The lost lands

The land below is dark and twisted. Creatures of nightmare roam freely, preventing anyone with sense from adventuring too far beyond the bio-sphere’s anchorings. Those who seek the thrill of the surface soon find it punishing. Very few ever return from the surface anymore.

Civilization, if you can call it that, persists in the alloy spheres thrust into the stratosphere by yards-thick rods of titanium alloy. The rods house graphene spirals, the storage center for power in each sphere. Solar cells cover the upper and lower halves of each city-pod. During the scheduled day, the cells allow sunlight to filter into the central levels of the city. At night, the transparent cells grab and enhance the sparkle of the stars we still can’t reach.

There is war brewing among the detritus of mankind. Food is becoming scarce. Although our ancestors installed hydroponics labs alongside industrial farms in the upper- and lower-most levels of each city, those farms are failing. In some cities, the general assemblies have been overthrown, leaving chaos in their wake. The central government has lost control. Many of the outlying spheres are being taken, but information is sporadic and unreliable. Communications are suddenly cut off, the cities falling dark one by one.

For those of us who want to live, our only hope may be to descend from our floating fortresses, to struggle for life among the ruins of our lost ancestors.

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2 thoughts on “The lost lands

  1. Ahh So many good bits. “Biosphere’s anchorings.” Fantastic. This is the beginning of a much larger piece. I can feel it in every inch of the unfolding of this world/story. “[E]nhance the sparkle of the stars we still can’t reach.” Beautiful imagery. And the last line, “For those of us who want to live, our only hope may be to descend from our floating fortresses, to struggle for life among the ruins of our lost ancestors.” Captivating.

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  2. I am very happy you like it. It does feel like it needs to be a novel; capturing the descent of humanity to its core self, the struggle to survive and thrive, and the hope for a better future.

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