Text console in the distant cyberpunk world — 15 messages from a far galaxy

It’s easy to transfer a video signal from a satellite. If you are outside the Solar System, transferring a simple image to Earth may take several hours. But if the source of the signal is in a galaxy that is a million light years away, we can receive only parts of separate symbols. Sometimes the message can be deciphered and converted to an ASCII-animation. This story is about some strange world where technology is interwoven with antiquity. This civilization may already be nonexistent because it took the signal a million years to reach us.

We received a total of 15 messages. Some names were changed by the scientists to make the story clearer.


1) Yesterday I spent several hours in a queue trying to enroll in the space flying academy. The rain had the radioactivity ratio of 56Gz but I wasn’t scared because I [text illegible]. But they refused to accept me!

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2) I spent the night at a bonfire trying to understand what I want to do. The road to space was closed for me…

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3) At the meadow not far from me the drones were teasing the Phoenix Unicorns. That’s right! The unicorns shouldn’t lose focus and forget how to rise from ashes!

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4) I suddenly remembered how I assembled my first drone. I was only 3 minutes old and had never been reborn! Maybe making drones is my mission?

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5) I found a part-time job — fixing the wind generators. Do you know what can be clearly seen in the ocean at night? The stars! If they are not obscured by the clouds…

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6) One day I was fishing and fell asleep. A flying drone was testing its weapons and scared away all fish. It’s monotonous humming lulled me to meta-sleep. And while I was sleeping, I found the solution!

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7) I’m a reborn [text illegible] and it means that I can try and get into the cyborgs’ grave. According to a legend, there are sackfuls of treasures there. People say that you can get in the flying academy if you give a big bribe!

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8) I went to the cyborgs’ cave with a friend. But we couldn’t go past the first ancient one. Like all ancient ones, he wasn’t aggressive but didn’t let us go further.

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9) I found a job at a cyborg plant. It helped me earn some cash and get the new skills. Putting the conscience of the firstborns in the cyborgs’ neuronets isn’t a simple task.

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10) The conscience of the firstborns mixes with the modern scientific data and turns into substrate with software code in the DNA. Nobody knows for sure how this happens…

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11) I earned some money and found the job as a raider. It’s a dangerous job but the best raiders are accepted in the flying academy non-competitively.

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12) One day I was on the brink of death. I was in a tank, crossing the river of lava inhabited by the spirits of melted cyborgs. There was a moment when I fell behind the main group and got lost. Only the sound of our sergeant’s big voice brought me back.

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13) Nobody could beat me in martial arts. I became the best raider on the planet!

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14) As the best raider, I was accepted in the flying academy! When I learnt about that, I threw a party and had a drop of neuroliqueur too much. I don’t remember exactly what was going on, but the footage looks pretty weird…

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15) So, my dream came true, I became a pilot! And in my first orbital flight I came across a strange inexplicable… [signal lost]

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Unfortunately, the signal from that faraway mysterious galaxy was lost. The scientists continue listening to this sector.


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