Science Fiction Stories

#78 – Abundance

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Cosmic Timetraveller

The Six year old girl plucked another apple from the tree, her thumb stroking the firm green flesh and sweeping droplets of water from the skin.

She looked into the garden.  Trees were laden, heaving with fruit: rows of vegetables were blooming, leaves reaching towards blazing lightbulbs, far above.  The glass biosphere stretched on and on.  It was Eden and she was Eve.

The wasteland had blackened the boy’s skin.  His hands stroked at his arms as he swayed in the frigid cold beyond the dome, watching the girl through the glass.

She waved as she bit into the Apple.

(c) Tim Austin 2016.  Image by Cosmic Timetraveller via Unsplash.

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#52 – Tyrant

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The coffee made the General smile: a small taste of home, so far away.  He gazed at the hologram of his wife and kids, watching them smile and laugh as they petted the dog.  Their hair danced silently in the breeze as the recording repeated again and again.  The General sighed.

His concentration was broken by a cough.  A Sergeant stood by the desk, a pad in his hand.

“Yes?”

“Today’s execution orders, Sir.”

He looked at the insect-like faces of the prisoners and sneered.  His thumbprint sealed the fate of each.  Women, children; traitors.

His hologram family kept smiling.

(c) Tim Austin 2016.  Promo Image by Nasa via Unsplash.

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