Reading by and with author Harald Kaup
“The climate catastrophe has arrived. As the only functioning nation, India has decided to try to survive the human species across national borders. They are driving on two tracks: the colonization of Mars and searching for help in space by means of a deep space mission. This first report accompanies Captain Markus Fischer and his crew into the vastness of the cosmos.”
Yathavan Ansari stood at the window of the top floor of the Indian Secret Space Organization. From the top of the huge building it was almost 150 meters to the ground. The complex operated under strictest secrecy stood about 100 kilometers south of Bangalore, the capital of the federal state Karnataka in India. At his birth, now 74 years ago, he could never have seen from here to the Indian Ocean. He couldn’t today either, because it was pitch dark outside. But it was only 14:25 o’clock. The automatically darkening windows of his office were set to 100% on transparency. Only the flashes of the violent thunderstorm were almost completely faded out thanks to lightning-fast technology. If the weather was good, it wasn’t often, Yathavan Ansari could also see the reason for his order (south view). On his left side he looked at the Bay of Bengal and on the other side he looked over the Arabian Sea – both less than 50 kilometres away from him.