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Gemini Man (Mega Man 3)

Gemini Man (Mega Man 3)

This world of ours has a preconceived notion of what the future will be like.  To its people – even as their technology evolves in completely different ways than expected – this futuristic vision has a few inextricable ideas that have been around since the birth of science fiction.  One of the most popular visions is that of automobiles that are not bound to the laws of gravity; despite how terribly people drive their cars in two dimensions, the obsession with three-dimensional travel still remains an exciting prospect to the masses.  Another popular concept is that of teleportation, though the idea of being broken down into mere molecules and reassembled elsewhere is something that – despite all of my harrowing adventures – I am hesitant to try.  The one that has lasted the longest and seems to have the most permanence, however, is interstellar travel.

In the futuristic world of robots that I often visit and discuss, there are many areas of high technology.  While most of these sites are on the planet itself, there are a few satellite areas in outer space.  Today, I’d like to talk about one such area; I’m not sure what it was exactly.  In one sense, I’m not certain as to whether it was an asteroid, a meteor, or something else entirely because of its unusual composition: crystal of unknown atomic structure.  In another, I’m not sure of its purpose; it could’ve been a mine, a wireless power generator, or something else entirely.

I landed upon this celestial body to see that I was standing upon blue pillars of crystal, which comprised its entire surface, at least as far as I could see.  Though they were light blue, they were also translucent, so the blackness of space was visible in their least reflective areas.  Though their heights were all over the place, it wasn’t as much of a mess as you’d expect; the surface upon which I walked was relatively smooth, all things considered.  There were small plateaus and drops into abysses with no evident bottoms, but it wasn’t like walking upon broken glass or anything like that.  I headed onward as the stars scintillated all around me.

I eventually came to what appeared to be some sort of well; it was made of gray metal, and had several red lights near its top.  While it was rather deep, it didn’t rise very high above the surface.  I somehow found a way to slip through it, entering the are beneath the surface.  There was some sort of substance – I couldn’t identify it, even at such a basic level as animal, vegetable, or mineral – that looked like dark blue veins that glowed.  The interior itself was made up of glassy blocks that also had vascular patterns within them.  They pulsated blue, red, and a rust color, constantly changing.  A little further in, I encountered what appeared to be frog eggs, which contained strange mechanical tadpoles that could swim through the air.  The surface certainly belies the natural wonders hidden within.

I traveled deeper and deeper into this mysterious rock, eventually hitting what appeared to be water.  Now, nothing without an atmosphere should be able to sustain water – were our own moon to have any, it would boil during the day and freeze at night – and yet here was a deep lake of sorts inside of what seemed to be a crystalline meteor.  It was beautiful, too; despite being clear and black for the most part, the surface reflected a deep, gorgeous blue with highlights within it, likely from the vein-like substance found throughout the caverns.  I slid into the water where it was shallow, decided to lie on my belly, and opened my eyes.  The water itself sparkled the same colors as its surface; either there was some sort of luminescent microbe, or it was flakes of a mineral that reflected the same light as the surface.  I stared into it for what seemed like hours.

Once I returned to a heightened level of consciousness, I used a few scant floating blocks to cross over this lake, reaching a ladder on the other side.  I climbed up to find a segmented door that pulsated with the blocks, and so I entered it.  I found myself in the main chamber, which was filled with green bricks that provided a neat contrast against everything else, but not one that was overly jarring.  This was where the purpose of this area was supposed to be evident; many facilities in this world use the same structure.  That said, I could find nothing with which to interface, so there must’ve been some sort of wireless receiver within the walls that was geared specifically toward the robot master that was elected to run the place.

Outer space is filled with mysteries – that much, we already know – but what makes them significant is that some of them can teach us about ourselves, if we are willing to listen.  I identified the object as a crystalline meteor, but I could very well be completely wrong about that.  I merely chose things that I knew and understood – in this case, crystal and meteors – to try to make sense of what I was experiencing.  It could very well be that this object was neither of the two, but something of which I have absolutely no knowledge.  While using all of the many pieces of knowledge that we have gathered over the course of our lives is the only way to learn on our own, it is by no means where we should stop in our assessments; to do so would be nothing more than the arrogant assertion that we already understand all of the basic building blocks of our universe.

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