A New Earth – The Children

continued from previous Aspen had skipped Aberash’s sermon.  She was all the way down at the other end of the beach by herself, in a similar lagoon, surrounded by the same glow.  Holding her arms out, she placed them gently on the surface of the water, palms down.  The plankton began swimming towards her hands.  … Continue reading A New Earth – The Children

A New Earth – The Circle

Continued from previoushttps://tsakraklides.com/2021/07/31/a-new-earth-to-all-new-arrivals/ Olivia looked at her notifications. Jonathan had just sent her a screenshot of a satellite image of the illuminated area of the Atlantic ocean, and a message: “on my way”. Over at the Minimalists’ corner, the ritual celebration had turned into a leadership meeting. Heading it was a woman in her early … Continue reading A New Earth – The Circle

A New Earth – To All New Arrivals

continued from previous Olivia begun to curiously walk towards the far end of the beach, where a medium-sized group of Minimalists had set up a permanent vigil for months now. Tonight the atmosphere was different: re-energized by the latest reports of new variants arising across the globe, the Minimalists had decided to have a celebration … Continue reading A New Earth – To All New Arrivals

A New Earth – Petunia

continued from previous Olivia waved from afar with one hand while resting her entire body on a big shovel.  The early morning heat had pretty much exhausted her already, but the satisfaction that came from this morning’s garden work had brought a wide smile to her face.  She had spent the past hour finally getting … Continue reading A New Earth – Petunia

A New Earth – Night

continued from previous Darkness had begun to sweep like a thick veil over John’s desolate neighborhood.  It must have been a relief for the mimosa trees that were surrounded by miles and miles of hot, burning concrete slabs on each and every direction.  Even for their African genetic makeup, the brutal heatwave was too much … Continue reading A New Earth – Night

A New Earth – Disaster Gene

continued from previous She closed the notebook shut with a single, slow but decisive hand movement.  She kept on staring at it for a few seconds, almost in a comatose state, as she tried to wake up from her daydream.  How could it be that the entire world was sitting inside a notebook, in a … Continue reading A New Earth – Disaster Gene

A New Earth – The Drawing

continued from previous Olivia was sitting by herself on a stool by the bench, reading John’s lab notebook just as he walked in.  She looked up at him with an “I’ve been caught” expression, as John looked down towards her chest and recognized his notebook in her hands. “I was looking at your notes” she … Continue reading A New Earth – The Drawing

A New Earth – The Salad

continued from previous The happy, compliant vegetables were either sold wholesale or packaged into salads for the happy, compliant citizens of the city who could afford them.  Marketed as organic, locally grown nutrient-rich superfoods, the vertical farm’s salads ensured that people could still eat vegetables. John looked down at the square from his flat as … Continue reading A New Earth – The Salad

A New Earth – The Farm

continued from previous The lights had begun to dim for the evening inside the 25-storey vertical farm.  A former office building for banking and insurance before the pandemic, upon its conversion to a farm it had been hailed as one of the city’s rare economic success stories.  As humans sheltered inside from the approaching climate … Continue reading A New Earth – The Farm

A New Earth – A Miracle

continued from previous “Yes, I believe we have a visual right now” – said the deep fake Trump as a fuzzy image came on the screen. “Dear viewers who may have just joined: you are watching images from somewhere in the middle of the Atlantic coming to us live via satellite, where it appears we … Continue reading A New Earth – A Miracle