I shall not apologize for my dearth in posting as I am on vacation for the first time since August 2017. If you define it as “on vacation with my entire family,” it would be July 2016. But all good things must end: back to my increasingly temporary home in central Ohio on late Saturday. With Daughter #1 off to her five week internship and Daughter #2 off to Army Basic, it will be nothing but drinking, writing, and audio recording for me.
With my wimminfolk down at the hotel pool right now, this article caught my eye:
The last time EAST (Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak or HT-7U) held onto a writhing loop of plasma for so long was in 2017, but the temperature only reached a mere 50 million °C.
This immediately called to my mind the opening of Part II, CODE:DESCENSION, of “Worlds Without End“:
Hefei City, Anhui Province, China
EAST (Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak) Fusion Reactor
The Chief Technician observed both his men following the shutdown procedures after this latest test and the two motes of white light weaving about the toroid core. Cooling from its 80 million degrees. What he and his men were doing was rather unorthodox but the ria that went into the Research Facility – and their own personal accounts – dissuaded them from too many questions.
That didn’t work, either, Dorina.
We did get the nervous system to function, Henge!
For less than a second. Not a marker of success.
Just a waypoint, little niece, just a waypoint!
We’re going to need more nanomaterials.
Already in Shanghai. By train here in two of their days.
Thank you, Dorina.
Hah! Do you think they know what we’re up to?
Here? No. In Oak Ridge? I’d guess one of them does.
You would take the side of your pet’s family!
Not remotely funny, Dorina.
What will you do, hit me? Did you inherit your father’s predilection for violence?
I said too much. I apologize, Henge. Here: consider this for the nervous system.
We cannot do it alone. We’ve shown we’re fast enough but we are not old enough.
We must have his help, Dorina.
Shandor has not interacted with us since Pavel!
Perhaps he did not have enough reason.
And your selfishness is a reason?
I shall ask –
You will not! He doesn’t like your father and suspects what you are! I shall.
He said he would help.
Just like that?
It felt as if he wants us to fail. Here.
Oh. So much uncertainty.
He said it was due to your belief in your soul.
I know; I just don’t understand. Will he help? Much of this is beyond me.
Me too. But, yes, he will.
He wants us to fail but is willing to help?
Perhaps he has an agenda? Perhaps he’s just bored?
He’d not be if he and the other two would open themselves to the Fourth Law.
You know why they do not.
Yes: my father and aunt Ai.
Give them time, Henge.
Something our family has a surfeit of while I watch another’s fly away.
From what you told me, I thought you people of the Way have nothing but time!
Yes. But we must make the best of what we’ve been gifted!
You really do love him, that young human man?
I love the Lord with my whole heart, mind, and strength. But yes, Dorina: I agape Gary Hartmann.
So much you’re willing to do all this?
My headstrong little niece! Here! Let’s simulate how Shandor has made us older!