JUMP

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Summary

A physicist invents a time machine but it is stolen by eco-terrorists, who try to annihilate the human race from the spacetime continuum. A physicist, Michael Cooke, creates a device which can teleport matter through space and time. Robert Masterson, a Special Forces Colonel contacts him to say he’s bringing together some experts in a number of scientific fields (the Jump Team) to go back in time and carry out measurements to help slow the worsening state of the planet. Meanwhile a harmless group of environmental terrorists run by an ineffectual hippie meet at a secret location and are introduced to some new members, one of whom, identifying himself only as “Darwin”, seems not to be there for the same reasons as the rest of the group. Unbeknownst to the Jump Team, one of their members is part of the EF and is covertly taking the machine. These trips are being organised by Darwin, who is coercing members of the EF into helping him through blackmail and bribery. As he reveals his plans it becomes apparent that his motives are not driven by his love for the environment. The Jump Team have to identify the interloper, defeat the terrorists and travel back in time to fix the problems caused by the EF, which could ultimately lead to the annihilation of the universe from the spacetime continuum.

Genre:
Scifi / Adventure
Author:
Dan Ladle
Status:
Complete
Chapters:
23
Rating:
n/a
Age Rating:
16+

Prologue

‘Where did you even find a deckchair out here?’ Andrea looked amused and slightly nervous, as if he might have stolen it from an unsuspecting, undeserving old lady.

Peter glanced up from the magazine he had appropriated and took a good swig from the can of beer in his other hand before considering his response. Then he swung his legs, one on either side of the seat and sat up as best as he could. ‘It’s amazing what you can get out here if you’re willing to barter. They love a bit of bartering these archaeologists.’ He smiled, indicating that the word bartering was being used in a wildly loose sense. Andrea picked up a stone from the small spoil heap she had built up. With a flourish she sent it at him as fast as she could, it hit the tin can with a noise that sounded a little bit like “tonk”, and then got back to her work.

For his part Peter tried to ignore the conversations of the people surrounding him. A lot of the men talking had beards, which seemed to be a prerequisite for being a successful archaeologist, it made his face itch just looking at them. He couldn’t help hearing some of the things that the men were saying. A lot of the talk seemed to be around just how famous they would all become when the findings from this site were published. He knew Andrea was indifferent to fame and fortune, especially since they had taken possession of quite a large sum of money from the Colonel. However a number of the hairy guys, and a few of the marginally less hairy women, seemed to think they might become the talk of the excavating community. One of the men was saying, ‘It’s got to be worth something, it’s the earliest proto-settlement anyone’s found. Sure, there’s not a lot of it, but the remains we’ve got so far are something else. These burials are unlike any I’ve ever heard about...’

Thankfully Pete managed to drift away from the conversation at this point, trying to concentrate on the magazine in front of him, which was suggesting that wool was this year’s new black. He dropped it on to his chest, staring forlornly at the dark shadow cast by a tree nearby. The African sun seemed to laugh in the faces of the fashion people who had written the article. He looked towards the pit his wife was kneeling in. She was quietly involved in something. She looked up nervously and saw him staring, then blinked and realised he was scrutinising her, smiled and returned to her work. Peter lifted the magazine and tried to find a less depressing article...

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