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FF – Peace Wheel

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

Copyright Dale Rogerson

 

Millions queued to ride the Peace Wheel.

It had appeared overnight, a mystery. Shortly after, the crime rate dropped to zero. Countries dismantled their arsenals and armies. Warlords took up farming. People the world over stopped concentrating on jobs, on ambitions.

Hate, the will to fight, disappeared. People were suddenly “getting along” with each other.

Hidden in high orbit, Dresh N’Gak smiled. In days the population of this backwards backwater planet would have lost all self-will. They would be ripe for conquest! He twisted a dial, increasing signal strength.

The “Peace Wheel” thrummed with renewed energy.

 

  1. March 20, 2019 at 10:55 am

    Wow, Dresh N’Gak sounds like a dangerous alien. Where is the Justice League when you need it? 🙂 — Suzanne

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    • March 20, 2019 at 4:19 pm

      Back to arguing among themselves, probably. I’m sure they’ll come good, though 🙂

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  2. March 20, 2019 at 10:59 am

    Oooooo lulled into a false sense of security… then BAM! Nice one!!

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    • March 20, 2019 at 4:20 pm

      It was all sounding so nice and serene… 🙂

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  3. March 20, 2019 at 11:04 am

    I’m a little distressed that conquest is achieved by peace and harmony

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    • March 20, 2019 at 4:21 pm

      Yeah, what’s that all about? Damn aliens.

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  4. March 20, 2019 at 11:36 am

    I knew it was too good to be true. There’s no getting away from human (or inhuman) nature.

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  5. March 20, 2019 at 11:45 am

    You’ve imagined an ingenious means of alien invasion. Let’s hope they fail!

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    • March 20, 2019 at 4:21 pm

      I don’t care if they fail or not – I’ve been exposed to the signal for too long 🙂

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  6. March 20, 2019 at 12:08 pm

    Dear Ali,

    Oh my. We might could use this kind of take over. 😉 I’m put in mind of The Monitors, a 1969 Sci Fi movie where aliens brought peace. Humans couldn’t take it. Well done as always, sir.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • March 20, 2019 at 4:23 pm

      Dear Rochelle,
      I did wonder if this is just the sort of conquest we need round about now 🙂
      I’ve not seen that film but I can believe it. I recall that in the film “The Matrix” it’s mentioned that the first Matrix was an ideal society – which humans rejected.
      I’m glad you liked it!
      Ali

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  7. March 20, 2019 at 12:39 pm

    A new kind of Trojan horse! Well done

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  8. March 20, 2019 at 1:02 pm

    Truly sinister. Good one.

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    • March 20, 2019 at 4:25 pm

      Insidious little devils, these aliens. I’m glad you liked it!

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  9. gahlearner
    March 20, 2019 at 3:09 pm

    Oh dear. I bet Dresh N’Gak’s smile would scare the remaining population to death with all these wildly waving tentacles. I’m glad I didn’t go SciFi this week although that was my first thought. You did it so much better. Sheep, being herded…

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    • March 20, 2019 at 4:30 pm

      At that point I don’t suppose humans will care how many tentacles he has.
      The first thing I saw was a giant antenna – too much Dr Who I suspect. I’m glad you enjoyed it!

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  10. March 20, 2019 at 4:08 pm

    Luring the humans into a false sense of security. I kept telling them not to trust Dresh N’Gak! 😀

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    • March 20, 2019 at 4:30 pm

      But do they listen? No. Well, they’re just going to have to learn the hard way… 🙂

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  11. March 20, 2019 at 5:17 pm

    Chilling and entertaining read – loved it!

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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    • March 20, 2019 at 5:26 pm

      Thanks, I’m glad you enjoyed it!

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  12. March 20, 2019 at 5:33 pm

    It sounded too good to be true. Great take

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  13. March 20, 2019 at 8:22 pm

    Oh I suddenly think our wars are preferable

    Are the invaders humanivores?

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    • March 21, 2019 at 6:55 am

      Let’s hope not – ‘cos nobody’s fighting back!

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  14. March 20, 2019 at 8:51 pm

    I think we should have a referendum to decide. Although I’m not sure I can be bothered!

    Mega brilliant story!

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    • March 21, 2019 at 6:57 am

      I’m not sure I can be bothered with a referendum either – signal or no signal.
      I’m glad you liked it!

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  15. March 20, 2019 at 9:32 pm

    dresh n’gak failed on people like trump bringing hope to mankind. 🙂

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  16. March 20, 2019 at 10:48 pm

    I think it will be a big improvement on the current situation.
    Go, Dresh, go!

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    • March 21, 2019 at 6:59 am

      I was wondering that myself. Maybe Dresh will be good for everyone!

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  17. March 20, 2019 at 11:34 pm

    I was waiting for that shoe to drop …
    And while I don’t think it is an either/or (war or no-will-power), I do think that balance is always a good thing.
    Peace is, too.
    Nicely done!
    Na’ama

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    • March 21, 2019 at 7:02 am

      Maybe Dresh will sort us all out and then be on his way. We could use a little guidance!
      I’m glad you enjoyed my story 🙂

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      • March 21, 2019 at 3:03 pm

        I’m fine without Dresh ‘sorting me out’, for me, thank you very much … 😉

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      • March 21, 2019 at 4:29 pm

        Me too 🙂

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  18. March 20, 2019 at 11:43 pm

    Nice one. I can almost hear Dresh N’Gak cackling with evil laughter ‘mwahahaha…’.

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    • March 21, 2019 at 7:02 am

      It’s all come together rather nicely for him!

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  19. michael1148humphris
    March 21, 2019 at 12:28 am

    Fascinating, I saw a similar use for the wheel. It may be Dresh N’Gak who is behind the worrying stories that I am hearing. We should share information for the sake of humanity

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    • March 21, 2019 at 7:03 am

      You could be onto something there…

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  20. March 21, 2019 at 12:52 am

    In the meantime, while this sissy bunch of aliens is messing around with “peace wheels”… a real mothership full of alien invaders is just going to start blasting everything and staging a proper invasion of Earth. Bunch of hippies… they’ve probably got a tie dye spaceship…

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    • March 21, 2019 at 7:04 am

      Yeah, let’s get back to reality here. Out of the way, hippies, we’re gonna show you how a real invasion is done. Attack!

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  21. March 21, 2019 at 1:25 am

    If it sounds too good to be true…
    This was brilliant, Alistair!

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  22. Lyn
    March 21, 2019 at 5:38 am

    So, it’s all peace, love and mung beans. Sorry aliens, it won’t last.

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    • March 21, 2019 at 7:06 am

      We’ll break through the conditioning before long, that’s for sure.

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  23. March 21, 2019 at 8:56 am

    And then I woke up from my dream! Nicely done. All hope, but never going to happen.

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    • March 21, 2019 at 9:05 am

      Sadly I fear you’re right. It is nice dream, though.

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  24. March 21, 2019 at 11:18 am

    Clever story Ali – love your examples of a peaceful life – ‘warlords took up farming’. Let’s hope someone has a punch up and gets the aggro going again !

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    • March 21, 2019 at 4:26 pm

      Humans will not be subjugated forever, someone will break the programming I think 🙂
      I’m glad you liked it!

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  25. March 21, 2019 at 1:16 pm

    Yikes! War is never the answer… or so I thought! Hopefully those humans will drum up the will for war one more time!

    Really enjoyed this one!

    -Rachel

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    • March 21, 2019 at 4:27 pm

      It comes to something when we’re hoping someone will get a war going! But as you say, just one more time. I’m glad you liked it!

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  26. Jelli
    March 21, 2019 at 2:03 pm

    Oh, now, I think we could use a little peace in this world… but, not that way. Great story.

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    • March 21, 2019 at 4:29 pm

      We need to sort ourselves out rather than have it forced upon us ready for conquest. I’m glad you liked it!

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  27. March 21, 2019 at 10:10 pm

    Wickedly dastardly, really made me say “oh yeah” and chuckle as I read the last line. Brilliant stuff, still smiling!

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    • March 22, 2019 at 7:33 am

      Heh, I like “wickedly dastardly”! I’m glad you liked it.

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  28. March 22, 2019 at 8:57 pm

    What a creative use of the prompt.

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  29. March 23, 2019 at 5:54 pm

    Clever Dresh used our tendency to the extremes. Fair enough.

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  30. March 24, 2019 at 10:40 am

    Dresh must have studied us very carefully. He got us to stop hating and fighting -maybe Earth will be better off with him in charge. A very clever story.

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    • March 24, 2019 at 5:27 pm

      Just think of all the good he could do with his peace tech…
      I’m glad you liked it!

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  31. March 24, 2019 at 7:24 pm

    Hmm… quite the dilemma. If that’s the only way to have world peace, so be it!

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  32. March 25, 2019 at 2:08 am

    “To Serve Man … “

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  33. March 25, 2019 at 8:35 pm

    I love how you have made evil out of peace!

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  34. March 26, 2019 at 5:43 am

    oooo, who would have thought peace would allow evil to overwhelm…..hmmm.

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  35. March 26, 2019 at 6:51 pm

    Peace wheel, huh🙀Extra Peaceful Pawkiss🐾😽💞

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  36. March 26, 2019 at 9:15 pm

    I think I’m siding with Dresh, for now. Nice to have a moment’s peace!

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