Part 6: a Year
the DIGITAL DAILY news----1800 World Standard
Time----3 Nov 2164
Female Envoy Begins Training
Marucia Alexandre begins training in space today. The
Brazilian Envoy Selectee has been too busy up to now, but the
Committee for Interplanetary Diplomacy has finally convinced her
to make the plunge into high vacuum. Both she and Lt
Tordenskjold will train on the WSS Heinlein, a Planeteer 412 with
a crew of 10.
the CYBERSCANDAL EXPRESS----2000 wst----31 Dec
Niels and Eduardo Battle for Marucia
We hear that handsome young Lt Niels Tordenskjold has
been a guest in the family home of Marucia Alexandre in
Sao Paulo, Brazil. And that there has been a conflict between
him and millionair Eduardo de Ouro intended groom to the
beautiful Marucia. Word is that Niels tried to assure Eduardo
that he and Marucia were just friends, but the jealous latin
lover would not be convinced and they ended up in a brawl.
the DIGITAL DAILY news----2000 World Standard Time----4
One Year to Go
There is only one year left before the scheduled Descent of
Earth's Envoys into Jupiter. The 3rd Convention for
Interplanetary Diplomacy was held in Sydney, Australia. Among
the distinguished speakers were Professors L. Niven and J.
Pournelle, as well as Chairperson Dr Jeena Asimov.
Of primary interest was the almost-finished Jupiter Descent Craft
(popularly called the "Jupship").
There are still arguments as to the technical plausability of surviving the extreme
atmospheric conditions of the giant planet. In speaking of the
problems presented Professor Niven mentioned that "It is almost
like descending into a star!"
"Everyone knows that we could never build a material shell
capable of withstanding the physical battering of 1000 kph
windstorms at pressures that mash gas to liquid, nor insulating
the passengers against the deadly radiation field surrounding the
planet. But the Jupship technology, also given to us by the
Jupiterians, is a further expansion on the MEST-applications
which...somehow...put the craft 'out of phase' with the physical
realities of Inertia and Gravity and Raw External Violence."
The Envoy Selectees also made their appearances. Lt Tordenskjold
returning to Earth again after a journey to Mars, and senhorita
Alexandre arriving from Brazil, where she has finished her
Doctorate in Environomics. They gave short cameo appearences.
Contrary to the romantic notion of their Cosmic Couple-ness,
senhorita Alexandre's fiance accompanied her. She is to be
married in two weeks.
the CYBERSCANDAL EXPRESS----2000 wst----17 Aug
deOuro-Alexandre Nuptuals Postponed Yet Again
Well, they've called it off again, MARUCIA & EDUARDO.
Everyone knows why. He just can't get NIELS out of his mind, or
is it her who can't?
the CYBERSCANDAL EXPRESS----2000 wst----30 Aug
MARUCIA TELLS ALL!
An exclusive Interview
"Look, it's nobody's business why we cancelled the wedding,
can't you people just back off and leave us alone? Of course
Eduardo and I have problems when the entire TelComNet Media World
is pressuring me to be part of some Hollywood Cosmic Couple!
Niels Torden and I have become FRIENDS--and why not: we've been
put into the same glass bowl--but we are not lovers. Never have
been. He's a nice boy, but...well, no comment."
the CYBERSCANDAL EXPRESS----2000 wst----3 Sept
Niels admits Interest
Moonbase Tycho Brahe: our on-the-spot reporter cornered 1st
Lt TORDENSKJOLD in a decompression chamber.
REPORTER: Didya hear what she said about you? "He's a nice boy,
but...no comment." Whaddya think? Doesn't that burn you a
TORDENSKJOLD: Don't you guys ever give it a rest? What is she
supposed to say when every word gets transmitted worldwide?
And now you want me to say something insulting about her to feed
to the Media. Well, forget it. She's a friend.
REPORTER: You're not interested in her as a woman? A babe like
that, come on...
TORDENSKJOLD: She's a very lovely woman, so sure, I'm automatically interested, just like you are--but so what? I'm NOT interested in messing up her life, and she should be married to Eduardo by now anyway.
REPORTER: Nah, haven't you heard? They called it off again.
TORDENSKJOLD: Really? Oh, well...well, that's got nothing to do with
REPORTER: Hey, that's not what the world wants to hear.