Splashdown

Avatar Author: Bob Liddil I am an author of science fiction, general fiction short stories, poetry, and non-fiction. I have been published in several genres, including fantasy and poetry, as well as non fiction. At one time I published my own c... Read Bio

If you’re hearing this, then someone will have survived The Great Meteor Storm. For that I am grateful; it means that our species has lived on despite the most epic disaster in the history of this planet.

The swarm took our scientists by surprise. Who could have guessed that an entire world could be decimated in a single stroke by rocks traveling at .6 of light speed. By the time we discovered them, they were here.

Tidal waves inundated what had not already been laid waste by land strikes. No countryside or city was spared. What did not evaporate on impact disintegrated against the shock waves.

The pictures that accompany this recording bear testament to the totality of the destruction.

That you are alive to bear witness to this record means I have not failed in my duty. Bless you and stay safe.

The screen went dark.

“Captain,” the crewman to the left said after a long silence, “It’s time to go.”

The whine of shuttlecraft engines winding up was the only other sound on anotherwise dead world.

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  1. Avatar Bob Liddil

    I put on a blindfold and listened to the suggested score in darkness. In my imagination, wave after wave of relentless rock pounded into this hapless world, accompanied by the rises and falls of the music.

    The panicked screams of billions of people screamed in sopranic harmony to the unholy rain of meteors. It echoed eerily in the background as the sound rose and fell, then faded to silence.

    And I was sober.

  2. Avatar StudMuffin (LoA)

    This is frightening and probably all too possible.

    And, who would have thought that Justin Bieber singing at 1/8 normal speed would have that effect on somebody?

  3. Ahfl_icon THX 0477

    Very tragic and apocalyptic, but told succinctly and without a lot of melodrama. I like how the ending suggests some sort of beginning.

  4. Avatar stargazer1960

    Makes me want to see the pics. Good.

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