faith, Brother Silas. Her Holiness the Pope gave me strict
Silas frowned. The expression made a caricature of his wrinkled face
and made him look even more like a monkey. She made a mental note to
speak to Silas about maintaining a blissful expression at all times.
not questioning the Will of God, he said. I simply
express my own concerns about this technology, Your Eminence.
Deacon Richeau nodded her bald head in sympathy. That I
understand. We must pray for the strength to see our mission
biggest challenge was getting around the Heisenberg Uncertainty
Principle, said Henson. Are you familiar with it? No?
Well, it states that by observing a very small particle, youll
affect it in some way. Because of that, you can never know both the
location and speed of any single particle. Obviously youd have
to know both, so it seemed impossible.
replied Richeau. Her dark eyes glittered in a too pale face. And
how was that done?
called Quantum Entanglement, said Henson. He smiled as he
warmed to his task. This was the first time the Cardinal had done
anything other than listen with a polite smile pasted on her face,
and he intended to force a wedge into that crack. It refers to
a relationship between small particles, so that when one does
something it will have a predictable effect on its entangled mate.
we cant observe a particular particle without bumping it, we
have to observe another particle entangled with the first, then draw
conclusions from that observation. We actually have to have three
entangled particles for this to work: We infer some of the data
about particle A by observation of particle B, which bumps B. The
rest of the data is passed on to particle C.
Cardinals assistant cleared his throat and the woman made some
small motion to placate him. And this allows you to teleport
an object across space?
shook his head. Thats just a part of it. This allows us
to scan and record data on all of the trillion trillion atoms making
up the human body. If a single molecule were to be replicated at the
destination out of place, theres no telling what kind of
defects could result.
Cardinal smiled and moved on to the next portion of the tour, Brother
Silas trailing behind.
Reeves sipped the coffee his secretary had brought him and grimaced.
After several hours boiling away in the urn, the thick liquid was the
consistency of motor oil and tasted of aluminum.
is going to wreck the project, wailed Carson for the third
time. I told you we shouldnt have let that woman visit.
woman, replied Reeves. Is a Cardinal Deacon of the
Revised Catholic Church. She is probably the most powerful Church
representative on this continent, and she requested through official
channels to be allowed to tour. That request was presented along with
a letter holding a Papal Seal.
threw up his hands as if in resignation. And why do you think
observe and decide whether anything were doing here might be
detrimental to the interests of the Catholic Church.
know, replied Reeves. Do you recall when the Church
rejected the use of genetically modified beef four years ago? The
Pope decided that it was a violation of Gods Divine Will. She
claimed that God would provide, if it was His will the masses not
starve, and that any solution coming from the mind of men interfered
with that will. He shook his head. That started riots
all over the world. If shed been better prepared, she could
have used the argument that genetic engineering of the grain tampered
with Gods design or something like that. Like when she closed
down cloning experiments five years ago. She wont make the
same mistake again. She wants to consolidate her power by
controlling anything the Church can, and that includes scientific
we sit and wait.
do just that, and let our boy Henson be tour guide, said
Reeves. If anybody can be charming, non-offensive, and gain
the trust of anyone, itd be Chuck Henson.
as Reeves was expressing his confidence in Henson, the latter snapped
his mouth shut with an audible click of teeth and wished hed
watched his words more carefully.
sorry Im not more adept in scientific matters, Mister Henson.
Would you mind repeating that last part once again so that I can be
sure I understood what you were saying? The words were nothing
if not polite, but the glitter in Richeaus eyes sharpened.
Henson was aware Marianne Mirisha Yokosuka Richeau had graduated from
Oxford with honors, and she was well read in both physics and
said that-- He swallowed, attempting to even his breathing.
The particles are replicated.
hmm. And that would imply what
happened to the original particle?
the original tests, he said. The photon was
reconstructed from data at the target site, while the original photon
ceased to exist. He frowned. That implies that since
the reconstructed particle is identical to the original, and since a
particle cant be in two places at the same time, that the first
particle disappeared. Conservation of Energy.
to simplify: The particle is destroyed--converted to energy--at
point A, then is replicated perfectly at point B.
the original is destroyed.
Henson heard the uncertainty in his own voice.
the remaining particle is a replica.
breathed Richeau. After a brief pause: So when a human steps
into the teleporter, he is destroyed at point A while his data is
transmitted to point B, where an exact replica of him is
sweat broke out on Hensons brow. Thats not quite
what happens. He would be reconstructed--
you tell me. Those eyes turned to his. What happens to
soul, repeated Richaeu. The seat of Gods gift to a
human being. Its not a particle, or a quantity to be measured.
Im sure youre perfectly correct in your statement that
an item teleported is an exact replica of the original. But Im
concerned about what happens to that part of humanity that cant
in the lounge, said Henson. He had dark circles underneath his
eyes and seemed on the verge of tears. Im sorry, Larry.
blowing it, replied Henson. For telling the Cardinal
that we replicated objects at the terminus of the teleport.
said Reeves. Dont kill yourself over this. The Cardinal
is a well-educated woman capable of reading all the literature on the
project, and I dont doubt she already has. She knew what her
objections were before she came here. All she did was manipulate you
into telling the truth the way she wanted it told.
was silence for a moment before Carson asked: So what now?
smiled. The government wanted this project to proceed. Weve
made a lot of headway, but were not quite ready for teleporting
a human yet. My guess is that the Church and the State are going to
slug it out.
Majoris, Cardinal Richeau. This is a matter of the
greatest moment. I can keep my own counsel about this.
course, Holy Mother. I meant no disrespect. Richeau bowed her
bald head before the invisible camera positioned above the video
in spite of your reassurances that these men of science only want the
greatest good for humankind, they suffer from mans folly. They
cannot know the wishes of God. The old woman smiled benignly
into the monitor. That is my purview, and mine alone.
Holy Mother, I bow to your wisdom in all matters. Praise be to God.
dont sulk secretly in your heart, my child. Your scientists
will be allowed to continue their work, the government will still
have its pet project, and the needs of Mother Church will be met
first and foremost.
understand, Holy Mother.
know our wishes in this?
nodded, eyes averted. Yes, Your Holiness. The project here
will be allowed to continue until teleportation of a living creature
is achieved. I will tell them the Church has approved of this only
as long as we are kept informed of all progress.
them to believe this is because the Church approves of the
development of their device for use against the Heathen Forces of the
East. We cannot allow the flag of Islam to have dominion over the
souls of the faithful.
flitted her eyes briefly to the screen. As is the will of Your
Pope sketched a brief gesture at the screen. Bless you and
those under your protection, my child.
you, also, intoned Richeau, but the screen was blank. She
turned, composing herself, and faced the curious eyes of Brother
Silas. To his unspoken question, she said: And now I go to
deceive those good men, for the good of humankind.
the flight back to Seattle, Cardinal Deacon Marianne Mirisha Yokosuka
Richeau sipped a glass of wine and ate a bit of cheese while
contemplating her latest handiwork. She wasnt proud of it, but
it was for the ultimate good and the Grace of God, after all.
teleportation project would be allowed to continue, because it was in
the interests of the Church and its followers that such a powerful
potential tool against its enemies be developed. Doctor Reeves and
his team would keep New Vatican informed of their progress through
weekly reports. His best estimate was that successful testing with a
human volunteer would occur by the end of the year.
these men didnt know was that their device would never see use
by Western Forces. Operatives within the Eastern Block were waiting
for delivery of plans for the teleportation device, and New Vatican
had made arrangements for that in exchange for certain concessions in
border disputes in Eastern Europe and in Bethlehem.
course, once the device was in the hands of Eastern Block military
leaders, it would be used to transport troops and equipment across
the continent for purposes of invasion. This ability would also lead
to the defeat of Allied Forces in Europe and the Middle East.
forgiveness, Your Eminence--wouldnt that be against our wishes?
Surely such a defeat would lead to the weakening of the Church.
Silas wasnt cleared by New Vatican for such information, but
Richeau had need of a confidant.
you see that it doesnt matter? she said. Gods
Kingdom is in Heaven, and our works on Earth only prepare us for that
ascension. Yes, there would be widespread defeat of Western forces
throughout the world, and Islam would then hold sway. That would
happen, anyway, even with Western use of the transport device. But
by preparing for such a defeat, we can bargain for the Church to
what possible purpose?
smiled. You are confounded by your mortal flesh, Silas. In
thinking of the spiritual, dont you think the Church has a
plan? She sipped the wine. We have established to our
satisfaction that use of the device produces a replica of the
subject, and in no way can transport either the original vessel or
the soul. If the troops sent via the transporter have lost their
immortal souls, then they have lost. She settled into the
leather of the padded seat and closed her eyes. No matter the
outcome of the battles or the war, they have lost.