AlphaGate #4 – The Post-Space War Earth

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This is the crossover fanfic in my fan-series which features a parallel universe Moonbase Alpha (Space:1999) as it would occur in Universe-777 (the Stargate & Doctor Who universe).

Story (C) 2007-2012 Mr SciRev

Previous episode: AlphaGate 3

For the Stargate Timeline, it happens after Stargate Atlantis 4×3 and the Stargate Continuum movie.

SPOILER: none

 

What you need to know:
“The IOA (International Oversight Advisory) has set up a top secret base on the moon powered by a ZPM (Zero-Point Module) – an ancient power source. Stargate Command has commissioned special crafts called Eagles and a Stargate – a ring-like device created by the Ancients able to send people through a wormhole – but one without a protective iris. A separate section on the moon houses a super-hadron collider. A mysterious hyperdrive in the catacombs of the moon has been activated, catapulting the moon to an unknown area in space. First the moon ended up in the Void between parallel universes, invaded by some Cybermen and now after reactivating the device, ended up back in orbit around what seems like earth!”
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Earth-777′s moon, somewhere in an unknown space/universe
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Thus soon after it was decided by Commissioner Gerald Simmonds, Dr Daniel Jackson and John Koenig that it would be best to hyperjump the moon once more. Perhaps they would end up back in Universe-777, as currently they were in some void between dimensions which harboured dangerous creatures – Cybermen and Daleks – at best. So Moonbase Alpha took the next leap, and promptly… everyone in Main Mission saw the Earth! They had finally ended up in orbit around what seemed to be earth.
But was it? Everyone in Main Mission sighed, hoping they could go home again finally, though the virus might mean they would have to spend some time in isolation…

“Can we check whether we are back in our universe?” Daniel asked.
Professor Victor Bergman answered, “we don’t yet have the capability to check. We could begin work on some device to help us determine the specific vibration of the universe we are in.”
“Then do that”, Daniel said.
“I could do a sensor scan, plus scans of radio and tv transmissions,” Sandra Benes noted.
“Good idea. Do it now”, Daniel told her. Daniel thought of Vala. He hoped she would be ok back in their home universe. Would he ever see her again?
Sandra found there was a space station in orbit. The insignia indicated it was the S.H.I.E.L.D. Midway Space Station.

Time passed and Sandra found some transmissions. First a documentary about the war was being broadcast. It was WWII for sure. But the reference to the attackers of Pearl Harbour was odd. It was said that the attack was done in space. Space? How could that be?
“Dr Jackson, Pearl Harbour occurred in space here. Apparently the attackers were the Beta Empire. Earth was in an alliance with the Alpha Empire. The reptilian Betans – mostly Draconians – attacked Space Station Midway in earth orbit, bringing earth into a space war. The Alpha Empire thankfully won the war.”
Then her scans started to show advanced spacecraft, the likes of which they had never seen, take off from earth, and in particular one of them seemed to get closer to them.
“Space Station Midway in earth orbit! That is fascinating.”, Teal’c said, twitching his eyebrow.
“Yes, in our universe there is a space station, with this name, placed at the halfway point between the Milky Way and Pegasus galaxies”, Daniel added.
Suddenly a communication was received from the approaching spacecraft. “This is the Starcapsule 15 from the planet Earth. Identify yourself! Who are you, and what have you done with our Moonbase?”

Meanwhile Victor came back shouting, with a rudimentary device in his hand, “this is Universe-7918. So we are in orbit around Earth-7918!”
He looked at the transmissions being received and said “this is an advanced civilization”, then heard the voice from the approaching spacecraft.
“I am Dr Daniel Jackson from Stargate Command from Earth, not your earth but one in a parallel universe. This is Moonbase Alpha, we come in peace”, Daniel said, hoping it did not sound like they were hippies. “We have reason to believe that we have traversed into your parallel universe because of an unknown alien device we are carrying…”
“I am Commander Mark Williams of Starcapsule 15. We consider your hijacking of our moon as a terrorist act. There were people on our Moonbase! What has happened to them?”
“We do not know. Our scientific advisor Professor Bergman has told us your moon probably has taken our place in our universe.” Jackson answered, neglecting to mention the possiblity that their moon might have ended up in the Void… not a reassuring thought.
“Your advisor Bergman? He is first in command on our moonbase. Williams out.”
“That did not go too well”, Daniel said.

Suddenly Victor disappeared in a flash of light. Daniel deduced some short-range teleportation device must have been activated. Their force-field – Victor’s invention – had not helped block this matter transmission… and Simmonds angrily called it a failure. They were vulnerable. “We must launch an attack now. Launch the Eagles now!”
Victor had been captured, “Victor is their prisoner now. We dare not attempt an attack!”
Daniel hoped Victor would not be harmed. “They must have thought he was our prisoner.”
So two Eagles were launched immediately as both Simmonds and John agreed to this. Daniel had been overruled.
Their aim, to attack Starcapsule 15!

The Eagles did not manage to get too close to the spacecraft, when a neutrino and plasma beam struck at the Eagles. It overpowered the modified Tel’taks’ shields and the ships broke apart. One pilot managed to get to an escape pod but his co-pilot and the other Eagle’s occupants did not. The pilot who survived was the only Maltese crew member on board Alpha, Alessandru Fontanier. The man was a survivor, you could say that. He had been to all sorts of countries and had seen it all.

The Eagle attack had been a big failure. Simmonds was angry and blamed John. But it was not Koenig’s fault, he could not have predicted the firepower Starcapsule 15 had. Meanwhile a report came in about the hyperjump Ancient device. The display had been showing a countdown. They had less than 12 hours. But what would happen when the time ended?

So Daniel Jackson now had carte blanche to try a discussion with them. His idea was to send in two Alphans via the Stargate. The Stargate was now connected to the ring network on this earth and the proximity to this earth meant they could gate to it. The moon was in a good orbit and would stay there for at least one day after which it would slowly leave this earth’s orbit.
The purpose of the two Alphans was both diplomatic and reconnaissance. They would report on whatever they saw and afterwards try to make contact with the local authorities, to start a dialogue to try and get Victor released. In the meantime Starcapsule had landed in a military base.

Daniel chose Bill Fraser and Tony for this mission. He wanted to send Teal’c but Teal’c himself thought they would not have trusted him since he was an alien. Bill and Tony were sent through the Stargate and they found themselves at a museum. So as agreed Daniel sent out a transmission to the military base using standard miltary protocol channels. The likelihood was that the same or quite similar frequencies and systems would be used.

“This is Dr Daniel Jackson from Moonbase Alpha. We would like to talk to you about Professor Bergman who has been abducted, We have sent a diplomatic mission to earth via the Stargate to talk to you.”
“This is a violation. We will not talk with you. Your diplomats will be arrested and brought to justice” the official on screen replied.
This was not going well. Not too well at all. Koenig and Simmonds were very angry now.

More Starcapsules were launched as a result of the incident, and they attacked Alpha. They caused quite some damage. Before it became worse, Daniel decided to surrender. This earth has superior fire-power and Alpha would not survive any more of this. Koenig and Simmonds were now extremely furious at Daniel. Perhaps they were suicidal, which Daniel was not. Meanwhile Sandra had caught a cold. Dr Helena Russel ordered her to go to sickbay, where she would be tested for the Flu virus.

This Earth’s World President was Nick Fury – previously director of the espionage agency S.H.I.E.L.D. and a general during wartime – the Space wartime of course. Fury had founded the legendary Howling Commando Squad. In this squad Fury served with Eric Koenig, a pilot, also the brother of John Koenig the director of S.W.O.R.D.. In this post-war time, Eric was working as a pilot on the Moonbase. The purpose of S.W.O.R.D. was to protect earth from potential invasions and other similar attacks. They operated from a space station known as The Peak. It was slightly damaged when the Moon disappeared but it was just a minor setback and it was promptly repaired.
President Nick Fury arranged for the release of Professor Victor Bergman. He was being held captive just in case, because he was saying he was not “their” Bergman. Victor went to his alternate’s house. He felt at home, though his tastes were not exactly the same. But he could feel a connection just the same, and relaxed. He saw a framed photo of his wife. He assumed that she must have died here recently too, the same as in his home universe (Universe-777). She was the same woman he had married. Beautiful and intelligent. Romantic. How he missed her.
Then he started thinking about how he could get in touch with the moonbase. Suddenly someone knocked on his door.
He opened the door and saw that it was Koenig. Koenig was here?
“Hello Professor Bergman. I heard a rumour that our Bergman was back. How are you?”
So this was this world’s alternate John Koenig. “I’m fine, mostly. I’m not your Bergman though”
“What do you mean” Alternate Koenig asked.
“I’m from a parallel universe. Our moon went to a parallel universe – more than one – and this time we ended up here. Can you help get me back to the moonbase? We want to get back to our universe. Perhaps this will get your own moonbase and moon back too” Victor explained.
“I will do what I can. While you were in the prison, was everything ok with your artificial heart – assuming you have one like our Victor has – and did they treat you well?” the Alternate Koenig asked.
“I have one yes. All was ok. It was no hotel but they did not mistreat me”, Victor explained.
“There are two of your people who got captured too. I will speak to President Fury and see if he can help calm down the situation, my old friend” Alternate Koenig said. “May I ask about my brother in your universe?”
“Your brother? You didn’t have a brother…” Victor replied.
“I see. Here my brother was a pilot on the Moonbase while I am the director of S.W.O.R.D. – that stands for Sentient World Observation and Response Department.”
“My commander is.. you.. I mean your alternate. Interesting. Very interesting. So you were not on the moon when it ‘slid’ to a parallel universe.”
“Did you speak to your wife? Our Victor is missing – he must be in another parallel earth – he slid as you called it on our moon.”
“My wife? Isn’t she dead here? I presumed she was.”
“No. She is alive. She is in a hospital, Victor. She is suffering from a rare disease but we hope she will make it.”
“I want to stay here, are you hearing me? I want to stay on this earth.” Victor shouted.
“Remember she is not your wife. She is this earth’s Victor’s wife.”
“I know, John. But my wife is dead. And if I can live a life where I can be friends with an alternate version of her, well that would be enough for me.”
“I hope you know what you are doing. You may never manage to get back to your earth if you just stay here.”
“There was nothing left for me on that earth. Not after she died.”
“Here you have so many technological advances. You even have flying cars!”
The alternate John Koenig laughed out loud.

 

In the main Alpha meeting room, John Koenig and Simmons were fuming about the surrender. Both of them were feeling hopeless and Simmons was taking it out on Daniel. Well at least it was just verbally, Daniel thought. He preferred the old times with Jack, Sam and Teal’c. Daniel said there was no alternative. Unless they wanted the base to get destroyed.

Victor got to meet Bill and Tony, who were still locked up. He went to the police lockup together with Alternate Koenig and John Koenig showed some papers to the commissioner. Bill and Tony were promptly released, much to their relief. Tony had been persistently complaining and asking to be given a beer.
On the big screen on Alpha’s Main Mission a transmission was received from Earth. It was President Nick Fury. One eye was hidden by a black patch. The man had been through the Space War and lived to become President of a united Earth. Fury explained how the explanation given by Victor had been accepted. So Victor, Bill and Tony were going to be sent back to Alpha via the Stargate.

After a while, a Starcapsule was launched and it docked on the moonbase. The pilot of the capsule was an alien woman of 32 years of age. She had dark brown ears and long sideburns. Her eyebrows looked distinct, to say the least. They looked upturned, not like human eyebrows. Her name was Maya and she was a pilot, mathematician and computer scientist. Bill and Tony were so relieved to be back. They wondered about Victor, though. They were not informed via the official channels about what had happened to him.

Maya met with Dr Daniel Jackson and explained all about Victor’s decision to stay on earth. They started a video-link transmission to earth so as to speak to him directly. Victor gave his goodbyes to all aboard Alpha. He was going to stay on this earth. All in Main Mission were in tears. Maya was really fascinated by this moon which could travel to parallel earths.
The decision had been taken to slide to another moon by Daniel, John and Simmonds himself. Simmonds did not like this earth much, so he expressed his hope that the next time they would return to their universe. “But what if we keep on finding new universes?” John Koenig asked.
“I hope there will be an end. We will find our universe or one really really like it.” THE END…
Continued soon….
Next episode
All Marks are owned by their owners.

Space:1999 and its characters are ITC Entertainment’s, Sylvia and Gerry Anderson’s.
Doctor Who, Rose Tyler, Torchwood, Captain Jack, Martha, Captain Jack, Cybermen, Cyberleader, Draconians, UNIT are the BBC’s
The Sliders are Fox/Universal/Sci-Fi Channel’s
Sam Carter, Dr Daniel Jackson, Teal’c, The Tok’ra, the Ancients, the Replicators, Anubis, the Goa’uld, naquadha, the Wraiths, Tel’taks, zatguns, Stargate Atlantis and Stargate SG-1 are the property of Stargate (II) Productions, Showtime/Viacom, MGM/UA.
Space Station Midway is the one by Marvel Comics, shown in What If? v1 #14 “What If Sgt Fury had fought WWII in Outer Space” by Marvel Comics in 1979. No this is not the one in Stargate! This comic is available online here
Nick Fury is Marvel comics’.
Alessandru Fontanier is my own character, first seen in Il-Kavallier li Ma Setghax Imut (broadcast on RTK radio and now available in a revised screenplay version here)
This fanfic is for entertainment purposes only and no money exchanged hands.
No copyright infringement is intended.
The original characters including Alessandru Fontanier, situations and story are the property of the author. Alessandru Fontanier appears in my short original story “Il Kavallier Li Ma Setghax Imut”.
This story may not be posted or printed elsewhere without the consent of the author.

AUTHOR NOTES:
This parallel earth appears originally in What If? #14 by Marvel Comics.

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