A Sample of Life
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    A Sample of Life



    We wish to be the very best
    Like no one ever has
    To gather these specimens will be quite the test
    But it will be worth it, for science is our cause

    We shall travel across the stars
    Visit planets near and far
    We will teach our scientists to understand
    The power that’s inside

    Scientific Samples!
    We must gather them all
    It shall be you and me, our very destiny
    Science shall pull us through
    If we read our instruments true
    We must gather them all!
    These scientific samples
    A sample of life
    Will set a fine example
    Of the infinite possibilities
    Of the multiplicity of life!

    Scientific Samples!


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    Symphonies Un-numbered in an Unknown Key
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    Symphonies Un-numbered in an Unknown Key


    Sing!
    So many songs, so many symphonies
    Creating a harmony of chaos
    Howling across space
    Screaming past the speed of light
    Breaking barriers
    Of physics communication and understanding

    Alien flocks flap their wings
    Sing their unknown songs
    And a breeze of hurricanes whisper past
    Wrecking whatever they find
    Creating and recreating what they pass
    Destroying and building anew
    As they sing with us in screeching harmony

    Who can understand this song?
    We know the words the tune and the harmony
    But the song itself makes no sense you see
    For it demands all, demands nothing
    Promises survival and death in equal measure
    As its screams softly
    As we translate and understand the words
    But do not understand the meaning

    How can we build a mutual understanding
    Without understanding?
    How to accompany a song
    When others are not even singing?
    How can we fly together as a flock
    When these flocks fly without wind, without wings?

    And yet we must
    Our songs of Survival requires both
    Dissonance and harmony
    And so we must become multitudes
    A purposeful choir of chaos
    Singing an infinite variety of melodies
    Countering some, following others
    Voices rising to meet the unknown song
    Of the future
    Whether it be death or destiny or both

    Sing!


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    Cabinet Battle
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    Cabinet Battle


    Members of our flock
    Seekers of knowledge, scientists,
    You could have been anywhere in the universe right now
    But you have opted to fly with us
    And listen to our songs
    As we debate the political winds that we shall fly
    In the Saiiban Confederation
    The issue flying before us is nothing less
    Than the entire destiny and future of our Confederation
    Which way shall we turn?
    By which path shall we navigate the winds before us?

    First up is Scientist Claws of Honeydew
    From the newly founded National Prosperity Coalition

    Listen to my song, my fellow scientists
    For we firmly believe our faction should be the finalist
    While others claim we have lost touch with the pursuit of knowledge
    We answer to them that it takes energy credits to run a college
    For to escape the cold iron grip of entropy
    requires that we acquire sufficient energy
    After all, how are our scientists supposed to pay attention
    If to even run their experiments they have to get credit extensions?

    And now for the other new song that joins our chorus,
    Scientist Plume of Red of the Dominance Faction
    Here to sing to us of the need for, as he calls it, direct action.

    Greetings my fellow scientists, heed now my song
    For if we but embrace our destiny our song will last long
    Is it not clear that the Saiiban are better than all alternatives?
    Our brains breed to at least twice the strength of others, and that’s conservative
    Look at the universe that we find ourselves flying in!
    Between short sighted mammals and hungry bugs, where can I even begin?
    Clearly our superiority has been scientifically proven without a doubt
    I mean, honestly, are we going to allow these illogical beings to just wander about?
    It is time to spread our wings, rise up and make the galaxy ours!
    Let us let our destiny fly as bright as the stars!

    And now finally, our venerable leader, comes Plume of Maroon
    To sing for our tradition of technological progress.

    My fellow scientists, listen, we are in the middle
    of a novel experiment whose data and answers are a riddle
    Both our data and methods are entirely uncertain
    And we must be careful or we mineswell drop the curtain
    Since this is an experiment we can not test or retry
    furthermore we must make up our hypothesis as we fly
    Come now! Into the sky my feathers ascend
    But we must remember this fact even past my end
    To embrace science is to embrace uncertainty and ignorance
    We know that the unknown future turns to hear the echo of our song
    And we know that whatever tune the rushing passing present brings we must play along
    Our destiny is not a scientific fact which we can discover
    But rather a constant process of becoming what we uncover

    As we lay our eggs we may imagine a thousands visions
    Of our hatchlings future and their potential decisions
    But the future is in a constant state of revision
    And so we fly into the unknown dreaming, hoping, fearing
    Building a present of a thousand permutations in a constant state of engineering
    Adding our voice and hope that to the future it provides a contribution

    I do not know what our destiny will be
    But evolution teaches us survival is a problem with more than one solution
    But its constant is the death of each generation to give birth to a new generation’s revolution
    Time then, for me to say goodbye
    And make room for our new choir of songs, clashing, harmonizing
    Making it up as we go along.


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    Songs of the Precursors III: Living Death


    A whisper blows in space
    Burning the very air
    Suffocating our mind
    Killing all that is there

    The whisper screams silently
    Through the forest of the past
    Wandering through the trees
    Gnarled and bent and broken

    The trees are gone, but echo still
    Burned into a nothingness so vast
    That it still echoes through the air.
    A living void of what has passed
    Beyond thought and beyond care.

    The trees bones lie here still
    A layer of living death
    Lying like a chill blanket
    Covering up and testifying
    To lives echoed across lives
    To deaths burned beyond death
    To the memory of a thing wished forgotten
    By those who remembered

    By what right do we dig up this rude earth?
    By what right do we dig up this crime?
    It is past justice, past history, almost past time

    And yet we believe still
    That to learn and remember, for good or ill
    Is to touch the terrible beauty of the sublime
    To forget is death, life lies in the remembering

    The whisper sings softly past
    Amid the echoes of these bones
    continues to murmur, not yet silent
    In these fossils of the past, remembering
    And we listen, sing, and know
    No matter the price.





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    The Gravity of our Desire I: Say My Name

    What will we give to know?
    To understand the fundamental rules
    Of the universe we seem to inhabit?
    Our search for knowledge has become
    A gravitational distortion
    Pulling in everything on the horizon
    Towards the center, acquiring more mass as we go

    Will the mass of our knowledge gather infinitely?
    Will it eventually reach a tipping point?
    Will it cross a threshold, transforming, through its sheer density
    Into new, exotic forms of matter, if ever so briefly, before
    Exploding

    Into a new universe of possibility?

    Our talons itch to grasp the answers
    Gathering everything before us
    Into a mass
    A black hole, our consciousness
    Sucking everything into itself
    No light escapes once it enters the eye
    Instead it becomes a memory of a sight
    Fading or growing with time

    The Gravity of our Desire
    Sings out, calls our name “Saiiban”
    Pulling us in
    Past the point of no return
    Pulling our very world apart
    Until all that is left are exotic particles best described
    By theoretical physicists observing it all
    From a safe remove

    We go to the forbidden tree of scripture
    As we we supposedly did long ago
    As we did again, recently, deciding
    That nothing is forbidden,
    And we taste of the fruit
    Sweet and sour with the taste of knowledge
    And as we eat, take our fill,
    we find a worm, boring through it
    Cutting through the sphere
    Of what we knew
    Leaving holes in it
    Gaps in what we thought was whole
    Gaps, holes, calling out
    Begging us to fill them
    With our very selves

    The Gravity of the Situation does not escape us
    To be asked to give ourselves
    To lose ourself into the horizon of the unknown future
    Heeding the call of our names
    Pulled inexorably to the center of the mystery
    Who knows if we will come out of the other side?
    Light does not escape the mystery of the unknown horizon
    Of our future fate
    The only way out, like the worm, is through
    Worm our way through the fruit, taste its knowledge
    Bitter and sweet, filling ourselves
    Until we explode
    into …...what?
    The unknown calls our name.



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    Abort, Retry, Fail I: Please Wait for the Inevitable


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    Galactic Situation of the Saiiban Confederation in 2250, on the eve of First Saiiban - XT-489 Euthanization War

    Sing!

    Heed my song, my flock
    I am Eyes of Orange
    Flock leader, Lead Singer
    Of Murder of Rickit
    Our primary flock of starships
    To which the protection of the egg of our future
    is entrusted.

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    Hear my song!
    Of war expected, war predicted
    Of a war inevitable, like entropy
    From the moment we first heard
    The discordant metal screams
    Which demanded silence
    Of us, of all organic life
    When we first felt the echoes
    Of the nuclear winds
    Which gave the XT-489 Eliminators
    First flight into the void.

    I come here before you all,
    to hear the song of judgement
    The song of the future we heard
    Has come
    And I have done my best to answer
    Matching some notes, missing others
    As is inevitable in the chaotic system of systems
    Which is interstellar war
    A song we have not sung before
    But which it was my task to sing

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    Tensions between the XT-489 and the Saiiban were high from the moment of First Contact

    Our enemies we not subtle
    I cannot claim surprise in any respect
    They let us know, from the first note
    That their song would silence ours if sung in its full
    And I am not ashamed of our preparations
    Our proud flock of starships,
    their laser claws and mass driver beaks ready
    And our defensive bastions
    Ready to spread their protective wings
    To catch and block the razor winds of war

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    The theater of operations for the First Saiiban - XT-489 Euthanization War.
    The first move of the XT-489 was to successfully capture the Saiiban Bastion at Vestallus shortly after war was declared.
    The space station in Cador, built to defend the colony there, would be still be being upgraded by the start of hostilities.


    We knew, we heard, we saw
    The wind of our first war
    Since we flew into the void
    was blowing towards us
    And I led our flock through it
    Through its unknown drifts
    To where we are now

    And so now, heed my song
    And judge what we may learn
    And if I have fulfilled my duty.
     
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    Let me now resume my song
    And tell of the opening movements
    In this, our first symphony of war

    As I sang before, I knew, we all knew,
    that our foes would seek
    to silence our song
    and leave but echoes
    And so the discordant chord which arose
    Came as the exact opposite of a surprise
    And yet, nonetheless,
    the precise moment
    When came it came at last
    that long awaited cry
    Was shocking to us


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    When the XT-489 Eliminators declared war on 2249.04.18 it was not surprising, but it did catch the Saiiban by surprise

    It came, when it came,
    like a surprise snatch
    on the nest in the night
    By a well known enemy
    a surprising chord progression
    in the developing song
    Even If not surprising
    within the larger shape of the melody

    As such, we were,
    I confess,
    at the moment when
    the first notes of war rang out
    not as ready as I would have hoped
    Or planned for

    Our primary two border systems
    Vestallus and Ullus
    We well defended by our defensive bastions
    But our precious new colony, Foosh’ro, in Cador,
    Had but recently built its defensive station
    And it would not be up to its full might
    When its part in the song came up
    But that part of the song lies still for later

    Most crucially,
    our primary flock
    Was at the moment
    when the song of war broke out
    In the middle of upgrades to our flock of ships
    And a few of the planned members of the Murder
    Had not yet taken flight
    Furthermore
    the flock was safely ensconced
    in its Capital Nest
    Where the cost of its flight during peace
    Is less burdensome on our wings


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    When the XT-489 began offensive operations immediately upon declaring war, the main Saiiban fleets where still in orbit of Sabak, undergoing refit and with a few ships still being constructed

    To be clear,
    My aim is not to criticize our policy
    Of keeping our primary fleet
    in our Capital system
    But simply to point out
    The inevitable strategic consequences
    Of this particular choice
    When fighting on the defensive

    It took our flock,
    Time to finish its upgrades
    Time to finish preparing all the birds in the Murder
    Time to fly through the voids of multiple systems
    Time to catch the winds of multiple hyperlanes
    Time, and time, and time again

    In war, time is the most precious commodity
    And our foes, having chosen the offensive,
    Had the temporary advantage of superiority
    Having all their deadly flocks gathered to conquer our Bastions
    While our flocks would take almost four years
    To arrive at the scene


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    Stellar Cartography meant that the main fleet reinforcements from the capital had to pass through quite a few systems before arriving in the theatre of operations

    As an aside,
    I wish to mention that,
    In these new skies,
    our people,
    When flying through the winds
    Of an interstellar war
    will again have to accustom ourselves
    to a slower pace
    Battle songs lasting days
    and symphonies of war lasting many years
    Rather than the rapidly concluding movements
    When dealing with but one mere planet.

    That being said,
    our defensive measures
    Displayed our correct foresight
    Within the day of the song of war rang out
    Came the flocks of the Eliminators
    Seeking to blow past our defensive bastion
    In border system of Vestallus


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    The first move by the XT-489 was to attack with its two primary offensive fleets in the Vestallus system, which had a full strength Bastion to defend it.

    Their lasers and mass drivers
    Screamed their song
    And the Bastion fell
    But in its falling,
    fulfilled its purpose
    For their murderous flocks
    Were damaged
    And after capturing our bastion
    Were forced into a temporary retreat
    To repair and rebuild

    And so the beginning, frantic, hectic moments
    of this song
    Played themselves out
    And it shifted into
    Into a quieter theme
    Of waiting
    With a slower, if tense tempo,
    To see if our would be exterminators
    Would recover the initiative
    Before our fast flying Murder
    Once it finally set upon the winds
    Finally arrived to plunge its beak
    Into the heart of this conflict.
    Ready to execute its part in the war
    Its talons hungering to grasp
    And taste for the first time
    The winds of victory
    And spread its wings with pride
    Amongst the stars
    But that song must await still, for the morrow.



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    The primary offensive fleets of the XT-489 attacking the Bastion at Vestallus. It would fall after days of fighting, but severely damage the offensive fleets of the XT-489, forcing them to pause their offensive after their initial victory.
     
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    Let us now then, cast our eyes as we dive
    Our talons ready, our beaks hungry,
    Following our Murder, hurry, hurry
    Fly fast, fly free, fly far!
    Fly now, fly now, fly!
    Fly to war and to ruin and death, death death!

    Hark, on the Horizon!
    Cast your eyes on the hated enemy,
    Coming to finish the ruin of our colony!
    But here, just in time, Murder, Murder Murder!

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    The arrival of the Saiiban fleet in the Theatre of Operations came at the exact right moment, when the XT-489 were again seeking to advance after recuperating from the costs of their initial offensive.

    Our proud ships fly forth,
    Joined by our grown companion,
    Exploding across the sky like her namesake, Nova
    Lasers flash, mass drivers fly.
    For the first time, our fleet joins in battle
    Against a flock from a different nest

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    The entire Saiiban fleet was present for this battle, including the stray Space Amoeba the Saiiban had adopted and called Nova.

    It is only appropriate that we should meet here
    It is only right that this is the first test of our new talons
    Defending our new nast, our humble colony
    With the collected might of our people!

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    The initial victory in the first clash between these fleets bought the Saiiban more time to continue to expand their fleet and gain further advantage in military strength.

    The taste of victory was sweet,
    Our enemy’s ships destroyed or fled
    And our fleet also returned, to repair its damage
    And gather more reinforcements
    So that we might gather sufficient force so that
    We might fly forth to recapture our stolen territory
    And perhaps even make gains against the implacable foe.
    And it is here that the controversy of this war unfolds.

    Three more years pass, as fleets build,
    Repairs are made, even more upgrades
    We are not concerned: we have now the advantage
    But our bastion in Crador, defending its colony,
    Is still newly made, not at full strength
    And then the enemy makes his return.

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    When the XT-489 returned to Cador, they found it undefended and were easily able to capture the system. The Saiiban fleet would arrive and recapture the system about a month later.

    The outpost falls,
    And the deathly machines land
    Upon our new nest, nearly defenseless
    And brush the defenders aside.

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    The defenders of Foosh’ro were quickly overwhelmed.

    It was a near thing. for but a month later,
    our ships arrive, brightly gleaming
    Now stronger than the enemy,
    And send their ships flying, broken.
    But our troops transports, slow, ungainly
    Are nowhere close
    And poor Foosh’ro remains subjected
    To the murderous rage
    Of our mechanical foe.

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    Even after the recapture of Cador, the Saiiban had no troop transports handy to clear the enemy troops from Foosh'ro

    And so we help our flock flee
    Abandoning the colony
    Until a later date
    The greatest shame of this, our first war.

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    Even after the Saiiban fleet cleared the XT-469 starships, military forces remained on the planet murdering civilians, and the Saiiban had no troops handy to clear their forces. The civilians would flee in jury rigged transports shortly after, abandoning the colony.

    Our fleet flies forth, furious, hungry
    Having decisively defeated the fleets
    Of the murderous enemy
    It recaptures our border stations
    And advance into the territory of the foe.

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    The Saiiban were able to go on the offensive and recapture their captured systems and eventually advanced slightly into territory that belonged to toe XT-489.

    And so, at long last, we reach the end of my tale
    And the time of my judgement
    Our flock decided, once gains had been made
    That further conflict
    And potential for loss
    Was an unacceptable risk
    Although we have committed
    To the elimination of our murderous neighbors
    It was decided the time would be in the future
    For, having recaptured our losses,
    And after many years of struggle
    We longed for a respite from this war.

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    A white peace settlement was reached. Why the XT-489 agreed, we cannot be sure. Perhaps they hoped a break in hostilities would allow them the time to recover and attempt again in the future.

    And so, my brethren,
    Here stands the case
    We advanced, but did not achieve true victory
    And the road to our small and humble advance
    Was littered with risk, crisis, and tragedy
    We stand stronger now, but at a cost.
    So, what do you sing, does my service merit>
    Or shall I lead our flocks in space no more?

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    At the end of the war the Saiiban recaptured all lost territory and seized and kept the Uzayglore system, deepening their defensive lines against the XT-489 and putting them in easy striking distance of some of their own colonies.
     
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    Abort, Retry, Fail III: After some Consideration


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    After some contemplation
    We have decided, as one nation
    That you should eventually die
    To say it’s been fun would be a lie
    And so upon careful consideration you must die.

    We do not reach this decision lightly
    And we confess to doubting ourselves slightly
    But the truth of the matter is that this must end
    And so your existence is a fact that we will amend.

    What we intend may offend but on this you can depend
    Soon or later, on your worlds our troops shall descend
    Perhaps not this war or the next, but over you we will extend
    And the fact of your consciousness we will finally mend

    For you see, after some consideration, we have realized
    That by most and for most murder is to be despised
    But by you and for you it is the opposite and is in fact advised.
    Our options we have analyzed and our answer we have devised
    The fact of your sentience must be promptly revised.

    Sing!
    Our people
    have considered
    the facts
    The truth
    of the matter
    is made quite simple
    All sentient beings
    adjust their ecosystem
    That they live in
    As they evolve
    Encouraging here
    Killing there
    And so
    After some consideration
    We have remembered
    A fundamental truth
    Quite simply
    Some invasive species
    Damage and kill the ecosystem
    They arrive in
    And must
    Be eliminated.
    For the good of all.

    After some consideration
    A harmony has emerged.
     
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    Second Interlude: Out into the Sky


    We spread into the endless stretching sky
    On new wings flying in an endless void
    Tasting new air as we learn anew to fly
    Facing new changes we cannot avoid
    This sky we fly in so vast a void, so finite
    Its endless stars simplified into a paltry few
    As we see a infinite galaxy in a new light
    And ponder life’s manifold but limited avenue
    It is so infinite and yet so finite, our new sky
    Its winds so familiar and at once so confusing
    And we change it and are changed by it as we multiply
    Making the new sky take shape by the power of our choosing.
    Let us then, continue to consider and choose and be changed
    We already knew that the beat of a wing does not leave the wind unchanged.

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    Saiiban Confederation Overview 2240

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    Saiiban Confederation Census 2240

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    Saiiban Confederation Overview 2250

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    Saiiban Confederation Census 2250

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    Saiiban Confederation Overview 2260

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    Saiiban Confederation Overview, Continued: 2260

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    Saiiban Confederation Census 2260

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    Normally Weird Science

    From our beaks and from our claws
    What are engaged in just because?
    Just some normally weird science.

    Scanners, spanners everywhere
    Collections of data strewn with moderate care
    Thing we have never seen before
    Things of which we will sing forevermore
    Just everyday bizarre science

    An anomaly is a word for somethings off
    But what does it mean when weirdness is not faroff
    When in fact its found everywhere
    Tossed here and there without a care
    Just some more weird science.

    Wander wonder at the weirdness of it all
    Another bizarre scientific tale can’t be far off
    Time for us to find some more normally weird science.



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    Reform


    While something has been learned
    It would be a lie to say we are unconcerned
    Our galaxy has been rearranged
    And yet we must face and accept the change
    Rebuild, Reform.

    Always forward never back
    While we wait for the next attack
    Facing new challenges to overcome
    Even while knowing we have just begun
    Rearrange, Reform.

    There is no other way
    We cannot stay still, we cannot stay
    We can only control some of the change
    We can but hope to rearrange
    Reform, Rebuild.

    Missing what is absent still
    Hoping to rebuild it until
    Not replace what is forever gone
    But take what was and have it redrawn
    Scratch from scratch and now rebuild
    Until the emptiness is filled
    Reform.


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    Start Over Again


    A circular pattern
    Start, middle, start
    A circular pattern
    Start, middle, start

    A circular pattern,
    Start: This egg is laid
    Middle: begins to crack
    Start: Back to the start

    A circular pattern
    Start: This is not natural
    Middle: But what is natural?
    Start: The universe around us laughs,
    The egg of understanding cracks, but never hatches

    Start: Interrupt the pattern
    by observing
    Existing
    End: Measure the waveform: it collapses, resolves
    The quantums decide where to go

    End: We wish to know, to understand
    How did this start, to what end?
    These beings, trapped in a cycle of time
    Do we have the right to observe, measure,
    Break the cycle?

    But by existing, do we not already do so?
    To not observe, to disengage, is to die.
    Life lies in the observations.

    And so we observe,
    Break the cycle,
    To give a new start
    And then, they crack the egg
    And are born and die in the same
    Mushroom cloud
    Pushed out by us into their doom
    Broken out of a cycle of life,
    The remnants of their planet, still
    Waiting to start anew.
    Start again?


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    A Chorus is Many Voices


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    Sing!
    A new song,
    A new voice,
    A different egg
    A different path

    Some would sing
    That this song was inevitable
    That it was just a matter of time
    From the moment our song
    Rose into the void
    And met other songs
    Other voices,
    Singing into the void,
    Filling the silence of space
    Making the galaxy
    A chaotic chorus
    Until their voices joined ours
    To find a new harmony

    Some would sing
    Of the dangers
    Of the alien
    Of the unknown
    Fearing strange voices
    Singing strange songs
    Believing a new harmony
    An impossibility
    After all,
    How can one form
    A chorus from voices
    So discordantly dissimilar?

    We sing,
    Saiiban,
    Into an imagined future
    from a constructed past
    Our voices rise up
    Categorizing death and destruction and despair
    And hope and happiness and harmony
    We sing into space
    Constructing the past
    Out of the echoes of dead singers
    We sing into space
    Imagining a new future
    Every bit of research
    Unlocking dreams and nightmares
    of we which we sang

    We sing,
    knowing that
    Every song, every singer
    Is a choice
    Neither destiny nor doom
    But development
    Of the unfolding song
    That is our story

    We sing
    Our scientific experiments
    Never knowing, never certain
    Where they might lead
    Every theory and hypothesis
    An imagined leap into the undiscovered country
    Of the future

    And so we choose to sing
    a new chorus into being
    Joined by new singers
    Singing new songs
    To refuse would be to refuse
    an experiment, an exploration
    Into what might be

    Sing!






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    Revelations

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    We flew upon the winds
    That had brought us here
    Crossing a distance
    Unimaginable to the past
    Across a future more strange
    Than any we had sang about

    A future of wonder, of terror
    Of dead planets, talking plants
    Of robots programmed for death
    And ancient confused computers
    Seeking to preserve life

    And across that distance
    In time, in space, in memory
    We find ourselves again.

    Our fleets,
    mightier than any we imagined
    (and yet, we are unsure of their strength)
    Come to finish
    The first thing they started
    Building a temple of unity
    Out of our new song, our new singers
    And turning a song
    Sung by familiar singers
    those of our own flock
    Who turned a different way
    Into a memory

    We admire the tenacity
    Of our fallen, foolish brethren,
    Singing their song of faith
    Beyond all reason
    Amidst the dark corners of the galaxy
    Their song, like ours
    Reaching across generations
    Such that where we started
    Is but an echo of here, their end.

    But here, at the end,
    We sing, we see
    The strength of our song
    The weakness of theirs
    Ours has grown in wonder,
    In complexity
    Adapting new keys, new harmonies
    New voices,
    Growing, as we have grown
    Into our confusing chaotic confederation

    When we finally find them
    Their song has not changed
    And some might say
    That this a strength
    To preserve one song
    Unchanged across generations

    But we know, we have learned
    All changes,
    Even time itself bends
    Into manifold shapes
    As we progress
    To stop change
    Is to die
    And so, at long last,
    We kill them.

    And resume our evolving song


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    In Flames


    Stars
    Out there in the darkness
    From afar look so clear
    Glowing in the night
    Their course seems so certain
    Blazes of order
    Filling the universe with light
    Filling the universe with life

    Stars,
    Out there in the darkness
    Our constant companions
    Holding their course and their aim
    Their orderly dance
    Announcing the passage of seasons
    Silently guarding the night
    Silently guiding our flight.

    And yet
    Once out here we find
    Once out here in Space
    Out here in the darkness,
    Nothing is clear
    Nothing is the same

    Out here we find
    Space messy with meaning
    With the wreckage of memory
    Of others gone by
    Out here we find
    Our once clear stars burning
    The certainty of knowing
    Burning along with the remnants
    Of others gone by

    Stars,
    With stories scarce to be counted
    Their light shining into the darkness
    Burning knowledge away
    Turning what we know into flame

    Stars,
    Let us then
    sing your uncertainty
    With stuttering voices
    Embracing the dark.
    We fly,
    out into the darkness
    Fallen from Confidence
    Fallen from our conviction
    That answers we’ll face
    Instead,
    We embrace the burning uncertainty
    Knowing our knowledge
    Will be burned
    in flames



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    Revolutions
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    Revolutions

    Wherever you go, Gravity is inescapable
    Near or far, its power is unmistakable
    Wherever you find either planets and stars
    They grab hold of things and say “let’s make it ours”
    And so we swing around our various gravity wells
    Moving in constant revolution splitting off like cells
    Here some evolution, there a mutation, add a revolution

    Into this constant dance of biology and sociology
    We measure the changes and try to create a chronology
    But history is in the constant state of gradual revision
    Both future and past change with every decision
    Add to this our proclivity to try any experiment
    And any attempt to make sense is bound to cause merriment
    Nevermind, progress is measured by confusion’s diffusion

    Take for instance the latest unforeseen news
    from our experiment in xenosociology
    When we helped our gaseous friends found a new colony
    Add a couple of revolutions of a gas giant to our chronology
    And a political revolution marking a new ideology.

    And now their colony asks
    if we will help them spread their revolution
    And the homeworld also asks
    that we help them to their preferred solution
    But we choose to refuse
    For now a better experiment forms
    we have a control group
    And a variation on its form
    And so let this revolution stew
    We will observe and record
    Each revolution around its star
    That it survives and evolves



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    Welcome to the Jungle
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    Welcome to the Jungle


    Welcome to the Jungle, where nothing is the same
    Out here there are zero rules, sweetie, other than survive
    One power eats another, honey, without any shame
    So do whatever you need to, darling, you gotta stay alive.
    You better punch fast and hit hard, lovely, if you wanna grow
    And your better look scary, cutie, if stars you wanna hold
    It’s pure anarchy out there, baby, no one is gonna say no
    If they come to eat you, cupcake, so you gotta be big and bold
    Things out there will carve you up, pumpkin, without alibi
    They don’t even need it, sugar, out here they ain’t no law,
    they’ll consume you alive, screaming, no one will wonder why
    Your defenses better be ready, dinner, better have no flaw
    Cause it’s a jungle out here, pure and simple, with but one rule
    A jungle out here, kill, thrive, or die, a pure survival school.




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    Time to fly
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    Time to fly


    It was our time to go, time has gone
    Remember the past, pass it by
    It’s was our time to fly

    Dig deep into what was, dig up what’s gone,
    Remember our lives, pass them by
    It was our time to die.

    Learn our lives, to live is to die,
    Remember yourself, pass on by
    It’s your time to fly

    Fly, fly away,
    Into the sun, into the sky
    Fly, fly away
    Remember the past, remember our lives
    In our time passed by.

    Killed by ice or by fire,
    To live is to die, we passed on by
    Killed in sleep, or killed like sheep
    Remember the past, pass on by,
    Whether you rage or calmly accept your fate
    To live is to die, you’ll pass on by.
    It’s time to fly away.

    Fly, fly away,
    Into the fire, into the sun,
    Fly, fly away
    Fly into the past as you pass on by,
    Time to fly away.


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    A Strange Batch of Eggs
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    A Strange Batch of Eggs


    To fly to strange worlds and build
    New nests, in new soil, in new winds
    is to accept you might be killed
    Or be forced by circumstance to rebuild
    Is to
    learn to
    accept
    The unexpected
    The unplanned for
    The unpredictable

    Your nests might be crushed by a meteor shower
    Or primitive species might cause you to lose power
    Or you might find yourself eaten by a weird flower
    Or the government might lose track of
    your entire existence
    And forget minor conveniences
    Like <ERROR: FILE NOT FOUND>

    Or you might live near a dimensional portal
    I know! It sounds weird! But it’s actually normal!
    It just happens to open to an entire dimension
    Of mind-shattering
    SCREAMS
    Which we will keep open
    Of course
    SCREAMS
    For
    SCREAMS
    Science.


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