Captain Jeff Sanderson was an officer in command of the USS Richard M. Nixon, a nuclear-powered submarine of the Clinton-classed stealth subs that are unsinkable. These vessels are known to the sailors who reside in their hulls as the “lying lurkers.” Their purpose is to lie in wait in a hot zone and observe the enemy, and if instructed to do so, viciously attack the antagonists, just like an ambush predator. Because of this close contact, all weapons aboard are conventional. Their hull design is unique in that it is covered in a faceted array of piezoelectric crystals making them completely invisible to sonar. These “pressure generators” are the key to making them unsinkable. If a disaster should befall the craft, such as a hull breach, the increased water pressure on the sinking hull causes an induced current in the crystals and operates an emergency ammonia refrigeration system that is piped to the hull’s surface and quickly freezes the seawater along the submarine. The ice that encases the sub will seal any hole and causes the vessel to float to the surface because ice is lighter than seawater. The mission of the USS Nixon is to make contact with the Titans, an advanced species of nitrogen-based creatures from the biggest moon that orbits Saturn. The location under the sea ice in Antarctica, in the midst of its winter, is to accommodate their intolerance to heat. Captain Sanderson inches his ship to the prearranged coordinates that scientists have setup with the Titans. This first encounter will forever change mankind, for the Titans bring with them the knowledge of protein interactions which will end all disease for all humans. As Jeff makes a maneuver, the sub scrapes the iceberg above, dislodges some crystals, and sets off the ammonia compressor. The observing Titans are aghast that these savages use Titan blood as a coolant and fly off never to return. Seaman Sanderson sits silently, peeling potatoes in a rusty, forgotten galley. 

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