Wednesday October 15, 1969
Low Earth Orbit
Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev sat back and waited for the retro-rockets of the Soyuz spacecraft to fire.
What was he going to tell the Politburo? From their perspective this mission was a complete failure.
“The basic problem,” said Evelyn Boatman, “is that the doctrine of
Communism is based on a clearly false concept of human life and of
reality in general, and as such is absolutely doomed to failure. There
is absolutely no other conclusion possible.”
“But what about all the lives sacrificed in the pursuit of the Communist ideal?”
“The fact is that all the suffering and deaths inflicted in the cause of
Communism were completely pointless.” Boatman replied. “And in the
long run the Communist state, in all manifestations, has to end.”
At this point in time it appeared that burning up on reentry wouldn’t seem to be a bad thing.
The Eagle was back under spin as she coasted back to geosynchronous
altitude in the transfer orbit. In his role as the mission commander
Boatman sat back at the work station in his quarters and read the
various reports from the staff on the ground. That jackass of a county
commissioner, a Democrat of course, didn’t get the message the first
time and had to properly dealt with. And it appeared that the way
things in general were going in the United States the idea of moving out
to Ganymede and establishing a permanent base was looking better and
As with the Reds, the self-styled progressives and liberals in the
United States believed they had an excuse to use force to obtain their
goals on the ground. The idea that their victims had the right to live
by their own rational judgement as well as the right to the products of
their own thought and labor was simply irrelevant to them. As with the
Reds, the Democrats and Progressives in general simply saw common people
as things to be used. The control and usage of common people was to be
brought about through fraud if possible and by force if necessary.
In The Reformation the practice of using people and otherwise profiting
through political force was brought to an abrupt end. From coast to
coast in the United States there were mass graves filled with the dead
bodies of the Users. There was simply no other option at that time.
In the primary timeline The Reformation was brought about in part
because the virtual monopoly on the mass media held by the Users had
been broken by the Internet. But at the present time even the military
communications system that was constructed for nuclear warfighting which
served as the foundation of the Internet simply didn’t exist.
Could the Users be brought down now?
Boatman simply had no idea, but it was now time for dinner.
It was late in the night when Senator Kennedy personally answered the
door of his Washington residence. The man he let in was a long standing
supporter of the Kennedy Family in the publishing business from decades
Geoffrey Warren spoke softly.
“So Ted, what’s the big hush-hush about?”
“Geoff, I’ve just been given a copy of a book that was originally
published in the future, and the story that it tells is nothing less
He handed Warren the copy of The Concept Of Government. Warren opened it as Kennedy continued to speak.
“This is the unexpurgated version.” He said. “It covers the
extermination of our party in the future and those responsible for it.”
Warren looked up with shock.
“Yes.” Said Kennedy. “Our party will be wiped out and that book names those who will do it.”
“So what do you want me to do?” Said Warren.
“What I want,” said Kennedy, “is for copies of that book to be printed
and distributed to our people, and it must be done secretly, can you do
Geoffrey Warren nodded.
“Yes, I can do it.”
“And it must be an exact copy,” said Kennedy, “even the typos must be included.”
Warren open the book to the inside cover and pointed to the number stamped inside.
“Does that include this number?”
“Yes,” Kennedy replied, “it has to mean something.”
“Okay,” said Warren, “I’ll do it.”
In the White House President Nixon read the report on the visit on the
Soviet visit to the Eagle. It had essentially gone off without any
problems. The mission commander gave his guests a tour of the ship,
including the main drive room, along with a brief explanation of the
technologies. The Russians even got to view the quantum singularity
that was the heart of the ship.
Or at least the visual effects of the gravitational distortion it generated by its very existence.
And then there was the dinner. It was as close to a formal meal that
could be served in free fall as the Soyuz spacecraft had been brought
aboard and the ship could not be spun for internal gravity as a result.
And at the end the Soviet delegation was told that the Uptimers could do
nothing for a invalid social order. Absolutely nothing at all.
What Brezhnev and the rest of the Politburo would think about this could only be guessed.
And then there was the latest incident in Nevada. A dumbass politician,
a Democrat of course, tried to put the legal squeeze on the Uptimers.
And the Uptimers responded with their usual exercise of deadly force.
One would think that the folks on the other side of the aisle would
notice that the Uptimers had a standard response to their nonsense. But
then the folks on the other side really weren’t in the habit of actual
Or so it would appear.