This week’s story starting point was sent to us by Logan Testa.
Humanity has mastered interstellar travel. Finally, the pinnacle of all of mankind’s scientific knowledge, the aggregate of our entire history of technological prowess has been unlocked.
But the first star encountered was worse than anyone could have ever feared. We had no idea it was even there, because it didn’t show up on any of our telescopes. IR, radio, UV, Gamma, even X-ray. Nothing could see this thing. Even our gravitational calculations showed nothing in the way. But then we saw it. Then the anarchy started. The Cold Star. A massive ball of light, floating in the sky. And that’s it. No heat, no radiation, no gravity. It has mass, probably, but nothing else. In fact, it seems to exude cold, it burns and emits light, but curiously absorbs heat and all other forms of radiation. It repels matter, and has positive mass but seems to have negative gravity.
Experts are baffled. Everything we had ever known about physics, astronomy, and cosmology are unraveled by this singular object. And we discovered just how insignificant we were. How little we knew. How stupid we were. Thousands of years of humanity, and here this one object defied all of it. The news devastated both the public and the scientific community. The Cold Star seems to endlessly generate light and remove heat, radiation, and gravity. Some went crazy. Terrorist attacks at various scientific companies became common. Some astronomers committed suicide, their life’s work suddenly meaningless.
What do you think? What is the Cold Star? What is it for? Was it put there? Or is our knowledge of the universe hilariously incomplete? What was the reaction of the public? How will we proceed?
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Written by Logan Testa.
Artwork by Chris Cold.