Arthur's senses bobbed and spun as, traveling at the immense speed he knew the minecart attained, they climbed slowly through the open air, leaving the gateway through which they had passed an invisible pinprick in the shimmering Moiré-patterned wall behind them.
The wall defied the imagination -- seduced it and defeated it. The wall was so paralyzingly vast and sheer that its top, bottom, and sides passed away beyond the reach of his video card. The mere shock of vertigo could kill a mob.
"Welcome," said Slartibotfast as the tiny speck that was the minecart, traveling now at three times the speed of a frightened pig, crept imperceptibly forward into the mind-boggling space, "welcome," he said, "to our factory floor."
Arthur stared about him in a kind of wonderful horror. Ranged away before them, at distances he could neither judge nor even guess at, were a series of curious suspensions, delicate traceries of metal and light hung about shadowy spherical shapes that hung in the space.
A flash of light arced through the structure and revealed in stark relief the patterns that were formed on the dark sphere within. Patterns that Arthur knew, rough blobby shapes that were as familiar to him as the shapes of words, part of the furniture of his mind. For a few seconds he sat in stunned silence as the images rushed around his mind and tried to find somewhere to settle down and make sense.
The flash came again, and this time there could be no doubt.
"The Enterprise..." whispered Arthur.
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