Outland: Chapter 11
My eyes kept straying out the left side of the window, hoping to catch a glimpse of land out across the water. We had crept easily up the coast of Mexico, but I knew heading all the way up the coast, as Jane and Nathan had said, was not going to be in my interest.
“Gulliver…” I spoke up suddenly.
“You have a question, Andrew?”
“Are systems prepared for submersion, you think?” I spoke, knowing myself that the answer would be uncertain.
“It’s not something we’ve undergone in quite some time. I would also factor in the lack of regular maintenance to various parts; the seals, the ballast tanks, the…”
“I understand, Gulliver.” I stopped him, partially ashamed at my failure to really do much of any work on Gulliver’s systems. Once upon a time, there would be teams of people regularly checking on the systems of bots like Gulliver. I had some know-how, but not as much as those guys. “If anything, a short test would not hurt, would it?”
“If a seal were to collapse in a vital spot, it could flood the power cells or the drive train.”
“I don’t like the idea as much as you, Gulliver, but…” I rubbed my chin, thinking. “Our best chance of proceeding here is to cross over the gulf here.” Continue reading “The Gulf”