sue_donyem t1_ja6c6m8 wrote

"You will meet us here in ten years at 6:00 AM on this very day, or else you will be abandoned here for the rest of your days within the confines of Flavor Town internment. Attempts to escape will be met with your total destruction at the hands of the Flavor Town Perimeter Guard, and any attempts of outside communication will be blocked. You have earned ten years, prisoner, and your sentence starts the exact moment you stop off the barge. You will be given no currency or aid. If you want to be free, survive."

The warden sighed, lighting her cigarette.

"Welcome to England."


sue_donyem t1_j2829yn wrote

By the time ʻOumuamua was already gone, humanity had discovered the true nature of the extrasolar object. Tongue in cheek arguments that it was an extraterrestrial probe, sent by some far off civilization, were proven correct- in part, by signals left in it's wake, repeating in binary, every three point one four minutes, on a wavelength so faint it took ARCJAT, a satellite radio telescope launched in 2040, to pick it up.

The asteroid was a casing for an extraterrestrial craft, drifting for billions and billions of years, with an initial trajectory targeting where Earth was some 45 million years ago, following the purge of competitive life 66 million years ago. The craft had been damaged somehow during it's long travel, and whatever force which motivated it's trajectory had flubbed the math at some point because of it, causing the craft to miss Earth by few houses, cosmically speaking, and was forced by gravity to shoot past our system and Oort cloud.

We will never know what the extraterrestrials look like, but Sir Isaac Newton claimed another victory for Earth, it seemed.


sue_donyem t1_j1mw3j1 wrote

It's hard to say what film will look like in 2123. I think traditional "view a film on a screen" film will still exist, but a large chunk of media will be ARM (augmented reality media, VR) and full sensory simulations. I think it'll be similar to libraries, but extremely monetized.