“All the sub-units are the same!” says Leavitt.
“Damnedest thing I’ve ever s–” begins Stone, and shakes his head. “A single substance!”
“Then how the hell does it operate?” asks Dutton. “How does anything so simple utilize energy for growth?”
“No way of telling from that structure,” says Stone.
“Yes, there is,” replies Leavitt, punching four buttons on the console. “With this new data, we can now get a computerized version of how Andromeda functions.”
Titles appear on the monitor:
A digital simulation of the Andromeda crystal appears, but static and blinking variations show up on the screen.
“They’re not uniform,” says Stone. “Could be mutations.” Dutton looks at Stone.
The computer simulation continues. The crystal gets larger and more complex. The soundtrack gets louder and distorted. The video screen blurs, followed by a large digital display “601.”
“What the devil?” says Dutton.
“Six oh one?” says Stone. “The computer’s overloaded! Too much data, coming in too fast.”
“Dividing and mutating at the same time?” says Dutton.
“And nothing to stop it,” says Leavitt. “Normal Earth checks and balances don’t exist.”