Ancient folklore and mythologies
told of experiments that were undertaken before the rules and by laws of
Grandeur of Design (GOD) were established. It seemed like such a frontier time,
a world unafraid and inquisitive. Now the strict enforcement of Gods' laws made
the exploration of life a bit mundane and rather limited.
When a call went out to
investigate a remote location, mentioned in the folklore, I was excited about
the possibility of finding something new and exciting. So, I volunteered as did
many others. Eventually our group was selected. We were briefed and given
supplies for the journey. Due to the extreme conditions of the location, we were
unsure whether we would be able to maintain communication and were given several
devices that could be launched if other forms of communication failed.
The devices contained a unique
tape recording method. It was built based upon designs mentioned in folklore and
mythologies. It had been tested and seemed to work very well. The Sophisticated
Method of Archiving Records on tape, refereed to as the SMAR Tapes, led us to
believe that the mythologies might have real substance and were not just stories
from an ancient time.
It was the second day of Jayson
that we left on our journey. Typical of any long journey, we were allowed to
hibernate and so we all did. Not much happened, according to the ship log. Just
the normal energy events typical of our reality. There was one anomaly however,
and despite our efforts we were not able to determine its origin. Our
destination site nearby, we focused on our arrival and ignored the anomaly.
Our ship was pretty typical other
than the launchable devices. Any one of us was able to pilot the vessel, but I
was chosen to do the landing. I wasn't sure why but accepted the challenge and
anticipated the opportunity. The ship was now in position and I gently brought
it to a rest in a grand valley.
Day 1 Clearly this valley was just
as it had been depicted in out mythologies. Steep cliff walls on all sides, and
near one large rock formation was what appeared to be technology. We hurried
about and readied ourselves to explore. Direct communication with our home was
indeed impossible. But the launchable devices would do just fine. We began to
explore the rock formation and examine the technology. Strange symbols and
markings on the equipment were indecipherable. Later that day we came across
another machine located near the bottom of a small ravine. It too had markings
and symbols just as unintelligible as the others. Perhaps some old folklore
might have mentioned or even contained these symbols, but none of the crew knew.
We were rather excited and
prepared the first tape and sent it off. We had supplies enough to last for an
extended period and further exploration was planned. After a full day, we all
Day 2 The next morning, we set out
to discover any other artifacts. Our launch devices could not hold more than a
few tapes so anything we found we stored in our ship. One of the crew members,
JaySee, discovered an interesting Dome thing. We could not see inside but it
certainly appeared to have been built and contained something, at least so we
thought. Meanwhile another crewmember, Loucy, discovered what appeared to be a
control device. Again, strange symbols next to buttons. After several buttons
were tried randomly, we discovered a sequence that would alter the opacity of
What we saw inside the Dome was
improbable and impossible. A glowing field of energy wells suspended above a
pool of iridescent light. It was an awesome sight and beyond our imaginings and
expectations. Back in the ship, we reviewed several of the old mythologies and
found a reference to an experiment. We all wondered if this was it. In the same
text, there was mention of a device that was used to record the process and it's
outcome. The original SMAR Tape. Apparently the recording device was intelligent
and self motivating. Could the machine we found in the ravine next to the Dome
be the device? If so how is it activated? Or is it broken? We agreed to
investigate it further after our rest. We sent off another launch device.
Day 3 JaySee and Loucy were up
early and began to more thoroughly examine the machine. Loucy, discovered a
panel that opened. Inside the opening were two buttons and a switch. JaySee
suggested waiting until the rest of the crew was up, but Loucy began to push the
buttons and flip the switch. By the time the rest of us arrived, JaySee and
Loucy were gone. Absolutely no sign of them anywhere. Just their notes of what
actions they had done and of course JaySee's request that they wait.
Not being sure if somehow their
manipulation of the machine caused their disappearance, we were reluctant to
duplicate their manipulations. The Dome appeared no different than before. And
the machine still appeared non-functioning. We waited the entire day and they
never returned. We set off another launch device.
Day 4 We awoke and immediately
headed for the ravine. Still no sign of JaySee or Loucy. Reluctantly we decided
to try the sequence that JaySee recorded. Nothing happened. at first. Then we
noticed the Dome appeared to dissolve. and when two of the crewmembers
approached, they appeared to dissolve and disappear. The Dome then resumed it's
original state. We played with the opacity settings but could not see if
anything had changed inside. We spent the rest of the day pondering what to do
next. We sent off another launch device.
Day 5 We had only supplies to last
a few more days. We tried to drag the machine into our ship but couldn't move
it. The Dome was also unmovable. Our missing crewmembers were somehow trapped
inside the Dome and leaving them seemed incomprehensible. But we were at a loss
as what we might do. I spent most of the day reading the ancient stories, hoping
for some clue or hint. The rest of the crew was depressed and demoralized as
well. JaySee and Loucy were well respected and loved by everyone and their fate
was difficult to imagine and accept. In one of the mythologies, I discovered a
few lines that seemed to describe another experiment. Not much information but
what I could understand, was that the experiment was abandoned. We only had one
launch device left, which we delayed sending.
Day 6 We discussed our plans, we
would have to leave tomorrow. With or without the Dome and the machine. We had
already moved all the other technology into the ship. Some of the crew suggested
staying here until another ship could be sent, but without sufficient supplies
that suggestion was not viable. Other suggested another further examination of
the machine. Which seemed like a good choice at the time.
We spent the rest of the day
examining the machine and did discover another panel. Reluctant to just push the
buttons, we drew straws and I was selected to do the button pushing. I randomly
began and after the third button was manipulated, an object fell out of the
machine. It looked very similar to the SMAR Tapes we were making. Not having any
way to read/decode it's contents we prepared it to be sent with the final launch
device. I then inserted a blank tape into the machine and surprisingly, the
machine moved and lit up. But it quickly became unmovable and dark again.
The Dome dissolved and as it did
the machine again became active. However, no matter what we did, we were not
able to contact our missing crew members nor were we willing to get too close to
the pool once covered by the Dome. We went into our ship and prepared for our
departure. We also sent off the last launch device with the tape from the
Day 7 One last excursion into the
ravine revealed an astonishing change. The machine was gone and the pool had
apparently evaporated. On the ground was the tape we had inserted into the
machine and what appeared to be a note from our lost crewmembers. Scribbled in
large letters was SMART ape. Certainly an error, we assumed that SMAR Tape was
intended, not SMART ape. We picked up the tape and the note and departed.
Meanwhile back home they launch
devices had arrived and the tapes we had sent were being examined. The tape from
the machine was not easily decoded but by the time we arrived back home, it had
been translated. Its contents are enclosed at the end of this paper. Upon our
arrival we were immediately quarantined.
The other tape that we had
inserted into the machine was of great interest to everyone. As was the note.
Apparently during the decoding of the first tape something had happened. Subtle
changes in our world and reality began to manifest. And even more frighteningly,
the SMAR Tape appeared to have a consciousness and was reforming itself. Despite
efforts to control and guaranty the SMAR Tape, the changes continued.
Many years later Of the crew only
I was still alive, most of the others simply disappeared. A few though stopped
functioning and appeared to be in some sort of stasis. The reality I had known,
was now distant and unreal. Energy wells and fountains appeared everywhere, just
like inside the Dome. And most frightening were the SMAR Tapes or rather SMART
apes that seemed to be everywhere. I guess mythologies are best kept as
mythologies and efforts to determine their 'realness' should be approached with
Even the folklore of the past
seemed different. Although it is very difficult to know for sure, so much has
changed, perhaps even my memory had changed. We did discover what happened to
JaySee and Loucy. After being absorbed by the Dome, they were integrated into
the pool. The last tape we brought was mostly unreadable. The few bits that made
any sense seemed to be all about light and some form of energy. The references
to time and the original experiment did not seem to fit. I will someday
understand this but now am just confused.
I suppose the original experiment
was not intended to cause the chaos that seems to have erupted. And certainly
was not intended to cause the loss of my friends. JaySee and Loucy would never
return home but somehow I felt their essence contributed to the threads of order
still visible in the chaos.
I felt it important and perhaps
selfish to name the pool that was once constrained by the Dome. Maybe it was a
way of remembering my friends. I called the pool Host Entity Little Light (HELL)
and as it continues to fill space and time, I wondered why the original
experiment was even attempted.
These notes have been carefully
encoded on SMAR Tapes. One day, I feel sure that a being will arise that can
make sense of the original experiment, Singularity of Infinite Nonsense, the
original SIN LetTomDoIted to call it. Perhaps one day, JaySee and Loucy will
reappear and be able to close the door on this phase of being
The first tape from the machine A
diary of sometime before
It was my job to take notes and
chronicle the endeavor. A task I reluctantly performed, after all, the
information detailed some rather sensitive experiments with unfortunate
outcomes. And enough step by step procedures to enable the 'unscrupulous' to
complete the experiments again. As so, it is that I write the procedures and
processes that were necessary to run this experiment. The Singularity of
Infinite Nonsense, (SIN) also known as the God Man test.
Wasn't much there when we arrived.
The natural landscape though was perfect. An incredible valley, the ideal
location for the lab. Secure and isolated, it would be our home while we ran the
tests. After the last accident... er, incident, we needed to be sure we would
have the privacy necessary to achieve our results.
We set about setting up equipment
and establishing our base. We planned to be here a while and so all the
furnishings and tapestries were fabricated and installed. Our style was always
impeccable, efficient and practical. We were the team, selected long ago, to
test and experiment, to leave no stone un-turned. That's about when I get
annoyed, why all the pep talk and gratuitous kudos from some unseen audience. We
weren't exactly amateurs and why expect less than perfection in our experiments.
Accidents are merely the side effect of experimentation. And since we have
always conducted our tests and experiments within secure and enclosed systems,
the chance of any negative impact is estimated at less than once in 14 billion
years. A rather healthy margin of safety.
The last experiment led us to
believe that we might be able to modify the underlying structure by inserting a
sort of placeholder into the neural foundation. This particular placeholder was
designed to facilitate abstraction. A many to one mapping machine. It seemed so
incredibly simple, why hadn't we tried this before. Everyone looked at me, I
apparently was supposed to spontaneously derive that from the notes, I'd been
taking. I must have missed it somehow. That should have been my first clue that
something seriously was 'amiss'. I passed it off as laziness on my part.
Day 1 We spent the whole day
discussing. Where previously had been only blank white pages, now, dark areas
brought out meaning in the light. The plans and procedures were fixed. Day 2 We
spent all day building the containment vessel. The effort was exhausting but
fruitful. Day 3 We began to differentiate the environment within the vessel.
Proper application of energy wells and fountains distributed and organized the
solution. Day 4 We discovered a way to accelerate the process. Differentiation
went from step by step, to a constant flow. We clearly had an event full
experiment going. Day 5 We were now able to produce forms and animate them based
upon situations and environments. The most promising results we anticipated
would follow the developing skills in manipulation. Day 6 The crew was growing
fatigued, we have been going non-stop for days and we needed to rest. A caution
was raised about continuing without proper down time. As a group, we felt the
risk of accident low, and after today's work, we could easily rest. As with most
experiments, the vessel or the contents determine the length of time available
to do the tests. Sometimes the vessel will begin to leak , requiring that the
experiment conclude. Sometimes, the contents will only remain in solution for a
few hours or days, necessitating how long the experiment could proceed with
meaningful results. Cleanly, the contents were the sensitive control of this
experiment. We finished our work for the day and after determining the systems
all go, the vessel secure, and the contents reacting appropriately, we set the
system into a sort of hibernation. Day 7 We checked the system this morning and
all was well. The hibernation was sustaining and we felt comfortable taking our
rest. Everyone, except me that is. I was expected to watch and observe the
experiment while they rested.
I was doing my usual solitaire
pastime, sort of a game of chance played with energy patterns.
Day 98 I awakened the crew. The
experiment was ready for evaluation and it was time to finish. The vessel was
awash with motion and structures, a very good sign. We calibrated the test
equipment and began our probing. I guess I should have noticed the small trickle
of material that was leaking out of the vessel but was far too bored (or under
stimulated). One of the crewmembers had slipped and noticed the hole in the
vessel. That's when all hell broke out (figuratively speaking). The trickle of
stuff had flowed down a slight embankment and had collected in a pool. I was
told to contain the pool and because of its toxicity, no one else was permitted
in the area. Meanwhile, I updated the entire experiment using the SMAR process.
The Sophisticated Method of Archiving Records on tape, often refereed to as the
Day 99 It was clear now that we
would have to leave the site. All attempts to contain the pool had failed and
the crew was in danger of being contaminated. Without even a good-bye they
departed and left me to watch and record anything that might happen.
Day 200 My power source was being
drained and I cannot recharge myself. Carefully and completely, I built an
energy dome around the pool. I knew it would only be temporary but perhaps it
would suffice long enough for the experiment to dissipate.
Day 201 I put myself into standby
mode and waited.