The Story Line:
There is a small group of scientists performing an
experiment with gravity and an accident happens. They create a form of matter
with high gravity and their lab ends up collapsing into the ground.
The story is currently posed as a report to a U.N.
investigator. Opposed to the tension of the gravitational accident and the
excitement of learning some physics, is the blandness of investigative reports.
Small amounts of tense moments, foul language and nudity.
GEG: gravity experiment group, a mix of scientists,
researchers, technicians, and supporting staff.
TE2: petite, blonde, somewhat exhibitionistic
CCx: construction crew (maintenance crew)
LPM: lead project manager, worrier
LSO: lead security officer, Authoritative, slightly
LP: Lead Physicist: Arrogant, self assured and confident.
25 years old.
UNI: Investigator from the U.N. 53 years old: relaxed,
SCP: space-craft pilot
GEL: gravity experiment lab, a colossal lab that is
almost entirely empty.
Hotel: place where GEG members are interviewed.
U.N. safety committee room
Brown Ball One
LP trying to seem calm and
composed as possible so as not to alarm the U.N. investigator. 50 years had
passed between the time GEG had an “accident” and the time there were problems
again. New developments at the GEG site had brought a U.N. investigator to the
site. GEG staff members are sequestered and interviewed at a nearby hotel.
- LP: “I’m sure it wasn’t our
screw-up and I’d classify the situation as safe.” That’s was the best response
he could give the investigator. It had been one of the most dangerous physics
experiments ever to take place. The experiment had taken place when he was a
young man of age 25. It was a leading edge experiment in physics having to do
with the nature of matter and gravity. It was rated potentially so dangerous
an experiment that it had to be sanctioned by the U.N. It was rated a
“do-once-ever” experiment. The danger of the experiment was that if something
went wrong, it had the potential to generate a black-hole. One of the problems
with the experiment was the time-frame over which it had to occur.
The U.N. investigator returns to
the U.N. after interviewing GEG staff members. He reports his findings to a U.N.
global safety committee.
- UNI to superiors: “GEG had
estimated that we, we meaning everybody on the planet, would be history in a
minimum of 10 years, and a maximum of forty to fifty years, if something went
wrong with this experiment. If a black hole were to form, the Earth would have
collapse into it within forty years, was the GEG estimate. LP himself came up
with an estimate of about a decade, which was verified by several other
members of GEG. However, not everybody agreed, and what was considered a
conservative range of estimates was arrived at.”
- UNI to superiors: “There were
indications of a problem right at the extreme edge of the GE “safe” time. The
“safe” time was the time at which we could all be guaranteed that the
experiment had been a complete success and there were no issues with safety.
Although the experiment itself took less than a year, there was a requirement
for site monitoring for over fifty years. Data recorded during the experiment
would be enough to keep people busy for decades. Careers worth of work for a
number of people.”
- LPM to UNI describing the
situation just prior to the incident that brought the UNI: “GEG members were
sitting playing cards in a portable room just outside the lab at the 50 years
mark. There was no indication at all of a problem of any sort. Since 50 years
was moving into the “green” alert area of our experiment, GEG members started
talking about holding a “we’re safe” a party for the 60 year mark. GEG was
planning a party at the next decade mark.
- Then during the 50th year GEG
received a may-day from a space-craft. Someone had a space-craft that was in
duress. Their vehicle was “toast” and they wanted to teleport to the surface.
And the one thing they could locate and get a fix on, on the surface was the
GEL, GEG’s huge lab. It looked like an immense cube. They were able to pick
the GEL up on radar, etc. So they asked permission to teleport in, nearby. GEL
was intentionally huge, and also almost empty. The idea behind the immense lab
was one of restricting the amount of matter near the experiment. If something
went wrong, the size of the lab and lack of matter nearby should render the
experiment safe. At least that was the idea.
- GEG calculated an immense
square footage on the surface, so that the lab could act like snow-shoes for
any strange heavy matter that might arise. The lab itself was constructed out
of a super-strong metallic alloy. “ “ What was the name of that alloy again ?
- LSO to UNI: “After talking
about it, GEG said “okay” to the space-craft pilot.”
- So SCP teleported in, then GEG
members exclaimed: “Shit!” and swore. Because when SCP arrived, they arrived
as a “cartoon pancake” on the surface, nearby the lab. What was left of the
pilot looked like a neatly laid out portrait on the surface of the ground. It
was a horrible sight to see. Obviously the teleporter had failed, but why.”
- LP to UNI: “The two
dimensional nature of the cartoon pancake was an indication of a black-hole or
extreme gravity; two-dimensionality a theoretical effect of a black-hole.
- CC1 to UNI: “A short time
later, there was a thunderclap, and the lab wall cracked again. That had been
GEG’s problem 50 years before; a crack in the lab wall.”
- LSO continued on talking to
the investigator. “My thinking is, someone teleported their own
“black-hole/high gravity problem” to our location; using our lab site as a
cover-up. They did a setup, and teleported their problem to GEL, under the
guise of a fake space-craft problem. This is what I and several other people
- LPM: “If it was a GEL problem
we should all have been history all ready. We should have been history decades
before. Some of the staff were throwing parties already, because we were that
certain we didn’t have a problem. We had reached the fifty year mark.”
- GEG opened the lab door the
one day (just before the person tried to teleport in), the technician looking
couldn’t see anything. There didn’t seem to be a problem at all. Opening the
lab door after 50 years had been a big event; the lab had been sealed all that
time. The lab door was also immense and quite foreboding. The door itself
almost seeming to deserve some fanfare at it’s use.
- UNI to superiors: “GEG felt so
safe after 50 years, that it decided to open the door to do a safety check,
before the pilot teleported down. The pilot was trying to do an emergency
landing, and they picked that spot to land in.”
- If there had been a black-hole
there, after 50 years, when GEG opened the door, it should have pulled
everybody into the GEL. It should’ve sucked everything right in, mass-wise.
- LPM: After 50 years, the hole
would be that large. There wasn’t anything there, is what several people
concluded. Many in GEG were thinking after only six months, that we were
probably okay. But it was GEG’s “really, really optimistic” estimate. Not
GEG’s ridiculously pessimistic one.
- Being really, really
pessimistic about things, GEG estimated it would collapse within 50 years. So
GEG was going to check after 60 years, and declare a “non accident” after 60
years. The odds of there being a problem there were really, really, really,
low. Because GEG “caught it in time”
- UNI to superiors: “. GEG was
sure they had caught it in time. An about six weeks of inactivity would get
rid of the thing. GEG allowed 60 years to be really, really safe. In case
someone had a decimal point wrong, etc.”
- LP: What happened was, an
atomic particle at the core of a lab started attracting things
gravitationally. The gravitational force was powerful enough to start dragging
chairs across the lab. But; someone shut it down immediately. AS soon as they
started seeing things move, it was shut down. Someone saw a lab chair moving
by itself, and exclaimed: “Whoa!” Someone else turned around and saw the
chair, and flipped the off switch on the experiment, and sounded an alarm
- TE2 to UNI: “Stuff was sliding
towards the experiment site, and the force behind it was determined to be
gravitational. Sunken into the floor after the table collapsed was a small
round brown ball. This little brown ball left a grove in the lab floor where
it rolled across the floor to the corner of the lab.”
- UNI: “After the alarm sounded,
GEG went in with specialized equipment to look at the lab.”
- The lab was destroyed, and all
kinds of things including valuable equipment were “missing”, but, in the
middle of the lab, was something resembling a small brown ball. It was
incredibly dense; and it was just sitting there, and nothing in the lab was
actually moving anymore. It was about like a piece of star. It looked to us
like the action in the lab had stopped. Like it didn’t acquire enough mass to
convert into a black hole. GEG had been careful with the lab setup that way.
So they sealed the lab, and left it there. GEG didn’t allow anybody or
anything near it.”
- Several weeks later, the lab
was checked again, it hadn’t changed at all. But, the person checking –TE2 -
dropped her necklace just inside the lab, and it slid about an inch on the
sloped floor. Then stopped, so GEG weren’t sure. The initial incident had
given the lab a sloped floor. There was a lot of screaming and yelling that
day when that necklace dropped. A short while later, we noticed a crack in the
lab wall; but our problem was, nobody had noticed whether or not there was one
there before. It may have been a crack present when the lab was constructed.
- TE3 to UNI: “We were yelling
at the woman, you better not fucking even breathe, as you back away slowly. We
shut the door, and locked it good.” We thought maybe a magnetic field flux was
present. The mag field grabbed the technician’s necklace. She was supposed to
be completely naked in order to minimize the amount of matter falling towards
the ball; but she decided to leave her necklace (cross) on.
- CC1 to UNI: “Then we fixed the
crack in the lab wall, from the outside.”
- CC1 to UNI: “The strange thing
is, if there was a black hole there, we should not have been able to fix the
lab wall. According to what we were told, under the conditions of a black
hole, once the lab wall cracks, that’s it, you’re probably history. That’s
usually the signal to evacuate off the planet.”
- CC2 to UNI: “But we managed to
repair the wall. It should not have been possible with a black-hole.”
- TEn: “If there was a
black-hole strong enough to cause a crack in the wall, when you go to fix the
wall, the materials would go flying into the hole. There should’ve have been a
howling wind of air entering the lab from the outside, because of the black
hole, and there wasn’t. There didn’t seem to be any effects, so we rated it,
not likely a hole, and we set down to wait the 50 years to prove it. If a
black-hole cracked the wall, there was no way at all, we should’ve lasted 50
- There was however, a thing in
the middle of the lab, looked a bit like a small wrecking ball.
- We think it was a material
perhaps something like neutronium. A very, very dense piece of material, but
not a black-hole. It was like something one might find from a star. Or a
planetary core. All the lab stuff, all rolled up into a ball about the size of
- 80 years after the original
accident, the entire lab “disappeared”. The ground caved in, and the whole
site disappeared; sank into the ground. It disappeared all of the sudden, in a
matter of minutes. It was as if it was disintegrated or something. It was
really, really strange to see a vacant lot where once there had been a huge
- LP: “According to what we
knew, a small black-hole needs a continuous input of matter. Usually they form
in dense hydrogen clouds, collapsing stars. Once all the matter in the lab was
gone, it was like a vacuum. The experimental setup was calculated to be not
able to form a black-hole.”
- UNI: “We think the lab is
slowly sinking to the centre of the Earth, simply because it’s that massive.
Fortunately, there is no evidence of a black-hole.”
Perfect refraction sphere and a laser injector. Photons are injected into the
refraction sphere, where they cannot escape. Over time the injection of
photons into the sphere will cause the mass of the sphere to increase. This
will cause the density of the sphere to slowly increase as it remains
physically the same size. Eventually when enough mass builds up in the sphere,
it will cause another small mass mounted on a lever nearby to move. By
measuring the photonic input into the perfect refraction sphere, and measuring
when the external mass mounted on a lever starts to move, we can prove or
disprove one of several theories of gravity. Inside the perfect refraction
sphere, it is possible that strange high-density kinds of matter can form.
According to some theories it is possible to create a ‘nano-blackhole’ – a
black hole the size of an electron.
Year One: Expanding on the First
LPM worried: “I think we need to
risk checking the lab again. We need to know if everything has remained the
same, or if things are changing dynamically in the lab. If nothing in the lab’s
changed, we may have a non-event; if things are still moving in the lab, we
could be in trouble. There is some risk of being turned into a pancake, so who
|A brief argument ensues about
who is ‘the one’.|
LP: “Whoever checks should
be the smallest – mass wise, qualified person in GEG, and they’ll have to check
naked. We can’t risk anymore than the minimum amount of mass.”
LPM: “I think that means it has
to be TE2 who does the check. But I’ll go through the roster to try and find
other candidates. There’s no drawing straws here, it has to be who weighs the
The first thing they noticed was
that the white-hot little sphere was of a yellow color today. TE3: “Somehow or
other the sphere seems to be able to absorb laser energy without heating up as
When LP heard, he phoned and
ordered the experiment shutdown immediately.
Gravity within the sphere itself
was beginning to absorb some frequencies of light, causing the apparent color of
the sphere to be yellow, rather than it’s normal white.
TE3 decided to take a step or two
closer to the experimental apparatus in order to find out if the temperature
level was different that it usually was.
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GEG team recruitment was not the
usual. Some of the issues that fell into the team selection were: a) the length
of the experiment, b) potential issues with the physics c) safety, d) security.
The gravity experiment had a
potential requirement for long-time site monitoring. In order to accommodate
this requirement some team members had to be young. To ensure that there were
people at the end of the monitoring stage, that were involved at the beginning
of the experiment. The potential length of the experiment also meant that some
significant staff turn-over could anticipated. That meant there needed to be
some redundancy in the staffing.
Potential issues with the physics
meant that the staff had to a varied physical makeup. In the event of
high-gravity or low-gravity environments, selected team members may be required
to carry out tasks not possible by other team members. Potential environmental
issues with the gravity experiment meant that personalities needed to vary as
Because the gravity experiment
was long term in nature, there was a concern about the security surrounding the
experiment. The length of time involved (perhaps decades) meant that there was
an increased likelihood of persons not involved with the experiment to be
encountered. The gravity experiment had to be secure in order to ensure valid
results that didn’t include outside tampering.
At the same time that staffing
requirements varied fairly widely, the number of people included in the staff
also had to be minimized for safety and security reasons.
She didn’t know why she did it;
the police had warned her before. Walking around nude on the beach. It wasn’t a
nude beach. This time they decided to charge her with indecent exposure.
They called him the ‘big man of