Short Story Ideas

Abandoned Planet

With homages to “Forbidden Planet” movie, opening scene in “Guardians of the Galaxy” movie, some original Star Trek TV episodes, … And incorporation of latest NASA announcement on 2-22-2017 re discovery of TRAPPIST-1 planetary system 40 light years away.

Deep space …

Chatter from inside an exploration starship …

Planet moves into viewscreen …

View of planet zooms in as landing craft approaches …

Radio chatter re source of single planetary energy signature spotted …

First person POV as approach a structure built into the side of a mountain …

Entry into structure finds a large area with diagrams and flat surfaces …

Further exploration discovers that informational holograms can be activated with palm / DNA sample …

After awhile, devices offered for cerebral scan or connection, and interaction to offer natural language interface …

“Tablets” displayed with mathematical section (diagrams) and character (word sentence) lists …

Eventually, mathematical presentations permit decoding lists, which are discovered to be an overview of the planet’s history and cultural tenets.

Question posed by story: What would you want to see on these tablets? Math / physics formulations? “Code of Hammurabi” or “10 Commandments” or “Poetic Naturalism” considerations or …?