Learn from Our Extinction
by Jonathan Snyder
In retrospect, all of the screaming about racism, the horrible
things that countries did to each other seems rather petty after they
came. Honestly, who cares what your skins color was when their ships
entered orbit and started to systematically bomb our cities. They did
not see us as German, Japanese, White, or Black. They saw us all as an
infestation and free labor. They especially loved the free labor part,
enslaving ninety percent of us to do all their work.
To watch a world burn because we were too busy pretending that we
were better than each other really showed how far we failed to
recognize the true threat. Instead of learning and trying our best to
co-exist, we preferred to destroy each other; removing any chance we
could have repelled the invaders when they came. Our country lines kept
us from uniting even when the first fusion canons opened up on the
So much of our world fell in the first weeks as we were not ready
for their attack. Our nuclear arsenal was a joke and when it came to
ground combat, it was even more ironically hilarious. Two or three of
their alien soldiers could take on companies of us. I think we only
killed one or two and that cost us dearly.
The invaders had a love of water and of precious minerals, which
they were more than happy to have us dig up for them. I watched as my
own species was forced to dig up the materials and collect the
resources that kept our planet alive. I was lucky to escape most of the
hard labor due to being proficient at the nuclear sciences. I was only
considered worth more because they did not want to waste time
themselves preparing fissionable materials for transfer to their
vessels in space. I barely had time and those poorly prepped containers
killed so many of our own.
I might sound harsh on my people, but they deserve it. From the view
from where I sit in my cave, I can see the smoldering mines now
abandoned and filled with the ghosts of those who perished when they
were through. The silhouettes of the burned out cities long evacuated
in the early years are etched in to the green-gray skyline due to the
air being polluted with toxic chemical and processing byproducts. To
smell the putrid odor of Sulfur and chemicals in the air that once held
the scent of blossoms is gut wrenching. Our world is dead, our species
gutted, and all they can do is put the humans in their control out of
their misery and return to their ship. At least those people get a
quick death. The rest of us will have to slowly suffocate on the poison
air around us.
I leave this note to anyone who comes to this dead world in the hope
that they learn from our mistakes. Do not get caught up on your own
internal stupidity. You and your people, united, are the only thing
that can make sure your world lasts and that you can stand up against
the monsters that inhabit the stars. You have to find a way to co-exist
together because death is only waiting for you in the black and it is
coming for you. My people will not get a second chance, so all I can
ask of you is that you, whoever you are, learn from our extinction.
Because it is our last lesson.
Archeology note: This document was discovered in a hermetically
sealed container on planet 4575b in the south arm of galaxy 257. The
planet shows no signs of life or structures. The only proof that this
barren rock was once inhabited is this paper. Send to the department of
cultural affairs for dissemination to the science caste to see if we
can find the validity in their statements.
Personal Note: Pity they all died.
© 2016 Jonathan Snyder
Bio: Mr. Snyder has been writing stories since his mother handed
him a college typewriter at the age of twelve. With a love for stories
and the written word, he has continued to share his work with anyone
willing to hold still long enough to be caught by it. His publication
credits include Aphelion, JukePop and Gateway Science Fiction Magazine.
http://www.jtworld.net His last Aphelion appearance was Hitchhiker in the Storm in our December, 2015 issue.
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