Dr. Stone posts a new picture on the video display of the Wildfire complex.
“Each level is a different color,” says Stone, “based on a Navy study of the effects of color on the environment. Also every level is biomedically cleaner than the one above it. We don’t want anything to contaminate a possible organism. That would make it twice as hard to isolate and characterize.”
Stone brings up another video image on the display.
“It’ll take us sixteen hours to descend through the programmed decontamination procedures on the first four levels, to level five, where the main labs are,” explains Stone.
“Where exactly are we now?” asks Hall.
“There’s one way you can locate yourself, or any of us, instantly,” replies Stone, “Simply by calling up projections from the electronic diagram, on any video monitor, anywhere in Wildfire. Views, such as this…” Stone calls up a schematic. “Now, this shows we’re in conference room seven, Level One. Each of us is indicated by our initial. Our movements are continually monitored on the electronic diagram.”
“Where are the patients?” asks Hall.
“Where’s the capsule?” asks Leavitt.