Monday, February 13, 2017

Microstory 516: Dasha Sinclair Interview Transcript

This is the initial interview with Dasha Sinclair, the woman who tore a planet in half with nothing more than her own telekinetic power. We hope to speak with her in more detail at a later date. Click here for the main story...

Diederich Jäger (interviewer): When did you first come up with the idea to tear a planet in half?
Dasha Sinclair: Well, believe it or not, it came from a very short story I read from Earth. I was at a cloud party over Arion when I noticed a crowd huddled around a halo, reading something together. Apparently there’s some prophet, or refugee, or hacker there who knows about what’s going on in the rest of the universe. He writes stories about our history, but he also writes entirely fictional stories, and posts them online. I wouldn’t call him my favorite writer, or anything, but some of his content is kind of interesting. One story in particular caught my eye. Honestly, I don’t remember the details all that well; mostly just what happened at the end. The planet is torn in half, leaving two separate Earths to orbit the sun next to each other. Of course, this would screw up the gravitational pull of each of the halves, and they would probably decay and burn up in the sun, but I was never looking to do this to a habitable planet. I just thought...why not? As it turns out the Martians is why not. It took me forever to get permission.
Jäger: Tell me more about that.
Sinclair: Back in the old days, if you were living on a deveiled planet, all you had to do was put in a simple request with the Masco police. Each request would be run up the chain, and either be rejected, or reviewed. It might take a long time, but it didn’t require a bunch of extra work on the requester’s end. But now that we’ve all come together to form a single community, a whole lot of different people have to approve illegal exceptions. I didn’t send in my proposal once; I sent it in dozens of time, constantly tweaking the language to accommodate all these different divisions’ needs. Fortunately, I had a lot of help.
Jäger: So the Palomino Temple was heavily involved, or just in support of your dream?
Sinclair: Oh, they were completely on board. Yeah, they put me in touch with the right people to actually make the dream a reality. There are so many different facets of our government, and so much compartmentalization. You can’t get anything done if you don’t know who to talk to, when to talk to them, and what to say. The Temple made sure I didn’t make any mistakes.
Jäger: I’ve heard Palomino Shore is kind of your family now, but how is your relationship with your birth family?
Sinclair: We’re okay. They’re not thrilled about what I do. I mean, to them religion is this backwards concept. I can’t blame them. It’s been the root cause of countless wars for single-planet, and even single-system, civilizations. Aitchai is different, though, as there is proof in the power. We’re not just making this up and going on blind faith. Telekinesis is a real thing, and so I guess, if I were going to belong to any religion, they’re glad it’s at least this one.
Jäger: I’ve heard that your youngest brother is interested in telekinesis as well.
Sinclair: He is, yes, but not the germ. He wants to be a pilot. He was inspired by the renegades who saved all those stranded people during the invasion.
Jäger: That’s great. Speaking of non sequiturs, could you tell me real quick about the trench? You first tore it all around the equator. Why was that?
Sinclair: That wasn’t technically necessary, but I had two practical choices. Either I could do the whole thing myself, and start with a trench, or I could use augmented reality technology. I didn’t want any assistance, except for a space suit, of course. What the trench did was allow for a cleaner cut. If I flew back in space and then tried to just start tearing Malcomicron apart, it would be jagged. At least that’s how I understand it. A bunch of geologists told me to start with what they called a pilot cut.
Jäger: I see. So what’s next for Dasha Sinclair? Are you going to keep tearing apart planets, or what?
Sinclair: Well, one thing some people may not know, is that Aitchai is about more than just moving things with your mind. That’s just what people use for it on a regular basis. Something that germ TK users are hypothetically capable of is more fundamental molecular manipulation. I would like to explore what other things I can do with this power. Who knows, maybe someday I’ll even put Malcomicron back together.
Jäger: Now that is something that I would like to see.
Sinclair: Yeah, if we can learn to harness matter on a subatomic scale, nanotechnology will seem as ancient as machines that you have to plug into a grid. We would be able to do anything with that kind of technology. We might even learn where the Aitchai comes from. That’s going to take a long time, though, and lots of people will have to be interested in exploring it. Right now, though, I’m going to be taking a sabbatical. I might even ask permission to visit Earth
Jäger: How long would that be for?
Sinclair: I’m thinking just around a decade, which means don’t expect any results on my new endeavor tomorrow [laughs].
Jäger: Wow, well we’re excited about the next chapter in the Dasha Sinclair story. I know you have to get back to meeting your fans, but is there anything else you’d like to say about this latest adventure?
Sinclair: I do need to make sure I remember to thank everyone who turned this into a reality. I feel so grateful for everyone involved. Many people had to come together to make this thing even possible. I especially want to thank the representatives from Exile for advocating for me so vehemently. They didn’t have to do that, but they showed me a kindness that I can only hope to somehow repay them someday. I would like to thank the Core leaders, my fans, and of course, the Palomino Shore Aitchai Temple, which became part of my family.
Jäger: Thank you, Dasha.
Sinclair: Thank you.

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