#FF — Wolf God

PHOTO PROMPT © Dale Rogerson

Stardate: September 29, 2049
Galaxy: Red Dwarf, Wolf

A sanitation truck is crawling along Mills Street. Its beep…beep…beep is irritating yet strangely soothing. The sound crawls into my subconscious and wakes me from cyber-sleep. I hold still while tubes recede from my ports; the pod door whooshes open.

I find Daisy, the Android, in the hydroponic orchard, picking peaches to freeze-dry for us Bios.

Did you sleep well, dear?” she asks, and it sounds almost normal.

Yes, thanks. How much longer?” I say.

An Earth week at most.”

Wolf’s “Goldilocks” planet is the answer to our prayers.

[100 words]

From a NASA website:

Australia astronomers have discovered the closest potentially habitable planet found outside our solar system so far, orbiting a star just 14 light-years away. The planet, more than four times the mass of the Earth, is one of three that the team detected around a red dwarf star called Wolf 1061… [The] ‘Goldilocks’ zone [is] where it might be possible for liquid water – and maybe even life — to exist,” says lead study author UNSW’s Dr. Duncan Wright.

 

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

58 Comments Add yours

  1. Sadje says:

    A nice futuristic story Li. Great imagination

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      1. Sadje says:

        You’re welcome

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  2. granonine says:

    Bios and AI’s cohabiting–interesting. I wonder how long an earth Week is on a Goldilocks planet 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      🙂 Glad you enjoyed my story, Linda.

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  3. neilmacdon says:

    The cleverest thing about this is the designation “Bios” which tells you so much about the world they live in

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Neil. Much appreciated.

      Like

  4. pennygadd51 says:

    There’s a lot to like about this story. You’ve thought through some of the big problems with interstellar travel. And, like Neil, I’m impressed by your use of the word ‘bios’.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Penny, thank you for reading and for your thoughtful comment. Much appreciated 🙂

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  5. Entertaining and fascinating all in one! Two thumbs up.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Susan!

      Like

  6. Bill says:

    Yikes. Oh look. It’s Carl Sagan doing a dance and yelling, “I knew it” over and over. Well done!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you for making me smile with your comment.

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  7. memadtwo says:

    Nothing seems too far fetched any more. That’s a great name for a planet too. (K)

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  8. Dora says:

    Lisa,
    I’m hoping there’s no big bad wolf around the corner. A meteor? A hostile alien race? I love your writing in this story: I could see and hear it all transpiring as if on a cinema screen.
    pax,
    dora

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Dora, I wonder also how they came up with that name for the star. I’m thinking maybe a part 2 might be in order, but it depends on what the next image is… Thank you for your lovely comment.

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      1. Dora says:

        You’re welcome, and I do hope this story continues. Too interesting to let drop.

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  9. Dale says:

    I love this take, Lisa. So original and hey, why not have AIs and Bios living in peace together…. it feels like it’s entirely plausible.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks much, Dale, glad you like the ideas in the story.

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      1. Dale says:

        🙂 My pleasure.

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  10. Tannille says:

    What a fascinating place! An educational story. I feel like there is so much more that can be written.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks much, Tannille!

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  11. plaridel says:

    so there’s a 12th planet after all. 🙂

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  12. draliman says:

    I hope it’s everything they need it to be when they arrive…

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  13. Sandra says:

    Really enjoyed your take on this prompt.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Sandra, thank you 🙂

      Like

  14. Lorraine says:

    The start of a modern fable ? . .now, I what happens when that Earth week passes . . .

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Maybe they will be preparing to land on Goldilocks?

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      1. Lorraine says:

        Sounds like the potential for further posts as well as touch downs.

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  15. A terrific tale and an interesting footnote. Nice one Lisa.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Keith thank you 🙂

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  16. GHLearner says:

    What a great piece of SF! I wonder when they left Earth. 2049 isn’t that far away. The interactions with the Android tell a lot of the story, too. This would, so far, be the only way we could travel to other star systems.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      In my mind the Wolf star was discovered now, and it took a few years to invent light year speed propulsion (this is a fictional story) and a few years to build the ship, train the crew, program the AI, etc. I believe if we, as a planet, devoted resources to it, we could make it a reality. Instead we’re too busy wasting time destroying ourselves.

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      1. GHLearner says:

        Absolutely. The thought alone of having speed-of-light drive is exciting.

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  17. Dear Lisa,

    I’d like to think the Wolf planet is what they’re looking for and that the Bios don’t mess it up like they have this one. 😉 Well done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Rochelle, I’m of the same mind. Thank you for your lovely comment.
      Shalom,
      Lisa

      Like

  18. athling2001 says:

    Hopefully, he will get the answer he desires. Well done.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, I also.

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  19. James McEwan says:

    My goodness 2049 is very very soon, will I need to pack.

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  20. Bear says:

    Maybe someday in the future, we’ll venture out that far. Not in my lifetime, for sure… but, someday!

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  21. Laurie Bell says:

    Oooooooo would love to read more!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I think there is a lot of possibility in this story. Would love to see who or what is on the planet when they land.

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  22. I love the atmosphere you created in this story. It’s very intriguing, and like Laurie, I want to read more. Well done, Lisa!!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Brenda, thank you very much 🙂

      Like

  23. A very interesting concept that, according to you NASA snippet ,might be more real than we would like to believe. Have a wonderful weekend, Lisa … Stay Safe 😷 Isadora 😎

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Isadora, thank you for reading. I agree that this day will come.

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  24. You conjure up this future world very effectively Jade, and the explanatory facts I found helpful. Nicely done.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Francine, thank you 🙂

      Like

  25. ahtdoucette says:

    Fun, imaginative story. You never know!

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  26. The notion of a ‘beep beep’ of a sanitation truck on an interplanetary journey is indeed oddly comforting. … 🙂 Nicely done!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      So glad you enjoyed that detail, Na’ama 🙂

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      1. It is a part of city life here, for sure. 3am is a favorite time … 😉

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  27. Though your story is futuristic, I could feel a very real cinematic presence all through. And all this is thanks to your wonderful way of writing this immensely readable story.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Neel thank you for your wonderful comment 🙂

      Like

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