I should not have pushed the lavender button. At least not while I stood on the platform.
The 3 probes I sent through earlier never returned any telemetry. The only way I could determine what happened was to do a spectral analysis while the field built up. The only way I could do that was to stand on the platform.
I set the timer for two minutes. It would take one-and-a-half minutes to take the readings. It never occurred to me that time dilated in the field. That never showed up in the math.
I remember a flash. I woke up to an official slapping me back into consciousness.
I was on another planet in a primitive time.
The official asked me my name.
I looked at him and said, “I am Houdini.”