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Topic: Write in the SCIENCE FICTION genre (05/10/07)
By Trevas Walker
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I feel a sense of relief as we approach our new home. Planet HD2300 is what they called it back on earth. Obviously we are going to have to come up with a better name than that once we arrive. From this distance it looks like earth did from orbit, at least the way I remember it, that was 45 years ago. The planet is bigger and along with the blues and greens you can see big patches of red, they are seas filled with red algae according to the scientists back on earth. It is beautiful really.
We haven't heard from earth in past 20 years. Transmissions ceased from earth a couple of years after we left. If only society had not gone so wrong, maybe God would have chosen to save our small planet. The warnings of the last days were there all along however, we just chose never to listen to them. First it was the rapture, ¼ of civilization disappearing overnight. I was only 15 when the rapture came. Next came the plagues, and finally as we were leaving on this journey the last battle to save humanity. We were the back up plan, a plan to save humanity. In reality we do not know what is left of our home world, or if there is anyone left.
Shifting my attention back to the controls of the ship I watch as the computer begins to tilt the nose of our spacecraft up. I can feel the afterburners coming on to slow us down for entry. According to my science officer all of our passengers are awake and accounted for now, all wanting to see our new home after their 45 year sleep. The ship begins to shake as we enter the atmosphere. I pray that this 50 year old ship stands up to the abuse it is about to endure. It almost feels like the ship is going to shake apart as we enter further through the stratosphere of our new home. For what seems like hours (but I'm sure was only a few seconds),the craft shakes before starting to level out and fly smoothly in it's descent.
The landing was smooth past initial entry, I did not need to intervene, the computer did just fine. Setting down, I cannot help but to feel anticipation as I hear the doors to the ship opening and the ramps motoring down.
Stepping out of the ship, I look back to ensure all the passenger compartment has opened. Turning I cannot help but to feel completely awestruck. In this moment I know that God has been at work in this part of the universe as well. I have never seen such beauty. Suddenly I am thankful for being allowed this chance. As my shoes hit the soft dirt at the bottom of the ramp, I fall to my knees, it is overwhelming this whole new world. I have spent almost all of my adult life getting here. I listen to the sounds of animals in the forest behind us, I can see before us huge tree-like plants. I watch as the children start to walk out onto the green from the passenger compartment.
On my knees I pray “Thank you for this chance Lord, please let us get it right this time”.
Looking around I am filled with hope, my youth memories of death and destruction, my adult life spent to give a chance to these children, another chance for humanity. So many unknowns, but a brand new start fills me with joy, with hope. HD2300, humanities last hope.
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