***De-Classified Fiction***

Project Starlight

Shortly after the moon landing’s public triumph, the CIA and NASA covertly launched an audacious mission using the cover of the moon landing frenzy to launch four deep space probes.

Operation Starlight. This classified operation sent four orphan infants – Orion, a boy; Nova, a girl; Pegasus, a boy; and Lyra, a girl – on a deep space voyage. Each child was equipped with an advanced AI system developed by the CIA’s genius scientist Dr. Elias Werner. The AI was programmed to tutor, guide, and raise them to become humanity’s first deep-space emissaries, capable of communicating with any discovered extraterrestrial life.

In an act of defiant foresight, Dr. Werner destroyed the AI core technology following the launch, fearing its potential misuse on Earth. However, the operation was soon considered a tragic loss when the signals from the spacecraft disappeared, and the operation was buried in secrecy.

(Photo: Orphan Orion during the first months of his journey)


Years later, a signal is re-established. Orion, now an adult blend of human and AI, makes contact. He is not alone. He has been adopted, raised, and augmented by the Vitruvians, an advanced alien race that has achieved the perfect symbiosis between biology and technology. They’ve observed Earth from afar, perturbed by its accelerating path towards self-destruction. Orion is tasked with leading a Vitruvian expedition to Earth, to intervene and save it from its self-induced decay, by persuasion or force if necessary.

Meanwhile, Earth’s recent colonization of Mars has complicated the geopolitical and interstellar dynamics. The CIA and NASA, facing their forgotten past, must reconcile their secret operation with the stark reality of an impending alien arrival.