#FF — The Nightly News


PHOTO PROMPT © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

The cavernous studio gleamed on bright screens across the planet. Accustomed to it now, I remember thinking the first broadcast was just like the transporter in the old Star Trek shows.

Every evening, we waited and watched our screens like partygoers used to watch for the Times Square ball drop on New Year’s Eve. At precisely 6:00pm, hosts Robin’s and Starla’s holographic images materialized to bring us the news – from Mars.

Terraforming has reached thirty-three percent… Mining teams have discovered new deposits of iron…”

They looked so human. We depended on them to build us a new home.

[100 words]

Rochelle Wisoff-Fields is the encouraging host of Friday Fictioneers.

48 Comments Add yours

  1. Paula Light says:

    Nice, unexpected ending!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks Paula 🙂

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  2. neilmacdon says:

    Great twist, Jade

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Many thanks, Neil.

      Like

  3. Dear Lisa,

    I remember when teleconferences were things we saw only on Star Trek. Who knows what the future holds. Beam me up, Scotty.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Rochelle, I hear you!
      Shalom,
      Lisa

      Like

  4. That’s a great futuristic take. They do look a little stiff! Nice writing.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you and glad you enjoyed the tale 🙂

      Like

  5. Iain Kelly says:

    I’m sure one day real life news readers will be a thing of the past, whether on Mars or Earth! Good story.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I agree! Thank you, Iain.

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  6. Nobbinmaug says:

    Human beings are becoming superfluous in most industries. Most holograms are nicer than most people, anyway. Who was that guy on election night who was up there sweating, going for hours with his map? He might have to be the John Henry of newspeople.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I avoid watching the news whenever possible. I just learn about things from that stench that wafts my way from time to time. I love and agree with this: “Most holograms are nicer than most people, anyway.”

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      1. Nobbinmaug says:

        I’ve been addicted to the news since just before the election. I’m not usually a news person, but things have been so bad and stressful that I just have to see what’s happening. Strangely, that cleared up on January 20th.

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  7. Sadje says:

    How unique and interesting story

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      1. Sadje says:

        You’re welcome 😉

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  8. Dora says:

    It might come to this! Great story, Lisa.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Dora, yes it might!

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  9. badfinger20 (Max) says:

    Maybe their news will be better than ours

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  10. draliman says:

    Hopefully they’re actually presenting the news and not propaganda. Mars is a long way away…

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  11. Great crafting of a probable future!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Jolly 🙂

      Like

  12. Sandra says:

    Sometimes a hologram would be a welcome relief. Nicely done.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Yes! Thank you.

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  13. James McEwan says:

    A great leap into the future – ScFi today but true tomorrow.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, James.

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  14. memadtwo says:

    I hope it won’t come to that…(k)

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  15. plaridel says:

    it’s sooner than we think. welcome to the new reality. 🙂

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  16. Danny James says:

    Sounds familiar. Could be our house at 6:30. Ah..there’s Nora…..

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  17. thehermitcreative says:

    Wonderful writing. I love Sci-fi, so this was right up my alley. This could really be a story sometime in the near future. I would love to be on a different planet right now! lol

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Glad you enjoyed the story, and I sure wouldn’t mind about a year’s vaca away from the planet right now. If you hear of any good off-world deals, let me know 😉

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  18. Bring it on I say! Nice one.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I like your attitude, Keith. Thanks!

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  19. Inventive take on the photo prompt! Liked it.

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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  20. notestowomen says:

    Clever take on the prompt, Lisa 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Adele! 🙂

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  21. notestowomen says:

    You’re welcome, Lisa 🙂

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  22. granonine says:

    I love me some good sci-fi. Kind of opens up the mind to what seemed, in my childhood, impossible things. Remember Dick Tracy, the cartoon detective and his two-way wrist radio? No long fiction!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Yes. I read somewhere, “if you can dream it you can do it.” I don’t if it’s true all of the time but enough to keep me in wonder. I can’t wait until there is a real holodeck 🙂

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  23. Laurie Bell says:

    Oh this is clever! What a concept. Well done

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks much, Laurie.

      Like

  24. Bear says:

    Oh, my, what a wonderful take on this prompt. I’m envious…wish I’d thought to go sci fi with it. Great story! Wonder what the Holographic reporters from Eridani Four (Vulcan) would say…

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    1. msjadeli says:

      lol 🙂 Thanks Bear!

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  25. ahtdoucette says:

    Cool! What a fun story!

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