As I have been traveling from my home in Australia to my ancestral home in the USA, I have been pondering what an interesting world we live in, and especially how many fascinating things have taken place over my 42 years of life. I was born in 1970, and some of the things that have occurred are simply hard to believe.
Here is a list of some of the most significant:
January 14, 1972 – The spacecraft Liberty 1 lifted off from Cape Kennedy with astronauts Dodge, Landon, Stewart, and Taylor on board. The ship disappeared, apparently, in a Hasslein Curve.
1974 – The android Battling Maxo arrived in Maynard, Kansas for a scheduled six-round bout. Androids boxing is of course a consequence of the fact that prizefighting was made illegal back in 1968.
1974 – Five women were murdered in Kiev, USSR by someone possessed by the non-corporeal being, Redjac.
March 1975 – The Earth’s population – except Dr Robert Neville – was killed or turned into mutants by biological warfare between Russia and China.
1980 – By this date, the earth was being visited and attacked by aliens from a dying planet who were secretly harvesting humans for their organs. Fortunately, SHADO (Supreme Headquarters, Alien Defense Organization), was formed to defend us from this threat.
1983 – A disease wiped out all dogs and cats, leaving us with no pets. Apes started to take their place, but when we realized how useful they could be, they became a kind of slave labor force.
December 1986 – The lost planet Mondas, a sister planet to earth, drifted back into our solar system. That planet’s inhabitants, the Cybermen, invaded the earth and attempted to drain the earth of all energy. Fortunately, it ended up absorbing too much energy and destroyed itself.
1987 – NASA launched Ranger 3, the last of its deep space probes. Unfortunately, a freak accident blew the ship off course and it wound up in a 500 year orbit. The pilot and sole occupant of the ship, Captain William “Buck” Rogers was presumed lost.
1987 – Commander Douglas Stansfield was sent on a space mission to planetary system 141, a journey that would take 20 years each way.
1991 – Another space expedition, this time to inhospitable desert planet V9-Gamma, was stranded there, under the command of Captain Benteen.
1991 – By the time, America’s culture was based upon ape slave labor. But this is the year that the intelligent, talking ape Caesar led his revolt.
January 12, 1992 – the HAL 9000 computer became operational at HAL Laboratories in Urbana, Illinois.
1992 – As a result of scientists attempts to enhance human beings through selective breeding and genetic engineering, the seeds for the the Eugenics Wars were layed. Khan Noonien Singh rose to power and held absolute control over more than a quarter of the planet, including parts of Asia to the Middle East
1993 – Following Khan’s example, other genetically engineered humans seized power in over 40 nations on the earth. As a consequence, the Eugenics Wars took place – conflicts between “normal” humans the genetically advanced, or possibly between the various genetically advanced factions.
1995 – Project Quantum Leap began when Dr. Sam Beckett activated his time travel invention (pre-empting the possibility of the project being shut down due to budget cuts) and disappeared into the past.
1995 – The European Moonbase 3 was established under the oversight of the European Space Assembly and the European Aeronautics and Space Administration.
1996 – The Eugenics Wars came to an end. Khan Noonien Singh was the last of the tyrants to be overthrown. He and 80+ of his followers disappeared.
1996 – the Festival of Ghana took place. During it, some mechanical monsters apparently went crazy and destroyed some Dalek invaders.
1996 – The ozone layer was destroyed and a protective shield was installed instead.
1996 – 1997 – Earth’s surface laid waste due to devastating virus – something like 5 billion people were killed.
Friday, August 29, 1997 – The computer system Skynet became self-aware, and launched nuclear weapons against Russia, leading to a nuclear war and the deaths of 3 billion people. However, thanks to temporal interference a few years earlier, these events were avoided.
October 16, 1997 – The Jupiter 2 flying saucer was launched toward a planet near Alpha Centauri, crewed by the Robinson family. However, shortly after it was launched, something went wrong and the ship was lost. There is suspicion that this was a result of interference by one of the other nations who were racing to colonize space.
1999 – A large, black monolith was discovered on the moon, leading to a quarantine of the Moonbase Clavius, the center of American activities on the moon. At this time, Bell Telephone and Pan-Am Airlines are still operational.
1999 – Voyager VI was launched with a mission to collect all information possible and return that information to the creator. It was eventually lost, apparently in a black hole.
September 13, 1999 – A huge accident led to a massive explosion of nuclear waste that was being stored on the far side of the moon. As s result, the moon was knocked out of orbit and sent hurtling into space. All 311 inhabitants of Moonbase Alpha were presumed lost.
2000 – By this point, in Texas, handguns were banned and law enforcement was carried out using non-lethal “stun” pistols. After an assassination (and another attempted assassination), the mayor of San Antonio put pressure on law enforcement which led to the development of the Knight 4000, a new super-car designed to help fight crime.
2001 – The Discovery, a ship under the control of the HAL 9000 computer, was sent on a manned mission to Jupiter. However, the HAL 9000 malfunctions, and four astronauts were killed. The last, Mission Commander David Bowman, disappeared in mysterious circumstances.
2002 – The interstellar probe Nomad was launched with the mission of seeking out new life forms in interstellar space. It was designed by Dr. Jackson Roykirk to be capable of logical thought. However, it was damaged by a meteor during its mission.
July 24, 2004 – Again, Skynet went online and initiated “Judgement Day” – systematically attacking the pe0ple with killing machines and their own nuclear weapons.
2005 – A new robot was introduced to the market. Codenamed “Andrew”, it was designed to perform housekeeping and maintenance duties.
2009 – The first successful earth-Saturn mission took place. Shaun Geoffrey Christopher (son of air force pilot John Christopher) , was the leader of this mission.
2010 – A joint USA-Russian mission traveled to Jupiter in order to retrieve the Discovery, lost 9 years earlier. These events culminated in the transformation of Jupiter into a second star.
2012 – The 2012 Olympic Games took place in London. Papau New Guinea surprised everyone in the shot put event. A mysterious stranger unexpectedly carried the torch into the stadium.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012 – The USA elected a female president.
2012 – Ecological disasters led to the end of the world, with only a few survivors remaining in South Africa.
Wheeew! Eventful, don’t you think? Who could have imagined all of this back in 1970?