by Zack Rogers
A young scientist is left paralyzed after a mishap while testing an experimental spacecraft, but this doesn’t dampen his ambitions. Under his instruction, some of the finest engineers around the world utilize his brilliant mind and peculiar condition in a manner never before seen - an interstellar exploration cyborg.
The remaining functional portions of the crippled pioneer are successfully grafted into a self-sufficient life support system that doubles as an independent spacecraft. Upon its unveiling, however, a group of terrorists sent from a rival nation attempt to sabotage the experimental craft by blowing up the hangar in which it’s been developed.
While many of the skilled scientists and engineers who worked to create the craft were killed, the cyborg itself was left completely unharmed. Stricken with fear, the young scientist uses his inept knowledge of the craft’s controls to escape the hangar at top speed.
Hurtling through interplanetary space at unbelievably high speeds, the scientist’s brain is put into a state of mental stasis by the suit’s automated life-support system. Not having checked his flight path, however, the scientist unknowingly sends himself straight toward the asteroid belt, and a small rock intersects the path of his suit, knocking his faceplate loose and exposing his unconscious remains to the vacuum of space.
Fortunately for the craft, its onboard autopilot system contains information critical to its planned missions. For innumerable millennia, this voiceless voyager traverses countless solar systems and anomalous objects of interest, collecting data over which no human eyes will ever peruse. Though the man in the suit has long since expired, his curiosity lives on through this ghost, eternally tasked with uncovering the darkest secrets of existence.