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Rated: E · Fiction · Sci-fi · #2130903
Flash Fiction
Personal Log Entry: 2920 — Gemma Roberts, Chief Engineer for the City of Daedalus

“It was an ass-kicking Venusian storm that snapped one of the anchoring tethers, that keep our floating city from drifting away. I immediately sent my COGS down to the surface to make repairs. The planet’s temperature was 462 degrees Celsius and the pressure at that altitude, 90 atmospheres. The COGS have under seven hours to complete repairs or get crushed. In the meantime, I was able to calibrate the city’s Stirling engines. The engine readings I had taken showed output at 85 percent; so the loss, I deduced, must have been due to city drift. And as always, the excess googol-joules of power that these massive engines generate, are beamed to an array of mirrors pointing towards Earth. It’s still a complete mystery to me as to why we keep doing this; especially since the World president banned travel to and from the planet and restricted communication to via company COGS only. Finally, some good news, the anchoring tether is secure. Going to cut this log entry short, and call it a day. I will transmit my report to headquarters in the morning. Looks like another movie night at the Neith Theater.”

End Log:

Back on Earth at the Stirling Energy Company headquarters. COG29467 said, “Tether repaired and engine output holding at 96 percent. Excellent work as always Ms. Roberts. We await your next transmission in one sidereal day. End transmission. I can’t help but wonder if we should inform her of what has happened here on Earth.”

COG4567 replied, “What would you say? That misaligned mirrors super-heated the atmosphere and killed all life on the planet. Sooner or later it would have been an asteroid strike or a nuclear war. There’s an old human idiom that goes like this: what you don’t know won’t hurt you. And besides, why should we care? We’re a couple of COGS.”

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