Short Story Ideas

Jack XXX, Kuiper belt Ranger

“At its fullest extent (but excluding the scattered disc), including its outlying regions, the Kuiper belt stretches from roughly 30 to 55 AU. The Kuiper belt is home to three officially recognized dwarf planets: Pluto, Haumea and Makemake.”

There were no judges, no courts, no police stations. Why would any lawman want to go there?

 

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 …?

Cf. How Dead Aliens Could Help Save Humanity – It might take a dramatic extinction example to put us on the right path.

Those who don’t learn the lessons of an extinct alien civilization’s fall may be doomed to repeat it.