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Writing Excuses with Brandon Sanderson, Dan Wells, Mary Robinette Kowal, and Howard Tayler
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NARRATOR: Station Imo...
TAGON: Danita, what's down there? What exactly are we trying to stop?
DANITA: Oisri is at least two things, Captain. First, it is a hard-copy data storage system, of which we've only "read" less than a trillionth of a trillionth of what's encoded.
Second, it's a containment system. It holds dark matter, compressed or condensed in some way.
DANITA: The sequence we started is a decompression and release sequence.
The dangers only became apparent when we started getting numbers back.
TAGON: Is the dark matter alive? Because those things are dangerous. I think we're still at war with them.
DANITA: Alive or not, we have a more immediate problem.
DANITA: The containment mechanism actively shields us from a steep gravitational gradient.
"Opening" Oisri will un-shield us. Worst case, the planet immediately collapses into a ball of hot neutronium.
TAGON: Best case?
DANITA: Your guess is as good as mine. Maybe all the dirty ice turns into clean air and butterflies.
TAGON: Which a hungry dark-matter beastie then devours on its way to eat my ship.
DANITA: That's possible. We don't know. Perhaps the answer is encoded somewhere on Oisri's surface.
TAGON: This sounds a lot like "we didn't bother to read the manual."
DANITA: There should have been more information on the quick-start card.
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