It was a reality.
The asteroid would crash into the planet in less than five years extinguishing all life in it and leaving it uninhabitable for three hundred years.
The board of nations living in permanent session since the finding was confirmed six months ago and, finally, the report of scientific studies had come. It was rather brief:
"Only the use of the entire world's nuclear arsenal launched into the asteroid could bring some hope to stop it."
The disappointment was very great, even bringing some certainty. Many leaders felt that had to be done, if there was any hope, you should try. The motion passed unanimously and asked each nation to submit an inventory of its nuclear arsenal. Two months after inventories were submitted and, once exposed on the board, made a great uproar of indignation. World powers certainly lied shamelessly mobilized by the failure to be "atomically" unguarded. Even before such a calamity were able to show sensitivity. For inventories unreliable were dismissed and overruled the motion, so that everything was back to square one. Then one nation, one of the ten most powerful, called Wad listen to Thomas, a scientist of world renown author of numerous books on science, pillars of all universities in the world. Wad stated:
"If we can not use the global nuclear arsenal, the only hope in sight, then we must consider how to preserve the human race. Criohibernación handle technique to perfection so we could build spaceships that take people on the planet and keep them frozen for three centuries until the planet to be habitable again. Meanwhile the ships would be in orbit with the planet at a safe distance. "
A barrage of comments forced the chairman to ask for silence. The president of the greatest world power took the floor. Immediately he was granted:
"Wad Doctor: How do you think that in five years we could build a sufficient number of ships to evacuate the world population?".
Wad stood up and asked to speak as mandated by the protocol. He was awarded:
"It insults my intelligence you and your question shows a great deal of hypocrisy. You meant to be I who say so and give you a taste: That's impossible. Each country must make a selection whose number depends on parameters to be determined. I would argue that only you can save a few hundred million. " Wad said that he sat down and did not speak again. The president of your country gave to the words of the form of scientific motion and it passed unanimously. Of course, within that board was synthesized throughout the world flat industrial, financial, political, military, etc.. In short, all the misery in the world. Of course, carve places in the ships was unfair to have the most powerful nations most places, but even smaller players spent their few seats to the families of the most exalted leaders and people in their immediate environment. The allocation of seats was completed and submitted as yet had not even started planning the construction works, which were initialized only about three months later. Was assigned to the colossal work a huge desert two hundred miles long and five hundred wide. Some twenty million people were hired to work but all the intellectual plane and control belonged to the environment Wad, about two hundred scientists, engineers and technicians, who in turn had their trusted environment. All these people totaled about ten thousand workers, all absolutely unconditional Wad. Nobody made the slightest objection to this detail, such was the confidence that aroused the prestige of the scientist. When all was established a year later, Wad secretly informed the board, as this ran back to the world:
"Ten thousand ships will be built with capacity for twenty thousand cryogenic tanks each, totaling about two hundred million people. Will everything be ready in two and a half years working around the clock, twenty four hours, three hundred sixty-five days. The ships will be unmanned and robotic command center will be on the ship that I and my team occupies. To achieve a safe distance before impact must be able to develop a rate such that only nuclear can provide drivers, so, as they were not able to provide weapons to save the world, I hope I provide enough radioactive material to produce reactors and save you and your family. The approach will be a week before the impact. Four days before that date all passengers must be frozen. The occupation of the ships were divided into three categories: Headlines (head of household), wives and / or partners and children. Craft owners may not be supplemented with any of the other two. That's it. I will not answer questions. "
A week before the asteroid impact would be just entering the solar system and could be clearly noticed by the naked eye. It seemed incredible that none of the other planets in their path but the math does not lie, making it crash, collide.
Finally the day came. Two hundred million people were transferred to discrete and organized mega-plants of the desert and through tunnels, narrow and uncomfortable housed in cubicles waiting to be frozen in the ground and the tanks installed on the ship accurately. Six million people would work feverishly servile and save it to a tiny and privileged portion of the world's population represented at all in those lucky if synthesized the historical misfortune of the world.
Ten thousand silver arrows, beautiful, stunning, pointing to the sky at an angle of thirty degrees waiting for their occupants.
With clockwork precision holders were loaded and Wad at any given time from a remote control station ordered the autonomous systems take off ten thousand ships. The thunderous roar was brief but the huge flotilla was soon lost to view. Comfortably installed in a room, Wad and his team watched as the ships left Earth's atmosphere.
- Do you think it will work?. - Asked his closest assistant.
- Of course. Each ship has an atomic charge to destroy the accursed hundredth asteroid. There are ten thousand ... -
- How long wake?. -
- In an hour or two. Sail a month before the impact, not feel anything, they have plenty of food and drink. Also I made a video explaining your destination that will turn fifteen minutes before impact. For most who try it will be able to try anything. -
- How do you explain the departure of hibernation?. -
- I also did a video that justifies it as a precursor to a longer time. I changed the clocks of the ships. When you wake up think that happened twenty years. Not suspect anything. -
- You were lucky in that regard. True geniuses were engaged in fraud. -
- When it's ass what you think trying to save any nonsense, and we are. -
- When moved to the women and children?. -
- After we reported the situation to return them home. They are still waiting for boarding. -
- Has saved the world, Doctor, how do you feel?. -
- Really good. We have destroyed an asteroid and cleansed the planet of the worst junk in one step. I hope they will seize. -