“It’s Still a Pretty Thing”
Young Henry Stanley gazes out the giant picture window and watches the landscape of the Earth below slowly rotate past as Henry’s homeship orbits along with it…
He tries to imagine what life would have been like down there; having been raised on one of the several city-sized ships that now house humanity, he has never actually set foot on ‘real’ ground.
The idea of walking on a planet is quite foreign to him, actually, and while he’s seen movies of it actually seeming commonplace, it’s still hard to wrap his mind around it. It almost seems primitive.
After a planet-wide salting of the Earth by the Robots during the final stages of the 3rd to last nuclear war (with the last nuclear war being one nuclear war too many), the planet ultimately died and what was left of humanity had to take shelter in enormous spaceships that orbited the Earth, safely out of range of the massive radiation that had seeped into the Earth’s core.
Staring down below, though, Henry thinks to himself— even though the Earth’s atmosphere is poison, the land toxic, and its not capable of supporting life for many millions of years longer… the Earth is still a pretty thing.
From far enough away.
Originally Posted 2/18/2012
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