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Extinction by Stupidity

Here is my contribution to this week’s Friday Fictioneers 100 word challenge, ably hosted by the talented Rochelle. This week’s photo was contributed by Doug MacIlroy.

To read the other contributions, click on the blue froggy.


Copyright Douglas M. MacIlroy


Marvik and Grvox, father and son team from “WorldRenewals Inc” stepped onto Earth, freshly scorched and ready for new inhabitants.

“The flamers did a good job on this one,” said Grvox. He pointed at a charred skeleton. “What d’ya suppose that was?”

“Some sort of marine mammal, son.”

“And what about over there? Looks like the remains of a… city? Built by those Hoomans? Da, we’re not allowed to flame worlds containing intelligent life!”

“Son, you’ve read the report on this world, same as me. Plundering your planet’s resources to exhaustion to make ‘shiny new things’ isn’t a sign of intelligence.”


  1. Merbear74
    May 27, 2015 at 6:59 pm

    Ain’t that the truth!


  2. May 27, 2015 at 7:02 pm

    Nice take on prompt!


  3. May 27, 2015 at 7:13 pm

    Absolutely. Our standing as an intelligent species is highly disputable.


  4. May 27, 2015 at 7:37 pm

    Wait there’s intelligent life here? Good read, nice angle.


    • May 27, 2015 at 7:40 pm

      Apparently there’s no intelligent life here 🙂
      I’m glad you enjoyed it!

      Liked by 1 person

  5. May 27, 2015 at 7:39 pm

    I think we are doomed.. either by ourselves or by aliens..


  6. May 27, 2015 at 7:40 pm

    Spot on. But I’d hate to be Renewed!


  7. May 27, 2015 at 8:15 pm

    You know, Ali, he might have a good point there. 😀 If the earth was scorched, they must have brought everything they needed on their ship. Sounds like one of those mother ships. If they needed to steralize our planet, they must be a very different form of life,.but able to breathe our air. They better watch out for the bacteria in the air ala WAR OF THE WORLDS. Well done. 😀 — Suzanne


    • May 28, 2015 at 8:02 am

      I reckon the bacteria has all been scorched too. Though, maybe not. It’s quite resilient!
      I’m glad you liked it 🙂


  8. May 27, 2015 at 8:20 pm

    They still shouldn’t have sroched the earth because humans are only one of many species..the marine mammanls are more intelligent than us …however hard it’s to believe 🙂


    • May 28, 2015 at 8:03 am

      I get the feeling that their definition of “intelligent” allows them to scorch quite a few planets.


  9. May 27, 2015 at 9:19 pm

    Wonderful message.


  10. May 27, 2015 at 10:47 pm

    Great take on the photo prompt, really original, very clever, and you’ve hit the nail right on the head.


    • May 28, 2015 at 8:08 am

      Thanks, I’m glad you liked it! I like to pop in a little social commentary now and then 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

      • May 28, 2015 at 4:33 pm

        Oh definitely, it’s one of the perks of being a writer surely?! If you fancy turning your prompt-interpretation talents to another challenge, I’ve just launched a new flash fiction event, it starts next Wednesday 😀


        • May 28, 2015 at 6:35 pm

          I’ll take a look! I admit I have enough trouble keeping up with Mondays Finish the Story and Friday Fictioneers, but I shall stop by 🙂

          Liked by 1 person

          • May 28, 2015 at 10:25 pm

            I know what you mean, it can get rather overwhelming to keep up! I’ll be running it weekly so there’s no rush, but fingers crossed you get the chance to get involved at some point!


  11. May 27, 2015 at 11:38 pm

    When will we ever learn?



  12. May 28, 2015 at 12:31 am

    That does seem to be a constant problem. I love their names and their accents. Nice one, Ali!


    • May 28, 2015 at 8:10 am

      Thanks, I’m glad you liked my little dialogue! I finally came up with names that aren’t “David” and “Tom”… 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  13. May 28, 2015 at 2:03 am

    If a form of man was using tools 3.3 million years ago, I wonder how many times man has replayed “this” scene?

    Thinking there is a lot we don’t know.
    Great story Aliman.


    • May 28, 2015 at 2:42 am

      I agree with EvilSquirrel,
      I didn’t have courage to say it!!!


    • May 28, 2015 at 8:14 am

      Indeed, this may not be the first time! I’m glad you liked it 🙂


  14. May 28, 2015 at 2:26 am

    Who needs intelligence when you have SHINY NEW THINGS!!!! ❤ ❤


  15. May 28, 2015 at 2:41 am

    Da, we’re not allowed to flame worlds containing intelligent life!

    I think this says it all. Well done.


    • May 28, 2015 at 8:15 am

      Thanks, I’m glad you liked my story!


  16. gentlestitches
    May 28, 2015 at 5:21 am

    “We can only hope there is intelligent life out there ‘cos there’s bugger all down here on earth!” Monty Python.
    Great story and entertaining as usual. Commenters crack me up too! 😀


    • May 28, 2015 at 8:16 am

      Thanks, and nice quote! Glad you liked it.


  17. May 28, 2015 at 6:49 am

    This is great Ali and sadly could be a sign of things to come. Will we ever change?


  18. Lata Sunil
    May 28, 2015 at 7:35 am

    Absolutely true! which intelligent animal destroys its own habitat. The hoomans are destroying not only theirs, but also of all species.


  19. May 28, 2015 at 9:08 am

    I like/don’t like the movie Matrix’s definition. Humans are like a virus. An eye-opening wee story. 🙂


    • May 28, 2015 at 1:05 pm

      If you think of the world as one huge organism we are kind of virus-like 🙂


  20. Francesca Smith
    May 28, 2015 at 11:11 am

    Entertaining as usual, and I agree about how an intelligent animal tries to preserve its surroundings rather than destroy them.


  21. May 28, 2015 at 12:42 pm

    What an interesting and absolutely truthful main point. A great story with a message to the human (or hooman) race! 🙂


    • May 28, 2015 at 1:07 pm

      Thanks! I thought I’d do another of my (slightly hypocritical – I like shiny new things) soap-box stories this week 🙂 We hoomans have to shape up!

      Liked by 1 person

  22. gahlearner
    May 28, 2015 at 1:15 pm

    Hihi, great story, made me chuckle. These intelligenter aliens… do what we’ve done through the ages: judge, dismiss, destroy. Humanoid nature, it seems. 😀


    • May 28, 2015 at 2:20 pm

      Such an attitude is rife throughout the universe, it seems!
      I’m glad you liked it 🙂


  23. May 28, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    Who are these aliens to judge us when they destroy civilizations themselves? Seems like a circle of entropy to me.


    • May 28, 2015 at 6:33 pm

      I’m guessing they viewed us the same way as we view animals. Shame about the pandas, but we need the space for building on…

      Liked by 1 person

  24. May 28, 2015 at 10:22 pm

    i tend to disagree witn marvik. the hoomans had actually been too intelligent or smart for their own good.


    • May 29, 2015 at 6:43 am

      Not smart enough to have built a massive orbital defence system unfortunately 😦

      Liked by 1 person

  25. May 29, 2015 at 12:30 am

    An entertaining take on a very serious idea. The best way to get a message across.


    • May 29, 2015 at 6:44 am

      Thanks, I think so too. Slip the message in while the reader is engaged with the story 🙂


  26. May 29, 2015 at 1:41 am

    Excellent! This is brilliant.


  27. May 29, 2015 at 8:36 am

    Dear Ali,

    I read somewhere that if sense was common we’d all have some. There’s intelligence and there’s…
    Good story.




    • May 29, 2015 at 9:20 am

      Dear Rochelle,
      I like that, about “common” and “sense”. I’m glad you enjoyed my story 🙂


  28. May 29, 2015 at 11:31 am

    We’d better not tip over and fall as a species…for sake of at least retaining proper pronunciation of ‘humans.’


    • May 29, 2015 at 11:48 am

      Precisely. “Hoomans” is how the Ferengi pronounce it, and we can’t have that!

      Liked by 1 person

      • May 30, 2015 at 11:17 pm

        No, sir! No… tortellini-eared aliens…should never see them—have to see them.


  29. May 29, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    And pray that there’s intelligent life somewhere up in space,
    ‘Cause there’s bugger-all down here on Earth.
    –Eric Idle, Galaxy Song


  30. May 29, 2015 at 2:23 pm


    I laughed. But certainly hope we “wisen up”. Good message in an entertaining story!


    • May 29, 2015 at 2:27 pm

      I hope we “wisen up” as well. I’m glad you liked it!


  31. May 29, 2015 at 2:46 pm

    All rules are built around a loop hole. Great theme.


  32. May 29, 2015 at 6:06 pm

    Hoomans…yes, an inferior race for sure.


    • May 30, 2015 at 7:21 am

      I feel sorry for all Earth’s other recently charred species. Poor monkeys 😦

      Liked by 1 person

  33. May 29, 2015 at 6:27 pm

    A great take on the prompt. 🙂 Those ‘hoomans’ rarely show any signs of intelligence!


  34. May 29, 2015 at 7:23 pm

    you’ve gone deep this week, good job 🙂


    • May 30, 2015 at 7:24 am

      Thanks, I like to slip in a little message now and then 🙂


  35. May 29, 2015 at 8:19 pm

    Loved this story!

    I recently read that the best proof of intelligent life elsewhere in the universe, is that they (the intelligent aliens) haven’t wanted to visit us 😄


    • May 30, 2015 at 7:25 am

      That sounds about right! I think someone on one of the blogs I follow recently posted a little comic with much the same sentiment.
      I’m glad you like it!


  36. May 30, 2015 at 4:07 am

    Dear Draliman, Great story and I don’t know if it was intelligence or not. But we have destroyed resources often, so I guess we could be considered thugs who have trashed this planet. Although, we have done some beautiful things to the it. Good job! Nan


    • May 30, 2015 at 7:26 am

      Dear Nan,
      Yes, I think the aliens were a little harsh in their judgement. Maybe the bad currently outweighs the good.
      I’m glad you enjoyed my story!


  37. May 30, 2015 at 4:49 pm

    Great story with some relevant commentary on our present world. I like father-son conversation here.


    • May 31, 2015 at 4:30 am

      Thanks, glad you liked the message and the dialogue!


  38. May 30, 2015 at 9:46 pm

    There’s truly no hope when the aliens can’t agree on our intelligence.


    • May 31, 2015 at 4:31 am

      No. It seems in this case they took the path of least resistance/greater profit and just torched us.


      • May 31, 2015 at 3:48 pm

        Reminds me of Hitchhiker to the Galaxy. Least resistance, but for a different reason.


  39. May 31, 2015 at 1:48 pm

    ..and how right is that…Stoopid hoomans 😦 Pawkisses for a better world 🙂 ❤


  40. June 4, 2015 at 5:34 pm

    Loved it!


  41. June 16, 2015 at 9:48 pm

    Truth from the mouths of…. aliens?


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