Home // Art // The Ball by Konrad Laurids Pesch

The Ball by Konrad Laurids Pesch

The ball had been found mysteriously orbiting Callisto in 2239.  How long had it been there?  No one knew for certain.  Ball 42 had only been found by happenstance when a mining probe had stumbled upon it during a routine survey.  The disquieting thing about the discovery was that a very terrestrial “B42” was stenciled on the exterior but no human knew anything of its existence, nor were there any historical breadcrumbs shedding light on its origin.  Equally disturbing was that there might be forty one other balls hidden somewhere in the Solar System . . . or more.

The Ball by Konrad Laurids Pesch
Concept art of the day: The Ball by Konrad Laurids Pesch.

B42 had been scanned, poked, prodded, and then gingerly hauled back to Mars orbit where it was now ensconced in an orbital fortress waiting to be researched.  Now I find myself inside that fortress, standing on a gangway that creaked quietly in the thin atmosphere of the pressurized holding area.  But the most frightening aspect of B42 is the door that silently opened of it’s own accord as I walked down that creaking gangway.

About Neal Ulen

Neal Ulen
Editor/Webmaster - Engineer by training, nerd by passion. Speculative fiction has influenced me since I was a kid, guiding me to the career I have now, and likely saving me from myself during times in my young life when the path was fraught with a minefield of choices. I dabble in tech, game, film, fiction, and writing. These are my true passions, and have been since the summer of '77.