Part 4: the Media Blitz
the DIGITAL DAILY news----1500 World Standard Time----4
Jupiterians Assign 2 Envoys from Planet Earth
Niels Tordenskjold is listed as a Danish citizen,
Marucia Alexandre is Brazilian. They are both quite young,
teen-agers, in fact. Of course, the Descent Into Jupiter won't
take place until 2166, and they will be in their 20's by
But still, one wonders: why so young? And: why them? Is there a
reason why exactly these two were chosen, or did the Jupiterians
just draw numbers from something like a hat?
The two young people are being contacted as of this moment. Stay
tuned for further developements.
the DIGITAL DAILY news----1800 World Standard Time----4
Our Envoys Interviewed
Niels Tordenskjold, the young Danish man chosen by the
Jupiterians to be their envoy from Earth, was at work when we
contacted him just moments ago, and had heard nothing about it.
He assumed we were joking until we played back the Invitation.
"Hvorfor mig?" he asked in Danish; Why me?
We were hoping you might tell us that, Niels.
There is no clue as to why he was chosen; he has had no special
experience or training to prepare him for this destiny, as if
anyone knows what the proper qualifications might be. Maybe the
Jupiterians just LIKE him. And why not? Niels is a good-looking
young man, 19 years old, of medium height and build, with light
brown hair and a scattering of freckles over a charming smile.
He works as a truck pilot for an expediting agency in
Copenhagen. He is single, works long hours at his job, saving
his money for a trip around the world.
When told he might get an all-expense-paid trip to Jupiter, Niels
was immediately enthusiastic. "I've always wanted to get into
space--I tried to join the Solar Rangers, but they were full
Reporters also found Marucia Alexandre in an environomics
class at World University Rio. She too was sceptical when told
that the Jupiterians had chosen her to come to Jupiter, nor could
she understand why they would select her. Her first reaction was
"Acha que ha um engano!" (I think there is a mistake!)
Marucia is 17 years old, an exceptionally beautiful girl with
golden skin, shining long black hair, and startling light-blue
eyes, uncommon in Brazil. She is from a wealthy family, has had
a highly academic education in private schools, and is regarded
as uncommonly intelligent. She is quite interested in World
Environomics, and has already been involved in several research
projects with WUR.
She is NOT interested, she told us, in a trip to Jupiter.
Marucia is engaged to be married next year to a young man from
another very wealthy Brazilian family, and plans to be raising a
family by 2166.
the DIGITAL DAILY news----2000 World Standard
Time----10 SEPT 2163
The COSMIC COUPLE
The two young people chosen by the Jupiterians to establish
Mankind's first personal contact with them met for the first time
today at a special conference in New York. Danish Niels
Tordenskjold and Brazilian Marucia Alexandre were
introduced by Chairman R. Silverberg of the new Committee for
The young couple shook hands and nodded politely as thousands of
people cheered and billions of telcomms viewers watched their
every move. This historical moment was probably recorded on a
million digitixers around the world and up in Space City and
Moonbase. No wonder they seemed nervous.
And the World was watching them closely, to see just how they
handled being nervous: these two are to be the representatives
for all of us to the assumedly vastly superior race of
Jupiterians, they are going to be under a lot of observation from
After speeches by Committe Chairman Silverberg and Dr. I. Asimov,
the two envoys each gave a short speech. Everyone was pleased to
see how natural they were before a very large crowd.
Niels spoke first, in WorldSpeak with a charming Danish accent,
of how he had been accepted into the Solar Rangers for the
training he would require to make The Descent. And of how he was
looking forward to meeting the Jupiterians. He had a boyish
charm and was looking very handsome in his new SR uniform.
Then Marucia spoke in impressively fluent WorldSpeak, clearly an
intelligent and well-educated young woman: "I would never have
desired this destiny, but realize that neither we as a Race nor
I as an Individual wish to offend the Jupiterians; they have
been good to us. Since I am chosen, I can only accept." She was
Aware, and she was Gorgeous.
They were a hit. Instant stardom. The Cosmic Couple.
the CYBERSCANDAL EXPRESS----2000 wst----23 December
Niels on the Town
Young Solar Ranger Niels Tordenskjold, on shore leave
after several month's training at SRHQ in SpaceCity. was seen in
Copenhagen with several Extremely Pretty Young Danish Girls
hanging on his sleeves. It seems our famous young Space Hero is
quite a hit with the girls. What about "The Cosmic Couple"?
What will Marucia say?
the CYBERSCANDAL EXPRESS----2000 wst----27 December
Marucia Denies Rumors
Confronted by reporters asking how she felt about NIELS being
seen with so many girls, Marucia Alexandre answered:
"This is silly, why should I care about that? I don't even know
o senhor Torden. We met once under very public conditions and
scarcely had a chance to exchange a word.
"And of course he's popular, so am I now--it's madness!--you
people have turned us both into stars, and we haven't even done
anything yet! He gets girls, I get offers to be a 3Vee star, or
fotomodel, offers of...all sorts. And you wouldn't believe how
many offers of marriage.
"Anyway, I'm engaged to be married with Eduardo, so Niels and I
are NOT a 'cosmic couple', se faz favor!"
the CYBERSCANDAL EXPRESS----2000 wst----31 December
Earth's own Envoy, Niels Tordenskjold, seen closely
dancing with two fine-looking French chics at a New Year's party
in Paris, was asked to respond to Marucia's comment that they
were "not a Cosmic Couple".
Niels lifted his wineglass and said, "Well, you tell her this for
me: Skål, Marucia!"