Cocoon, a short fiction across between 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY & GRAVITY.
“You remind of Hal.. The red ball state… Minus the glass eye. Only you’re not dangerous out here. Glad to know that. “
“A sentient computer HAL 9000 from the film 2001 A Space Odyssey, who has full control over their spacecraft. An artificial intelligence responsible for taking the lives of four astronauts… You’re nothing like that.” Alaric fell silent, without extending or elaborating. Just avoiding to plant a seed of thought that shouldn’t need to be present right here. Out of curiosity. What if this lifeform was learning and evolving as the same time?
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“Space fact 1. Neutron stars can spin at a rate of 600 rotations.”
The purpose of this? Your attempt at educating me?
“Just killing time… Not literally.” Alaric had retrieved from space facts via iPhone, especially from Mashable UK.
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“The Apollo astronauts’ footprints on the moon will probably stay there for at least 100 million years.”
“99% of our solar system’s mass is the sun.”
“More energy from the sun hits Earth every hour than the planet uses in a year.”
“If two pieces of the same type of metal touch in space, they will bond and be permanently stuck together.”
“The largest asteroid ever recorded is a mammoth piece of space rock named Ceres.”
“GPS failed.” He added after registering it. Coldplay’s soundtrack, MIDNIGHT rolled in.
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