A Science Fiction Story

A Science Fiction Story

By: Andre Peltier

There are two basic stories
in science fiction concerning
Earth-based inter-stellar
exploration.

The first (1) being
people from Earth
leaving
and meeting alien
civilizations
elsewhere in the
galaxy/universe/multiverse.
In this story,
people flee Earth,
often due to some catastrophe
(either one that has occurred
or one impending)
(either one caused by
environmental collapse
or the ravages of war),
in a feeble attempt
to save the fate
of human-kind.
In this exodus story,
humans occasionally travel
to distant stars
solely for the scientific
knowledge gained
or the glory of the conquest.
Regardless of the motives,
the attempts generally fail.
When success occurs,
we invariably see through the façade,
we invariably become aware
of the fiction.
We are always-already
aware of the ending.
The ending is always the same.
The fate of humanity is set.
Environmental collapse,
the ravages of war,
the unending quest for
glory: our fate is sealed.

The second (2) being
beings from
elsewhere in the
galaxy/universe/multiverse
come to earth.
In this story,
they arrive
for the same reasons
humans leave in story one (1):
there is an environmental collapse,
a ward-torn history,
a search for glory
(occasionally a lack of
women or Santa Clauses,
but that lack falls under
the heading of
environmental collapse
as the lack of women
or Santa Clauses
is really a subset of lack
of resources due to
mismanagement
of said resources).
Occasionally they come
in peace, but usually
the arrival is heated and violent.
Regardless of their motives,
the attempts generally
end in destruction.
Humanity panics and fails.
When success occurs,
when the dumb luck of the invaders’
immune system intervenes,
we invariably see through the façade,
we invariably become aware
of the fiction.
We are always-already
aware of the ending.
The ending is always the same.
“Take us to your leader,”
“You must change
your warring ways,”
“We are out of moms…
or Santas:”

our fate is sealed

Andre F. Peltier is a Lecturer III at Eastern Michigan University where he has taught African American Literature, Afrofuturism, Science Fiction, Poetry, and Freshman Composition since 1998. He lives in Ypsilanti, MI, with his wife, children, turtles, dog, and cat. His poetry has appeared in Big Whoopie Deal, Fahmidan Journal, and Tofu Ink and is forthcoming in The Great Lakes Review, La Piccioletta Barca, Prospectus, Griffel, The Write Launch and an anthology from Quillkeepers Press. In his free time, he obsesses about soccer and comic books.

You can find Andre @aandrefpeltier on Twitter and @andre.peltier.52 on Facebook.

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