ark

An ark is a huge spaceship, containing people going to a distant planet to start a colony. They expect the trip to take much longer than one lifetime, so they have two choices. (1) The people are put to ‘sleep,’ and wakened when the ship reaches its destination. (2) The ark is like a small world, where people live, breed, and die.

I joined a team which went to investigate an ark which had come into the Adjan system. It was one of type (1), and it was old. Victor estimated that it had left a doomed planet over 71 000 years ago. See Report A.

When a huge ship appeared in the Candal system, Tony and I were the nearest agents, so we were sent to investigate. It was an ark of type (2). Its people called it the Wanderer. It had left a dying planet about 300 years ago. We calculated that the leader’s great great great great great great great great great grandfather was a boy when the Wanderer set off. See Report 14.