This story is a part of the
"Leaving Home" series of stories, and details what happens to
Interstellar Colonization Ship #8, which disappeared immediately after
launch, never to be heard from again'
© by Jim Dove w/a
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The Commander begins the
countdown over the comm system at 11:59:00. Then at noon as he
announces “Launch”, they enter the wormhole.
Immediately, everything goes black.
In star system SAO 85632, at the point in space
where the Earth generated wormhole appears, there exits an
asteroid. It wasn’t supposed to be in the wormhole. But the
effect it’s had on the 5 mile diameter ICS-8 is quite apparent - the
ship does not exit.
What happens to anything trapped in a wormhole when
it collapses? I don’t know that the question has ever been
addressed. Oh, maybe by a few quantum theorists, but no serious
study has ever been done on the question. It’s not even known how
you could possibly study it.
As the wormhole that’s supposed to transport ICS-8
to its new home world is generated, an asteroid in near Earth orbit is
directly in the path of the wormhole, and is sucked in at the moment of
generation, just before ICS-8 enters. Earth control doesn’t know
about the asteroid. It has no way to monitor the contents of the
wormhole. As a result, they see the ship enter, then,
nothing. SAO 85632 now contains a new asteroid, but the ship is
nowhere to be found.
There's much, MUCH more in this story. It details the surprising
details of what happens to ICS-8 and its crew and colonists after being
launched through a wormhole..
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