Existing halfway between the “real” Sun and the planet of Earth, The Robot Sun absorbs the natural Sun’s last remaining bits of energy before it dies… killing everything in our solar system along with it.
While the old Sun has been burning out, it is simultaneously building to one last grand event— a Supernova, a violent and dramatic explosion of unthinkable amounts of power and fuel… power and fuel which would usually be “wasted” but will now be absorbed and processed by the Robot Sun, utilizing the fall-out from the Supernova slowly for another several million years.
The depleted population of Earth, having grown accustomed to a weaker, darker sun over the last dozen generations, shields their eyes from the relatively bright light of the newly functioning Robot Sun. Thousands are literally blinded by the dusk-level glow, as their permanently dilated eyes can’t handle the brightness.
Humankind had always counted on settling on new planets long before the natural Sun would die out, but as the cold, hard reality of the vast untravelable distances of lifeless space between habitable planets set in, other options were sought out.
The lush, green Earth read about in fairy tales and nursery rhymes isn’t returning, and half of the existing 31 million humans died during the construction of the new Sun… but the species and planet lives on.
It’s not as good as the old Sun, but it’s better than nothing.
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