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A Distant Calling by Anna Elizabeth Judd

10/31/2021

The darkness of space has captured mankind's imagination from the beginning of time. Oral traditions carried on by the Greeks and their methodology exposed even more evidence of beings beyond humans on Earth. As early as 5,000 years ago, Henges were built; the largest of which is Stonehenge, used by astronomers to show them key astrological moments. Therefore, the idea of other life similar to humans among the stars is definitely a reality. But.... do they want to be exposed?

In A Distant Calling, the young Daniel Weber lives near The Kennedy Space Center in Florida, along with sister Jill and her parents. His father, Alex Weber, is a high-ranking scientist and designer at NASA within the satellite division. He designed and built a satellite for deep space exploration called Sweeper, launched in 2008. The mission was designed to explore the Alpha Centauri galaxy. Top priority; to ascertain if life exists.

Daniel is a 10-grade student at Liton High School. One of his passions was developed due to the unique dreams he experiences. The only way Daniel could help make sense of his visions was to draw them. Most of the art are representations of the other worlds he sees. Since Daniel has a love of space travel as his father, he joins Alex at NASA on many occasions. On the annual art show, Daniel enters two of his pieces and wins the competition. However, the artwork comes into play when messages and warnings are transmitted through Daniel's dreams.

As the satellite closes on the Alpha Centauri Solar System, the messages Daniel has received in his dreams come to life, when Sweeper returns images from Alpha Proxima, a planet in the solar system. Earth's future is heading into peril.

"Glaring, streaking colored ribbons that never seem to stop. The Aurora Borealis, billions of years old, it dances through the sky. It seems like the performance is only for our eyes. Little do we know that all our solar systems get the same show." ---- from the author.