The History of the Transmissions
First Alien Transmissions Received
The Transmissions are first discovered in radio broadcasts, but then quickly found in analog television “snow” as well.
Because of this, the discovery is not restricted to scientists — it immediately begins to affect everyday life. Anyone can access the transmissions via AM radios and analog television sets. We are not alone, and we can switch on the radio or turn on the TV to see the evidence.
Of course, there are those that initially call the transmissions a hoax, but the scientific community does its due diligence. Radio arrays and telescopes across the world–coordinated by the Royal Observatory in Edinburgh–direct their efforts into learning more about the broadcasts and pinpointing their origin. They follow suggested protocols from SETI and the Interplanetary Resource Group to confirm the transmissions as extra-terrestrial.
By 2021, it is officially confirmed: the transmissions are genuinely alien, and they are coming from a planet called Proxima b, orbiting a star in the Alpha Centauri galaxy.
The first indications of the exoplanet Proxima b were found in 2013 by Mikko Tuomi. The European Southern Observatory’s Pale Red Dot project confirmed its existence on August 24, 2016. Located 4.22 light years away, Proxima b orbits a red dwarf named Proxima Centauri. But, having revealed that it is not only the closest exoplanet to earth, but home to intelligent life, it was renamed: Luxtaterra, Latin for “Near Earth.” The broadcasts we are able to see now originated over four years ago, giving us a look into the planet’s recent past.
What are in the transmissions?
They seem to be popular programming, as if we were receiving radio and television programs. These are not directed messages. We cannot understand any of the speech or comprehend their written language. However, these other beings seem to be very similar to humans. We can identify news broadcasts, reality television, art and fictional programs, sports, fashion, government, religion. Signs that they have a complex civilization and cultures — just like we do on Earth.
Scientists immediately start working on how to respond. Nations, individuals, and organizations worldwide debate what to say to the inhabitants of Luxtaterra.
The first directed message, “Hello,” is sent in 2023,in many formats and languages. Why does it take two years? It wasn’t a matter of technology—we already had the capability to send a laser-focused message to Luxtaterra back in 2016-2017. It took two years to agree on what to send.
National science organizations, like NASA, CSA, ESA, JAXA, and others start working on an unmanned probe that they will send to Luxtaterra. In case the 2023 message is blocked by the oort cloud or other unforeseen obstacles, this probe is a second, directed attempt to establish communication. The first is launched in 2026. Many more probes are sent toward Proxima b in the intervening years.
Karen Perrosk Establishes the B Prize
Scientists, linguists, mathematicians, and other experts begin the difficult work of translating the transmissions. We cannot fully know what the Proxima b inhabitants are like or effectively communicate with them until this is achieved. This work is motivated by a cash prize, funded by Karen Perrosk.
An Elon Musk-type innovator and entrepreneur, Karen Perrosk earned her fortune through the Perrosk Company, the world’s first major asteroid mining company. In 2021 (the same year the transmissions were first received) the Perrosk corporation announced their first asteroid mining mission.
By 2026, that mission launched successfully and is extremely profitable. From this success, Karen Perrosk establishes the b prize, a cash reward to go to the team that successfully translates the transmissions.
Though her company focuses on building asteroid mining into a thriving industry, Karen invests her growing personal fortune into a trust to fund research and development for interstellar travel. She believes that once the translations are achieved, travel to Luxtaterra must be the next step.
By 2033, ten years after sending the first direct message, we’ve heard nothing back. The world begins to lose hope in communication with Luxtaterra. We continue to receive constant transmissions of radio and television, but nothing different in tone, content, or format than what has been received for the past 13 years. Work on translation continues across the globe, but no major breakthroughs occur.
While we wait for updates on Luxtaterra and translation, the asteroid mining industry continues to extend humanity’s exploration of our own solar system. Public agencies still do not manage to generate enough funding to launch any major Mars missions, or major exploration of our own solar system.
However, companies like the Perrosk Corporation do send physicists, geologists, engineers, and a variety of other researchers into space as part of their ever-expanding, profit-driven mining expeditions. Technology for sustaining life outside of Earth’s atmosphere and for navigating space continues to advance—making long-term travel outside of Earth’s atmosphere possible.