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|Biosphere 4 (standard:science fiction, 10203 words)|
|Author: Phillip Jackson||Added: Jul 13 2004||Views/Reads: 2323/1398||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|An Inspector arrives on Earths first extra terrestrial colony, his 'formality' reporting soons shows that all is not well aboard Biosphere 4!|
BIOSPHERE 4 A BRIEF HISTORY - Biosphere 1 - Earth. Work begins on Biosphere 2, a 200 million dollar, three acre self-sufficient giant greenhouse facility constructed in the deserts of Arizona. Biosphere 2 completed, 8 colonists from the US, England and Belgium enter. Their mission, to be provided with adequate food, water and air with no outside aid. 1993 The ‘Biospherians’ leave after oxygen plummets to dangerously low levels and the carbon dioxide concentration rockets. Cockroaches and ants overrun the facility whilst the vegetation grows inconsistently. Biosphere 2 fails to accomplish it’s objective. British and American Governments join forces to reattempt the ‘Biosphere Replication Project’. Biosphere 3 is completed and after 12 months of testing it is pronounced a success. With terrestrial resources dwindling and population explosions around the world, plans are proposed to progress the procedure extra-terrestrial. The construction of Biosphere 4 begins. Biosphere 4 completed and operational. Chapter 1 January 23rd, 2053. Three days had passed now since Jeppeson had disappeared. He’d left the central complex on Wednesday morning to conduct a routine check of the perimeter structure of Biosphere 4, a task he was quite familiar with and more than capable of accomplishing without so much as a second thought. Why he’d failed to return was a mystery and my questions as to his whereabouts continued to meet with solid walls of silence from every quarter. Also causing more than some pause for thought in my mind was the absolute lack of concern from the rest of the crew as to Jeppeson’s whereabouts. They seemed totally unfazed by the fact that a member of their team was, for all intents and purposes, missing, and continued to carry on with their work as though nothing whatsoever had occurred. It just didn’t sit straight at all and I’d be understating my worries considerably if I said that I was simply uncomfortable with the whole situation right now. Watching over the man-made colony of Biosphere 4 were exactly three hundred and twenty five heat and movement sensitive cameras; cameras that were able to detect, pinpoint and focus on to so much as the slightest movement or heat source within a radius of up to fifty feet. The cameras were placed both inside the main complex and also outside in the thick vegetation atop ten foot stand-alone steel alloy poles. To this end, no matter where, when or how any single member of the crew went they were followed around from camera to camera. Every step they took, every action they made and every task they undertook was recorded. As well as the cameras there was also the satellite-linked tags that each crewmember wore around their wrist on a thin synthetic nylon strap. The tag was worn on the wrist and about the size of a small watch. It was actually activated by the wearer’s pulse that sent a signal to an offsite satellite that was then bounced back to Biosphere 4. If the crewmembers pulse stopped then so did the signal. This signal was also registered at the main control centre back on Earth, so if Biosphere 4’s mainframe system failed for whatever reason and missed a signal then there was a safety net back home to set the alarm bells ringing. It was a state of the art surveillance system that had been designed not only to monitor the crew’s whereabouts but also for their protection. The cameras were capable of picking up and registering body temperatures of every crewmember as they went about their daily activities. If anyone onboard had even so much as a common cold then the computer was able to inform the medi-lab before they’d have a chance to sneeze. If their temperature rose just a single degree then it’d be detected and reported on the spot. Upon returning to their room or personnel lab the crew member in question would find an e-mail Click here to read the rest of this story (985 more lines)
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