Norman's First Story Begins ...
"I miss you," said the sweet voice.
Sara jumped into Sam's arms and gave him a kiss.
"1600hrs March 12th 2136. All systems go," responded Captain Samuel. "G'day mate! This is Sydney control. Air locks sealed, vacuums engaged. Friction low. Temperatures dropping." The twenty section train, each jumbo jet sized, started to levitate, effortlessly gliding into the underwater tunnel 20 meters below the harbour. Captain Samuel glanced down. The koala bear toy reminded him of little Sara.
"Hi Daddy, today Mummy took me to SkyZoo. I saw koalas and kangaroos! Then we went to SkyFarm on level one-hundred-sixty-five. I had strawwwberrries! There were cowwwws and chickins and feeshhhess! Mummy bought carrots. Mummy wants to use the video now…"
Beneath the waves, the huge tunnel branched off the gas fields off Northern Australia and into South East Asia. Abandoned platforms adorn the calm sea, reminiscent of an age foregone. Few recyclable FLNG vessels, floating giants, still remain, still squeezing remnants from the hydrocarbon era.
"4000mph" read the speedometer. "This is control Singapore. E.T.A five minutes." Here, a revolution started, rendering waste to drinking water plants essential to every sustainable city. Tradition goes: Engineers drank the first glass of recycled water! The behemoth train stopped gently. A few carriages swung free and new carriages were attached. Within minutes, the hypersonic train was forging towards India with new passengers and millions in cargo.
The pristine azure Andaman Sea danced the sunlight underwater. Here, fishermen and eco-resorts carry on their livelihoods, powered by cheap, mass producible thin film OPV. Chennai was closing in fast.
1. FLNG: Floating Liquefied Natural Gas (Vessels)
2. ETA: Estimated Time of Arrival
3. OPV: Organic Photovoltaic (PV) Cells