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FF – Moon-Fall

Here is my story for Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle. This week’s photo was contributed by Dale Rogerson. Thanks, Dale!

That brightness in the sky is definitely an explosion, don’t you think?

Copyright Dale Rogerson

 

Cheers resounded as the sky lit up, the revellers clinking glasses in salute. Members of “Project Assured Destruction”, they had worked long and hard to realise the dream.

Antimatter.

A new source of energy. Or the most devastating weapon ever devised. So devastating, their government had elected to test-fire on the moon.

It would be days before observers noticed the change in the moon’s orbit. Weeks before the first storms hit. Months before the lucky died in blinding, super-heated fire as fragments of the moon impacted. For the remainder – the lingering, painful deaths of a freezing nuclear winter.

 

  1. June 14, 2017 at 8:04 pm

    A scary, believable prospect. Good one, Ali.

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  2. June 14, 2017 at 9:34 pm

    And, as Thomas Edison once said, We now know that idea won’t work. 😉

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    • June 15, 2017 at 7:22 am

      At least he didn’t accidentally end all life on Earth 🙂

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      • June 15, 2017 at 2:21 pm

        No. Even two atomic bombs didn’t damage the whole planet. And it would take a pretty great power to blow up the moon, but you do raise an interesting thought here:
        Even an explosion that would damage the moon and stir up a huge dust ball would have how much effect on earth? It wouldn’t have to be man-made, either. What if the moon got hit by a meteorite half its size? How much fall-out would we get?
        And now here I am on the trail of sci-fi horror.

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      • June 15, 2017 at 3:53 pm

        I think we’re okay as long as nothing big hits the Earth (like bits of the moon did in my story). Then the ensuing dust cloud would envelop the planet for long enough to kill all life 😦 Except for the world leaders in their bunkers, of course 🙂

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  3. Lyn
    June 14, 2017 at 9:36 pm

    LOL classic D-man 😀

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  4. June 14, 2017 at 9:39 pm

    Scary, but good (and probably true!)!

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    • June 15, 2017 at 7:23 am

      They might be up there right now, prepping the experiment…
      I’m glad you liked it!

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  5. June 15, 2017 at 1:21 am

    Sounds like someone’s estimates were off by, oh, a catastrophic amount! At least nobody will be around to record that person’s failure for history, because there won’t be a history. Great take on the prompt Ali!

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    • June 15, 2017 at 7:23 am

      Every cloud has a silver lining! I’m glad you enjoyed it 🙂

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  6. June 15, 2017 at 2:07 am

    Man oh man… What an awful scenario!

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  7. June 15, 2017 at 3:02 am

    When I worked with NASA — a long time ago now — I had to do a very complex paper on what kind of unit they should design to retrieve satellites in space. They felt that anything with fewer than three arms was worthless, but in the end the financial wizards decided on two arms. Which, as they pointed out, didn’t work and as I recall, the astronaut just grabbed the satellite with his arms and pulled it in. So much for so many people writing and editing this monumental study during which time I worked 7-days a week for five weeks. Good overtime money.

    But the thing was, we got to talking, my NASA scientist and I. This was 1988 and they already knew there was anti matter. Their issue was how to GET some. I said “Well, what would you do with it?” and he laughed and said “Destroy the world, maybe the universe.” And he wasn’t kidding.

    I quit that job. The work began to make my brain do barrel rolls in my head. I had nightmares. Just like this little story.

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    • June 15, 2017 at 7:26 am

      Another idea shot down by the bean counters. At least there was a human on station to give it a good kick.
      Let’s hope that scientist isn’t now in charge of Project Assured Destruction 😦

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  8. June 15, 2017 at 4:26 am

    But at least the people of earth got to witness the coolest explosion ever before they all died! And in the name of science!

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    • June 15, 2017 at 7:34 am

      I sure that made them feel much better about the whole thing 🙂

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  9. June 15, 2017 at 6:37 am

    darn, as they say, we see the enemy and it is us.

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  10. June 15, 2017 at 10:23 am

    A chilling prospect!

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  11. June 15, 2017 at 10:43 am

    Wow very good. I am sure I’ve read that people watched some of the early atomic testing in a similar fashion.

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  12. June 15, 2017 at 12:08 pm

    Antimatter, once believed to be a figment of Trekian fiction…now, a reality. A very scary proposition. Good tale weaving this week, D.! 🙂

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    • June 15, 2017 at 12:27 pm

      It is scary stuff. Losing antimatter containment on the USS Enterprise was certainly considered “bad” 🙂
      I’m glad you liked my story!

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  13. June 15, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    I’ll take the quick death, please.

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    • June 15, 2017 at 3:51 pm

      No worries, you’re second on the “quick death” list after me.

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  14. June 15, 2017 at 2:07 pm

    Dear Ali,

    As I’ve said before, the photo is whatever you see in it. 😉 Frightening story. Well done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • June 15, 2017 at 3:51 pm

      Dear Rochelle,
      The first thing I saw was the second Death Star blowing up over Endor 🙂
      I’m glad you liked it!
      Ali

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  15. June 15, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    Scary story with the uncanny image of photo.

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    • June 15, 2017 at 3:51 pm

      Thanks, I’m glad you enjoyed it!

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  16. June 15, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    Powerful story, Ali. In other words, ‘don’t mess with the moon’. Good writing. —- Suzanne

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    • June 16, 2017 at 7:10 am

      We like the moon just the way it in (in one piece). I’m glad you liked it!

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  17. June 15, 2017 at 9:10 pm

    This is spooky-real. And who would want to ruin the moon? I’m afraid to ask. Very well done.

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    • June 16, 2017 at 7:10 am

      I’m sure some see it as an ideal testing ground…
      I’m glad you liked my story!

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  18. June 15, 2017 at 11:25 pm

    Yikes! Let’s hope some genius doesn’t go this far. Well written. :o)

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    • June 16, 2017 at 7:11 am

      How do we know they’re not up there already… dum dum DUM 🙂
      I’m glad you enjoyed it!

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  19. Adam Ickes
    June 16, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    I expected nothing less than an agonizing death for humanity at your hands. You didn’t disappoint.

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    • June 16, 2017 at 3:16 pm

      Exploding, burning, starving, freezing, I attempted to cover all the bases.

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  20. June 16, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    What did the moon ever do to them? Serves them right.

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    • June 16, 2017 at 3:17 pm

      I’m taking you with me, Humanity! Wheeee!

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  21. June 16, 2017 at 5:13 pm

    That was jolly!

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    • June 17, 2017 at 4:56 am

      All smiles and optimism this week!

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  22. June 16, 2017 at 5:28 pm

    Holy horror show! They needed a Batman or Superman to toss those shards into a black hole 🙂

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  23. Life Lessons of a Dog Lover
    June 16, 2017 at 6:48 pm

    Oh the folly of mankind. Good story as usual.

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  24. June 16, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    This is chilling! And scary that I could see it really happening…

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  25. June 17, 2017 at 12:03 am

    Scary! It could happen in the future. That is a real possibility. Dangerous these atom bums.

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    • June 17, 2017 at 5:34 am

      Ha, yes, scary is the word. I can see it happening too. Everything ends over a miscalculation.

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  26. michael1148humphris
    June 17, 2017 at 12:10 am

    This is a powerful piece of writing, for it feels as if it could happen.

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    • June 17, 2017 at 5:35 am

      Thanks, I see a scenario like this as a real possibility.

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  27. June 17, 2017 at 9:25 am

    This one was difficult to like. Well done on a nice little dystopian tale this week. That moon’s got a lot to answer for, and the government.

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  28. June 17, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    With unpredictable fingers on the Big Red Button, this could far too easily happen.

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    • June 17, 2017 at 5:27 pm

      Very true. And who knows when the next test could go out of control?

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  29. June 17, 2017 at 2:20 pm

    That’s sombre and frightening. Well done

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  30. June 18, 2017 at 7:12 pm

    Oh my…..

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  31. June 18, 2017 at 7:18 pm

    I think this is an end that sound likely in the wake of human folly

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    • June 19, 2017 at 7:37 am

      Yeah, I got a bit worried as I wrote it. Sounds far too likely.

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  32. June 19, 2017 at 8:26 am

    I choose for the Moon, Draliman, she hasn’t done anything to deserve this… Pawkisses for a wonderful Day 🙂 ❤

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    • June 19, 2017 at 11:42 am

      Yes, she’s been up there minding her own business for millions of years. Then we come along…

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  33. June 19, 2017 at 9:38 am

    Yes, that anti-matter is nothing to play around with. Really a horrific scene. This is awesome, Ali! You wrapped it all up and BAM! Super job!

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    • June 19, 2017 at 11:43 am

      Thanks! I kinda hope we never manage to make any antimatter, even if it means we’ll never be able to power the Starship Enterprise.
      I’m glad you enjoyed it!

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  34. June 19, 2017 at 9:02 pm

    Not a great prospect for the earth – or for the moon, come to that. I’d like to say, thankfully, it’s only a story, but that might just be wishful thinking. Well constructed story.

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    • June 20, 2017 at 7:42 am

      I can’t help but think that the moon would be seen as an ideal testing ground for new weapons 😦

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  35. June 20, 2017 at 9:08 pm

    This is scarily plausible. Great story, Ali. 🙂

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