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In 1956, in a nation called "United Texas," an alternate-worlds version of the United States, super-child J-9 helps Atom Ranger Rex King, Commander-In-Chief of the United Texas Atom Patrol, fight Communist Party Chairman Comrade X, whose goal is to establish a Socialist World State like that envisioned in H. G. Wells' 1936 film "Things To Come." But first Comrade X must destroy the major obstacle blocking his plan for planet-wide conquest: United Texas. In response to Communist aggression, United Texas launches an all-out fight for survival against the evil ideology that threatens to enslave not only Earth, but the entire Solar System.


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J-9's World


Who was super-child J-9? Why, when, and where was she created? What was her mission? Read on, and you'll find out...


In 1945, in a nation called "United Texas," an alternate-worlds version of the United States, the first atom bomb was exploded by Project Star Blaster scientists at the Thunderbolt test site in the State of Texas. On a cliff overlooking the test site, a forgotten ghost town called Todd City, that had been a bustling mining town in 1885, was inadvertently destroyed by the blast, heat, and shock wave.


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In 1947 aliens from the future, Angels, emerged from a hyper-cube, a 3-D projection of a 4-D tesseract, that suddenly appeared amid the radioactive ruins of Todd City. They constructed a little humanoid machine, J-9, in the likeness of a girl named Thelma Scott whose photograph they found in the ashes. They programmed J-9 for her five-year mission to increase the probability of Atomic War among the humans, and then they sent her off to fend for herself. As an autonomous machine, her goal in life was to become a weaponeer—an engineer who designed new types of atom bombs—at the Offensive Weapons Laboratory (OWL), located 50 miles northwest of Todd City.


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In 1949, when General March, United Texas Air Force Commander-in-Chief and Commanding Officer of OWL, heard about the super-child living on a ranch, located only a few miles north of OWL Headquarters, he flew there by helicopter to recruit J-9 as a weaponeer. On the short flight to OWL, General March witnessed a dramatic demonstration of J-9's P-K (psycho-kinetic) power. Atom Cadet Rex King was on his way to OWL for the first time. He was flying there to learn how to work with nuclear weapons. Rex had been recruited into the Atom Patrol as a cadet at Atom Academy in Peaceful Valley, the location of Atom Patrol Headquarters. This training course at OWL would be Rex's first step toward becoming an Atom Ranger, a general officer in the Atom Patrol. When Rex's T-33 was about to crash, J-9 used the "invisible hands" of her P-K power to set the little jet gently down on the desert floor. Within a few days after J-9's arrival at OWL, everyone there realized the little mutant girl was already light-years beyond her colleagues. Chief Weaponeer, Dr. Lawrence Henderson, recognized the super-child's transcendent genius. Within two weeks General March, at Dr. Henderson's suggestion, appointed J-9 to the position of Chief Weaponeer, and the tiny mutant girl became the "Boss" at OWL, out-ranked only by General March himself.


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By 1952, J-9 had served her purpose and was no longer of use to the Angels. When she was freed from her programming, her memory hadn't been erased, as the Angels had intended; so she became a renegade discarded tool, a threat to her creators. J-9 had inherited human traits and memories from Thelma Scott, and she had inherited super-powers from her creators. When J-9 decided to leave OWL, she returned to the ruins of Todd City, a place where she could hide out and sharpen her super-powers for the time, if and when she would have to confront the Angels. Using her P-K power, J-9 reconstructed the ghost town from its radioactive ruins.


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By chance, the pretty saloon girl, whose photograph had served as a guide for the Angels when they created the little humanoid, had been Thelma Scott, grandmother of Thelma Trapp who was the featured dancer on the popular Saturday night TV show, Your Hit Parade. If J-9 had been a real little girl, she would have lived with Thelma's mother, Grand-Mama Betty, in Paris, Texas. The pretty little city was located in Northeast Texas, just west of the Piney Woods and just south of the Red River, across from Hugo, Oklahoma. The main commercial center, built around the four sides of the Town Square, known as "The Plaza," was located at the highest point in the entire little city, and so J-9 thought of Paris as "The Little City On The Hill."


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J-9's favorite haunt in the new old ghost town was the Tin Horn Saloon, where she would sit at the table she called "Texas John's Round Table" and use one of her super-powers—the Ether Link Field (ELF) Gate—to tune-in TV shows without a TV set. Her top two favorite TV shows were Your Hit Parade, on which her might-have-been mother—Thelma Scott's granddaughter—was a dancer, and Space Patrol, on which Ed Kemmer played Commander Buzz Corry and Lyn Osborn played Cadet Happy.


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In addition to watching her favorite TV shows, J-9 could use her ELF Gate to explore the farthest, out-of-the-way backwaters of the Milky Way Galaxy by remote-viewing, almost as if she had a faster-than-light starship at her command. For example, J-9 wondered if she could visualize the Galaxy from a runaway planetoid out on the tip of one of its spiral arms, light-years from the nearest star. As she sat at Texas John's Round Table, and concentrated on that far, cold, lonely planetoid, the familiar confines of the Tin Horn Saloon's bar-room faded and melted away. She was still sitting at Texas John's Round Table, but it was sitting on the rocky surface of the remote planetoid, and the temperature was only a billionth of a degree Kelvin above Absolute Zero. The thought of it chilled her to the bone. Since her interests centered around Planet Earth at the moment, J-9 chose not to pursue galactic exploration by remote-viewing.


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Space Patrol star Ed Kemmer reminded J-9 of Rex King, an Atom Ranger whom she had met in 1949, when she was on her way to OWL for the first time. Rex had been an Atom Cadet then. Now, in 1956, Rex King, Atom Ranger, was Commander-in-Chief of the United Texas Atom Patrol. Like his fictional counterpart, Rex had his own favorite Cadet: his co-pilot, Larry Osgood, who looked a lot like Lyn Osborn, so Rex called him "Cadet Larry." Like its fictional counterpart, the Atom Patrol had its own UFOs. Rex's flagship, a Sky Hawk class air-car, was named the Buzz I, in honor of Buzz Corry on Space Patrol. The United Texas Atom Patrol was a highly exclusive, highly secret military organization that had been formed in 1947 to compliment the other branches of the United Texas Air Force, in their mission to protect United Texas from the threat of atomic attack by the Soviet Union.


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Rex King's hometown was Donnellen, Texas, a small town that had been built to support the workers employed by the Texas Continental Railroad Company, which had a division chief dispatcher’s office, a huge railroad yard, and maintenance facilities located there. Rex's twin brother, Lex, was the night mail clerk at Donnellen's little train station. And Rex's dad, Sam King, had been one of Texas Continental’s top-notch train drivers for twenty-five years. He took great pride in the fact that he was one of the chosen few selected to drive the world’s largest class of steam locomotives, the "Big Boys," as they were called. Big Boy locomotives were capable of pulling a string of one hundred loaded freight cars over Patton Hill, the highest point on the Texas Continental Railroad from coast to coast across United Texas. In fact, the Big Boys had been built especially for the task. But soon the Big Boys would be replaced by the new over-the-road atomic-electric locomotives that were already providing motive power for the sleek skyliner passenger trains that traveled on the main line between Worthington on the East Coast of United Texas and Pacific City on the West.


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Ever since he'd seen it for the first time in 1936, Comrade X's favorite film was H. G. Wells' Things To Come. In its idealistic presentation of a vision of the Socialist World State, the film naturally appealed to him. He identified strongly with the leading character in the film, the Socialist Savior of the human race, John Cabal. He could visualize himself as the “Savior" who would create “Heaven on Earth.” By 1956, Comrade X had become Chairman of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, there were posters all over the vast nation proclaiming: "You Must Revere Comrade X," and he was using the vast centralized bureaucracy of the Soviet State as an instrument to bring about the Socialist World State over which he would preside with God-like power. But the last obstacle to his plan for world-wide conquest was United Texas, the last bastion of Freedom on Planet Earth. And so Comrade X was dedicated to the total destruction of United Texas, its institutions, and the total subjugation of its citizens. Through sabotage, espionage, and subversion, he would demoralize United Texas, and weaken its will to maintain a strong national defense. Then, as a final blow, he would launch an atomic sneak attack that would bring United Texas to its knees. Atomic Gulag was a State-owned industrial district in Red Star Valley, close to the Arctic Circle. Using slave labor in the mines and factories of Atomic Gulag, Comrade X was manufacturing the atom bombs that he would use in the final step of his "Silent Invasion" of United Texas.

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One night in May, J-9 was remote-viewing activities near Rex King's hometown, Donnellen, in the Patton Hill region of the Terra-zona Mountains. Sam King, Rex's dad, was the engineer on a Special Run that night, hauling 92 hopper cars carrying a consignment of radioactive refined pitchblende (uraninite) from the rail yard in Donnellen, over Patton Hill, to the rail yard in Middleton on the other side. The hopper cars had been brought to Donnellen from the Jolley Atomics Mining (JAM) processing plant, near the little mining town of Dry Gulch, by a string of four atomic-electric locomotives, where they were de-coupled from the train, to be replaced by the Big Boy that Sam would drive over Patton Hill. On arrival at Middleton, the Big Boy would be de-coupled from the train, to be replaced by a string of four other atomic-electrics that would take the hoppers to the little town of Orson Wells, near the OWL checkpoint. J-9 sensed that members of CAPUT (Communist Amalgamated Party of United Texas), under the direction of NKVD (Soviet Secret Police) agents operating in United Texas, were planning to sabotage the rail tunnel at the summit of Patton Hill; to cave it in when the radioactive train was traveling inside the tunnel, in order to prevent the vital shipment of uraninite from reaching OWL. J-9 tried to warn Same King via telepathy, but he wouldn't or couldn't heed her warning before it was too late...


After remote-viewing the sabotage of the radioactive train atop Patton Hill, J-9 decided to join Rex King in the Atom Patrol's contribution to United Texas' all-out fight for survival; a "War on Communism" against the evil ideology that threatened to enslave not only Earth, but the entire Solar System!


She agreed with General March's remarks opening a briefing at OWL, only a few hours after the attack:


"As you know, CAPUT is only nominally an independent Communist party. Like all Communists around the world, CAPUT members pledge their allegiance to the Soviet Union and Comrade Stalin’s successor, the mysterious Comrade X. The Commies are loyal to Soviet leadership, and they take their orders from Soviet Secret Police, NKVD agents, operating right here in United Texas. Even the Party elite, people like Bryson Peacock, defer to the NKVD. The Party Review Board, the high-ranking Party members responsible for enforcing Party discipline, are themselves under the scrutiny of NKVD agents, who are ever vigilant to guard against any deviation from the Party Line, as set down by the Politburo in Marxopolis. The Reds in the Soviet Union consider United Texas to be the 'Last Bastion of Freedom' on Earth, and that means they are willing to do anything and everything they can to destroy our way of life. So, they enlist Communist Party members to spy on their own country, steal information about its weapons, such as those developed right here at OWL, sabotage its national defense—like making sure that shipment of pitchblende didn’t reach OWL by destroying the railroad tunnel atop Patton Hill—and infiltrate, or ‘colonize,’ as the Reds say, our defense establishments with scientists and engineers—secret Party members who can bore from within. Well, Gentlemen... and Lady,” the General nodded his head to J-9, "there you have it. Our work is cut out for us. We must neutralize the plans and actions of the Commies in our midst. And we must find a way to make the Soviet puppet masters, who are pulling the strings attached to the Texan Commies, pay a high price for playing their little game with us.”


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