Excerpts from Maxwell Empire Book 1

Chapter 1 excerpt

Rusty eats Uncle Malcolm

Dad, Uncle Malcolm is going.

Sorry, Davey, but he has had his time here and must go.

But I love him.

Me too, but with his brain not working it is no longer him we talk to.

But Rusty could be eating him.

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Chapter 2 excerpt

Space City factory Spaceship visit

Well, it doesn’t look like a spaceship from the stories we read as kids.

It’s out of the atmosphere. It just has to have the bits hang together.

That is just right. Those blocks of ice are just strung together with cables.

And then when it needs to put them in its fusion motor it just drags them over to it.

For a robot it is just plain huge.

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Chapter 3 excerpt

Did you see it on the news? We heard again from Maxwell 01 today. Said Kevin.

What did they have to say? Asked Julie.

They are ready to start making animals. They have the DNA for all our animals. With the plants doing well the next step is animals. And then humans.

Just as well they won’t expect a reply. It wouldn’t get there for four years.

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CHAPTER 4 Excerpt

Maxwell 01 used to have a different name because it was around the nearest star to Earth at four point two light years. The Maxwell Government will have the Maxwell Empire formed in another ten thousand years or so; well the first ten Maxwell planets anyway.

By then maybe Maxwell 01 will have fixed the atmosphere so humans can go walking in the countryside. It must be not so good to be in a dome all the time because the air is not breathable.

Well, they could breathe it but it would kill them. They need the plants to hurry up and photosynthesise enough so the carbon dioxide is changed to oxygen.

And then they can get all the animals they have the DNA for made so it is like Earth.

Yes, all the millions of species. They could have called it Earth 02 instead of Maxwell 01.

I hope the humans have the brains to not think they are better than other animals and breed without regard for the other animals so that there is standing room only for animals and they are all humans.

Our ancestors unfortunately had religions that thought just that. Humans were something better than the other animals. They could not control the number of humans when they had that idea. Just as well that we now have the Octet.

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CHAPTER 5 Excerpt

Bus to Moon City

We fly to the Indonesia 2 Space Elevator on Saturday. We are booked to go up right away to Space City and we get on the Moon bus on Tuesday night.

I would love to see the Earth from the Moon.

Me too. I am really looking forward to being up there and looking back to see you. I will wave.

Ha, ha. Growled Kailee.

Don’t you remember? We looked at the TV at Jenny’s cousin who works up there and he waved at the camera. He waved for all of us to see. He must have had a sore arm by the time he done all his waving.

I remember. I just need you to get someone to video you so I can see you. I think you can phone me and show me you are waving and I will wave back.

Danny’s coming. I will get him to hold my phone as I wave so you can see it.

Danny is going! I thought he was grounded.

Yeah. He is, or was. He is just such a star with his gymnastics that they think he will wipe the floor in his events. He is in all events for his age group.

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CHAPTER 6 Excerpt

If you go to China you can visit the cities along the old east coast in a submersible. It will take you all around Shanghai and Tianjin or any of the other places now under water. It is at twenty metres now but it is supposed to keep rising and they think it might get to sixty metres. It just isn’t stopping.

Those twentieth and twenty first ancestors of ours burning coal and oil have a lot to answer for. Apart from the crime of burning it at all. Your ancestors are also from China from above where Laos was so it is not under water. See how your ancestors from Thailand fared.

The middle bit you can see is under water. You can visit the Grand Palace in Bangkok in a submersible, and the dozens of temples from the Buddhist faith. The rellies were from the North East so it will never go under water.

When the sea rises to sixty metres if it does all the middle of Thailand will be under water. That is the best rice growing area. It is just as well the population has gone down so much otherwise we would all be hungry.

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CHAPTER 7

Fred has a homework exercise

I have to discuss the benefits of the 2091 asteroid strike. Said Fred.

Have your friends done the work? Said his Mum.

Yes, but I was concentrating on getting my poems done for English.

Well, what do you think of it?

Humans were out of control by the end of the twenty first century. The expression breeding like rabbits is used in the text. We had stuff on rabbit plagues a couple of stages ago in science. There were just too many humans.

Yes, it’s just as well the DNA of all our animals and plants was stored in space so we could bring them back from extinction.

In Stage 10D I do an experiment using stored DNA to reproduce life. Gary has done 10D and told me about the experiment.

So the quicker you finish the exercises for Biology Stage 10B the sooner you will be able to go to school and do the experiment.

I can’t see that they would have stopped breeding. There would have been standing room only. Our ancestors were not sensible, Mum.

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CHAPTER 8

4576 Chickens

Did your Dad make you watch the news? Asked Grant.

Yeah, but I don’t know why they get excited about what happened four years ago. Said Dennis.

And not when it is all about chickens.

I guess they want the humans to be happy and eat chicken.

How long before they make humans now?

Well, it is May 23rd, 4576, our time, and they said they had chickens. The robots would have started making humans when they knew the chickens were doing well, so I guess that would be soon after. Say a month or two. Then nine months to gestate. We should hear in a year or so that they have humans, but that is about four years ago, so our rellies are now three years old.

Happy third birthday, dear Maxwell 01 boy, or girl, or boys or girls.

So how many do you think they would have made?

No idea. The Maxwell 01 mission people must know what they programmed the robots to do but it would depend on what the robots thought of the conditions on Maxwell 01.

I guess your dad made you watch the photo of the Plant Dome we got four years ago.

And the photos of the potatoes, corn, broccoli, tomatoes, turnips, and whatever else that arrived last year.

I’ve always wondered, why are the plants in a dome?

They produce oxygen which is needed by the animals so they grow them in domes and collect the oxygen. They did say that but it is four years ago.

I should have known that. I did the Biology Stage exercises well. My marks were good. The Science Stages I have been doing at a great rate.

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Maxwell Empire Book 1 CHAPTER 10 excerpt

Hiding a Microchip   

Stick it in the roo! ordered Mike.

Where? asked Harry.

Any bloody where. Its bloodwell dead. Exclaimed Mike.

Now what? asked Harry.

Burn the bloody thing. We have to leave only ashes. They won’t check that it is only kangaroo ashes and not human ashes.

Harry and Mike were a couple of kilometres up a track in the Alpine National Park. It was winter so they could light a fire without upsetting anyone. Particularly the fire drones that would be buzzing overhead if it was summertime.

They had brought a chain saw in case they did not find enough small wood but it did not look like they would be using it as there was a lot of wood around the place.

Both of them had spent a lot of time in the bush hunting deer, kangaroos, wombats or rabbits or just going for a hike.

They lived nearby in the city of Albury Wodonga. Their families were there but none of them knew of their support for the Freedom groups.

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CHAPTER 11

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.

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CHAPTER 12

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.

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CHAPTER 13 excerpt

The hunt and Dad and Davey

BOOM

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.

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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.

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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?

Book 3 CHAPTER 17 Scott and Simon India and vertical farms

Scott and Simon are eating in the weightless restaurant in Space City and discussing their visit to the vertical farm while they eat some of the fruit they have just picked. They are over thirty five thousand kilometres above the equator at 90 degrees East and are viewing India and the Indian Ocean.

Map 90E

SCOTT

Make sure you seal the bag up, Simon. I don’t want to have to chase a flock of apples and peaches around the restaurant.

SIMON

Don’t panic, Scott. I know the repercussions of not sealing the bag.

SCOTT

Well, just make sure you do not take out a mango. I think we will have drops of juice all around us if you do.

SIMON

Yes, they certainly are big and juicy. Peeling them is definitely a job for where there is gravity.

SCOTT

Quick, Simon! Give me the sucker.

Simon passes the vacuum cleaner sucker for Scott to gather some small pieces of apple that flew off with his last bite.

SIMON

Well, Scott. Definitely crunchy apples.

SCOTT

Delicious. Picking fruit off the tree when it is ripe makes for tastier fruit.

SIMON

Remember one of your ancestors had a tour business and wanted the orchard to let his customers pick an apple and they were not allowed.

SCOTT

Yes, and then he discovered an orchard on the other side of Australia that promoted fruit picking and as a result made a fortune from tourists.

SIMON

Walking around Australia they would not have been needing a sucker, Scott.

SCOTT

No Simon, and over there in India they can peel their mangoes with no worries about where the juice goes.

SIMON

Speaking of India, look at the size of that cyclone, Scott.

SCOTT

Goodness. I guess the Arabian Sea is a bit upset at our forefathers having warmed the planet up so much.

SIMON

From the map that would be heading towards Goa, but a whole lot of the coast around it is going to be blown around as well.

SCOTT

And this is June. They have already had several cyclones this year. May seemed to be just one after the other.

SIMON

With this being the end of their cyclone season they will be hoping for a bit of a rest before things get really active in September.

SCOTT

I’m glad that we are up here out of it all.

SIMON

We need a video of India to remind us why we do not want to visit there in the cyclone season.

SCOTT

I’ve taken one but I don’t think you will be forgetting what we are seeing down there.

SIMON

No, Scott. I cannot imagine I will. But it is not every day you see a cyclone that big.

SCOTT

That statement may have been true many years ago but today I think big is the norm.

SIMON

Scott, look at north west India. A whole lot of it is under water like we saw in the east when we looked at Bangladesh.

SCOTT

It was the Bengal tiger that was affected in the east. I wonder if any wildlife is affected in the west.

SIMON

The humans that had been there would be wild. I assume a lot of people lost their homes.

SCOTT

And their livelihood. Farms, businesses, and whatever.

SIMON

This sea level rise is certainly a nuisance.

SCOTT

Well, come on Simon. Eat up. We still have a pile of fruit left.

SIMON

I will wait until we get back to the gravity area, I think. Eating is more comfortable.

SCOTT

We could have picked some pot. That might make you comfortable.

SIMON

That might be true. I have never tried drugs. Apart from Boags and company.

SCOTT

Me neither. Beer is best.

SIMON

It makes sense to grow it up here for those on Earth who think they have to use them.

SCOTT

Yes, it means druggies have to identify themselves to get their free stuff.

SIMON

Which is important if you know who does not get medical help.

SCOTT

The war on drugs was obviously unwinnable for any country if a huge proportion of the population was intent on getting them into their body by mouth, nose or needle.

SIMON

The solution was to just let them have them.

SCOTT

Yes, Simon, they either had the price the same as for headache powders or free.

SIMON

So that reduced crime because it eliminated the need for junkies to run around being burglars, thieves, robbers or however else they were making money to buy their drug of choice.

SCOTT

But in countries with a medical safety net, such as Australia with Medicare, junkies were no longer covered by the system. They were classed as Medical Aid Exempt.

SIMON

You can see, Scott that the non-druggie population did not want to have to pay ever increasing taxes to keep them alive.

SCOTT

So the drug taking option was accompanied by a shorter life.

SIMON

People are a contrary lot so drug use declined because it was free.

SCOTT

So because druggies were getting high for nothing a lot of crime was reduced as it was no longer necessary to pay for the habit.

SIMON

And if their drugs did cause them to do something bad they were fish fooded.

SCOTT

Which helped reduce the population. These days few people take drugs.

SIMON

Well, beer is popular but it is good for your health.

SCOTT

Yes, the research that showed a couple of stubbies a day was good for your heart was welcomed by a lot of people.

SIMON

Especially by the beer makers.

SCOTT

Well, one of my ancestors believed the research and drank two Boags a day.

SIMON

So, did it keep him alive?

SCOTT

Probably longer than he would have survived otherwise.

SIMON

So do you drink two stubbies a day.

SCOTT

For sure. It is the most enjoyable medicine I can imagine.

SIMON

What about all the other members of the Allen family.

SCOTT

Yes. We have helped all breweries for hundreds of years. Particularly Boags.

SIMON

Anyway, I just need a sleep after our walk around the farm. I will dream of a cold beer.

SCOTT

Then we need to pack our gear for the trip to the next stop, over the wilds of Africa.

SIMON

One thing about keeping the Earth population at around two billion, there are more wild animals in Africa.

SCOTT

Yes, and it was just as well they had kept the DNA of species that went extinct from humans being everywhere. They brought them all back.

SIMON

Well, all the ones that did have their DNA stored. Some missed out.

SCOTT

Anyway, we can’t do anything about missing species, but we can do something about your sleep. I will wake you when we need to pack.

SIMON

Thanks, night.

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Scott and Simon Book 1 Chapter 6

Chapter 6

Space City factory Spaceship visit 1 The view from space 01 Australia

Scott and Simon are looking at the Earth from a Space City Observation Deck at 130 degrees East.

Map 130E

 

SIMON

Australia is all green now but most of it used to be brown because it was dry. You remember that thousands of years ago they had droughts when there had not been rain so their animals died or they sold them all off and gave up farming. Now it is all that beautiful green.

SCOTT

Robots were the answer, and needing to try to absorb carbon dioxide. See that sea going right up through the middle. Robots dug that. Australia is a pretty flat place anyway and they needed to grow more forest all over the planet. So they dug a sea, put in desalination plants by the million serviced by robots, and poured water all over the country.

SIMON

Of course having sea levels about twenty metres higher because of global warming helped.

SCOTT

True. They will need to shift the desalination plants if it is going to rise sixty metres or so as they suggest.

SIMON

Yes, this was after the China impact so there were a lot less people but the warming problem kept getting worse.

SCOTT

So they grew trees, everywhere. So far the trees have not fixed things up but in another thousand years or so it will be green and the sea level will be going down.

SIMON

And then your several greats grandchildren will go to London on foot and not in a robotic single person submersible.

SCOTT

Do you remember the story from Australian ancient history? Before the British arrived the Aborigines wars were usually about women. Wanting them back after they had gone to be with a man in another tribe or whatever, even after they arrived. You can read the accounts from those people from the First Fleet telling the same sort of stories. Aborigines did not have stories to read because they did not have writing, just oral history. Anyway, what better war to have than one where you get a woman and also a Toyota Landcruiser.

SIMON

You must have read that yourself. It could not have been part of one of my History Stages or I would know that.

SCOTT

With the beginning of robots in manufacturing in the twenty first century in Australia a lot of Aboriginal men along the Murray River, you can see it along the middle of the telescope view, Albury is the big city near the Eastern end, the water shown there is quite big, it is the Hume, your many, many greats grandmother went sailing there.

SIMON

Yes, that ancestor was a good sportswoman. Into soccer particularly.

SCOTT

On the other side of Australia in the north west a tribe was about to get vast amounts of money from mineral rights and a huge claim was being settled. The guys in the east needed women, a job, or money, and these guys in the west had both. What better way to get it all than to engage in a bit of old time Aboriginal culture and take the women and the money. How to do it? A fishing trip.

SIMON

With the Eastern seaboard next door so to speak that is a long way to go to catch fish.

SCOTT

The fishing was the excuse to get together with the locals. The guys from the east towed a caravan of boats they had borrowed to go fishing with their new buddies from the west. They had enough boats to hold all the men with a claim on the money. Off they all went to sea. When you go fishing you want a drink.

SIMON

Definitely one of the things everyone I know does when they go fishing is have an Esky of ice cold stubbies with you. One of the things that hasn’t changed over the centuries.

SCOTT

It is a bit of a problem if you drink has had something added to it to put you to sleep. Obviously the eastern guys did not go to sleep. They tossed the western guys overboard to wake them up, or so they told the guys rellies. Oh look. A million sharks are having breakfast on our friends. Get them back. Oh, too hard. The sharks have eaten them all.

SIMON

I remember that Aboriginal culture was regarded as something that should be respected. I guess that is how these guys got away with it.

SCOTT

So now the east guys had heaps of women, money and hence new lives in the west. Actually they took the women and the money back east because the north west was as bad to live in as the east was good to live in. They could then buy their boats to go fishing on the Murray River with their new wives.

SIMON

I remember one of my ancestors wanted an Aboriginal ancestor but he could only find a pile of convicts when he did his search. All the convicts were from Ireland but one of the convicts kids had married a soldier from England who was in charge of convicts. So they were a mixture of Irish and English.

SCOTT

The northern coastline of Australia shows big indents now that the sea level has gone up twenty metres. The west coast is going to have big problems if it keeps going up as much as they say but so far it is not too bad. Down south Melbourne has lost a bit to sea water.

SIMON

So much for Australia. Up there in China they have made it all green as well. The western part used to have deserts and the high country had snow all the time. All that has been greened by pumping fresh water from the desalination plants in the east. A lot of rivers used to rely on the snow in the Himalayas but that is now not there all the time. It has been a problem they have fixed with robots and pumps.

SCOTT

See the huge crater in the middle of China. It is all green now but when it happened back in 2091 rock was strewn over a vast area of the country. And up in the air. That was the start of the Earth having a sensible population.

SIMON

If you go to China you can visit the cities along the old east coast in a submersible. It will take you all around Shanghai and Qingdao or any of the other places now under water. It is at twenty metres now but it is supposed to keep rising and they think it might get to sixty metres. It just isn’t stopping.

SCOTT

Those twentieth and twenty first ancestors of ours burning coal and oil have a lot to answer for. Apart from the crime of burning it at all. Your ancestors are also from China from above where Laos was so it is not under water. See how your ancestors from Thailand fared.

SIMON

The middle bit you can see is under water. You can visit the Grand Palace in Bangkok in a submersible, and the dozens of temples from the Buddhist faith. The rellies were from the North East so it will never go under water.

SCOTT

When the sea rises to sixty metres if it does all the middle of Thailand will be under water. That is the best rice growing area. It is just as well the population has gone down so much otherwise we would all be hungry.

SIMON

Yes, wait until we get over Europe. Some parts of that are under water completely now.

SCOTT

So we are off to see the next factory which makes communication fibre. Gravity is a problem for making it on Earth so they make it all up here. We can have a sleep in the carriage.

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Scott and Simon Earth views

See the map of the Earth with the chapters where Scott and Simon view the Earth. This helps you understand what they are looking at on the Earth.

Book 1 Chapter 6 Space City factory Spaceship visit 1 The view from space 01 Australia

Book 3 CHAPTER 17 Scott and Simon India and vertical farms

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