The Valid-For-One-Day-Only* Perfect Hard SF Story, with a Hint of Transcendence

9.-2001-A-Space-Odyssey-Stanley-Kubrick-1968Writing a hard-sf story is not easy. I should know – I tried it once.

After careful study, I ripped not one but two ideas from that week’s top science stories and combined them for extra unpitying induracy. For a little dazzle, I  structured the whole thing around an allusion to a canonical story. Then one of the two science stories at the core of the endeavour promptly fell apart.

But here it is anyway:

As the arsenic-based lifeform’s computer printed out the nine-billionth name of god, it adjusted its telescope to observe the other end of the optical spectrum and, overhead, without any fuss, the small red stars were going on.

*Actually 2 December 2010. Then this happened.

2/12/2010

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