"Chapter 1 - Alpha
On other news, today is the hundredth anniversary of the 'Artificial Life
Form' experiment. One hundred years ago, in a secluded lab around Carlin,
Nevada, four lone scientists created what are know as androids, or as tabloids
refer to them, 'Frankenstein's Monsters.' At first the government covered them
up and used them as replacements for the disbanded CIA, but eventually the
information about their existence got out, and they started to be used somewhat
as they are used today, as laborers. Although we still use androids for that
purpose at current times, the most widespread, global use now is as soldiers.
Since then, not one man or woman has died because of war-related reasons. Yes,
we owe a lot to those four men and women. Those creators erected a new form of
life. I think that tonight we should all be glad we live in such a country that
scientists and inventors can prosper. Well, we will be right back wih the news
after this commercial break. It's six o'clock, December ninth, 2060."
The news announcer blinked off and the television set blared on about a new
virtual shopping store as the man sat and stared at the images flashing before
him. He sat there for a few minutes and then switched off the television.
"Androids, androids, all you ever hear about are androids," said the tall and
slightly obese man as he sat upright. "I wish they could figure out a way for
those blasted androids to do my job. I loathe being out here in this stupid
"Why did they have to put it in Falfurrias, Texas?" he thought. "Not only do
they put us in the middle of nowhere, they find a place will all this blasted
sand!" As he talked, he pulled open the blinds and stared out at a swirling and
tumbling ocean of white sand with his deep blue eyes. He mumbled to himself for
a little while and thought about other things that made him mad.
After a while, he tired of being angry and sat in his dusty brown desk chair.
He had just settled in when the door suddenly ubrst open. I slammed against the
wall and a short burly man raced in. "General Theodore, sir! Somone requests to
see you sir!" he said in a loud burst of conversation.
"Sit and calm down, Private James. You are making my head spin around,"
yelled General Theodore. "Now who wants to see me?"
"It's that Dan Smith fellow sir, he wants to show you one of his new blasted
inventions," the Private replied. "Should I send him in?"
The general sighed. Dan Smith was the new inventor for the military base. He
had said he had been sent from Washington, and had come with some barely legible
papers. He was a strange man, tall, lanky, and had eyes that shone with an alien
light. He had a tendency to walk like someone with a roken leg. Although he had
many faults, he was a great inventor. It was like someone had created him for
"Go ahead, send him in," was the General's rply. Soon the strange inventor
walked in. "I have plans for an indestructible wall," he mumbled "One that only
the androids can walk through freely. It will stop all vehicles from an unwanted
source from entering."
"I will start the robots working on it now," said the general as he dismissed
the little man from his offic with his hand. Then he looked out the window. This
time what he saw was not sand. It was millions of crooked and dirty androids.