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>>>>>DIGITAL RECORD 938-PAR-2802

>>>>>INTERVIEWER: UNKNOWN

>>>>>SOURCE: CHRISTINA NOVAK

>>>>>LAST OF DAWN, ORBITING EUROPA

>>>>>AF 12 10-AUGUST

>>>>>DOCUMENTARY NOVAK: THE OTHER SIDE OF THE LENS

 

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(NOVAK)

…not really used to this. No, no that’s fine.

 

{A young woman is seated at a mess table, Europa can be seen out the cruiser viewport, LEO distance. Her eyes are tracking something on the other side of the camera; face tense. She is in a sylph morph, perfect bone structure, delicate features, raven hair}

 

(UNKNOWN)

-Indecipherable-

 

(NOVAK)

No, nothing. Let’s just get going.

 

(UNKNOWN)

-Indecipherable-

 

(NOVAK)

What?

 

(UNKNOWN)

-Indecipherable-

 

(NOVAK)

Really? That’s what you want to start with? {Laughter, Negative Connotation 97.86%} That’s hard hitting stuff. Christ. What do you think I miss about earth? I miss one gee. I miss real sunlight on my skin, laying on a beach. The smell of the water and sand and fish and rot –

 

(UNKNOWN)

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(NOVAK)

No, REAL sunlight. I know what I said. Not the goddamn hard radiation you have to filter through a screen out here. Safe, soft, orange. Makes you sleepy. But smells! What do I miss? How to catalog a billion lost smells, and each one a memory… {Pause} I had been off Earth before. Of course; I was a reporter even then. As we evacuated…I thought I’d feel – I don’t know – grateful I had escaped, relieved. And then I saw that blue sphere getting smaller. Smaller. It was…distorted in the viewer by the engine wash. {Sigh} Even then you could see, actually watch, the remaining green slowly turning a dusty brown as the TITANS started eating it all up or whatever it was they did.

 

(UNKNOWN)

-Indecipherable-

 

(NOVAK)

{Long pause. Novak is looking into the distance, unfocused} Sick. I felt sick, I guess. {Annoyed, turns back to camera} Look, you can get this sort of stuff from any survivor. There are three-hundred million of us. Try something new.

 

(UNKNOWN)

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(NOVAK)

No, I don’t think the TITANS are to blame. Not fully. There are a lot of questions left unanswered. Reporters, the media. They – we – got lazy. Didn’t see the forest from the trees. I think Earth governments had a lot more to do with it than we suspect, and there should have been more questions at the time.

 

(UNKNOWN)

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(NOVAK)

I know it isn’t a popular opinion. But it gets ratings. {Novak rolls her eyes} That fuels me, though. I’m popular because I don’t regurgitate the state stories anymore. You ever hear the song; it goes something like “Won’t get fooled again…”

 

(UNKNOWN)

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(NOVAK)

No, I can’t remember any of the rest of it, but…for some reason I distinctly remember that playing over my pad. It was when I worked on the SanSan City Grid. It was my first news beat. {Pause, shakes her head slowly} Anyway, I don’t know where I’m going with that. {Sigh, wistful 67.22%} We’ll just edit it out later. We can’t be fooled again. You ever feel like you let someone down? Multiply that by twenty billion, and you can imagine I’m having a real bad twelve-fucking-years.

 

{Long silence. Novak looks down at her hands, then runs a finger across her brow, pushing a lock of hair behind her ear}

 

(Unknown)

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(Novak)

Faust. His name’s Faust.

 

(UNKNOWN)

-Indecipherable-

 

(NOVAK)

I’m well aware of the local laws on Artificial Intelligence. I avoid those planetary bodies, or take other precautions. He has the duties of a ‘muse,’ but that is insulting. Faust runs every system on –

 

(UNKNOWN)

-Indecipherable-

 

(NOVAK)

{Annoyance, 100%} Yes, I have broken that law in the past. Let your subject tell the story, it’s reporting 101. Damn. {Novak pauses, adjusting her bracelet wearable} Faust runs every system on the Solar Cadence and I’d trust him with my life. He handles camerawork, scheduling, safety. I’m not afraid of boogeymen, or the corporate-line on machine thought. Viewers – the smart ones – respect that.

 

(UNKNOWN)

-Indecipherable-

 

(NOVAK)

{Laughter, surprised; amused 82.17%} Maybe I am. Maybe I am. {Shrug}

 

(UNKNOWN)

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(NOVAK)

Because he is trustworthy, direct, dedicated, and knows the value of truth. If you’ve got those, then I’m happy to consider you a friend, or at least worth respect. Well – look, I know sometimes there is a place for subterfuge. I deal with…let’s say all sorts of people. You have to in my line of work, and you have to see both sides of things. At the same time, my contacts, those I work with, know I don’t pick sides, I only tell the tale. But we’re in this thing together now, working to the same goal. Does that make sense?

 

(UNKNOWN)

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(NOVAK)

I mean all of us. We have to be more inquisitive, adapt. It’s just like the AI issue – fear. The cure for fear is facts. Now, people are afraid these are our final days. Me? I’m not afraid of extinction. That’s going to happen…it’s going to happen some day. It’s just…it’s about choice. You need to know the score to make a choice.

 

(UNKNOWN)

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(NOVAK)

{Laughter} A bit dark, but I guess you’re right. Hmm, yeah. Even if the choice is to accept our fate. It scares me we won’t even see it coming, and it’ll be our fault. People deserve to know. {Long pause, staring at something off camera} Fuck, I’m rambling. Edit that part too.

 

(UNKNOWN)

-Indecipherable-

 

(NOVAK)

You can’t just have dead air and me philosophising. We’ll clean it up in post.

 

(UNKNOWN)

-Indecipherable-

 

(NOVAK)

…Don’t ask me that. {Pause, brow furrowed} It’s because I have to know. I have to know. It’s all that matters to me. It’s what I have left. I’ll give everyone that, at least.

 

{Long Pause, places hand across mouth, 11.2 seconds} {Stands up} No. No. Scrap it. It was a mistake. This was a very, very poor idea. We’ll –

 

{Video cuts out at 00:04:13:01.16}

 

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