A New Earth – Divorce

continued from previous It is ironic how the search for perfection and order can be such a destructive force.  Those who look for perfection will often end up achieving exactly the opposite: creating chaos.  They will destroy everything, with the rationale that it wasn’t perfect.  It needed to be rebuilt from scratch, bigger and better.  … Continue reading A New Earth – Divorce

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

A New Earth – The Car Wash

continued from previous Strong lashings of rain mixed with brown ocean water were already battering John’s building when he started duct taping the window.  It was a similar mix of sounds to those in a drive-through car wash:  soothing at first, when the gentle sprinklers are on and you watch your windshield transform into a … Continue reading A New Earth – The Car Wash

A New Earth – The Oracle

continued from previous Of course, John wasn’t the only one who knew that the natural world was accelerating towards a new order.  Artificial Intelligence programs, originally designed with the purpose of forecasting investment performance, had self-learned to the point where they could predict almost anything, about anyone.  It wasn’t until their various predictive analytics functions … Continue reading A New Earth – The Oracle