Field Reports

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PHOTO PROMPT © Jean L. Hays

Day 4

It is difficult to go anywhere and not see signs of what was the dominate species.  Everywhere you look abandoned structures liter the landscape.  Their population had collapsed seemingly overnight about a century before we arrived.  Did any survive?

Day 9

Studying artifacts, we are piecing together their final days, but no living specimens found.

Day 24

Conclusive evidence proves they are extinct.  In the last century of their existence they drove tens of thousands of other species to extinction, they filled their seas with artificial materials and changed their climate.  They could have stopped it.  Good riddance.

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Word count = 100

Friday Fictioneers is hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.  This week’s prompt is here and uses a photo © Jean L. Hays.  Read more or join in by following the InLinkz “linky“.

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48 thoughts on “Field Reports

    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I try to visit as many FF as possible, but I often don’t make it past early Friday so I miss people who post a little later.

      There was something about the ruins in the photo that lend itself to dystopia, particularly given the report that came out on Monday. FF is a great way to see how different people handle a similar subject.

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  1. James McEwan

    How could they control the environment and climate, those creatures can not control themselves?
    Good riddance.
    The climate is responsive, reduce the world’s population and need for energy, and it reduces food production and energy requirements. Unfortunately, human nature is greed.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Last Monday I read an article about that doomsday report that came out and it talked about how easy it would be to change course. But, as you said, human nature tends towards greed, so I’m not going to hold my breath waiting for that change….

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      A few more, but unless the decision makers today take Monday’s report more seriously, I’m afraid the future archeologists’ reports won’t be too different on those other sites…

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks. We still do have a chance. I saw an estimate on costs and it is tiny compared to military budgets. we need to think of it as a war. But then, we need leaders who look at the long term, and not just short term profits….

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  2. 4963andypop

    Very timely and I like your use of a scientific-notes-style diary, to record the bleak eventuality, as good as foretold, by this week’s scientific report on extinctions. A couple typos in first paragraph:dominant and litter. Otherwise Good Riddance seems like a perfectly reasonably summation to the report!

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