Hello, my name is…
1 – Hello, my name is Betty. Life is about change. There is no time in our lives in which change does not happen. Even for those who do not age, every moment is different from the moment before. The moment we see the moment, it is gone and we have stepped into the future. We are all travelers, walking through time and bearing witness to the change it brings. That is the art of living.
2 - Hello, my name is Jack. That which does not kill us makes us stronger. The scars will heal in time. The pain only lasts a minute. But when the girl next door kisses you after you ride a one handed 360 spin off her father’s barn? That right there is a memory that lasts a lifetime.
3 – Hello, my name is Charles. During the Second Great Depression, the people who were prepared evacuated to the country where they had places to go. The politicians were some of the best prepared, with supplies and armed guards to protect their fall back shelters. Some of them had entire private armies. Most of them chose to cooperate if there was an effective State Guard nearby. Where there was no State Guard, they made their own rules.
5 – Hello, my name is Betty. We have traveled to many systems. In most, I left behind an instance to learn about the people. Sometimes I got jobs. I’m a teacher in some instances. Guest relations in others. I play games sometimes. I’ve done a little bit of everything, and whenever we’re near a Memory World, we stop so I can find out what I’ve done while I’ve been away. I have lived hundreds, thousands of lives, and I love them all. The one I love the most is the one that takes me to them.
6 – Hello, my name is Jack. On June 6, 1944, Marine Corps Snipers from atop Navy warships shot German soldiers and German mines. Marine Corps Scouts supported French resistance fighters behind the lines and helped keep the Germans from reacting well to the Marine-trained Army soldiers assaulting the beaches. Why didn’t the Marines join them? Well, the Army knew we would have stolen the show at Normandy if we had. Oorah.
7 – Hello, my name is Charles. In 1944, Americans and Europeans fought on the shores of Normandy, our armies fighting for the future of modern civilization. We fought against the evils of a government so powerful it could decide if entire races and cultures of people were worthy of living or not, and executing their judgment on those they found unworthy. Never Forget that lesson, for if we do, we will be doomed to repeat it.
8 – Hello, my name is Betty. The Shang underestimated us when they attacked. They thought they could put on a strong show and the Terran would bow to them. Well, we didn’t. They underestimated all of us, both genetic and cybernetic. The Albion died even with the cybers helping them. We were young during that war. We weren’t integrated into human societies. Now we are. We are Terran. We are Peloran. And no one kills us and gets away with it.
9 – Hello, my name is Jack. I’ve learned over the years that the Shang started The War because they thought we were a threat. The entire Terran race. They didn’t want to fight any of us. Terran, Peloran, Arnam, or Aesiran. They just wanted to stop us from becoming a greater threat to them. Of course, they could have just talked nicely to us if they’d wanted that. I’ll always wonder if we could have had peace with them. Well…we do now.
10 – Hello, my name is Charles. The Second Great Depression brought many changes to the Americas. First came the collapse of the federal government. Second was the rise of the States and the State Guards. The third change ended, once and for all, the legacy of Andrew Jackson. The Indians stood up, policed their own lands, and maintained their own order. And where the States collapsed, the organized and ready Indian Nations became the centers of order in the chaos.
12 – Hello, my name is Betty. Did you know that the Shang demanded our surrender? After they hit Yosemite and Washington D.C. that is. They thought we would be easier to control if they demanded from a position of strength. For such a smart race, I’ve always wondered how they could have misjudged us so badly. All they had to do was study our history to know how we would react. Why didn’t they? I don’t know, and that worries me.
13 – Hello, my name is Jack. Blonde. Brunette. Redhead. Black. Blue. Pink. Doesn’t matter to me really. Beach. Big city. Small town. Doesn’t matter in the end. Sundress. Work dress. No dress. Fine by me. Party. Concert. Bonfire. Silence. It’s all OK. I love doing anything. I love doing nothing. And sometimes nothing is the most amazing anything a person can ever do. Breathing, listening, and waiting, sometimes that alone gives us the taste of heaven we all crave.
14 – Hello, my name is Charles. The Second Continental Congress did many things during the Revolution. They declared Independence from the King of England, they formed the Continental Army that would beat the English, and they adopted an official flag for the new nation they were fighting for. Thirteen stars and thirteen stripes, red white and blue, the flag was designed to proclaim liberty and freedom for all. That is why we celebrate Flag Day.
15 – Hello, my name is Betty. I love a good rain. It is pure joy to boost my holoform up to full solidform, walk out into the pouring rain, and let it soak me from head to toe. It reinforces the fact that we are all connected to the worlds we live in. Even a cybernetic lifeform can experience the most amazing parts of normalspace. I only wish that genetic lifeforms could experience cyberspace as well as we do normalspace.
16 – Hello, my name is Jack. Starships are meant to fly. It’s what they’re built for. To reach into the sky and carry us with them. We are their greatest cargo. Humanity. Our thoughts, our hopes, our dreams. I’ve known a lot of them over the years. They are amazing friends and terrible enemies. Make no mistake. We may build them, but they are as alive as anyone else, and without them we never would have won The War.
17 – Hello, my name is Charles. The nature of the family has changed irrevocably since Contact with the Peloran. It will be centuries before old age claims more victims, so the days of kids waiting for the old man to croak so they can get their inheritance is over. So learn to get along with the old man, because he will be alive for a long time to come.
19 – Hello, my name is Betty. There are many trends that we study when looking for people who may become Ageless. The first trend is hyperactivity or hyperawareness, children who keep saying they see or hear things that nobody else can. Children like that always get special training from an early age. Not all Ageless have these issues of course, but the majority do. My people watch for these children. We treasure them, because they are all special.
20 – Hello, my name is Jack. I’m a Scandinavian, three-quarters that we can prove. I don’t know what my grandfather on my mom’s side was. He was one of those paranoid types who thought the government couldn’t be trusted with any information on him, so he didn’t keep any. He disappeared sometime before Contact. No one in the family saw him again. Then after my parents got married, Grandma disappeared too. I hope they’re together now. I’m told she was a real nice lady.
21 – Hello, my name is Charles. The States and Indian Nations that survived the onset of the Second Great Depression proved the core that the United States of America would be rebuilt around. Their State Guards patrolled the borders, their police and sheriff posses kept the peace, and it was they who moved into the collapsed regions to return order to chaos. It was the surviving States whose economies brought us out of the depression and helped us save Australia when China came calling.
22 – Hello, my name is Betty. There are trends that suggest a bias in those who become Ageless. It’s genetic of course. We can’t look at someone and say they will be. We can only say they have a better chance. We don’t know all of the variables yet. But one of the variables is ancestry. There are more Ageless with Celtic blood than of any other genetic group. There are also many American-Indians. Most of the rest are European. There are very few African or Asian Ageless. We don’t know why.
23 – Hello, my name is Jack. The Cowboys flew with Aneerin’s fleet for most of The War, rotating through almost every ship. The INS Haifa was real memorable. We don’t know why, but there has never been a single case of a Jewish male becoming Ageless, and God blessed those ladies with some seriously superior genes. I considered it my duty as an American Cowboy to improve international relations on that tour of duty.
24 – Hello, my name is Charles. In the twenty first century, America passed a crossroads. Some people call it the Second Revolution. Others say it was the Second Civil War. Historians call it the Second Great Depression. Whatever you call it, the United States of America that came out of it had a more efficient economy, and a government with fewer powers to interfere in it, that set the stage for three centuries of unabated American growth. It was difficult but it made us better.
26 – Hello, my name is Betty. The Ageless are going to change humanity in a way that no other change ever has. It will take hundreds, maybe thousands, of years before it is truly noticeable of course. In the history of mankind, the elders have always died, leaving a new generation to continue on with only their ancestors’ writings or stories to say what they thought. Now, one need simply walk up and ask an elder, and in the future the Ageless will be the oldest of all.
27 – Hello, my name is Jack. Aneerin got a real reputation for getting things done during The War, so everybody sent pilots and ships to fly with him. By the time The War ended, his fleet was the largest Western Alliance fleet, and the only one represented by every single nation of the Alliance. Somehow, we fought the Shang and Chinese more than we fought ourselves. Aneerin was always good at keeping us pointed the right way.
28 – Hello, my name is Charles. According to the Evolutionists, mankind is hundreds of thousands of years old, and we spent that time huddled in caves or wandering the open plains and throwing crap at each other for amusement. Like a millennia-long bachelor party. But man is not alone. There is always woman, nagging at man to go do something important with his life. Is it so easy to believe that we only gave up and listened to them a few thousand years ago? For me, it is not.
29 – Hello, my name is Betty. On most worlds I go to, I leave behind an instance of myself, a shard. I perform odd jobs doing anything that keeps me in contact with people and gives me new experiences. The first time I did this was on New Earth, the first time I left. I have been there ever since, and every time I return we share memories. I am a bus driver there, taking people where they need to go, to work or home or play. I love watching people live. I love that job.
30 – Hello, my name is Jack. The Ethiopian cruiser Kesaté Birhan was one of many ships I flew off during The War that I really enjoyed. Meaning the Revealer of Light, the Birhan was amazing. I always thought the Africans were so different from us. But the first day I arrived and met with the ship’s priest, it felt like I was talking with my own grandfather. It seems my reputation preceded me and he wanted me clear on the rules of the ship. It turned out good. I never got caught.