Dulce Base (The Dulce Files Book 1)

Dulce Base (The Dulce Files Book 1) by Greg Strandberg Read Free Book Online

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Authors: Greg Strandberg
generally refer to when we say the ‘Gray.’”
    Stan paused and looked out, making sure he had everyone’s attention before continuing. He did.
    “They’re from the Zeta Reticulan star system – the Bernard star – neighboring the Orion area. Zeta Reticuli is nothing more than a dim point of light to us if we’re standing outside in an empty area and looking up…though you’d have to be in the southern hemisphere to see it, approximately equidistant between the constellation Orion and the Celestial South Pole.”
    In the chairs ahead of him, Tommy yawned, audibly and to quite a few grins.
    “Not the most interesting at times, I know,” Ellis said from the side of the room, “but it just might save your life.”
    “I find it fascinating,” Paul said, and was immediately met with a round of chuckles from the more ‘macho’ men of the team.
    “The Reticulum constellation is relatively close to us, celestially-speaking,” Stan continued, pointing at the star map on the wall, “just 40 light years away…or 175,000 years if we were travelling in a regular space craft like we take to the moon.”
    From the back, someone whistled.
    Stan nodded to that. “Of course, that’s not practical, so we’d most likely take a craft that could get us there in a fraction of a fraction of the time. But then that’s something which we don’t have and probably won’t for some time.”
    “At least not publicly,” Stu said from the back of the room.
    “And that goes with Zeta 2 Reticuli as well,” Stan continued, “the name given to the Gray’s home world upon its discovery in 1944. Almost immediately it was taken from the list of known and discovered planets, the truth of what it held just too dangerous for the general public to know.”
    “Despite the Betty and Barney Hill incident in ’61,” Ellis said from the side of the room.
    Tommy again gave an audible yawn.
    “So what do we know about these things, sir?” Turn asked, his eyes open and looking on quizzically.
    “The Grays function in a mode that’s apparently military in nature with a rigidly defined social structure that holds science and ‘conquering worlds’ to be the prime movers,” Stan went on. “Physically, they stand 3 to 3 1/2 feet in height, have a small, thin build and heads much larger than a human’s. There are no auditory lobes, no hair, just limited facial features, a slit mouth and no nose to speak of.  Their arms resemble those of a praying mantis in its normal position, and they reach to the creatures’ knees, the long hands with the small palm and claw-like fingers of a various number of digits – often two short digits and two long, but some species have three or four fingers. They have small feet with four small claw-like toes, organs that are similar to human organs but which have obviously developed according to a different mutational process. Each has two separate brains, movement that’s deliberate, slow and precise. The two separate brains are held apart from one another by a mid-cranial lateral bone, meaning they have an anterior and posterior brain, though there’s no apparent connection between the two. Some autopsies have revealed a crystalline network which is thought to have a function in telepathic functions, probably to help maintain the group-consciousness between them. Functions of group consciousness does have a disadvantage in that decisions within the larger Gray collective come rather slowly as the matter at hand filters through the group awareness to those who must make a decision. To top it all off, they’ve also evolved beyond the need for reproductive systems or digestive systems and now only reproduce by cloning.”
    “So no kickin’ ‘em in the balls,” Tommy laughed, and a few of the other men joined in, mostly the young and less-educated, like Tommy himself, and Bobbie. They were the two constant jokers of the team, but two they had to put up with – they were super soldiers. Turn couldn’t

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