What does eMDaDD stand for? I had no idea myself until Cat told me it was Electronic Matter Dissolution and Display Device. What a mouthful!. Anyway, an eMDaDD is basically a system that can move inanimate or animate objects from one physical location to another in a flash. Well, actually there is no flash as such – it is just quite quick.
On Earth, around a 100 years ago in the early 23rd Century, a system called Fastmove was developed on Earth. Stimulated by a 20th Century sci-fi series which I believe was called Star Trick (well that’s what it says on Cosmopedia), though Cat maintains it was called Star TREK (but what does he know?). Anyways, Fastmove on Earth never really got perfected. In fact, it turned out to be unusable. Tested on humanoid robots and laboratory animals, one could never be certain that all limbs and other body extremities would re-materialise in the same place as they were originally on the object being moved. Naturally, humans (and especially politicians) were not too keen to use this technology if there was a chance their backside could re-appear where their elbow used to be.
Enter the Mud Lizards, who I’ve always considered to be a bunch of basically quite ‘thick’ lizardy type things. Turns out they’re quite smart and developed a device with Fastmove capability. Not only that but, as their dastardly plots show in our adventures, they also added to Fastmove the capability to change the shape of an object so that it closely resembled another. In the most extreme case, a Mud Lizard is able to re-materialise in almost perfect human form. Only when the Mud Lizard in human form flicks out its slimy tongue and grabs you sloshily by the throat do you realise that you are not face to face with a fellow being.
What slimeballs these Mud Lizards are!!!!
Ever since normal cars were finally banned in around 2032 due to every national leader finally accepting that global warming due to fossil fuel use was real, there had been an urgent need to find alternatives. Even the USA finally banned petroleum engine cars though one of their former Presidents (I think his name was Ronald Tramp or something like that), on his deathbed, tweeted that the USA was succumbing to a Chinese/North Korean plot.
Anyways of course at the time there were electric cars but these simply did not provide those who really liked to rush about (e.g. Presidents, movie stars (as they were called at the times) or the idle rich (as they are still called in the 23rd Century) with the thrill of fast movement.
It was only when SCSM (super conducting – super magnet) technology was perfected and became affordable in around 2030 that essentially flying cars became real. The so-called Hovercar or Hovermodule quickly became the way to travel, finally leaving good old Mother Earth roads to cyclists. This was just as well as by this time most roads had so many cycle lanes that average car travel speed in towns was a measly 5Kmh (except in the UK where they still used Mph having finally left Europe in 2072). In fact since 2025 all new roads had been built with more bicycle lanes than car lanes. All new cars from 2025 had to have special rubberised coatings that cyclists could bounce off if they accidentally hit a car as they overtook on the inside or outside. What a relief it must have been for car drivers to leave the ground and be able to drive in relative safety.
No!!. In the 23rd Century Feelplay is not a condom. It’s an entertainment technology. Condoms were replaced a long time ago with some peppermint flavoured spray you squirt on your to tongue each month to prevent conception if so desired.
Feelplay was the obvious extension of Airplay. Airplay technology had allowed humans to ‘think’ the music of their favourite artists and images of their favorite movies or plays inside their head but Feelplay gave the extra added bonus that you could actually sing on stage with your favourite Airstars or act with your favourite actresses or actors. You could even create your own storyline with Feelplay(if you were in a movie or play) to suit your mood or desire to be a hero or a baddie for example.
Feelplay was, however, even in the late 23rd Century, a premium service that was generally only affordable for the extremely well off (normally airstars strangely enough…..) although there were various pirate services that could be accessed if you knew how. Not that I do know how though the best one can be accessed at Feelplayed123.cosmos………
Cat had many technologies to call on in his role of protecting me from all manner of dangers. He was pretty rubbish in my view at this protection malarky and always seemed to leave it to the last minute to grab me from the jaws of disaster. I think he enjoyed doing that (leaving it to the last minute that is!!).
Anyway, one tool he had which was generally very useful was his highly sensitive sonic radar. Unlike normal radar that detects objects and their movement, with sonic radar, Cat could also detect sounds very accurately. This basically meant that he could detect the smallest of objects easily, even if they remained totally motionless.
He often remarked that he always knew where I was because he could readily lock onto my brain, despite its size…….. cheeky little automaton!!
The great radiation flood of 2237 was a tipping point for humanity and one hell of a shock for the US President of the time. President Rip van Trumplestein, a third generation Mexus, was just in the middle of a World speech on the success of the 98th Climate change programme when his hair started to singe in the midday sun in Fairbanks Alaska.
Anyways as ‘Old Don’ (as he was known to his supporters) got doused in firespray by one of his bodyguards, news broke from the Earth Space Platform that 2 black holes had collided in deep space. The net result of this collision was a massive release of cosmic radiation that had, on that day, hit the Earth.
Of course ‘Old Don’ had been told about this several years before and he had dismissed it as ‘fake scaremongering’ originating from Sinosovurea, that was designed to wreck the ozone layer regeneration industry on Earth. Well having got that one wrong, and with his rather dodgy hair smoldering, Old Don went back to hosting ‘Play your Fossil Fuels Right’ a much-loved reality airplay show (well it wasn’t really loved but his cronies told him it was).
Meanwhile on Earth regeneration of the ozone layer became a real priority and production of ozone in the upper atmosphere was rapidly increased, but due to the high energy requirements of ozone generation, Earth began to quickly war.. Fortunately at around this time Professor Wai-Nott had advanced with his experiments on Bryllium, and within a few months of the initial first flood of radiation Earth had a new ozone equivalent layer to project its former President’s beard.
Earth used to have film stars or movie stars or TV or music stars, when entertainment was totally dependent on some physical piece of hardware (TV, music player etc), that a user had to turn on and connect to the world wide thingummyjig wotsit or whatever it used to be called.
But then the engineers at some company named after a fruit suggested people could be simply implanted with a chip that would allow them to see and listen to performers essentially in the air in front of their eyes.
Of course, most people thought this was bananas (not the name of the company) as how would it work in practice?. I mean if you were sitting in a train would the images appear in front of your face and would everyone else see that and hear that?
Well no actually it didn’t work like that at all. You see if you were in a public space the aircast would effectively play inside your head. You would see and hear everything you would on a physical display but it would be private, inside your head wherever you were. When you were at home or at work you could connect what was in your head to an external display.
Airplay technology led to a new revolution in entertainment and many performers were never actually seen live at all but only through aircasts (i.e. inside people’s heads) – some of these performers became cult figures and mega-rich. Hence the term ‘Airstars’. In fact, I often play one in my head and he’s 6 and a multi-billionaire – one of the MacBeckham clan that bought Scotland centuries ago (little Oik!!).