...“Cal, I believe I may have found what we’re looking for.”
Cal turned at the sound of the professor’s voice, flat and muffled in the muted non-resonance of the room. The walls, ceiling and floor were of the same material as the door, and returned no echo.
Cal, Joe and Dennis played their lights over the section of wall that Jonathan was studying, seemingly no different from any part of its surroundings. As they watched, he brushed away the gray dust, then touched a small panel set into its gray smoothness, and a low hum began. It seemed to come from everywhere at once, and it lasted only a few seconds before dying away. Cal was about to say that they should try something else, when the room was lit by a blue-tinged glow.
Slowly, the glow resolved itself into a shape, until finally a hologram of a vaguely human figure stood in the middle of the room. The four watched, hardly daring to breathe, as the figure’s features became clear...
The crew of Hermes II make a shocking discovery and are then confronted by the ultimate moral problem.
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