By Hugh Howey
For hundreds of years, women and men have manned lighthouses to make sure the secure passage of ships. it's a lonely activity, and a thankless one for the main half. until eventually whatever is going incorrect. till a boat is in misery.
In the twenty third century, this activity has moved into outer area. A community of beacons permits ships to trip around the Milky approach at time and again the rate of sunshine. those beacons are equipped to be strong. They by no means holiday down. They by no means fail.
At least, they aren't speculated to.
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She couldn’t hear the voices of the others anymore, couldn’t see them at the periphery of her vision. Focused on the nearly twodimensional image held in her mind, Ia spotted the first slub a few years down from the moment of now in the pale golden tapestry stretched out before her. It was subtle indeed, visible only as a metaphor, but the beige thread was palpably thicker than the others. It was also not alone. Now that she could see the first one, others here and there caught her attention. They were noticeable because they were just a little bit thicker than they should have been.
She was already operating under special dispensation for other reasons, including a form of carte blanche—albeit one with a very strict double-indemnity clause—so Ia had arranged to visit this data- crammed room in person. All she wanted to do was to select the perfect-for-her crew, comparing their potential actions to the needs of the right future, the one that would save their descendants from a massive calamity three centuries away. Unfortunately, the men and women around her were trying to help her select the perfect crew.
Lifting herself above the tapestry, Ia could see the colors, plural. More than one influenced the timestreamthreads…but the later ones seemed to come into play only after the first one, a purple hue not too far off from the petals of an iris flower, had wreaked most of the initial damage over a dozen key lives. Zooming in close, mentally floating above the weave, she examined the wisps of thread-fibers where the purple taint in the slub came close to an aquamarine one. The tiniest threads connected the two.