Traveling in the darkness of space can drive one mad if you do not take the proper steps.
As commander of the light cruiser, Seeker, James has tried many different methods of control to keep his sanity as he has spent practically his entire life traveling the universe.
He lived on Nonlantic for his first years before his father, Sid, took him onto his cruiser to teach him the future profession.
“Son,” his father said, “We travel the universe to help those in need. As humanity has expanded their exploration it has brought forth ones like I to come to bring ones out of danger.”
“Do you always succeed?” James asked him.
“Majority of the time, but not all the time,” he told him.
When he became commander of the Seeker, James quickly realized the difficulties of the missions. Mainly since explorers continued to go further and further out to the outer rims. To areas he believes the human race should not belong.
“Commander James,” his superior, Gorton said as he looked at the hologram. “This next mission is very important to all mankind. You will be remembered for eternity if you succeed in this mission.”
“Sounds like I can retire if I accomplish this mission,” James told him.
“I hope not for we need good men like you,” Gorton said with a chuckle. “But you probably could if you desire it.”
The thoughts did come to mind as the years ticked by. James would like to start a family eventually and stay in one location. Traveling all those years with his father then himself has become quite dull without a companion.
“I will take this mission,” he told his superior.
“I know you would, and I believe you are the best to seek and rescue,” he told him. “This mission will take many years to accomplish so I will be deceased by the time you return.”
With technology advancing daily, he couldn’t comprehend such words. It didn’t take long to reach the outer rim.
“Is this beyond the exploration ring?” James asked him.
“It is quite a ways beyond the ring. I’m surprised we received a distress call from so far out.”
“Who is this distress call from?” he asked, thinking of a few ships who have traveled that far out.
I leaned back in my chair in shock. The Argonaut is the largest ship created currently. Another one is in construction now, looking at another ten years or so before completion. The Argonaut was about half the size of the moon for the planet Earth. You could probably fit fifty or more of the light cruisers James commanded into the ship. It is so monstrous he finds it hard to believe it would be in distress.
“What could be wrong with such a ship?” James asked him.
“All we know is that it lost power,” Gorton explained to him. “There was no explanation of what could have happened. We lost contact soon after we received the distress signal.”
“Our ship is too small to bring the crew back,” he told Gorton.
“You will be amazed how few humans are needed to run a ship,” Gorton stated. “But we don’t just want the people back. We want the ship back. A ship that has explored planets we know nothing about. To receive data that will expand our minds exponentially. To bring home new species that will replace the ones we have lost, and to potentially keep humanity thriving.”
“This could take a large amount of time,” James said.
“Let’s hope upon your success we will still be around as a race.”
“I pray so.”
The voyage began, and the crew was put in cryosleep until it was coming close to the Argonaut, but James set his sleep to end a month before the final destination. With them traveling uncharted territory, James wanted to see what was out there. He knew, for the most part, it would be the darkness of space, but there were chances of sights rarely if ever, seen with the naked eye. Humanity with their limited capability of reasoning and intake were prone to go insane upon seeing certain creations, but James knew it would be like receiving a gift as a young child for him. While some needed therapy, he desired more and more. The reason why he is the top seeker for many of the new creations could cause a mental breakdown.
When James came out of his sleep he immediately went into the wash area and spent practically the full day soaking in fluids that rejuvenated and warmed the body. Scenes of absolute beauty displayed to his delight as he relaxed.
“I can live in this room for weeks, if not months,” he thought.
The next day he checked on the robotics and A.I.s that ran the cruiser as they slept. James knew that around the corner the ships would be fully controlled by the two from start to finish.
For the next few days, James spent time looking over the records of his crew. Many of them he already knew from past missions, but there were new ones. There were quite a few engineers on this one due to the size of the ship. James was told it could take months for the problem to be found even with the number of engineers and equipment.
“I pray they find it sooner than later,” he thought.
James spent the rest of his time checking out what the universe held outside the rim. Many scenes were similar to the ones he has seen, but some he would need to study and go to robotics to figure out. He could spend years checking out the wonders of the universe.
As the final week came more and more of his crew awakened to prepare for the mission. James spoke to many of them,particularly the newer ones, he had an idea what he was dealing with. One demand he always had is that the ones in charge of each department were ones he knew well. The ones he has been with for many years. That way if there were newbies who turned out to be a problem in most cases they took care of the issues before it came to James.
“I don’t need to be dealing with soap operas from drama ones,” James explained to all.
There were a couple he would need to talk to his leaders about and to keep an eye out for them. It only takes one screw up to bring the mission to disaster.
The day came where the Argonaut would come into view. Every day, there were calls sent out to the Argonaut, but there were no return calls.
“We will find out soon what is going on,” thought James.
James sat in his command chair as the Argonaut came into view. Larger and larger until it covered the entire screen.
"My God," muttered James.