Knowledge for an Empire
sound and color drained away from the room as Henkil, a 24 year old resident,
was brought back into reality. He was in Belmont, a large urbanization in South
Dakota. Everyday was the same to him. Get up at 7 o-clock, program operation
sequences for the multi-trillion dollar cyberspace on his laptop computer, stop
working at 5 pm and play in cyberspace. To him it seemed that the world was run
by computers. Computers dominated society. Computers made better computers and
computers made robots. Robots built structures and vehicles. Computers also told
you what to eat and where to live which made humans loose their freedom.
Computers even created movies and composed music for entertainment. People no
longer had a need or desire to get an education because computers knew
everything that needed to be known for the current era, and advanced at their
world had suffered atomic detestation in 2067 and since then, a completely new
world had developed.
last few words of the on-line program Henkil had just watched had set his mind
spinning. Was it really true that people spent so much time in cyberspace that
computers were becoming and idol to human kind? Wondering who to ask, he
switched his computer into live communication mode and tried to connect to his
neighbor in the dwelling newt to his, but it said he was busy. Frustrated, he
tried his other neighbor. Connecting Successfully, a video of his neighbor
speaking appeared on the wall.
you think that computers are a waste of time?" Henkil stammered into the
oral communication receiver.
a stupid question - of course not!" the neighbor replied as the computer
displayed him with an angry look.
the screen faded back into it's normal position. Frustrated, Henkil shoved back
the computer input controller into it's cabinet and lay down in bed. He thought
about the state of the world he knew. He thought about how much he knew and
realized how little he really did know. He had been told that the city of
Belmont, went to the ends of the world. Was it
really the only place in the world? Were there other places that might be
different? Henkil, angry at himself for thinking about something that made him
upset, and at the uselessness of his life, fell into a restless sleep.
awoke suddenly with a start. He peered through the darkness. As he glanced at
his watch, it's eye sensors illuminated it's back light to reveal the time as
being Tuesday October 4, 2176, 4:16 am.
Henkil felt something strange as if the machine-made oxygen was evaporated from
the room. A streak of fright went down his spine. Completely unable to
understand what was happening, he threw off the electric bed covers and
frighteningly strolled over to the window. His whole room was dark except for
the eerie glow of the moon as it bathed the walls with it's weightless beauty.
Walking up to the polished glass, it opened and he looked outside. From his
view, he could see thousands of lights from the city surrounding him. Staring
down 48 stories of apartments, he could see small streaks of light as cars
whistled softly by into the distance. Looking up four stories he could feel the
harsh glare of the surveillance lights at the top of the building he was in.
Trying to find out what the strange feeling was, he looked into the blended pink
and purple sky which seemed to blanked the whole city like a layer of
hi heart skipped a beat as an enormous illuminated object faded into view from
above the clouds. He seemed to freeze, to scared to move.
could that be possible? A flying object! Everybody knows only birds can
fly!" he thought as a mass of controversial thoughts flooded his brain.
strange object slowly drifted down directly in front of Henkil's window to the
small grassland in front of the mega apartment building. While hydraulic legs
cushioned it's landing, several small things got out of the massive air ship.
Unable to tell what they were from the distance, Henkil immediately thought they
were extra-terrestial creatures about to invade earth as he had seen online last
night and pressed the red emergency button.
save the world myself!" Henkil screamed out the window as he ran towards
the emergency escape elevator.
downwards 20 meters a second he suddenly realized he had no method of defense.
Realizing it was not really important, he ran through the already crowded
entrance to the building, and out onto the pavement outside. People scrambled to
see the spectacle as hundreds of lights from surrounding buildings were
Henkil struggled through the crowd to get a look at the strange incident, he
noticed that the things he saw were really humans! However, they looked so
incredibly different! They looked extremely skinny and wore strange clothes with
come in peace!" one of the trio yelled out to the crowd of onlookers. What
in all of Belmont does peace mean? Henkil thought to himself. Some of the
onlookers ran out and started to attack on of the men.
yelled out Henkil at the top of his lungs as he dodged his way to the crowd to
protect the strange visitors. By now there was a small mob of angry citizens
ready to eliminate the strange new
visitors. Henkil ran up to one of visitors.
not going to hurt you!" he said as people started throwing objects at him.
Soon they gave up and started to retreat back into the ship.
I want to come with you!" Henkil yelled as the words fell out of his mouth
unexpectedly. As he run up the hydraulic ramp and onto the scream amongst yells
at him to come out, the doors closed and the ship lifted off.
do you come from! You does this thing fly!" Henkil said full of questions
he wanted them to answer.
come from Japan, on another part of the world." a visitor told him.
another part to the world! That's impossible! Belmont is the world."
entire world suffered nuclear detestation many years ago, and we are some of the
only cities existing."
your name?" Henkil asked.
Welworth" he said.
can you have two names!?" Henkil demanded mystified and getting irritated.
is my family name, the name which is passed down the generations." Scott
told him amazed how little he knew.
stayed in the ship many days as he visited several places in the world. Scott
told him that the ship flew by reversing gravitational force by adjusting the
temperature of the molecules around the ship. Henkil learnt so much in the few
days he was on the ship, that he was desperate to go back and tell everyone in
Henkil arrived in Belmont in the huge ship with his new friends, he promised to
tell others about the new technology and make them realize that it is us that
should know things, not the unrevealing computers. Scott and the other people on
the ship promised to visit him again, and they showed him how he could use a
basic cell phone to call them.
Henkil walked off the ship into the amazed crowd of onlookers who stared as if
they were watching a movie, he stepped back onto Belmont and began telling
others the amazing news. He waved goodbye to his only friend as their ship
drifted up and faded away into the beautiful clouds.