Krokus Joe was a time miner. There were only a few time miners on Earth primarily because their average lifespan was so short. You see a time miner, once qualified, could earn huge sums of money but the dangers of time mining were significant. No one really knew why for sure, but often time miners would simply disappear and never be heard of again.
President Professor Ulnada EraDay, the World’s leading authority on time in the 23rd Century, has been quoted as saying that she believed that there was an organisation of beings ultimately controlling time and they periodically would act against any time miner who risked the universe’s delicate time-balance by mining too deeply.
Anyway, Krokus Joe was now in his forties which made him unique within the profession.
An Antipodean, Krokus put his success down to a micro-mining approach that he had invented, and kept carefully secret, plus a combination of “beer, fags and incinerated meat”.
This lady is something of a mystery on Earth. Definitely mostly human, Joosthava is, however, a very advanced human. Some see her as a freak of nature whilst others consider her to be an evolutionary step forward for humankind. What many don’t know is that Joosthava is a product of deliberate genetic engineering and that she contains some DNA apparently serendipitously obtained from Planet X.
With her hybrid DNA comes an interesting hybrid phenotype. Long blue hair, matched by blue teeth is only a small part of her unique set of characteristics. Her hair, apart from being blue, can be converted at will into strands of varying thickness that can be flexible enough to coil around anything, yet very hard and able to apply immense pressure. The whip-like hair structures can be formed with points that can be used like the ends of sharp spears to pierce unfortunate, but potentially deserved victims. Joosthava is a famous Mud Lizard exterminator.
In addition to being an effective killing machine, Joosthava is also imbued with a natural capability to move through space and time. No one really knows how she does this, least of all her and as a consequence, after graduating from LifeAcademy with a Higher Calibre in Time Mining, she has devoted her life since then to understand how time can best be used for the benefit of all.
In the late 22nd/early 23rd Century, interest in being able to make use of time had blossomed. Early experiments conducted by President Professor E. Poch in the mid-22nd Century had demonstrated the principle of ‘capturing’ time from the edges of black holes.
However, various issues led to Professor Poch’s experiments being suspended. First of all, too many of the spaceships used to extract the time wound up being dragged into the black hole or enveloped in lethal gases from black hole ‘burps’. Secondly, the small amounts of time that were captured by these early experimenters couldn’t be used in an even vaguely controlled manner.
It was only in the 2190s when the first time battery was developed that it became possible to store and the discharge, with some control, packets of time. However, packets of time are notoriously unstable and managing them is as much an ‘art’ as a science. Only a small handful of individuals study time mining as the dangers that confront a trained time miner at work are so great. Statistics show that only one in twenty time miners live into their thirties though in many cases, rather than definitively dying, they simply disappear.