CHAPTER 13 excerpt

CHAPTER 13 excerpt

The hunt and Dad and Davey


Well, that was quick. No sooner had you told me what could happen and it did. Can you see a body?

Two. They might not have been close together. That was a big explosion.

They must have been scared of snakes.

Possibly. The local snakes would be good and poisonous.

The video guy must be up in the air. I hope he is playing by the rules and not letting the hunters know where the other two are.

Speaking of snakes. Well, crocodiles. That one is not huge but it could take a chunk out of you.

Is it dead or just asleep?

Snoozing. Just waiting for someone running from the hunters to step on it; then chomp.

With four hunters now for each baddie it should not take long now. I need to go back to bed soon.

Have something to eat. A hunt is not a hunt without enjoying some good food while you watch.

You sure have got lots of stuff for us to eat. You must have thought it was going to take a long time before they were killed.

Look! He is jumping all over the place. A snake is hanging on to his arm. It is all black. A reptile to the rescue.

Crocodile near Lagos
Crocodile near Lagos

CHAPTER 11 excerpt


Spaceships Alex drinks too much at a Celebration of Life

Well, Jason, he got a bit carried away.

Just can’t hold his drink, Thomas. When you get to sixty you would expect a person to know their limits.

Not Alex. Never did remember next day what he said. Always telling others what he thought of them.

It’s OK if you are just listening.

Yeah. Entertaining if you are.

What about his thoughts on waiting for Maxwells 2 to 10 to get to their homes.

Well, he has a point. Eight thousand years before Maxwell 10 gets there after it leaves. Who is going to even remember it went.

Just as well they send us a message each year. From 10 we will have eight thousand messages.

Yeah. With the last message getting here forty years after it was sent.

One thing about it. It gives us humans something to do. You don’t have a robot that can respond to any emergency and fix it.

Emergency! Being told twenty years after it took place you don’t call an emergency.


CHAPTER 14 excerpt

CHAPTER 14 excerpt

Bus to Moon City 3

Hi Kailee. Did you see the video?

Yes Jimmy. I am just so jealous. That view as you rise up the Space Elevator is just so great.

Yes, it is. But I also managed to do some study. We have enough room in the pod to eat, sleep and work. Have you done the exercises on Rising Sea Levels for Stage 9E?

Yes, I like Earth Science. It must have been a really bad time for people living near the sea when it first started.

And to think it is caused by them burning all the coal and oil and not keeping it for us to use. And the air still has too much carbon dioxide in it so sea levels are still rising. They are now at twenty metres

And it will be going to sixty metres. Sixty metres! Can you believe it? Melbourne under water. And Perth. I had ancestors who lived in Perth but all their houses will be under water in the future if they aren’t already. Complained Kailee.

CHAPTER 12 excerpt


Space City Factory Visit 2

Scott and Simon are in the bus on the next leg of their Space City tour. Space City’s dimensions are impressive.

It is two hundred and fifty thousand kilometres long, consisting potentially of ten thousand twenty five kilometre long rotating segments which give the effect of gravity for people on the wall.

Each segment is ten kilometres in diameter with many still being built and many segment spaces occupied by factories making products for use on Earth or in space.

The space between segments is usually occupied by nonrotating areas suitable for viewing the Earth.

While their next stop is primarily to see the manufacture of communication fibre they will also see the operation of a vertical farm that feeds the millions in Space City.

They intend looking at the Earth from five different locations.

These will be above Indonesia at 130E, India at 90E, Africa at 20E, the Americas at 90W and the Pacific Ocean at 180W.

Their stops are about fifty thousand kilometres apart which their bus will cover in about five hours.

CHAPTER 16 excerpt

Hunt at 34

Here it is, Crossbows and Axes, May 23rd, 4576, starting at 2 am GMT, which means 11 am in Albury, Australia, exclaimed Sandy.

Will we stay up to watch it or record it? said Bill.

Stay up, please, said Sandy. It is always more exciting to see the action live.

Well, do you want to set the alarm for 1.45 and try to get some sleep because the last one lasted three and a half hours before they killed them all.

I don’t think this one will last that long, do you?

Look, he’s not too old. Just thirty one, and he is a fitness fanatic according to the promotion. So it could take even longer for him to be killed or to kill some of them; how many does he have after him anyway?


Guidelines for life

Live your life while following the guidelines of THE OCTET.

People used to believe they should follow the Ten Commandments or a similar set of beliefs throughout their life. In the forty sixth century religion is no longer a part of human life and all people follow THE OCTET.