Here at MOSE curators have working to catalogue the latest delivery of 21st century archival work from the SOL system. Despite some damage due to poor storage this reveals how some artists future-scoped the century – in this case the introduction of new technology to fundamentally edit and change DNA. From genetic tourism – 2045 to Bio engineered young blood 2055 to fishing dogs with gills – 2075.
2045 Genetic tourism facilities colonise redundant office space
2055 Scientist crack code for “young blood”. Huge sales expected. Lifeblood Inc stocks rise 200%
2070 first ‘fishing’ dog with gills as flood waters rise and land engulfed.
Back in the early 2100s micropigs – engineered using the then new gene editing system CRISPR, were the rave pets for people increasingly forced to live in small homes. As space exploration took off in the late 2800s pets were not allowed on newly terra-formed planets, space stations and moons, and an industry took shape of original micropig sculptures catering for the retro tastes of many settlers. MOSE has a small but growing collection of these.
The Void continues to provide interesting items as the Balinger Freight Company swings by and robotically picks up tons of items for inspection. codeforward:codebackward is actually reconstituted from pieces that had fallen apart in the pickup process (an occupational hazard in deep space retrieval). MOSE’s experts have examined the pieces that remain, and have concluded provisionally that these ceramic pieces were perhaps once trialled as data storage for longevity and encased in lead for protection. Like many other trials of these types of devices their time came and went – then – destined for the Void.
The Balinger Freight Company has delivered a number of cone ‘devices’ to MOSE on a shuttle returning from an area near the red dwarf system that includes the planet X394.
This is a worrying development as these devices have been sold by rogue traders – with the premise that they can detect some of the mysterious poisons that exist in deep space. They have since been tested thoroughly by our bio-security laboratories – and they have reported that the colouring of these objects has merely changed as they reacted to less harmful substances. Beware!
EXO159 (the turquoise planet) has yielded up similar ‘pods’ to those found on X394 (the red planet). Coloured a bright blue they are a similar shape to the previous find but with one crucial difference. These were picked off the surface of the turquoise liquid that (as far as we know) covers the planet. The drones (operated by post humans from an orbiting craft) descended through the gases and dragged specially designed nets across the surface of the liquid. MOSE scientists will be analysing the blue material on the outside. Is this a dried version of the liquid stuck to the pods from the same family as those on X394 or are they a new species?
New finds freshly delivered to MOSE from X394 have included a number of podlike pieces, somehow reflecting a growth stasis due to desiccation or a process yet to be discovered. Tests have revealed that there is some biofauna link with the material. It is unknown whether the soft pale version is a due to its juvenile or senescent status. The rough external surface contrasts with the smooth darker interior and further research into associated finds might reveal interior forms that have left the pods.