65 million years allow for more than cloning.
My suggestion involves time travel.
After the asteroid slammed into Earth, a few squirrelly dinosaurs were still kicking.
Prehistoric Georgia is now.
“Close the portal!”
This flash fiction originally appeared in Fictional Pairings — August of 2017.
I wrote this science fiction short story in the autumn of 2016. Radically different from my other work at that time, I had this piece published under the name of a friend. Twisted Sister Lit Mag, an online magazine, was the original publisher. This post consists of a slightly reworked and updated “Hot Air Balloon Ride from Hell”.
I definitely had too much fun writing this one.
Savannah pulled her shirt over her head, and Gabe couldn’t help but stare as the two triangular Confederate battle flags of her bikini top Continue reading ““Hot Air Balloon Ride from Hell””
“I may have just successfully built a time machine,” Owen stammered.
Susan was familiar with the defeated expression that often dominated the face of her husband, Owen, after an evening tinkering in the basement.
“Qianzhousaurus Feathers” originally appeared with Fictional Pairings in August of 2017.
Donald Barlow didn’t have any pots on his head or bands of aluminum foil wrapped around his arms.
That was a step in the right direction.
The old man was crazy, but, aside from an absurd hat, he answered the door in ordinary dress. Continue reading ““Qianzhousaurus Feathers””
“Dying for Dinosaurs” originally appeared with Evening Theatre (defunct publication) in August of 2018.
Paleontologist Alma Ojeda was a veteran of countless excavations in her native country. She had established herself quickly in her field when she helped to unearth the largest Argentinosaurus ever found while working on her doctorate at the University of Córdoba.
I believe I originally wrote these “scenes” in early 2017. However, I don’t recall why I elected to script my thoughts about this particular idea in such a way. “Dead Planet” was definitely intended to have action and horror elements, although I never got around to recording any of those imaginings.
Newman – program director
One StarChip made quite a discovery.
Number eight. Transmissions started arriving last month.
That’s the one. And you thought we’d never find anything.
Biosignatures, metal-heavy signatures –
I had hoped we wouldn’t.
And just 180 parsecs away. Incredible. This is beyond the most
I want you to seriously think about something for me.
Is this our last mission?
That’s what we’ve all talked about.
This is the last one for me – this has to be the last one. No more readjusting and relearning how to live. I don’t ever intend to leave Earth again once we get back.
I don’t think anyone will blame you or any of us for wanting a normal life.
I want a life when I get back. And I want that life to be with you.
Rubicon will reach the Kupier Belt in ten years. The mass drive will
be activated at that point. Within a few seconds, Rubicon will be
just outside the Kepler-22 system.
POLITICAL ADVISOR 1
How soon can we expect a transmission?
There can be no transmission before Rubicon has returned to our
system. Ten years out. Six or seven years to approach the planet.
Another six or seven to return to the jump point.
POLITICAL ADVISOR 2
We should have them home in thirty-five, but, yes, twenty-five years before
we can expect transmissions.
POLITICAL ADVISOR 1
I may well be dead in twenty-five years.
We all may be. But the crew won’t be. They’d age only a year or so.
Kepler-22c was selected for this program due to the belief the planet was
an Earth analog.
The similarities are amazing.
And the data from the visiting StarChip is even more unbelievable. The
biosignatures are the same you’d expect to see on Earth. Enhanced images
clearly demonstrate artificial patterns on the surface.
What level of development are we suspecting?
There is a strong suspicion we are essentially dealing with a
Bronze Age culture. Perhaps somewhat more advanced than that. Perhaps not.
How did StarChip make contact?
StarChip didn’t. Our parameters included no contact unless absolutely unavoidable. We were the proverbial good children in the room – perhaps seen but never heard.
How did a Bronze Age culture detect StarChip?
We don’t believe Starchip was detected, but there appear to be intentional fires on the
surface – very extensive fires burning in roughly geometric shapes. Some of the images suggest that these patterns were intended to be observed from above. Starchip just happened to be in the right place at the right time.
Apparently. But we believe these were intentionally set to burn as a means to communicate.
So, maybe like a survivor stranded on a deserted island? You build a fire in the hopes of catching the attention of a passing ship or airplane.
That’s an interesting thought. But destroy your forests – an invaluable resource for such a civilization – to contact who? Who are you reaching out to?
The natives didn’t build fires hoping Columbus would find land.
I think the natives may have burned everything to stop Columbus from
landing – had they known what was coming.
Are you sure StarChip wasn’t detected?
Could be a sign of conflict.
How does this look to everyone else?
I agree – an appeal to the gods.
Do we intervene?
Why didn’t you just say so?
A weary Albertosaurus emerged from her new shelter with a protracted yawn.