“In March, Chinese researchers predicted that the nation’s HL-2M tokamak — a device designed to replicate nuclear fusion, the same reaction that powers the Sun — would be built before the end of 2019.” – Link
From Worlds Without End, Chapter 10:
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!