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One of the robots guards reached into his chest, removed a glowing sphere and offered it to the professor, who took it gently from the black palm with a slight look of shock.

“What is it, Mr Steersman?”

“With this device, we will begin the rehabilitation of Earth,” Steersman answered, addressing the professor's very direct question somewhat vaguely.

“It does not appear to have any weight at all,” said the professor in some astonishment.

“Please, take it with you, Professor, and think about my offer. If you are interested, we can show you how things could be done far better. Intent is a fine thing, but often it's not quite enough. It's the end result that matters and we now have the control over the outcome of our own development.”

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Professor Kazuma Hashimoto flew back to Japan that evening. He hadn't promised anything, but the events of the evening seemed to have had a profound effect on him. Karen escorted him to the airport and then went home, she needed to rest, and eat.

First she treated herself to a quarter-hour massage, using the baths spa program to pamper her skin with fragrant steam and rich essential oils. Then barefooted, she stepped into the kitchen. Lingering for a few moments in front of the open refrigerator, she finally chose a fresh mango and raspberry frappe with crystallized caramel, which perfectly suited her mood. Moving into the living room, she sank down onto the sofa and slowly ate her frappe. She finished it, placed the empty container on the glass table in front of her and leaned back with her eyes closed. She fell asleep under her favorite blanket in front of the television.

 

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CHAPTER 1 | EXCOLOPOLIS
CHAPTER 2 | MACHINES
CHAPTER 3 | A NEW TECHNOLOGY
CHAPTER 4 | ATTACK
CHAPTER 5 | THE SOURCE
CHAPTER 6 | THE SCIENCE CENTER
CHAPTER 8 | GLIDECRAFT
CHAPTER 9 | SECTOR TWO
CHAPTER 10 | THEY KNOW WE ARE HERE
CHAPTER 11 | GRAVITOR
CHAPTER 12 | INSTALLATION
CHAPTER 13 | ENERGY WAR
CHAPTER 14 | AFTERSHOCKS
CHAPTER 15 | INITIATION
CHAPTER 16 | PREPARATION
CHAPTER 17 | DEFENSE CORPS
CHAPTER 18 | TRUTH
CHAPTER 19 | BEYOND EARTH