He stood before the assembled dignitaries; his ambassadorial robes hanging from his frame, as he prepared to give the first speech representing Earth before the Galactic Imperium. If only Earth knew that aliens existed.
When I finally got the time machine to work, I had no idea that I could only travel one-way.
That’s why I’m two and a half hours late for work, honest.
After seventeen years of building the specialized hardware and coding the exclusive software, the Machine was switched on.
As it created a perfect simulation of our universe in every possible detail, we realized we were no longer certain of our own reality.
The only thing that you’re aware of are these words in your field of vision; this will change as soon as you’ve acclimatized.
The upload was a success; your body died as your consciousness was transferred online.
The sun exploded. Roughly eight minutes later, we got the bad news.
“In a never-ending quest to manipulate their planet to better suit their every selfish desire, the Earth-dwellers attempted to cease the eruption of all volcanoes by pumping all of the core’s magma out into space,” Professor Ylyvys explained to his eighth-grade class about the ex-planet that had become infamous even to them, nine galaxies away. “They never fully understood the aliveness of their planet until they drained its life-blood, which killed not only Earth but also everything and everyone on it.”
His name was not a sound it was an idea, somewhere between orange and warmth with hints of sincerity, kindness and reliability. Until this time he had been alone but now there was another and together they slipped across the landscape, scavenging at times, at others simply rejoicing in each other’s company.
We take significant measures to avoid contact with alien flesh or silicon. In matters involving serious conflict we rain asteroids on worlds.