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Rated: E · Short Story · Sci-fi · #2234471
Sci-fi short story about UFO's and why they would bother to come here. No happy endings.
They have been visiting the little blue planet for millennia to refuel their crafts. Water, or the hydrogen they extract from it, is in abundance.

The native inhabitants, whilst having a basic technology, are easy for the visitors to evade. Sightings of incoming or exiting craft do attract some attention, but those in power know to play down these UFO sightings, much to the amusement of the interstellar travellers, as they often play "catch me if you can" with the most advanced of the native's craft.

But, the little blue planet these alien beings see as a resting place as much as a place to refuel has changed so quickly. The humans increasing population, along with their use of fossil fuels without any thought towards the future, is becoming a problem.

Should they just abandon this place, leaving the humans to their own fate? Or help things along and limit the harm the inhabitants are causing? On planets far away, these questions are being considered by those who will decide the fate of the ignorant.

Some call for restraint...pleading they themselves were once as barbaric, and that humans deserve a chance to sort out their problems before intervention should occur.

Others say it is too late...that the inhabitants have already gone beyond the point, and intervention would be a merciful way to deal with the problem. Debate rages as the two sides accuse each other of having their own agendas.

Greed and longing...finally having the little blue planet all to themselves. No more hiding at the bottom of the oceans, so as not to reveal themselves, which is banned under interstellar law whilst the native inhabitants are deemed too primitive.

And the bleeding hearts...crying of the loss of diversity to the scientific community, to study this species, as violent and destructive as they are, may benefit all in the future.

The decision is made, and as the craft sets off on its mission, there is a degree of sadness among those who have decided the fate of so many. Knowing what must be done, does not make it any easier to accept what will be done.

As the craft arrives to release its payload on the unsuspecting billions, plans are already underway for resorts, spas and of course zoos...so examples of already captured native humans can be placed on display. Exhibits that will surely be the main attractions for the new owners of this beautiful little blue planet.

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