Wednesday, 26 July 2017
Visions Of The End Of Life On Earth
More than thirty million years hence, the motionless red sun covering nearly a tenth of the sky is totally eclipsed by a nearby inner planet. There is snow, ice, a cold wind and little life.
Anderson, "Flight To Forever"
A hundred million years hence, a gray-furred being carrying a brightly lit staff through a fierce snow storm is comprehensible through the psychophone and realizes that Saunders is from an earlier cycle in the far past.
A billion years hence, a non-human city warns Saunders away.
A hundred billion years hence, Earth has a Moon-like surface and Saunders sees part of the large red motionless sun.
Several billion years beyond, there is nothing.
Stirling, The Sword Of The Lady
The Triple Goddess grants alternative visions to Rudi Artos:
hot glowing sand, oceans reduced to hills of salt, bubbling pools, motionless air;
no air or sea, subliming ice, engines and energies in the sky;
birds flying in mathematical patterns, empty buildings, a man with silver tendrils instead of eyes.