Memories of a world far, far away
by H.C. Andrei
I died, but I am alive. Hard to believe. But true. First things first. I come from a world far away, both in time and space. You could say that I come from a completely different dimension. My race is very similar to this one. More specifically, we have the same form: two hands, two legs, body and head. Otherwise, I can say that we were never peaceful. Ever since we learned to kill each other we continued like that for thousands of years. History has been shaped by conflicts and the leaders those conflicts propelled to lead our nations. However, our race has managed to survive. And evolve. We managed to get through simple weapons, over the internal combustion engine technology. Even beyond nuclear weapons, that seemed the most terrifying weapons in the universe. We got to know the terrible forces of antimatter. We mastered these forces, bending them to our will. We've changed our bodies with the help of genetic transformation reaching perfect shapes. We created artificial minds that could think alone forming cognitive processes along cold electrons and without feelings. We were at the height of glory. But to reach this point, we have destroyed our world, our home. Not at once, of course, but in time we destroyed it. Not that we were sorry. At that point in our society development, we were at a point where we enjoyed more the artificial than natural beauty. Few complained about her dying. The planet, however, turn on us. We had earthquakes, floods, terrible storms. The destruction was enormous. Both the material cost and the cost in innocent lives as well. We did not care. We already colonized two planets in the solar system where we could live and thousands of artificial habitats. All filled with people. Robotic probes and ships reach other solar systems, but found them empty and deserted. In one discovered a planet but was not friendly to us. Not habitable for our species without major genetic transformation. The area seemed uninteresting in terms of economic resources, the corporate barons contented with our solar system. To finally be able to leave our native world, most were already thinking about forming a new, artificial planet. One formed in the image of our current needs. It seemed a more profitable investment.
In this mad rush of technology we lost something very important. Our faith. The world of spirit and heart, pure feelings, has been replaced by the material world, profits and calculation. A cold world ruled only by money.
At that time began our end. Those who have studied the obscure sciences found a way to open a portal, an interdimensional vortex to another place. Another world. We've all been extremely happy. A quick way to transport to what seemed an unspoiled world full of resources. Our leaders threw themselves immediately at the opportunity that opened like a miracle before them. Unfortunately, unknown to us this world already had other masters. First we met peaceful beings with several tentacles, very unlike our own race, which seemed to practice large scale agriculture with a fairly primitive technology. But after a while we realized that in fact the aliens were not what they seemed to be, residents and owners of this world, but mere servants. Their owners were strange creatures with even more stranger powers. No fixed form, consisting of what we called, because I did not have another term - ectoplasm, and extremely intelligent. At first we were treated like some friends, but in a very short time they went on the offensive. Do not think, however, that only they were planning to attack. Our own armies were just waiting for the order to attack and conquer the new world, stealing the technology of the aliens and turning them into slaves. Our government was just finishing the plans. The enemy was just quicker. But when the attack order was given the soldiers could not hear it. With obscure technologies they had at hand our opponents attacked their bodies and minds. We noted with horror that our soldiers have their will and discernment passed under enemy control. Their powers corrupted the artificial intelligences. It spread like a virus and orders came from beyond the portal, unleashing havoc in our own solar system. ***** And so began the war. Our armies fought ferociously. Both on the foreign world and in our own struggled with our own machines trying to get programming, but in vain. Fortunately most of were not operating in areas of military, and
solar system. Home, we them to their original the affected computers civilian machines were
not worthy opponents against the armed forces. Once they mobilized and reform. On the foreign planet the things were quite otherwise. In war, we used all the weapons we had on hand, including our stockpile of atomic weapons. The world was scorched by the flames of atomic war, reduced to an area in which nothing could survive. But our enemies did not care. We found out that there were other worlds under their rule, so that they could sacrifice one without problem. Atomic flames scorched our own armies. Protective shields like a green aura failed and thousands, tens of thousands of soldiers were charred. Giant space fortress and the enemy air forces swept our own from the sky and space. Swarms of angry bumble bees that were our hunting planes and our space forces found themselves fighting a losing battle. Hordes of modified creatures, or better said genetically built for war, came over our positions like an endless wave. It was the most important part of the war so far (in time will prove that it was the most important part of the whole war). It lasted for days. All of our reserves sent into battle trough the vortex fought a vicious battle against the creatures and their strange powers and technologies. The battle became increasingly longer. The enemy army was like a horde of ants migrating. If one died another two took it’s place. End after the crowd of creatures, of all shapes and sizes, were coming biotech heavy war machines spreading death around them. Literally, the aliens possessed advanced knowledge in the field of vital, life energy, their mechanisms spread fields disruptors which disintegrated life in every human being. In an act of desperation our leaders decided to use antimatter weapons on our own positions, where the battle had became hand to hand (or hand to tentacle, which way you prefer). Those who opposed the decision were considered weak and pushed aside. And so the holocaust was unleashed over our troops. Few lived to tell the story of their betrayal. And it was all in vain, because the enemies have continued to come like an unstoppable torrent. Despair came on all of the upper levels, as the enemy threw back the energies of the atom unleashed upon them. Enormous fields of force rejected the destructive forces enveloping the big biomechanical war machines. Seeing no other solution, the leaders of our world acted with all speed, and sent troops to sacrifice, to slow down the enemies giving them time to close the interdimensional gateway. Huge machines were closed and the vortex lost slowly power. Maybe you think, why not closed it immediately. Well, it's about almost impossible, at least so some of my colleagues explained, those that understood dimensional physics. Feed-back results would be comparable to an explosion of ten antimatter bombs and ruined an entire continent. But eventually we closed the vortex. We all breathed a sigh of relief. The danger had passed. Our enemies were imprisoned in the immeasurable distances of time and
***** How wrong we were. A few spins of the planet around its axis after the gate was closed, more interdimensional vortices were opened in our entire solar system. Hundreds, thousands of creatures that could live in space and massive ships went out of them destroying everything that came in their way. Leviathan bio-ships emerged following the smaller ones, so big that were small planetoids. The enemy had found us. Taken by surprise and still barely recovering after the war we waged against artificial intelligences in our solar system battle analysts lost valuable time strategizing the situation. Then the big fleets were sent to make opponents dust. I was on a terrace when the terror began, the heavens of my world began to rain with black spores death. These spores were launch from huge creatures entering orbit. Those that resisted the attack of our orbital defense, opened into the atmosphere spreading diseases, viruses and death. The disaster was indescribable, hundreds of millions of people have been infected across the planet. Diseases easily passed our defense and even seemed to be helped by genetic improvements. It seemed that even in this area the aliens were more advanced than us, some viruses were constructed so as to take control of the implants at the genetic level. Other portals were opened on the surface of our world allowing them to bring hundreds of thousands of creatures to fight. The space colonies have been spared in the first cycles of the attack, the invaders did not know their exact location (although probably knew a lot about our race from prisoners) and were able to build a defense. After the first clash it has become clear that the invaders focused all their forces on our homeland. A fierce battle ensued around the planetary defense as other vortices open and the aliens brought more forces, more bio-ships. This battle has grown into a battle of attrition, in which the one who has more forces wins. And they seemed to have unlimited reserves. By changing tactics, the invaders began to hunt our space habitats. Not able to run at high speeds, space habitats turned out to be an easy target for plasma weapons and flocks of space creatures. Our fleets tried to come to their aid but the gap proved too large and did not arrive on time. Acting hastily the fleets found themselves open to attack, meeting the enemies midway to their destinations, in open space. Without the aid of orbital defenses and facing superior technology we lost the battle.
And with them died the last chance for space colonies and habitats, which were left defenseless before the fury of the invaders, with just a few guns and missiles. Through the eyes of observation satellites we saw energy projectiles hitting habitats, I watched with horror the walls blowing in all directions and shock waves spraying the last shreds of life left in them. Those that were not destroyed were immediately boarded and filled with deadly creatures who ruthlessly hunted all survivors. ***** Do not think it was over so quickly. Our fleets and our warriors fought hard for several months. But the first few weeks were crucial. Fleets have been reduced to a few ships, our colonies were purged by fire, infected or the soldiers were slaughtered like animals. There were attempts to escape from this nightmare. Some tried to flee with personal spacecraft setting them on vectors that would carried them to remote systems. Others tried to leave with whole space habitats. Unfortunately, habitat velocity was lower than that of high-speed projectiles launched from mag-gun after them. Explosions, and all were disintegrated, forming hot clouds of debris. The same thing happened with the large number of vessels trying to escape, less than a few managed to escape unnoticed. Or lucky. Who knows if they will survive to destinations? I can only wish them luck. Although the battle seemed lost, the survival instinct, that we as all beings made by the Creator have, pushed us to fight. We still had available planets from which to draw resources. There was very strong resistance, especially planetary ion cannons that ravaged the aliens space fleets orbiting the homeworld. We tried to use an interdimensional portal to send some of the survivors on a planet at the outskirts of our galaxy. A big mistake. A very big mistake. The invaders seemed to go crazy. Whole swarms of creatures descended from heaven to the site, trying to destroy the portal. Thousands fell dead, but others creatures passed over their bodies and their number seemed to be growing. They followed with the warships and their ground forces didn’t stopped until the portal was not destroyed. I work at one of the laboratories in charge of special projects for the Army, with bio-weapons division. We had an underground facility in an isolated area. Our work was focused on the existence of strange energy fields, in particular the possibility of energy beings. Living energy beings. In the last month we were lucky. One of our commando troops managed to capture a sensor, an alien energy being almost invisible, usually used for infiltration missions.
After being isolated in a perfect force field was brought into the laboratory to be studied. Taking advantage of the carelessness of some researchers tried to escape but was caught between the quarantine fields, triggering off the alarm instantly. The investigation began immediately, we wanted the creature powers for us or at least a weapon to use against them. While we continue our research in the deep earth, above, our world was dying. The aliens have already won the space war. It gave them the ability to position forces in the orbit, in key strategic positions. Weapons Division research data gave no visible results, results which we hoped could turn the tide of war. And now there was simply no time, or energy reserves to try other methods. The last remaining representatives of our race on the planet have retreated behind the high mountain chains in the East and expected the last attack. They didn’t have to wait a long time. As soon as they reorganized their forces the aliens began to push again, smelling the fear of our leaders. Sensing that all will be over soon. They attacked in all places at once, destroying dozens of resistance points with blind rage. Finishing us. We, in deep laboratory, we found out just what happened through the information transmitted over the data cables, cables buried deep, impossible to be detected. One thing was certain, We did not have much time. We did received some news that somehow, made us, at least me to feel better. It was our beloved leaders. Who tried to escape using a small inter-dimensional portal. What they did not know was that the others could break the thin fabric of space-time portals that were smaller and more fragile. They destroyed the portal being used to escape by the fools that got us into this mess, after which they sent “seeders”. These scary creatures are able to pierce the target with hollow, thin, needles, and then inject tiny eggs in it. Seeder eggs have a very short incubation period. After the larvae hatches it begins to eat everything along the way, which is usually the victim, and believe my word, they are hungry little buggers. Personally, I’m glad that those idiots died. They caused the destruction of our entire race. We blew up the tunnel that led to the surface, leaving only a single mode of access to the area. A one meter diameter pipe, coming out that comes to the surface in a hidden place which also houses data cables and pulse transmitters. Our experiment was in the final stage and we decided to test it. And it worked! You can tell how happy we were when we managed to turn one of the test animals in an energy matrix. Our prisoner died. It seems that you need to regenerate energy from time to time if not the matrix begins to unravel like a fabric that you pull one end of thread.
Given that the next step is to test one of us, we took special care and saved energy, what we call the vital energy, in giant capacitors. We did not kill anyone during the process of obtaining the vital energy, but we tried and manage to get the energy from electricity passed through subatomic particle field and magnetic coils. A very unpleasant surprise hit us when we enabled the device. There was a problem with one of the generators and all exploded. ****** I survived. Not only me but most of our team. With one, but pretty important problem. We were all converted into energy matrix. Soon afterward we recovered and learned to use the new state. In fact we realized that the conversion was different from the original alien sensor creature. In short, if we remain in the state of the energy matrix for a longer period of time, even if we had vital infusion of energy we still will disintegrate. We needed bodies. Seeing as the rest of the laboratory was destroyed we could not make contact with the world. Only one solution was left. The pipeline brought us to the surface. The plan was to enter bodies, some creatures and to escape....... How wrong were we thinking. You see, the opponents had ways to pinpoint energy beings. Most of us have been captured or destroyed immediately. Few escaped. I escaped getting a creature. You can not even imagine how hard it is to control a creature with mental patterns that do not resemble anything that you can you represent. I survived. I hid deep in the creature's thoughts and I slipped on one of the "meat" transport ships from my world. A "meat" transport ship is a ship carrying living beings, prisoners already infected or inoculated y the invaders, back into their worlds where they were used for various genetic experiments. On board I passed from one body to another until I managed to take complete control of the ship. In a frantic attempt to escape I went into a interdimensional portal, overloading my engine at the same time. I tucked in one of the rescue capsules and waited. I was lucky. Distortion in the whirlwind threw me into a living universe. After a few weeks a ship passed through the area and gathered my survival capsule. With my last forces I invaded the bodies of the crew and I was taking over command of the ship before they realize the situation. Technology was quite primitive and helped by the memoirs of my hosts I didn’t took me a long time to decipher it. I activated the hyper engine and we headed to the home world of the crew, who were pretty similar to me and I could easily control. When I came in orbit of the planet I destroyed the vessel pushing her into the atmosphere while I took a shuttle, hiding behind the
trail of debris the ship left, to reach the ground undetected. You might think it would have been better if I had presented myself to this bipedal race. But the survival instinct, which is a very powerful, prevented me. It's not hard to figure out what would have happened. It was hard to trust someone who can change his body and take possession of another (it happens quite often in primitive cultures). Probably would have tried to kill me, which was not so difficult in view of the state in which I was when I was found in space, almost dead from starvation. No, it's better that way I've chosen. My material body didn’t survived the descent. My energy matrix did. I did not have to wait long before taking control of another native. Since then everything is history. I stand at the fringes of society and feed on vital energy from animals (in rare cases that of intelligent beings, just when I need to change my body because the one I inhabit becomes too old). During experiments at home it has been established that without outside intervention, like, attacks or major accidents the matrix energy, which I basically am, may last up to 10,000 thousand years. Enough time for a lot of things especially if these creatures leave me alone. Their technology could detect me so I am cautious and interact as little as possible with them. My body died long ago but I am still live in stolen bodies. But what counts it’s that I’m alive. But from time to time I remember my world and I miss it. I miss the Earth. I hope one day to find others who have escaped the holocaust of humanity. Or may find a way to change things, they spoke of something based on time travel. I have enough time.