Sunday September 14, 2003

Book 4: The Blackness Between
Part I: Needle in a Haystack


Narrator:The hypernet is a lot like the internet.
Breya:Kevyn, we found a really, really interesting wormgate
Kevyn:Eh. How interesting can any wormgate be? I've already hacked 'em and published all their big secrets.
Breya:Well, the exterior plating on this one dates it a bit. It's really old.
Kevyn:Okay, I'll bite. How old is it?
Narrator:Just like the internet, it gets used for entertainment, research, personal calls, and the not-so-odd spot of criminal activity.
Breya:Oh, in galactic terms it's just a baby. It's between eight and sixteen million years old.
Narrator:The principal difference is that some routers now do ftl in addition to fifo.
Kevyn:Umm... That's like sixty times older than the whole network, Breya.
Breya:Interesting, huh?
Kevyn:Sis, that's long enough that the thing could have flown here from andromeda.
Breya:Yeah, that's what we thought, too. I'm sending my coordinates. So, do you want to help us make first contact with a civilization in another galaxy? It colud be dange-...
SFX:ommminous sssstatic
Kevyn:Sis? You there?Ennesby!
Ennesby:I'm on it. The signal termination is not consistant with a downed router or the other signal-path problem.
Ennesby:The way those last packets arrived... it looks exactly like catastrophic node damage at the other end of the line.
Kevyn:That tears it. I've got her coordinates. Let's get out there and be prepared to render assistance.
Jaksmouth:Sorry, Admiral. If you'd anticipated the shot, it would have looked less credible.
Breya:Let me know when they arrive. I'm going to go change my pants.
Narrator:A principal similarity is that both networks can be spoofed.