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Denizens: 33 - History

...The alien ship sat on the floor of the trench, there at the bottom of the world, protected from the crushing pressure by the marvelous alien metal of its construction. The years passed...

This brief chapter in Brian William Neal's epic novel of travels through space and time sets the stage for a dramatic discovery.

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The alien ship sat on the floor of the trench, there at the bottom of the world, protected from the crushing pressure by the marvelous alien metal of its construction. The years passed, and turned into decades, but the tiny star that was the heart of the ship never faltered. It continued to release its power in sufficient measure to ensure that the life support systems were maintained, and the sleepers in the tanks were held in that less-than-half life of cryogenic suspension.

So the decades passed and turned into centuries, and the world passed by the alien ship and its sleeping cargo. Rome rose and fell, and Christianity had the last laugh, and somewhere in the mists of Avalon the legend of Arthur was born. The turbulent priest was dispatched, Richard led his knights on their genocidal crusade against the hordes of Salah-ad-Din, Henry V inspired his meager army to their incredible against-all-odds victory, and still the sleepers slept on.

Columbus had his accidental collision with the Americas, Henry VIII was involved in some of the messier divorce cases in English history, Shakespeare penned his immortal works, and still the ship preserved the integrity of its charges. Elizabeth longed for a man, and executed those who didn’t live up to her expectations, France beheaded its royalty, then installed an Emperor (go figure), Britannia ruled the waves, and America became a nation and fought its civilizing war.

Men died in such diverse places as Agincourt, Culloden, Trafalgar, Waterloo, Bull Run, Roarke’s Drift, Paschendale, the Somme, Gallipoli, Casino, Normandy, Kaesong, Bay of Pigs, Da Nang, Londonderry and the Iraqi desert. The space race was won and lost, and the third millennium approached.

And still the ship and its cargo slept on, undiscovered, the almost incalculable weight of water isolating it from history and the world.

And also, undisturbed in the great depths, the Denizens grew, and flourished.


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