by Max Barry

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(Introduction story is on the previous RMB prompt)

October 12th, 2134

Jeshkin Dalfsen, the head Betelgeusian pilot and engineer, was keeping track of MSS unit 100B from a base on Mars, along with a large crew and his North West Koan colleague - which was also a head pilot and engineer - where the 1000th and final spaceship was being manufactured and stocked with resources by highly advanced robotic AI arms and machinery. Jeshkin perked up as he noticed that the robotic arms all switched back to their default settings and positions, after which they partially subtracted into the floor. A large scanner activated and started aiming from the front to the back of the ship, scanning it for any possible manufacturing errors and/or safety problems. 15 minutes later the scanner stopped and Jeshkin looked at the live footage of the large holographic AR (Augmented Reality) interface in front of him and checked the status. He thoroughly studied the info on the interface while discussing it with the crew, after which he finally concluded that the build was completed without any problems.

''Green! Everything is green!'' He yelled, after which the crew started cheering and applauding the achievement.

He smiled again and acivated his brain chip for announcing a message to the KBSA.

''This is Jeshkin Dalfsen, reporting a status update for the KBSA: The last part of the nuclear fusion propulsion system of the 1000th Aurora has officially been finished and the ship is fully stocked with the needed resources! All piloting crews including ours are approximately two to three weeks away from initiating protocol 'Revolution Aurora: Stage 3', which in short involves for all assigned citizens residing on Venus, Earth and Mars to be transported to their respective MSS units, where they'll board the ships. After that, the entire fleet will be deployed from MSS units 1B - 100B, the engines are started and the journey can begin. I have booted up this Aurora's self-diagnosis system and the results are in: all automated computer systems, including the safety and prevention mechanisms seem to operate properly. Requesting all inspection services to perform last-stage checks on all systems, over!''

A little while later, a response to all pilots and employees followed.

''Greetings to all personnel, this is Casey Holleys, reporting from the KBSA headquarters, we have received a message from pilot Dalfsen, and we hereby officially confirm that the last Aurora has been finished. We'll assign the usual group of inspectors on board of MSS unit 100B and we'll ready all external systems required for preparation and launch after we've contacted the Betelgeusian and North West Koan governments on Earth via the quantum entanglement communication system. Then, we'll assign the citizens to their designated spaces in all of the Aurora's, where they'll be contained in cryosleep chambers during the journey. All staff required for the operation and maintenance of all Aurora's may start preparing for the journey now, over and out!''

After performing some checks and shutting down several systems, everyone proceeded to sign out at the entrance of the manufacturing control base using their brain chips. Jeshkin walked into the busy hyperloop station dome which was built directly next to the manufacturing control base and stood still for a second to admire the Martian landscape outside.

''Alright, now on to hyperloop line 7 to dome E-36...''


Once Jeshkin arrived at the station of City Dome E-36, he stepped out of the hyperloop tube and made a beeline towards his drone vehicle which was parked on the parking lot next to the station. The vehicle immediately recognized Jeshkin's brain chip signature and opened up. He stepped in, flew upwards and made his way home while zooming between many skyscrapers and admiring the amazing futuristic view below him. Once home, he sat down for a while and dreamily stared out the window for a while. He sighed.

''This is it. My final moments on the red planet are at hand. I better enjoy and experience the good ol' city dome and life on Mars while it still lasts...'' He thought to himself. An enormous chain of thoughts and memories went through his head. His birth on Earth in 2000, his family, the moment he saw the first image of a black hole in 2019, the time he started learning advanced science, the first time the ITER test fusion reactor was fired up in 2024, the realization of basic augmented reality after 2030, the resource crisis, the commercialization of viable nuclear fusion, the moment he stepped on Mars in 2055, the day he merged himself with aging-reversing biotech in 2074, the day his brain was transplanted into an android body in 2110...

He then shook his head, which woke him up from the trance-like state he was in and continued to prepare for the mission.