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The Story of RAGS - Part 6 - PEGASUS


The ship and crew were operating in their normal efficient way on the trip and Rags had the opportunity to continue studying the stars from the forward lounge. When Rags wasn’t working, or in the Star Lounge, he would spend his time amidships, in the library, studying Greek mythology, to learn more about the legendary Pegasus.


What a library it was, as it contained over 100 billion books on cubes (storage devices). These books could be assessed at any terminal throughout the ship for reading, but the 3D hologram versions could only be reached at a few select places, such as the library.


The Princess Millie was one of the very few ships in the entire fleet of the Intergalactic Federation that had physical books. Books were a luxury, because of the weight; most of the ships would only carry the books in digital format, saving weight to carry the precious cargo. The ship’s library was the pride of the fleet and boasted over one million copies. These books were the best of the best from the known planets and were available in every language.


The library was simple in its design and looked like every other library, with stacks of books neatly lined on rows of shelving. All the books properly arranged by planet, author, subject, and genre. The walls were paneled in a rich mahogany paneling making it feel more comfortable. There was even a wall panel with a fireplace playing on it. The smell and sound of the crackling fire was very realistic and the overstuffed chairs were mostly full of folks reading from their personal readers, but a few had hard copy books.


The library was unique in that it knew the patrons on sight from cameras in the stacks and would display the current most popular books of the genre favored by the person on the screen in the entrance. A person that enjoyed science fiction would see the top 100 books by popularity, like






#1 J.D. Means, ‘Millie and Honey – The Incredible Instantaneous Interplanetary Adventure – Volume I – CATATONIA’ Earth, Science Fiction


[Cube, 3D, Hard Copy]






#1 Dean Koontz, ‘Odd Thomas’ Earth, Science Fiction


[Cube, 3D, Hard Copy]




#2 Jim Brown, ‘Boom’ Earth, Science Fiction


[Cube, 3D, Hard Copy]




#3 J.D. Means, ‘Millie and Honey – The Incredible Instantaneous Interplanetary Adventure – Volume II – APPLEOPOLIS’ Earth, Science Fiction


[Cube, 3D, Hard Copy]




The display would also show the formats afterwards. If the patron was interested in a certain book displayed on the screen, they merely had to speak the name of the book, the format they were interested in and proceed to the counter, flash their ship’s Identification and the book could be received instantly at the counter.


In Rag’s case, whenever he entered the library, the screen would flash his most recent books and list the top books in the category;






#1 Thomas Bulfinch, ‘Bulfinch Mythology’ Earth, Greek Mythology


[Cube, 3D, Hard Copy]




#2 Weedon Topside, ‘Pegasus – The Definitive History’ Pegasus, Pegasean History [Cube, 3D, Hard Copy]








#1 Homer, ‘The Odyssey’ Earth, Greek Mythology


[Cube, 3D, Hard Copy]




#2 Homer, ‘The Iliad’ Earth, Greek Mythology


[Cube, 3D, Hard Copy]




#3 Rimwald, ‘The Winged Horse of Atlantis’ Giantus, Earth Historical


[Cube, 3D]




Bulfinch was his favorite as it told the stories behind the Greek Myths of the planet Earth and explained how each of the characters interacted with each other, along with pictures from the era of the earliest writings. He studied other books as well in digital and 3D, but his favorites were the hard copy books. There was just something about the feel and smell of a real book that could not be replaced by digital reproduction.


In the original Earth version of the Greek Mythology, Pegasus was born from the blood of Medusa that poured into the ocean when Perseus beheaded her, thus making Pegasus the child of Medusa and Poseidon (the God of the oceans). Pegasus was tamed by Bellerophon and served him through many adventures. When Bellerophon tried to fly to Olympus, the home of the Gods, Zeus caused Pegasus to unseat him, but allowed Pegasus to continue on to Mount Olympus, where he served in carrying Zeus’s lightning bolts. There the story ends and little else is mentioned about Pegasus throughout the myths of the Greek’s written history.


But the next book from the planet Pegasus, by Weedon Topside, ‘Pegasus – The Definitive History’, tells of a great white winged horse that carried Queen Brodwyn through the cities of the Gargantuan people, many eons ago. The story of the ancient horse was so similar to the tales of Pegasus in the Earth’s Greek Myths, that the Gargantuan people changed the name of their planet from Giantus to Pegasus. In Topside’s book, he tells the history of the Gargantuan people, including the event of one of their two suns going supernova and destroying their planet. The planet Giantus was broken into three bodies; the planet inhabited now by the Gargantuans, and the two smaller moons that now circle in the solar system of a single sun.


Hundreds of billions died in the event of the supernova, but enough survived to rebuild the planet and restore their civilization. Once the restoration of the planet began, the preservation of ancient books was of great importance to the Gargantuans as they never wanted to forget their history. These books became sacred as the knowledge of their past was reduced to a few remnants that were found on the planet and the moons.


Rags found himself fascinated that what the people of Earth considered myth was considered factual history on the planet Pegasus. He studied the similarities of the stories and through his research, discovered that the accounts of Pegasus were virtually identical. Even though there were no references to the horse in the modern history of Pegasus, the animal of Greek mythology was considered immortal.


Though there was no known hard copy of the Earth book by Rimwald, he was excited that the library had a Cube and 3D copy of the book, ‘The Winged Horse of Atlantis.’ It was found on one of the moons of Giantus, several years ago and added to the Princess Millie’s Library. It spoke of the horse in modern terms as if Pegasus, who was just called, ‘The Winged Horse,’ in the book was a living being during the civilization, before the complete destruction of the continent along with all its knowledge. Even now, Atlantis was still considered a myth by the inhabitants of Earth, as they did not possess the information contained in the four books that were found on Pegasus and the two hard copies found on other planets within the galaxy and now on Cube and 3D in the Princess Millie’s Library.


Anxious to reach landfall and do more research, Rags discussed his discoveries with Lee and some of his closest friends. He felt that he had made a link between the books and the fact that there really was a winged horse that had once been called Pegasus.


To be continues next week…