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FF – The March of Time

Here’s my story for Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle. This week’s photo was contributed by Ted Strutz.

Well, less a story, more a journey through time itself!

Copyright Ted Strutz


1950: Oh, I say Ethel, isn’t it wonderful, the modern world today, just look at these wonderful photographs. Just think, our memories somehow inscribed on paper…

2050: What the hell’s all this? How did those 1950s people get their photos off their phones and onto this, what’s it called again? Paypur? Not sure how I’d get all mine on there. Maybe if I deleted all the photos of my lunch…

2150: Hang on, I’ll get you those photos in a sec, my brain comm’s lost connection to the database…

2250: Meep… system error… photo album corrupted… reboot brain immediately… meep…


  1. October 9, 2019 at 7:52 pm

    I don’t have to worry, I backed them all up onto wire recorder, then acetate, then tape reel, then 5.25 floppies, then 3.5 floppies, then memory stick, external HDD. They now reside in the cloud, wherever that is!

    Liked by 3 people

  2. October 9, 2019 at 8:19 pm

    HAHAHA! People are still taking innumerable photos of their lunch in 2050?! Meep, meep!


    • October 10, 2019 at 11:33 am

      I’m always interested to see what complete strangers had for their lunch 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  3. October 9, 2019 at 8:48 pm

    A lot of photos taken today are not worth printing out, and no great loss to lose those shots of your lunches!


    • October 10, 2019 at 11:35 am

      Maybe one in every 100 photos people take could be worthy of printing. I’m going to chose “Wednesday – pizza and chips” from my collection!

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Mike
    October 9, 2019 at 10:10 pm

    You made me smile, great


  5. Lyn
    October 9, 2019 at 11:51 pm

    I love “real” photos. It’s a bit like a “real” book compared to an e-Book 😀


    • October 10, 2019 at 11:40 am

      They do have a certain something extra don’t they? 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  6. October 10, 2019 at 11:30 am

    Those photos are obvious fakes! You can clearly see their arm not extending outwards holding the phone to take the picture…


    • October 10, 2019 at 11:42 am

      It’s almost like they interacted with another human being to take it for them. Unthinkable!


  7. October 10, 2019 at 12:12 pm

    This is exactly why I enjoy the real printed-out photos — no chance that a computer glitch will erase them all! Of course, a fire would do the same to physical photos, so there’s no winning here, I suppose…


  8. October 10, 2019 at 1:47 pm

    Dear Ali,

    Nice progression. I’m not sure the last one is all that far away. So when generations to come access our photos they’ll certainly have a good idea of what we all ate, won’t they? 😉 good one.



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    • October 10, 2019 at 3:32 pm

      Dear Rochelle,
      They’ll think we were all obsessed with food!
      Brain implants at least are starting to look very close… I’m glad you liked it 🙂


  9. October 10, 2019 at 5:31 pm

    I have boxes of pictures on slides. Maybe I should do something with them. Very fun story which may be all too true.


    • October 11, 2019 at 6:15 am

      Maybe soon you’ll be able to get your slides downloaded into your brain implant (yeeks!)…


  10. October 11, 2019 at 4:25 am

    Nothing lasts forever. Enjoy the now.

    Liked by 1 person

  11. October 11, 2019 at 9:15 am

    Teehee! Fun take on the prompt.


    • October 12, 2019 at 9:59 am

      Thanks, I’m glad you liked it!


  12. October 11, 2019 at 1:59 pm

    Your tale took me back to the ’60s when I had a darkroom where I printed my own pictures. That’s not all I got up to in my darkroom but that’s another story!

    Here’s my story

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  13. October 11, 2019 at 2:53 pm

    Absolutely right – loved this.
    2400 – Mission Reinstate – Life support landed – archeological exploration of Earth begins. Will Cyber-humans be able to return and inhabit the Blue Planet – is it safe?


    • October 12, 2019 at 10:02 am

      It’s worrying that by 2400 we may well be cyber-humans…


  14. October 12, 2019 at 3:56 pm

    OMC I think we get stick somewhere in the ’50th, Draliman😸Great story and probably very true. Pawkisses for a Happy Caturday🐾😽💞


    • October 13, 2019 at 6:27 am

      There might be little robo-cats running around one day 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  15. October 12, 2019 at 5:43 pm

    A really concise update Ali. Very topical I think, about what will happen to the photos of our lunch and the dog sleeping. I don’t want photos stored in my brain !


    • October 13, 2019 at 6:28 am

      Me neither. But I bet one day people will have little storage enhancers implanted… 😦


  16. October 12, 2019 at 7:12 pm

    Too funny, Ali.
    Wait… not really, is it?


    • October 13, 2019 at 6:29 am

      Ha! No 🙂 But I bet people will view it as normal eventually as we do with everything new which comes along.


  17. October 13, 2019 at 12:46 pm

    Funny, Ali. I’m kind of glad I won’t be around in 2050 let alone 2250. I have read where our heads will one day be wired. No thanks. Heads will probably be shaved, wired, and wigs put on. I’ve always wondered where that cloud was where our stuff goes. It’s probably at the top of some tower that will be washed away when the shores flood. Oh, well. 😀 — Suzanne


    • October 13, 2019 at 4:08 pm

      Maybe the cloud is in someone’s head… 🙂


  18. October 13, 2019 at 7:13 pm

    Being “offline” the last several weeks, I can appreciate your story this week … sort of … I guess … but I did miss reading your stories. They’re always entertaining. I love the “through the years” approach. Makes you wonder … would I want something implanted in my brain?


    • October 14, 2019 at 12:58 pm

      I wouldn’t. Though they’re currently researching some (large) brain implants which are enabling a guy whose own limbs no longer work to control an exoskeleton (in the lab) and move around. So there will be medical uses.


  19. October 14, 2019 at 4:32 am

    It’s called Progress. Uh huh, yep. NOT. Good illustrations, Ali.


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  21. October 14, 2019 at 7:34 am

    Hahaha… scarily believable! 😁
    Gotta take pics of my breakfast now…


  22. October 15, 2019 at 3:54 pm

    Wonderful look into the not-so-distant future 🙂


    • October 16, 2019 at 12:14 pm

      I’m not so sure I’m ready for brain comms, mind 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

      • October 16, 2019 at 8:01 pm

        Me neither. I think I’ll be long gone before that happens 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

  23. October 17, 2019 at 7:42 pm

    ‘Reboot brain’ sounds good to me if I won’t lose my files in the process 😉


  24. October 30, 2019 at 12:48 pm

    Yeap, that’s where we’re going. But don¡t despair, a reboot every once in a while might just be a good thing.


    • October 31, 2019 at 1:56 pm

      Sometimes I wish I could give my brain a nice clean reboot…

      Liked by 1 person

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