Unearthly Child

The organization was called STAR COMMAND. That was a little strange since it was an English name. But English was one of the languages ​​on planet Earth. And the Earth was actually not an official member, neither in the Planetary Union nor in the Galacticon. It wasn’t ready yet. And yet those beings who called themselves the ACELS had a special interest in Earth. A long time ago they had built their first base here outside the planet ACELS and established a presence in the solar system.

STAR COMMAND served as an interplanetary space fleet. It was founded from several predecessor organizations. And because of the ACELS’ connection to Earth, it was decided at that time to name the fleet STAR COMMAND and to move the headquarters to Earth.
That was a difficult thing. The Earth was still embroiled in primitive conflicts over ideologies, raw materials and land, and two power blocs were irreconcilable. STAR COMMAND had secretly established several bases on Earth, on the one hand to direct the fleet, but also to keep an eye on the Terrans, the primitive inhabitants of the Earth. It was the wish of the ACELS for some reason. The Earth played an important role. The peoples of the other planets accepted it and fulfilled the wish of the ACELS, even if there was resistance from time to time. There were even voices who said that one should simply conquer this primitive planet and then the game of hide-and-seek would be over.
The ACELS had colonized various other planets in the solar system with living beings. When the people of the Earth were ready to observe the other planets more closely, the ACELS started the GRID. The GRID enveloped the Earth in a field of deception so that one could not see the true nature of the other planets. And so the Terrans remained clueless as to what was happening around them.
STAR COMMAND’s headquarters were in an old castle that the previous owners had given up because they could no longer maintain it. What exactly happened at the castle did not particularly interest the people who lived in the area. The main thing was that the old walls didn’t fall apart.
On the upper floor of the castle was a large hall with an equally large table. The hall was used for meetings. And that day a big meeting was scheduled. A few days ago a delegation had traveled to ACELS because one of the oldest of the Acelsians had something to announce. And conclusions should now be drawn from this announcement.

It weren’t the usual people around the table. They were special people whose job it was otherwise to live undetected among the Terrans. They observed this primitive life form directly in all parts of the world. They were twenty altogether. Not a lot considering how big the world is.
Excited discussions were held. But now the conversation fell silent, because Commander Osyra entered the room.
Anyone who saw Osyra for the first time might have problems with the strange appearance. She was nearly six feet tall and a cyborg. She was made of copper- and gold-colored metal. Her head was pyramidal in shape with two sides reaching down to her shoulders. The front of the pyramid stopped halfway up where the metal face was. Instead of eyes and mouth, she had rows of blinking LEDs. When she spoke, the LEDs formed a mouth under her metal nose to simulate a human shape. The torso ran in a triangular shape from the shoulders to the hips, but was interspersed with joints so she could move. Their limbs were made of metal. Still, she moved with some grace.
The story of Osyra itself was long and complicated. But she had been a sign of peace in unstable times. A human being lay hidden beneath all the metal. Although she sometimes had superhuman abilities, both physical and psychological, she also had emotions.
Those present rose. Osyra raised her metal right hand and made a sweeping gesture.
“You don’t need to get up,” she said. “We should get straight to the point because time is precious.”
Anyone who heard her voice for the first time could get a little confused. One would normally expect that a metal-sounding voice would come out of such a metal body. But it was not like that. Osyra’s voice was cutting, but very human.
Osyra heaved the metal body on a chair at the front of the large table. It was an old table with enough space for twenty people. But not a round one. The lords of this old castle probably didn’t think much of King Arthur and his round table.
“Three days ago a delegation from STAR COMMAND, the Planetary Union and the Galacticon was on the planet of ACELS,” Osyra said directly. “One of the oldest of the ACELS had an announcement to make.” She stopped. “I have to correct myself,” she said finally. “Actually it was just an instruction. That will cause a lot of discussion again, but the ACELS stayed out of the fate of the galaxy for a long time, so we will just carry out this one instruction.”
“What do you mean, Commander?” Asked a young African-American. “Didn’t they give any explanation?”
Osyra was silent. If she had been a little more human, she would probably have sighed at the moment. But nothing of the kind could be heard.
“You know the quirks of the ACELS as well as I do,” she said. “They spoke of a sign, something that they have felt. Something like an awakening. No more was given as an explanation. The instruction is to start the project that we have been preparing for a few years now. Project UEC.”
Those present looked at each other. “UEC” stood for “UnEarthly Child” and in fact, it had been underway for a couple of years.It was ready to start any second. But now that the moment seemed to have come, it was still exciting.


For years the twenty people gathered in the room had been watching the new generation of people in particular. The ones who were just teenagers. They found that after years of the planet earth sunk in conflict, there now seemed to be an openness among people such as mankind had never known. A togetherness, not a conflict. Unfortunately, this has not been the case for all, but there had been some promising exceptions. Disguised as an organization for young scientists, the knowledge and understanding of these people was tested. Another organization ensured international contact so that the young people could learn from each other across borders. However, the real background was always hidden. None of the twenty people revealed who was behind it all. But that should obviously change now.
“The ACELS are sure that now is the right time?” Asked a young German.
“That’s what it looks like,” Osyra stated. “Dear colleague Hoaxley, my friends, the time has come. We will introduce suitable individual Terrans to the great secret of our organization and hope to be able to bring humanity forward.”
The young American who spoke earlier raised her voice again: “What if the youngsters don’t want to be part of the secret or are overwhelmed with it?”
“Miss Newton,” replied Osyra, “you know what that means. We will have to put a post-hypnotic block on the youngsters anyway so that they don’t accidentally reveal anything.”
“But is that safe?” Asked Hoaxley. “I don’t know if we’re not doing something dangerous.”
“Post-hypnosis was developed during the Galactic War and has been improved since then,” said Osyra. “In addition, if the people belong to the organization for longer, we will of course remove the block, as it was removed from you. Of course we don’t want to risk anything.”
“We have the involuntary long-term examinations,” added Miss Newton. “You remember the saboteurs from a few years ago who had to get a block so they wouldn’t reveal our covert operations to the unsuspecting. These people are still under surveillance and so far no side effects have been seen.”
“What about the people who talk about UFOs and claim to have been kidnapped by UFOs?” Someone else asked. “Can we be sure that these are not people with post-hypnotic block who are remembering parts of what they experienced?”
“We can safely rule that out,” explained Osyra. “We followed up every story about UFO sightings and alleged kidnappings. Also to be sure that there isn’t some other alien force at work here that is really trying to land on earth. All negative so far. People with mental health problems or People who want to make themselves important. “
“What about Roswell?” Someone else asked again.
“Roswell was a secret aircraft test by the American government,” Hoaxley replied. “And the alleged aliens were dummies that were used for the test. A secret operation, yes, but not by aliens.”
“Also, think about the incident that … how long has it been? 33 years?” Said Newton. “Post-hypnosis was used by quite a few people, and there have been no side effects here either.”
“Thank you, Miss Newton,” Osyra said. “I think everyone here has a few candidates for our project. I want you to discuss with the experts here at the base whether they share your views. Then I would ask you to come back to your respective regions and start to slowly introduce the young people to our project. Please always stay in close contact with headquarters so that we are informed about every step. Do you have any questions? “
Nobody had any questions.
“Good,” said Osyra. “Then I’d like to end this meeting and let you go. You have a lot to do. Good luck!”

Hoaxley and Newton met in the hallway. Hoaxley stood in front of an open window and took a deep breath.
“Is everything okay?” Asked the young woman.
“Yes,” answered Hoaxley. “Somehow I was waiting for the moment, but now it’s exciting.”
“That means you already have a candidate?”
“Not just one,” replied Hoaxley. “Several. But I don’t know if they all want to take part. How about you?”
“I think of one young girl in particular,” Newton said. “The pre-tests look good and she’s interested in other cultures. Unfortunately, that’s still not that common in the US. Where do you work?”
Hoaxley smiled. “Here in the country,” he said. “In Germany, down in the south.”
“Oh! Is it true that the colleague who was working in the GDR had an accident?”
Hoaxley grimaced. “He didn’t have an accident,” he said firmly. “The Stasi had bugged him and noticed that something was going on. Just like our Russian colleague.”
“Oh my god,” Newton exclaimed. “Then they have him …”
“Executed, exactly.” Hoaxley turned back to the window and looked out. “We tried to start a rescue operation. But we were too late. He was imprisoned in Bautzen. Before we could bring our material across the border, they had already killed him. But he didn’t reveal anything.”
“And the Russian colleague?”
“Similar story,” said Hoaxley. “He was suspected of espionage and then they killed him with one of those neurotoxins that the West doesn’t even know exists.” He bowed his head. “Sometimes it is difficult to keep secrecy. How could we change the earth if we could reveal everything that is going on here?”
“Yeah, that’s how I feel sometimes,” Newton admitted. “But maybe something will change now. Besides, this new head of government in the USSR seems to be a very reasonable person. How do you pronounce his name correctly? Gor …”
“Gorbachev,” said Hoaxley. “It’s just a joke – he is 54 years old and still the second youngest general secretary of the CPSU in history. I don’t know. It remains to be seen.”
Newton smiled. “Yes, as always. But now we have to put trust in the young people,” she added. “A new generation that grew up very differently. Perhaps we will finally see the change that the planet so desperately needs.”

Commandant Osyra had gone into her office and was at the desk when her adjudant walked in.
“We have new news from the Admiralty,” he said. “Admiral Faku has received the green light to start his special talent promotion.”
“And that means?” Asked Osyra. “He doesn’t need capacities here in BASIS 1, does he?”
“No,” replied the adjudant. “He wants to go through with the project in ATLANTIS. You are not really convinced of it, or is my impression wrong?”
“The idea is not bad in principle,” admitted Osyra. “After all, it is about promoting gifted students in particular. However, Faku adheres to this unfortunate ideology of Dolfur Petrov. They have a very eccentric view of humans, to put it mildly. “
“Dolfur Petrov?” Asked the adjudant. “Isn’t that the one with the air petting and the hand gestures and all that … weird stuff? Well, a bit strange, but eccentric?”
“Petrov claimed in his writings to have looked into the eye of the source of matter,” explained Osyra. “All his ideology came directly from the source of matter. The source implanted them directly in his brain. And his ideology includes such ideas as that there is a master race in the galaxy destined to rule over all. He claims that this would be revealed by the ACELS at some point. I would be very careful to give such a program to a disciple of such an ideology, of all people. But if the Admiralty thinks …” 
“Should I make an official note?”
“What kind of note?”
“That you raised your concerns.”
“You can do it. That won’t change much. Unless Faku falls on his face with his project. But he will anyway. He’s far too arrogant and conceited to get real help. Think of my words. “
“Yes, ma’am!”

They sought it with thimbles, they sought it with care;
They pursued it with forks and hope;
They threatened its life with a railway-share;
They charmed it with smiles and soap.
- Lewis Caroll: "The Hunting of the Snark"

Miss Newton returns to the US. Read what happens next right here (just click)!

Many things are going on in STAR COMMAND Headquarters in Germany. You can read them here (just click, texts in German)!

STAR COMMAND: A “Hello” to the World!

Somewhere in space, far from Earth, was a planet. Not an ordinary planet, one might add, ACELS has been claimed and inhabited by the strangest beings our galaxy has ever seen. Beings older than all life we knew. They called themselves the chroniclers of the universe, but they were far more than indifferent bystanders. They had watched the stars dance before most of the inhabited worlds had even cooled down.

The various systems of the Milky Way, including ours, developed from the turmoil of the Big Bang. And this is a picture of our home galaxy. Don’t be too proud, Earthling, that your home system Sol is the center of the coordinate system. It’s a map from NASA, and of course it’s based on your own perspective. In the standard galactic maps, the center of the galaxy is the starting point of the coordinate system, but this is only mentioned in passing. I don’t want to overwhelm you. If you look closely at the map, you will notice for yourself that your little world orbits a yellow star that lies in a completely uninteresting part of the Orion Spur in the Milky Way.

Picture: NASA
Picture: NASA

Aeons ago, the “Crystal Masters” – or “Crystal Lords”, as they are sometimes referred to –  appeared. They arrived on a starship at the time when life was just beginning in the galaxy. They were the oldest form of life in the universe and they saw themselves as a kind of “guardians of the galaxy”. They settled on the planet ACELS in the star system ACELS and from then on observed the development of our galaxy. And oh man, there was a lot to watch.

The first high cultures arose on various planets, which first developed interplanetary and then finally interstellar space travel. At the beginning of the Galactic Era, these cultures began to expand. Technologically inferior peoples got under the wheels, a development that the masters of ACELS viewed with increasing concern. Then, when the Gigatron engine was developed and even more distant regions of the galaxy came within reach, those in power became increasingly unscrupulous. They conquered foreign solar systems and waged wars for the new territories. The map had to be redrawn all the time over the past thousand years.

The last great turning point in the galactic map happened in 2979 when the last Galactic War was over. The victor and the vanquished met on the planet ACELS to negotiate treaties that would affect the future of all peoples. Since the masters of ACELS were not trusted to deceive, they were commissioned to include all demands, territorial claims and other trifles in one big consideration and to redraw the face of the galaxy. The masters deliberated for 16 days without ceasing before they presented their result: a new galactic map and the manifesto of an alliance comprising all free peoples of the galaxy, the “Galacticon”. The “Galacticon” was to be based on the planet Kor Ywen, a small ball of dirt with an atmosphere that was simply bought from the people who once lived there.

The ACELS had taken great care that protection zones were set up. In the past it had happened several times that planets were colonized whose populations could not oppose the superior technology of the colonial rulers. That should stop. It was only allowed to fly through the protection zone, but not to interfere in the fate of the worlds that lay there.

The Acelsian plan was enthusiastically received, but the ink on the treaties had not dried when new conflicts broke out. Peoples who had fought side by side during the war got into disputes over territories or fear of not having access to certain raw materials. The galactic, which was supposed to be a haven of peace and cooperation, was misused to open the conflicts. Thus new alliances and enmities were formed among the races of the galaxy.

The worlds in the area that was originally called “Erobgard” founded the “Union of Planets” with the aim of being surrounded only by friendly neighbors and helping one another should an ally be attacked. The “Vespusian Star Alliance” from the Vespu Naútic region entered into an alliance with most of the worlds of the Planetary Union via separate contracts, which they called the “Alliance of Pacnor” and hoped to be able to pinch not only the region of Vespu Sanoza , but also against the Udessar. On the other hand, they allied with the Nol-Ens, a people from Assumur.

In the middle between them lie the desert worlds of Tuarber, which seem to be barren and poor in water, but you can find the rarest raw materials there, which made their rulers very rich.

The Afar region, on the other hand, once consisted of worlds whose peoples only developed simple techniques. When individual rulers of Erobgard found out that these worlds could easily be exploited, they launched large fleets of colonial ships there. The inhabitants of the planets had nothing to oppose the superior and well-equipped troops. This section of history, which led directly to the first Galactic War, is no fame and led to the decision to set up protection zones for other less developed worlds.

There remains to mention Horas Ventur, where there are jungle and desert worlds that seem so hostile to life that they were used as punitive planets for a long time, and which developed their own culture. Here, too, the natives were subdued by colonialists.

Oh, and with all these little inglorious things, I almost forgot one area: the center of the galaxy! The core is not directly claimed by anyone and is actually protected by the contract of the Galacticum. In addition, it is very difficult to penetrate into the core because it is surrounded by a barrier, the “Galactic Arc”. Research vessels try to penetrate the core again and again with great difficulty and to research it. Because wild legends have formed around this region, there is talk of an immeasurable wealth of raw materials or that the mythical “source of matter” is somewhere there, the origin of all being and all life. But that’s an old wives’ tale that parents tell their children when they fall asleep when they want them to become raw materials prospectors later.

All other areas that do not belong to any official region are considered protection zones. It would make this map very complicated if the different zones were also drawn in. You only need to know one thing: Sol and the earth are in the emerald sector, which is administered from the world EMERALDIA.

In the past, the earth gave reason for hope that it would soon step out of the shadow of simple civilizations. A civilization is particularly vulnerable at this stage of development. It is not yet strong enough to advance safely on the path of development. All it takes is a small disturbance and it falls back into barbaric times. Therefore, the beings of ACELS saw it with great concern when in 3013 an ominous development began: a nameless empire led by an ominous emperor began to influence. That stranger poisoned the minds of several rulers on the part of the PACNOR alliance. This poison seemed to empty the mind of the person concerned and aroused great greed. And greed is a sinister force. She whispers that one could fill the void in the soul with material things and power. At the same time, it creates a constant fear that you might lose these things again or that you won’t have enough of them. The poisoned person looks at others with suspicion and insinuates that they only want to take away what belongs to him.

In this way, the emperor poisoned the souls of the prostate Rogan Reónald of the Vespusian Star Alliance and Queen Thagret Matha of the Pyretic Alliance, a member of the Planetary Union. They began to coat other worlds with cold. Their actions had dire consequences for their two peoples and the alliances to which they belonged.

The queen was hated by her own people, but a gracious madness, the result of her emptied soul, finally clouded her spirit in the last years of her life, so that she no longer noticed. But it was long too late: Thagret had already passed the poison on to her children.

So after the darkness crept over the galaxy, the Emperor himself became active. That was unusual, because up until now he had left the dirty work to others. Apparently his destination was the emerald sector, or more precisely Earth. So the beings of Acels decided to carry out a plan, the strangest plan they had ever devised and one that had been prepared well in advance, which involved showing some people from planet Earth the way to the stars. And with that, things took their course.

Although all beings of ACELS were aware of this whole story because they had experienced it, there were those among them who were also particularly respected. It was those who really belonged to the first Crystal Masters. They were so old that their words and decisions weren’t always understood, but they were respected. Most of those first lived in seclusion. They had spent eons in the company of other beings, now they needed rest to be able to think clearly. In their hermitages, they continued to seek to understand the course of things and to grasp things that were beyond the mind of a mortal being. One of these first had the strange name Yodel. He lived on the edge of a forest outside of a settlement and he had his own way of calling others to him: he started a large fire that smoked heavily. So the others knew that he had something to say to them.

On this special day of the Galactic Year 3019 the time had come again. Clouds of smoke rose from the edge of the forest. And a group of Acelsians went to hear what Yodel had to say.

The Master was very small, but he had a great mind. He looked vulnerable, but he wasn’t. He awaited his visitors at the root of a large tree near his house. When they got to him, they stopped speaking. Nobody spoke anymore and nobody asked a question. They knew that when the master had called them, he would tell them of his own accord what he had to say. And he did. He looked at the man who had led the group, and then said in a gnarly voice:

“The time of passivity must come to an end. Something has happened. I felt it. Hello world!”