#WQWWC – Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge – “Fantasy”

Didn’t know what time it was and the lights were low
I leaned back on my radio
Some cat was layin’ down some rock ‘n’ roll ‘lotta soul,
he said

Abraham looked up into the morning sky. One of the two moons had already set and the dwarf star’s nose was sneaking over the horizon, a magenta blanket creeping towards him over the Great Plain.

He loved that song he found in the hard disc of the old fashioned digital archive, dug out of the old ruins, stored away, carefully, in a graphene container, as though it had been left as a memory, a reminder of a primitive past.

Of course, cracking its prehistoric code, was left to him and his, superannuated, nanobots. He remembered finding them, too, from the Crater of Density, where he first found  artefacts of a primordial civilization. People laughed at him, joked about him and wrote him off as a wayward fool, drunk on stellar dust and fantasy.

But he was proving them wrong. They did begin in the stars and life, here on TrappistOne, began out there, far, far away. It suited him when they ignored him. Their jeers helped his quest since, if they didn’t believe him, they wouldn’t bother him. But he knew, just as if, well, his memory told him.

He was good at that, disinterring mysteries, solving problems, tinkering. He liked to ask questions, which was not approved. No-one ever told him, why, but he learned, shortly after evolving from WombHome, not to ask. Questions Cause Contention and Dissension, that’s what he and everyone else was told in BehaviourForum.

Which was why, he realized, everyone went back to BehaviourForum on the fourth full moons of each trimester, for reassembly, to stop the questions because the answers, at least, all we needed, were already there.

And that, too, was why he never asked questions and never disclosed what he found in the Crater of Density, beyond the curious box. Of course, they took the box away but he didn’t tell them what he found inside. He didn’t tell them because his own mind was confused with a sense of impending , that set his heartbeat racing, his body secreting, hot and cold and his breathing, short and staccato gulps. Fear, it was, the alien archives told him.

After the first moon length, he withdrew to his CraterProximity dwelling, once it was permitted. They saw no harm in his obsessions. It was what he did, they understood and never asked him why, because that wasn’t done because, again, they understood.

By the time he reached the fourth of the full moons, he lined his TopCover with graphene from the alien vessel so he would not be reassembled, he could remember. Because now, he understood,

There’s a starman waiting in the sky
He’d like to come and meet us
But he thinks he’d blow our minds
There’s a starman waiting in the sky

Credit: Starman by David Bowie




28 thoughts on “Starman – Life on TrappistOne

    • Did you read this morning’s report about three earth type planets being found in the orbit of a dwarf star, 40 light years away and then there’s David Bowie’s Starman. This is my first stab at science fiction

      • No. Thank you, I didn’t see that article. How totally cool is that? I love science fiction books. I have never attempted to write that genre myself… yet, but hope to. Ah, yes! Starman! This was just superb.

      • I combined the two and turned around the notion of us wondering if there’s someone out there to people on a planet 40 light years away (if we travelled at the speed of light, it would take 40 years to get there but since we can’t travel at the speed of light, at the outer extremes of our limits of interstellar propulsion, it might take 2million years to get there or something like that) and they discover and decipher artefacts from this planet, that give a nightmare clue to their own origins, well…

      • I hear you but then I’ve read these blogs that claim to show you how to gain 1,000 followers in one month but what they don’t explain is that could be at the cost of having any substance to relate to or simply blanketing the world of WordPress with an insipid barrage of, to my mind, lethal blandishments. Oh well

      • Keep joining in the challenges you see around and get to know some folks. Promote other people’s work by reblogging and sharing things that you like. Marketing is a two way street. Have you taken any of the wordpress classes? They are free and a great way to connect with others. For example, I will reblog your post today. Let me know if you get any new followers. ❤

      • Will do and yes, I’ve been doing a string of challenges. I like to fish around in the Discover and Recommendations section, looking for interesting blogs to comment on but I don’t do that, ‘lovely blog’ sort of thing. If it’s interesting, I’ll comment. Funnily, remember The Curious Incident, the story I did about the old man waking up beside a corpse? You were the only one, it appeared, to have read , liked or commented on it. I’ll try the courses, I believe they’re opening for registration, soon. Thank you, you’ve been most helpful

  1. Thank you for your comment, as always, I’m overwhelmed. It was an interesting month. I’ve gained more than 60 followers and learned so much about WordPress by commenting, liking, writing and most of all, taking up prompt challenges

  2. Its great Dermott, the right mix of nowness and a vague otherness that only somebody out of time or sequence and dysfunctional can excavate through ‘tinkering’. J G Ballard would be proud of you!!

    • Thanks, Donal, I did some perfunctory research about this, this morning when I started to write it. I’m sure you’ve read about the three earth like planets ‘story, close to a dwarf star, 40 light years away. So there was a literary challenge called Writers’ Quote Wednesday Writers’ Challenge and this week, the prompt is ‘fantasy.’ So, for my quote, I thought of Bowie’s Starman and the context, well, it had to be one of those ‘earth like’ planets, TrappistOne.

  3. I love your pacing, Dermott; I hear an ethereal pulse meeting the beat of southern rock-n-roll in your words.

    Questions Cause Contention and Dissension, that’s what he and everyone else was told in BehaviourForum.

    That line alone presents a galaxy of ideas to explore. It is loaded. Awesome!

  4. This is fantastic, what a story!! And I really like the poem you ended the story with. It helps end the story in an ominous way, while still making the reader curious to read on.

    • The poem, Jade, is from a David Bowie song, Starman. Y’see the challenge is called Writers’ Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge and this week’s prompt was ‘fantasy’. So, taking Bowie’s song, the beginning of it is above the picture, the prompt, fantasy and then a news story that three earth like planets have been discovered 40 light years away in the orbit of a dwarf star, I put the three things together and imagined an earth like planet, far, far, away, discovering they come from a distant planet called Earth.

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