by Dr Gonzo
Sci-fi short story about UFO's and why they would bother to come here. No happy endings.
|They have been coming here for millennia, using the little blue planet 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 their 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 have the humans gained in numbers, along with their use of fossil fuels, without any thought to the future, is becoming something of a problem.
Should they just abandon this place, leaving them to their own fate? Or should they help things along, limiting the harm the inhabitants are causing to the planet?
On planets far away, these questions are being considered by those who will decide the fate of the ignorant. Some call for restraint...explaining that they themselves were once as barbaric, and the 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...to finally have the little blue planet all to themselves. Not having to hide at the bottom of the oceans, so as to not reveal themselves, which is banned under interstellar law whilst the occupants are deemed too primitive.
And the bleeding hearts...crying about the loss of diversity to the scientific community, as studies of this species, as violent and destructive as they are, could benefit all in the future.
Then, a decision is made, and as the Craft sets off for the little blue planet, there is a degree of sadness among the people 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.
And as the craft arrives and releases its payload on the unsuspecting billions, plans are already underway for resorts, spas and of course zoos...so some of the already captured native humans can be put on display. Exhibits that will surely be the main attractions for the new owners of this beautiful little blue planet.