03/22/2023 Snippet, Notes from the 2078 United Nations Antarctic Archeological Survey.

Had this thought before I went to bed; woke up, and had 1000 words done without raising a sweat. Nice.


December 22, 2078

Amundsen–Scott South Pole Station

Finally got the suborbital delivery of the special equipment from up north. I wish to say that it “took ‘em long enough,” but that would be unfair. We all decided that the Survey’s work would benefit from incorporating the new stable superconductor technology into the image resonators, and Monitech actually upgraded the product on time, and within budget. I shouldn’t blame them for the Argentinian separatists rising up again, however briefly. At that, we are lucky that the Brazilian personnel in the Survey are all politically reliable Brazilian-Brazilian themselves.

Although ‘luck’ probably had nothing to do with it. Everyone remembers the wretched way the Grabiński affair ended, back in ‘77. It may be more difficult to acquire firearms in Antarctica than it was to the Empty Quarter, but archeological expeditions still have a remarkable number of items that can be turned into deadly weapons. It’s best to leave the more excitable political fanatics at home.

Still! We carry on. The image resonators are here, just in time for Christmas, and soon there will be a proper drone fleet for the Survey. I expect wonders from the new year.

December 31

There were quite a few arguments over when exactly the new year would start, but eventually everyone agreed on New Zealand Time. According to one of the old hands at the Station, this happens every year. She also said it usually didn’t devolve into an actual fistfight. I got the impression that the incident didn’t reflect well on the Survey, even if watching two scientists take awkward swings at each other did have its own entertainment value. Fortunately, I was able to convince her that I was above such crudeness — or at least that kind of crudeness. She had nothing to complain about the way we rang in the New Year.

January 3, 2079

The drones were retrofitted, checked out, sent up in the air — and the software promptly crashed. Ah, technology. How useful thou art! Fortunately, Ted Hooper spent a couple of years at CHARS before the Canadians shut it down for refurbishing; he figured out where the code was getting hung up before the coders themselves did. Apparently it was a common problem in Nunavut. We’re lucky to have him.

3 thoughts on “03/22/2023 Snippet, Notes from the 2078 United Nations Antarctic Archeological Survey.”

  1. Is this set on some hellish version of Earth where the equitorial regions are uninhabitable? Or simply an Earth where global warming has made Antarctica and Nunavut into luscious paradises?

    1. Ah, neither? It’s set in Antarctica during high summer, where it’s merely insanely cold instead of absolutely insanely cold.

      1. It was the only places mentioned being Nunavut, Argentina, and Chile combined with the suborbital shuttle that got me thinking Antarctica had melted.

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