You lose objectivity when you believe in things.
5 Nov, 2138 - 14 Sep, 2168
Michael Julian Smith was the son of a programmer and a mathematician. Growing up, he excelled at both, and school in general. He had an affinity for the piano and guitar but drifted away from them in his teenage years, mostly due to his sudden popularity and wealth. At fifteen, he wrote a program that became a sensation.
Since Alcumbierre Warp Systems created a bubble in space, they could not see outside the bubble. While mankind had colonized other solar systems, they could only visually perceive their origin and destination. Michael turned the long voyage between colonies into a road trip, where one could look out the window and watch the universe pass them by.
He made it free and after a few months, almost every ship traversing colonized space would drop out of warp, travel at sub-light to record their surroundings, then warp away. Their recordings would be added to a free public directory with their names permanently credited, which was owned by him. Accessing it came with a small fee, but it benefited the quality of life for the crews, so everyone subscribed. Some people made businesses out of it, offering to explore regions for regular people who did not own starships.
Meanwhile, Michael soared high on success. Over the next three years, he powered through degrees and continued making programs wherever he saw a niche. His business grew and he became consumed in parties, lavish spending, and popularity despite his arrogant attitude. He was hailed as a prodigy who could write scripts in his sleep, and he began to go by M.J. Smith.
World War Four started before he turned eighteen. With the smallest standing army in over a century, the United States reinstated its draft policy. M.J. Smith tried to contest the draft on the grounds of his skills and what he could contribute to society, but the military was thirsty for talented programmers and denied his repeal.
From twenty-one fifty-six to twenty-one sixty-two, M.J. Smith served with the United States Spaceforce in the digital security division. His bad attitude kept getting him in trouble until a bitter commanding officer sent him to the front lines and stationed him in a hot zone on the colony of Freyja where the Alliance was losing ground. There, he was forced to cooperate with others. Some of Mike’s ideas improved their situation and they pushed back Federation forces.
M.J. Smith returned to high praise and promotions, even outranking the officer who gave him the assignment. But, Mike had come to appreciate his time there and was not bitter. He still had a big head but related better to others. To his dismay, his mother had died while he was on Freyja. Worst of all, she died to a preventable disease because of her own stubbornness not to see the doctor, instead, blaming her symptoms on old age.
His father had fallen into a deep depression. M.J. Smith spent as much time with him as possible. A friend approached him to assist in the formation of the Ministry of Science. He declined out of concern for his father, but when his friend died in an accident, his father encouraged him to take up his cause. So, he helped establish the Ministry of science, hiring people to tend to his father when he was away.
At the age of twenty-nine, Brands became law, and M.J. Smith was branded as an Alpha. His father, however, refused to be branded. The love his parents shared was so deep his father had no desire to go on without her. Color had drained from the world, and with it, meaning. Three years after the end of the war, after the formation of the Ministry of Science, he committed suicide.
M.J. Smith had a successful career in the Ministry of Science for two more years and at thirty years old, he died mysteriously in an accident alongside a prolific scientist. Having helped push Earth into a modern paradise, the planet mourned their deaths. Minds like theirs come once per generation, and the loss of both was devastating. Still, many believe they were assassinated for knowing dangerous state secrets.
Rest In Peace.