NEW STAR HORIZON

MORE QUESTIONS THAN ANSWERS

Matt jumped up to give Doris back her seat. “Let’s climb to the upper atmosphere.”

Doris aimed the Horizon for a much higher orbit and fired full thrusters. As the ship climbed, the systems began to come back to life. “Did the debris field cause all our problems?”

“Damn good question Travers.” Quinn said looking to Matt for his next assessment but Matt just shrugged.

The Horizon’s thrusters propelled the ship into a maximum orbit. Matt saw the mass of energy on the screen. “What the,”

Quinn peered over his shoulder as Seavers entered and took his seat.

“What’ve you got?”

“It’s an intense ion field in the atmosphere,” Doris informed him, “It’s impossible to scan through it.”

“How did you know that?” Matt asked astonished.

“Sadia,” Then she looked at Matt. “If it’s ion wouldn’t the Computer be affected?”

Now Matt was smiling, “MOTHER what is the ship’s status?”

VESSEL IS IN HIGH ORBIT AND FULLY OPERATIONAL

“Welcome back Mother.”

“Show off,” Seavers said rolling his eyes.

PREPARE TO RESTORE HORIZON AUTOMATIC CONTROL

“No thank you, I think I’ll keep control.” Seavers objected.

HORIZON, CONTROL IS YOURS

“Mother, what happened?”

SORRY MATT I DON’T UNDERSTAND THE QUESTION

“Shouldn’t you have detected the space debris before you hit it? For that matter, why was our orbit so low?”

SORRY MATT THAT IS CLASSIFIED

“WHAT?”

I REPEAT THE INFORMATION YOU SEEK IS CLASSIFIED

“Mother this is me, Matt Stewart.”

NEGATIVE

“Well override it.”

PROPER RESPONSE MUST BE MADE BEFORE I CAN REVEAL THAT INFORMATION

Matt was hard pressed for a response. “This is totally insane. What proper response?”

PRIORITY ALPHA

Quinn cut in. “Can we get to the problem at hand?”

“Well I’m not impressed.” Conrad mumbled under his breath.

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