Dec 13, 2018 12:32 PM
Alex and Glen enter the world from Muse
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"How long have you been isolated?"

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"Almost three hundred years."

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"And what's the average lifespan here, to put that in context?"

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"A few people live to be eighty or even a little more."

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"Thank you. That's recent enough to make everything a little easier. Should I start with evidence or should I explain why I'm here?"

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"Evidence that - you're from another planet? I don't have any trouble believing that. Which one?"

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"Earth originally, but most recently a place called Nexus."

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"Yes, yes, what was your colony designator number?"

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"No, see, this is why you might want proof. I'm from a different physical universe. There are quite a few and this is the first time someone from my universe has visited this one, as far as I know."

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"Oh. That's unexpected. What's the nature of your proof?"

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"My method of travel mostly. I also have technology that may be new to you and a large amount of media."

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"- I don't mean to be rude but if the media's anything like your clothes we don't want it."

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"It's more to provide evidence of other civilizations in the way a few, carefully-selected videos wouldn't. I understand if you don't want to look at any of it."

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"The technology might be interesting; what do you have?"

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"This," Alex subvocalizes and the small speaker around his throat simultaneously says the word in Alex's voice speaking a perfect rendition of the local accent. 

"Though I'm not familiar enough with your technology to know if this is new," he continues, still speaking through the speaker. 

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"That's new. We haven't advanced very much relative to what we had when we colonized Muse."

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"Any particular reason why?"

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"We've had other priorities, mostly, and only a handful of people find science or engineering compelling."

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Alex nods.

"There's also this," he says vanishing and reappearing several feet to the left.

"Everything else I would show you requires slightly more interaction."

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"Interaction?"

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"You don't have to touch anything, but a flat surface would help."

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Her desk is easily cleared.

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"These are called [edit in name]. You have the anchor," Alex says, holding up a large metallic square then setting it down on her desk.

"and the points," he takes several smaller squares and sets them in the air surrounding the anchor. One directly above, one several feet in front of the desk, one at an angle off to the side. They do not move.

"Once they are fixed, they'll stay in the same relative position until someone manually undoes it. Whatever force you apply goes directly to the anchor."

He puts his hands on the one in front of the desk and pushes down, holding himself in the air for a moment. 

"Your desk can support my weight, so it can too."

He pushes against the side of the point and it slides sideways, bringing the anchor and the other points with it. 

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"- oh goodness - that would have amazing applications for architecture and sculpture -"

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"It does. We use it in almost every structure that's more than a single story tall."

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