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Low Gravity Chronicles, part 3:

Well, as you might have figured out, I don’t think everything that happens on your planet is just amusing. I’d like to mention a phenomena here, that like the weather often seem to occupy your time: money. Often when I observe you fighting over those pieces of green paper, it reminds me of my own youth. Like the other Yattacki-children, I had to take a ride through the M87-galaxy as a part of my elementary education. Can’t possibly describe the feeling I had the first time I saw that dark, spinning centre, the turning point of it all: a black hole.

Human knowledge on this field is very accurate, so I think you know what I mean. A neutron star is maybe ten times bigger than the black hole. It’s an imploding mass of helium turned to carbon, carbon turned to pure energy and energy to anti-matter in an evershrinking dance of gravity. In the end, the force of the middle gets so immense and concentrated that it sucks all matter to it. Stars as well as particles flash up and take a round for the crowds before they melt into the absolute center. Nothing can withstand these forces, comets, radiation even light (and with that, time) gather for a twist in the laws of physics.

We actually had to journey through the centre of a black hole when I was a kid, but it’s impossible for me today to explain that experience to you sensibly. Anyway and any day, that brings us to the similarities I’ve been talking about. All activity on earth seems to swirl around the focal point of this buildings in the street called “Wall”. All matter, people, laws and concepts seem to be sucked towards this centre. Even some aircrafts on the loose. Money is moving as if gravitation itself ruled it. Some money will attract more money, places with little money will be drained from it.

According to the information I’ve gathered, the prophet of this movement is this guy called Gordon Gekko. “Greed is good” he says, and there seems to be little opposition to this among you other people. The laws and political systems of Earth’s nations are slowly adjusting to what some of you call globalization, while others call it liberalization. I call it a centrifugal movement of resources towards the ultimate centre of human history.

Like Fukuyama, I ask: what is goal of your history? If it’s world domination; by whom, and more importantly: why? Seems like it’s those nice, white guys in the north that are going to rule your show for ever. But you could ask: How will you split when resources are down? Will there be anything left for the rest? Will they have food, medicines and materials for constructing houses?

“Good riddance” I say. The more attention you spend on dominating each other, the less I’ll have to do here “working” on the moon. You won’t find any money in space (I’ve looked all over). Sometimes I pass the good old American flag in the Ocean of silence, just an hour away. It looks kind of lonely. There’s just noone going to build a nice little colony around it.

To me, it’s all the same. If you finish each other off, I can write a final report, stating that the Earth is “Definitely harmless”. Then I can go home. So just speed it up, will you?


Low Interest Love
Alexander Elliott





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The following comments are for "The Black Hole"
by DrKilldare

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It is realy fantastic!
I liked it too much
thanks

( Posted by: najwanajati [Member] On: September 27, 2004 )

Scrutinizing science
I really tried to stay with you here, but several things I balked on. one, is this a moralistic judgement from an alien or a story about a black hole. I know the story isn't complete, but try not to meander. Secondly, there is strange science going on here...
"A neutron star is maybe ten times bigger than the black hole. It’s an imploding mass of helium turned to carbon, carbon turned to pure energy and energy to anti-matter in an evershrinking dance of gravity."
Nope...a neutron star is exactly what it says it is, it's a star so heavily condensed that only a superdense superatom of combined neutrons are strong enough to keep it from ultimate collapse. A black hole occurs when gravity is strong enough that even neutrons can't withstand it. It isn't formed from carbon and certainly doesn't become anti-matter. Where did you get all that?

( Posted by: Malthis [Member] On: September 28, 2004 )

Asimov on Laughing Gas
Therefore, not to be nitpicked on.

Maybe some dialog for dessert.


( Posted by: Teflon [Member] On: September 29, 2004 )

Flash facts
Malthis, I see you're going after the ball and not the man here. I am saying this because I'm only "fronting" this information on behalf of others. I'm not the actual author of the text, and cannot be held responsible for not writing what you said. My knowledgde of physics is quite limited; so I can't whether verify or defy "my" or your statements. What I do know, is that there is a reason for me putting this text in the "Flash fiction" category. I hoped noone would believe this to be a course in astrophysics. Some of my worst reads(in fiction), by the way, are books where every fact is "correct", pretending to tell the reader how things Really are... I would say that this sentence: "Human knowledge on this field is very accurate" can only be taken as a joke. Human knowledge is floating, changing with every scientific revolution, and I don't think that we know all about "black holes" yet. But anyway, thanks for your comment, it's much appreciated. Tefloonie: Let's nitpick some Laughing gas and become Asimovs. (Or najwanas) Dialogs are coming, but not from the moon it seems. cherz

( Posted by: DrKilldare [Member] On: September 29, 2004 )





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