Hey Everyone!! :-)
I know it's been a couple weeks, but I wanted to share an update on what's going on with my WIP. Enjoy! :-)
Excerpt from sci-fi satire novel:
Well, okay then, lead on, Macduff."
"Who…? Never mind." Squid-boy sighed. "Follow me, please."
I followed Squid-boy out into a hallway with a moving floor. That's right, I said a moving floor. Instead of walking, the floor carried us down the hallway. Just like those moving walkways in airports. It seemed like an unnecessary complication to any design, to me. The more moving parts you have in something, the greater the likelihood it will break. 'Sides, looking behind me at the doors that lined the hall all the way down its length, I couldn't help but wonder, "What if we wanted to go the other way?"
"It can go in either direction; a scanner determines which way occupants are facing and the travelator moves accordingly."
"So if we wanted to go the other way, we'd just turn around?"
"What if there were people in the hallway who wanted to go in different directions?"
"The travelator can be split down the middle. If someone stepped out into the hallway and wanted to go in the opposite direction from us, they would simply stand on the other side of the hall."
"Humph. Still seems complicated to me. Why not just walk?"
"Not every occupant of this station possesses the necessary appendages to make locomotion in this type of environment easy or possible. Besides which, once you see more of the station and get a better sense of its size, you will understand the value in facilitating transportation through automation. Once we leave these narrow halls and reach the more central thoroughfares, the travelators will speed up considerably. Which makes it much easier for station residents to get from one part of the station to another in a reasonable span of time."
"Hmmm…I guess. Still seems like the kind of thing that would break down a lot."
"I assure you, young human, the travelators are quite reliable and safe."
Famous last words? Hmmm... I can't wait to find out what happens next! ;-) I guess we'll all have to stay tuned to find out more about Alyce's adventure. ;-) Thank you all for stopping by today!