The Hubble Moment
by Denny E. Marshall
Those who dream of traveling at the speed of light or faster always
thought it would be only a few generations. Science fiction stories
littered with amazing unimaginably vast distances traveled in a
chapter. For generations they hoped the dream would come true. It took
one thousand years to leave the solar system. Ten thousand years to
reach the closest stars of the Milky Way. It took one hundred thousand
years to explore other galaxies. There is only one place untouched,
deep space. The journey to the furthest point from the big bang was now
in the tenth year of the mission. The mission has traversed many
wormholes to get to this point.
Captain Moore woke up from his sleep. “How strange” he thought. The
ship has stopped. The vessel has only stopped twice in ten years and
that was under his orders. There had better be a good reason the
stopped the ship.
“Captain, Captain!” he heard through the walls.
“Yes, go ahead bridge, why have we stopped” the captain demanded.
“There is something in the way” The bridge officer said.
around it” replied the captain.
“We can’t sir” the officer responded.
The captain answered “ I'll be right up”
The bridge was crowed with officers as the captain arrives. Most
eyes were fixed upon the screen. The only thing visible was a deep blue
transparent thick haze.
“How far away are we from it and what is the
size?” the captain inquired. One of the science officer responds,
quarter light year, size unknown, no measurable curvature, sir”.
slow six, to hundred thousand miles, release TS-12 probes and let me
know when we arrive,” ordered the captain. He left the bridge and made
his way to the secure communications room to send messages to his
The captain has been informed that they have arrived and was on his
way back to
the bridge. When he arrived, he looked up at the large display. That
to be the most beautiful blue body in space he has ever seen he
“Status on the probes?” he inquired.
“The haze is transparent
sir” Science officer Holder responds and continues, “appears to be
space, devoid of any material, some kind of buffer.”
“How is that
possible?” the Captain asked.
“I do not know sir,” said Holder.
damage to the probe or life forms on the probe?” The captain continued.
“No sir” Holder replied. He turned toward Matthews, the Flight
and saaid, “Could we fly the ship through this?”
“Yes sir,” answered
Matthews. Holder, Matthews, or none of the officers can tell the
captain how long the blue haze went on for or what is on the other
side. They still did not know how large it was.
“Ahead slow 2, increase
speed slowly, and continue until notified,” Instructed the captain.
Five days later, the captain and officers were on the bridge when
they noticed the blue haze slowly turning black. They were almost out of
the deep blue haze.
“Analysis?” The captain asks.
"Just more of what we
left before we entered this buffer.” Holder said.
Soon the ship was in
deep space again. Behind them was the large blue haze, so all views are
blocked from the rear. In front of them, a view that had most of ships
crew glued to the display screens no matter their location on the
vessel. Ahead the sight of millions of deep blue haze spheres, in all
shapes and sizes depending on the distance. The bridge and rest of the
ship wrapped in silence. Behold, displayed in grand beauty, a universe
of universes. Finally, the captain said, “The universe just got a lot
© 2019 Denny E. Marshall
Denny E. Marshall has had art, poetry, and fiction
published. One recent credit is fiction at 50-Word Stories Fall
See more at www.dennymarshall.com.
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