row—and especially the transition metals—are merely mutations of the basic metals. Notice that between Potassium and Bromine are found Iron, Copper, and Zinc. Supposedly when the electrons started bombarding those three metals in their shell around the earth, the other metals were formed. And that reminds me. I don’t think I ever answered your question about heavier electrons. Just as hydrogen—and thus water, too—is known to have been heavier at greater gravities, so it is assumed that the other elements and their components likely were, too. The heavier electrons would have quickly damaged whatever devices might have been made, especially as metallurgy was not able to produce very strong metal combinations."
"So the Rubidium Iodide layer formed at 3000 miles from the center, and all the elements in between?"
"Right. Or at least Silver and Tin were formed. The others either were formed but not separated until the Electric Age, or they were not formed until the Electric Age. But if each pre-dark period had its own electric age, then it’s likely that they all formed. But many may have remained in a gaseous state at a certain distance from the center, and then precipitated as the earth rose up to meet it. Gravity at 3000 miles from the center would be about one and three-quarters as strong as it is now. Likely many of the dinosaurs were nearing their limits of existence. Many no doubt evolved to be able to cope with the weaker gravity, but some probably died out. They all died out by the time the next row of elements was formed—the Iridium layer shows that. Notice what is very near to Iridium in the periodic table, however: Mercury. Iridium may just be mutated Mercury. So a nice little Mercury rain likely killed all the dinosaurs. However, at 3500 miles from the center, gravity would be just over one and one-quarter what it is today. Maybe somehow Africa was spared the Mercury rain—don’t know if an Iridium layer has been found there or not—because it is there in Africa that most big-boned, thick-bodied animals are found, although there are a few in Asia, obviously."
"And so now this final layer is about to form at 4000 miles from the center. What makes the theorists think it’ll be the final layer? Why are we so intent on moving underground at the appropriate time?"
"The radioactive decay, and all the damage that is done by cosmic radiation and even simple ultraviolet light. It is believed that anything beyond the radioactive row would be even more damaging."
"But if it’s thought that the electrons might disappear, might they not take the radioactive garbage with them?"
"Some have thought so. But that never happened in the past. All the elements remained on the earth."
"Unless, of course, they truly weren’t on the earth until their discoveries."
"Yes, that is a possibility. But still, life on the surface in the dark would be no picnic, so we’re going to ride it out underground. Then we’ll come out—or at least send some robots out—and see what conditions are like."

"Good. But what of the Space Race story. Will it be told in any form afterwards?"
"Oh sure, it’ll be told as a good example of how gullible and downright stupid most people were. It, perhaps more than any other story, will show why clones are the only way to go. They won’t need any stories to keep them in line. And that, of course, is why the whole Space Race Story has been so good. With everyone believing it, despite some clear, simple hints and reasons that it must be a fabrication, it shows that people are no longer interested in thinking for themselves. Religion had people believing opposites at the same time. From the time children are very young, they are curious and want to learn about the world. And they are harmless and blameless, just as the best minds through the ages have claimed. But in order for religions to rule, guilt was needed. And it’s been a very effective tool. But remember, by the ‘60s guilt was starting to fade away, and could possibly have been lost. Many still have it, of course, much to our benefit. And those who don’t now mostly have science as their religion. They see all the great advances in computer technology, and believe it is the scientists who are causing it, whereas, as we know, it is just as always throughout history: we just use what’s available, and come up with theories that explain phenomena fairly well."
"So will we try to actually get to the moon later on?"
"Most likely. Since clones will be cheap and have no rights, we’ll be able to just shoot them out at random. Thus we may discover just how light curves through space."
"But what if we shoot and shoot spaceship after spaceship, and still find nothing? What if it turns out that the earth really is a total self-contained universe after all? Will it not be sad—even a bit pathetic—that we wasted so much effort to first hide the possible truth, and then wasted so many clones and so much material in trying to find what many believed was never there in the first place?"
"Don’t worry. There will be plenty of new theories put forth to explain whatever is going on."
"I don’t doubt that. But for what purpose? If we’re all equal in the New Age, what will need to be hidden?"
"All equal? Get real! There will still have to be those who make and train the clones. And they’ll have to be kept in line somehow."
"But aren’t you worried that if you treat them poorly, they’ll eventually enlist the aid of the clones to bring about a revolution? Then it’ll be the same old story all over again…"
"Could be. So what are you suggesting? That we admit what we’ve done and step aside?"
"No, at least not now. But maybe afterwards, if there are any of them left alive."

"So what’s the prognosis?"
"Well, there’s definitely light out there. The instruments say it’s a bit different that the light we were used to, but that’s to be expected."
"And what of gravity?"
"What do you mean? Don’t tell me you’ve started believing some of those crackpot theories, especially the parts about harmonics and echoes of the previous dark periods?"
"Well, it was an observed fact that during the previous five hundred years great men lived around the turns of the centuries. And even further back it was noticed that momentous events in history seemed to cluster around the center and near the thirds of the centuries—say in the ‘30s or ‘60s—and even definitely in the ’33 or ’66 years."
"Yeah, but you can’t seriously believe that all those hippy musicians in the ‘60s were picking up echoes from the firmament and were sounding true warnings?"
"Not necessarily. But I’m just wondering what the gravitational reading is. I mean, we know for a fact that the sun refused to shine for just over three years. I’m just wondering if the mountains crumbled to the sea, and took us with them."
"Took us…you mean, down to a previous level? Then how could there possibly be a breathable atmosphere out there?"
"You’re starting to sound like me, asking all the questions. But as for the atmosphere. Have we not had an artificial atmosphere in here these past three years? What’s so hard about that? So again, I’ll ask—what about gravity?"
"Come one, you know that no gravity measuring device has ever been developed, other than a simple spring scale. If the weight of a known mass doubles, that means that the force of gravity has doubled."
"OK. But what if as we descended, our very cells were altered, and that of the scales, too? What if we weigh the same, but are really quite different?"
"That’s the very reason that no reliable gravity-measuring device will ever be made. And it’s why nobody in the past thirty or so years ever noticed the increase in the earth’s size. Maybe people could have if they had kept some old yardsticks and used them to measure a degree of latitude. But with the official length of a meter being the length of that piece of metal in Paris, as gravity changed, so, too, would the metal. Wood and bone, while alive, will vary their growth rates according to the force of gravity. But once they’re dead, gravity seems not to affect them. But metal, being in a sense part of the living earth, varies with that living earth. So as to the gravity out there, we’ll just have to rely on our senses to tell us if it’s any different."

"OK, so out we go. Wow! It really is a different sort of light than we were used to. And the sun seems so small and far away. And whoa! Look at the size of that Moon! I bet an eclipse will last a full hour. No wonder the most ancient records had primitive people really getting frightened during one. By our time, they were interesting, of course, but the sky only got a little dimmer."
"Yes, it’s definitely different than we left it. But do you notice? No Mountains! Maybe you were right! Or maybe just the local range was affected, and there will be some just over the horizon. And speaking of horizons, is it my imagination, or is there a really perceptible curve to that horizon. What would that mean?"
"It would mean, of course, that we’re on—or inside—a much smaller earth."
"No! That’s not possible! We were so sure that inside the mountains was the place to be. I mean, they were the most solid structures on the earth, right?"
"There you go, asking questions again. But you yourself told me that according to the Growing Earth theory, that the mountains were really nothing but dried out muddy ice cubes, formed under intense pressure, if course, so that their molecular structure appeared very stable. But it was also theorized that the underlying ice layer that everything was floating on had buckled during the last freeze, pushing the mountains up. Thus the remaining ice would be quite a bit thinner under most mountain ranges."
"So what are you saying? That where the mountains were, there’s now ocean? But if it was dark for three years, shouldn’t everything have frozen again?
"On top, yes. But remember, the oceans themselves were essentially in huge bowls of ice, and were floating on the underlying water—or so the theory was."
"Yeah, yeah—I know the damn theory! But our scientists proved over and over that there was a fifteen or so mile think mantle which floated on a semi-molten layer under that. And I know what you’re going to ask—why should we have believed our scientists? Maybe, as it’s turning out, we shouldn’t have. Well, let’s get back inside and activate some clones."
"Right. And in the meantime we can send out some robots and station them at various positions around the surface and see what’s out there."

"The robot found a what?"
"Yeah, you heard right—it found a small building with computers inside."
"And this is what we’ve downloaded from those computers?"
"OK, let’s check it out."

"Can you believe it?"
"Well, yes and no. It does make sense in light of all those crazy theories. But no—it’s impossible to believe. We were never here before—I certainly wasn’t. How could I have been?"
"But that’s definitely you talking on that disc."
"Sure, it looks and sounds like me—but it’s impossible!"
"OK, well maybe whatever out it there made it look like you just to get your attention."
"Could be—but how? It had never seen me, had it?"
"True, I don’t see how it could have."
"And to say that we will soon be joined by millions of others, and that we had best tell them the whole truth. Now that is totally impossible! Our satellites did have the capability of tracking any large shipments of any element on the whole surface of the earth—and that includes down to the bottom of the oceans, too. There’s no way any other group could have stored enough oxygen, hydrogen, and food to survive over three years underground. Impossible!"
"Nor was it possible for any nuclear or other weapons to just disappear undetected, was it?"
"Of course not. But it sure was fun to watch all the morons argue about who the Russians were selling their weapons to, and who was making them. Most of them were kept in such a panic, which worked to our benefit, of course."
"And you—that is, the you on the computer—kept insisting that we enter the time period into it."
"Yeah, that still makes no sense. What could it possibly matter how long it had been since we discovered Uranium, and if we had ever exploded any nuclear devices. Or again, the times from discovery to explosion, and from explosion to the beginning of the Dark. I—the me on the computer—sounded just as kooky as the Growing Earth theory boys, didn’t I?"
"You did. But since we’re here, apparently on an earth just half the size of where we started, maybe we should take you seriously?"
"OK, fine. Enter the times."

"It said what?"
"It said we were the best yet. It said when the rest of them get here with the rest of the materials, we will be just about ready to conquer the entire earth."
"OK. And what else did it say? We were what?"
"The best of 847."
"And that’s supposed to mean that Man has gone through this cycle 846 times before us? 846 Einsteins, 846 Hiroshimas, 846 Three Mile Islands and Chernyobles? That’s absurd!"
"Well, of course it didn’t say that all the details were the same, but essentially yes."
"And it said that those millions coming soon would bring the rest of the materials? Again, what the hell could it be talking about?"
"Nobody’s been able to put forth any theory that makes sense. Here it’s been months already, and there’s nobody else. And, like you’ve said over and over, we know that nobody had the materials to make another underground city."
"Whoa! Look at that! Where did they come from? And look, there, too! And they’re popping up on every screen! It looks like they’re appearing out of thin air! Trucks, buses, cars, wagons, and thousands of people on foot. And look—now they’re stopping to check out our robot cameras. And it looks like the robots are telling them something."
"Maybe they’re giving them directions."

"Here they come. They look pretty worn out—they must’ve walked twenty miles or so. Their first question will probably be why we didn’t come out to meet them. What will we say?"
"Don’t worry about that. Let’s just find out who they are and how they got here."
"Hello! Welcome to…"
"It’s you!"
"Of course it’s me…I mean, what do you mean, it’s you? We’ve never met before, I’m sure of it."
"It was your face, and your voice, on all the video screens in the golden city in the sky."
"Golden city in the sky? Oh, I see—the heat and the long walk has affected you. Let’s get you some food and water."
"Sounds good. But the walk has really done nothing but invigorate me. And we all remember your face and voice quite well. And we’ve all come to hate you quite strongly. Your lies will now cause your demise."
"I must still insist that I haven’t got a clue what you are talking about."
"Well, a few months after the Dark began—you know about the Dark, don’t you?"
"Sure—I mean, we’ve heard of it."
"Right. The fact that you’re here ahead of us makes it likely that you caused the Dark somehow. Anyway, after just a few months, when people’s patience was starting to wear thin, and it looked like there would be all-out wars, the sky suddenly opened up in places and golden roads were seen to descend out of the sky. Well, naturally everyone who still had fuel in their vehicles started driving up those roads. They were very steep, yet the traction was good. And when we began to worry about running out of fuel, robot-operated gas pumps appeared by the side of the road, with food dispensing machines which gave out whatever was asked for. All very convenient."
"And you think we somehow had something to do with all that? We’ve been underground for over three years. Imagine our surprise when we stepped out expecting to be on the old familiar earth and instead found ourselves a couple thousand miles below the surface. And you’re saying you went up—what, a couple hundred miles, on golden roads? Yes, the heat has definitely gotten to you."
"Would you quit saying that? We’re here, aren’t we? Explain that! And, as I mentioned, the rest of us out there are not happy with you. So you’d better have a pretty good explanation, or I’d say you’ve about reached your end."
"Well, if you’d been listening, you’d realize that I just said we had no clue how we got here either. And before you go threatening us with our end, let me tell you that we have some pretty potent weapons with us…"
"Would both of you just shut up! We need to hear the whole story of the golden city in the sky."

"Thank you. We all got up there—that took a couple months—and we began comparing notes, and it seems that the roads only dropped down in the rich countries, in those places where there were vehicles and fuel available. Naturally there was a huge last-minute rush by some of the poorer people to get to some of those roads, but for the must part they really weren’t too excited. In fact, we received quite a few cell-phone calls saying Good Riddance. Of course, we thought they were being really stupid, and some of us even waited behind and tried to convince them to come with us, but that only made them more determined to stay behind. Anyway, as I said, after a couple months, we were all up there, and the roads all pulled up behind us. And we found ourselves in a place which was absolutely beautiful. It was not just golden, but real gold. And there were vending-looking machines everywhere which would give us whatever we wanted whenever we asked. It was wonderful—for a few weeks. But we soon realized that there was no privacy to be had, and no materials to build any houses for privacy. Sure, we had our cars and campers and trucks, and they provided some measure of privacy. And there were no animals other than the few pets we had brought along. But worst of all, there was no way to dispose of any of our waste. No way to dig latrines, and no materials to build any sort of containment buildings. But there were video screens everywhere, and we could watch all the movies we wanted, for free!"
"Sounds pretty awful."
"It was. But worse yet was when we started looking down to the surface. Some of us had brought along some sophisticated see-through goggles, good not just for night vision, but to actually see through many surfaces. We could see that down below there were new sorts of trees and plants growing haphazardly everywhere, and that all people had to do to have something to eat was to pull a piece of fruit off a tree, or a handful of berries off a bush. There was open water just about everywhere—did you know that the mountains had vanished?—and it seemed to circulate fairly quickly, so that waste disposal was no problem. We could see into the water a ways, and it looked like some new sort of pig-looking fish was consuming most of the waste. It was all very bizarre looking, but it sure looked better than what we had. So of course some of us started complaining loudly and demanding to be let go back down. And that’s when you appeared—on the video screens, that is. You said for all who wanted to go back down to gather together in one certain area. Only a few thousand did, at least in our part of the golden city—perhaps there were many such groups. But they were a minority. Most of us still felt that we had the superior lifestyle."
"So, how did they get back down? Did the roads open up? Did anyone down below try to come up?"
"No, there were no roads. A big hole opened under the specified area, and they all just fell down to the earth below. Of course they all burned up in the atmosphere after reaching extreme speeds after just a few miles. In our minds we said Good Riddance to them, and decided to make the best of it. And it wasn’t so bad—just extremely boring. But you made it pretty exciting in a very short time."
"Me? How did I do that?"
"By taking over the video screens and giving us all a brief history lesson—one which made us all rather ill, I must say. You said we were the Chosen Ones—yes, you actually used that old, worn-out religious terminology—chosen to bring the materials necessary to once and for all rid the world of all scum, and make it safe for an advanced society. Apparently all our vehicles, and the fuel, too, was full of nuclear materials, which could be concentrated sufficiently to make enough weapons to totally destroy all the scum we saw down on the earth. Well, they didn’t look like scum to us, and we said as much. And those video screens up there would actually listen and respond—it really was rather incredible. Yet they were also incredibly stupid, having been made by you and people like you."
"Hey! That’s a bit below the belt, isn’t it?"
"Not really; not when you consider that all you were attempting to do was rule the entire earth. Everything you had called evil when others supposedly did it, you were now proposing to do. Which led us to conclude that probably we had been lied to for many generations, and that nobody ever had really intended to take over the earth as you and your kind had claimed. You had manipulated situations and leaders and backed them into corners so that they would strike first, and you would then look like the good guys in stopping Evil in its tracks. All the while, of course, you were profiting from every gun and bullet sold, and from every bomb produced and dropped. And it was all so that you could develop the ultimate nuclear weapon, and then spring it on an unsuspecting people."
"That’s ridiculous! All we wanted to do was survive the Dark, when everyone would kill each other off, and then come out and build a just society…Well, it’s true that we were going to use clones. But that way all the morons would be equal—they would no longer be fighting each other. They would be united in their desire to serve us."
"Right. But first you’ll have to kill off those remaining on the earth. Which is what you’ve tried to do the last 846 times, all unsuccessfully."
"What do you know about that? All our video screen here told us was that we were the best of 847—it didn’t say how or what we were supposed to do about it. It did, however, tell us to wait for you and the materials you were bringing. So what’s the deal?"

"It seems that every thousand years this same thing has repeated itself. North America being the naturally richest and most isolated place on earth, you always end up underground there. Remember, old burial sites were found by the early settlers, with metal tools in them. Funny how that was suppressed and never mentioned. Anyway, the pattern seems to be that you tell sufficient lies to convince sufficient numbers of people to want more than they have on this earth, and get them to value certain things above all else, so that given the opportunity, they will carry those valuables with them even a couple hundred miles up into the sky. Back down here, you assemble the best weapons possible from the materials they’ve brought, and then you go back to the surface. And guess where you wind up?"
"No idea—where?"
"Well, you know that all the mountains sunk back down into the sea. There’s one exception—the Himalayas. They are still there. Instead, the Indian subcontinent sunk into the sea, that is, much of it did. Some remained as islands floating between the Himalaya and a fair-sized land mass a few hundred miles off the coast. If you’ve ever seen old maps claiming to be from the fifteenth century, you’ll see that island out there in the Indian Ocean, with a water passage between it and the Himalaya. This was the true Northwest Passage from China to Africa. There was never any real need to find another—but it was a good story put forth this time by the Europeans, to spur on the development of North America. Where do you think that the so-called Barbarian Hordes came from this time around?"
"You’re saying that it was us, after riding up and crashing back into the Himalaya? That’s ridiculous!"
"It seems so, doesn’t it? But it’s worked every time. And this time you managed to get printing going on a huge scale within five hundred years. That was of utmost importance. Previously, most books got burned as fuel when the Dark began. This time there was very little of that, especially as the little secret about Uranium has been figured out."
"Secret? What secret?"
"The fact that, as with anything—even the most deadly poisons—problems only occur when materials or power becomes concentrated. That’s why cities have been destroyed by the common people many times in the past. And it’s why even your puppet governments have had to give at least the appearance of breaking up very powerful corporations and restoring control to the people. But in the case of the ultimate destructive force, you’ve insisted on concentrating it, and have made sure that enough people have sickened and died so that most people are very afraid of it. But what has been the only peaceful use of nuclear power? It’s merely concentrated to produce heat to spin the turbines to induce the electrons to flow—electrons, which, of course, have mostly disappeared from the surface now. But yes, Uranium does give off heat. What do you think makes the Hot Springs of the world? And why were those hot baths deemed to be healthy by previous generations? Obviously because they truly were. And a small amount of Uranium kept in each home will provide sufficient heat to keep water hot for bathing—and connected to some metal filaments can easily be used for light and for cooking."
"That sounds great—but there’s just not enough Uranium to go around."
"And that’s only because of your greedy mining methods. Many miners and thinkers throughout history have recognized that metals grow in place much as vegetable matter. A sustained harvest of gold would have provide plenty of gold to make most metal implements—implements which would not tarnish or oxidize. But instead your greedy leaders wanted it all for themselves. And then they realized that with the shortages it could be considered even more valuable, although doing nothing useful. Then Adam Smith applied that theory to economics in general, and you were on your way, weren’t you? Or so you had hoped. But I think that your game is now about to end."
"What do you mean, end? What can you possibly do to stop us?"
"Simple. Just kill you, so that you can’t go back to the surface with your bombs."
"And what about you?"
"We’ll refine the pure Uranium out of our vehicles, and take it to the surface instead—a nice little present for Mankind."
"You’ll die of radiation poisoning first"
"You weren’t listening just now, were you? In small amounts, especially shielded by salt, Uranium is harmless. We’ll get it back to the surface, where it can grow and be harvested only as needed. And never again will anything be concentrated in the hands of just a few people, for such concentration of power always corrupt those who hold it."
"And what makes you think you’ll be able to figure out how to get back to the surface? What if you all die here?"
"So be it. There was still plenty of Uranium left on the surface. Besides, it appeared that people were getting along just fine without it. And maybe it all turned back to gold with the disappearance of the excess electrons. There’s just so much that we don’t know. But as long as there are no more lying, greedy, power-mad fools keeping the truth from them, they will be able to discover the truth about everything eventually. In fact, in just a few hundred years, the surface may naturally reach up to that golden layer, and then people may be able to go off and explore the Solar System. Because right before the bright flash which brought us here, we saw what appeared to be many other spheres just out of reach of our cranes and fire truck ladders. The Sun, Moon, and planets are right there, and may be stepping stones to the stars—but only at the proper time and with the proper attitude will we ever get there. By getting rid of you, mankind will at last have a chance to truly advance."

© Robert L Minteer August 2002

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