9. Discover UNS Divine Scepter #RRBC

Any way one looks at this starship, it was a technological marvel. It was built over a fifteen-year period by the Untied Nations Space Agency (UNSA) in their Lunar Yard facility and completed late in 2084. Divine Scepter, originally intended as a long-range exploration ship, had design features that made it possible to expand the ship’s size from parts manufactured aboard.

The industrial deck, dubbed the Plant, was prodigious. It housed massive, computer-driven fabricators – evolved from 3D printers created earlier in the century. The fabricators along with the huge stores of raw materials made Scepter a self-sufficient entity in space. In the Plant, both civil and military needs were met: from weapons to domestic appliances to computers, and the like. Spare parts were manufactured at will.

When they decided to use the colonizer, to assist a select group to escape from Earth and the Omega Virus, ship designers and builders were among the technical specialists chosen to board Scepter. The original ship had seventy-five rectangular pods attached to each other and to the hull of Scepter. Each pod had an access hatch to each pod it touched as well as to the interior of the ship’s hull. Exoskeletons of new pods were manufactured in the Plant and assembled on the hull’s surface, where the assembly specialists were protected by Scepter’s shields.

The residential pods were small cities with roughly 20,000 citizens each. As the population grew, new pods could and were built throughout the ninety-five-year voyage to Genesis. They resembled the towns and small cities on Earth, with comfortably large attached housing units, schools, entertainment centers and business districts all connected by streets laid out in grids. The lighting within the pods mimicked the shifting shades and hues of natural daytime light on Earth’s surface. When appropriate, the pod’s ‘sky’ went dark and street illumination was activated.

Some specialty pods produced food products, safe water, and oxygen for the entire ship community. Others housed research labs, higher educational facilities, and hospitals. Many of Earth’s plant species were preserved in bio-pods. A defensive force field was designed to surround and protect the ship from space matter and attacks from any alien encounters.

Within the ship’s hull were many decks connected by high-speed vertical elevators, called ‘Lifts’ and horizontal transport tubes. The transport vehicles that traveled the various ‘Tubes’ were dubbed ‘Bullets’. So moving from upper to lower decks was as quick as moving aft to forward, and port to starboard. The interior decks housed the propulsion, navigation, environmental systems, weapons systems, and the military. The Crusader Army controlled by the Church was larger and better equipped than the Navy Marine Corps. Navy personnel controlled and navigated the ship. These two military groups were housed on different decks at opposite ends of Scepter. The massive Landing Bay occupied the aft section of the ship, four decks high. Several shuttle craft of differing sizes and purpose occupied about one-third of the Bay.

For ninety-five years, this mighty starship – the only one of its kind – carried the hopes and dreams and the only remnants of humankind remaining in existence, to their final destination. Genesis would be humanity’s new beginning.

Join us for the next episode: a high school class field trip on Genesis!

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Author, John Fioravanti writes non-fiction as well as fiction in the sci-fi genre. He's a retired secondary school educator and a lifelong learner. He considers himself a work in progress and welcomes the opinions and insights that others may have about his work. He prizes dialogue about meaningful topics, so please leave your thoughts!

6 thoughts on “9. Discover UNS Divine Scepter #RRBC

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    September 17, 2016 at 9:30am

    I did not picture it like that, so I’m glad you provided a visual. I can’t help but struggle with trying to figure out if each one of those rectangular pods attaches to another pod, where is the bottom? lol! Do they float like astronauts in space or do they have some kind of gravitational pull that allows one side of the pod to be considered the “ground”?

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      John Fioravanti

      September 17, 2016 at 3:18pm

      Funny, I couldn’t find a picture that fit my concept of Divine Scepter – so this one will have to do. You have a good question about life aboard a starship. They would have an artificial gravitational field in place so that people could stand and carry on normal activities no matter what position the ship assumed. It is the same with the Earth – which is a sphere – do the people at the bottom of the sphere fall off into space? No, because gravity takes care of that. When you consider our space shuttles and the space station, they are very primitive and have not developed the kind of gravitational fields it would take to live a life in space – and, of course, they were never designed to be anything but temporary vehicles and living quarters. Thanks for your commentary, Yvette!

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    Anne Fioravanti

    September 16, 2016 at 6:42pm

    As always you are a great writer and capture the reader’s interest right from the beginning. Really interesting.

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      John Fioravanti

      September 16, 2016 at 7:15pm

      Ok, that’s it!! You are hereby hired as my publicist! Thanks for stopping by with your kind words, Anne!

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    John W. Howell

    September 16, 2016 at 5:15pm

    Terrific, John. So the folks that landed on Genesis would in all probability not be the same folks that started the journey give the human lifespan.

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      John Fioravanti

      September 16, 2016 at 7:14pm

      Exactly, John. The trip took 95 years. Perhaps a small number of children of the original adult refugees made it to Genesis as very elderly people. The majority of the people I’m writing about as the ship arrived at Genesis would be the grandchildren and great grandchildren of the original adults on board. Those people spent their entire lives on the starship and now faced adjusting to a new life on an alien jungle planet. There should be some interesting stories here! Thanks for stopping by and sharing!

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