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  2. date: '2020-11-24T13:26'
  3. tags:
  4. - 'age/year-of-desperation'
  5. - writing/story
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  7. # God
  8. Hiking around space rocks, now that’s the best, thought the machine man
  9. as he drifted weightless through the asteroid belt, in this single-star
  10. system. It was a change from the gas giants at the edge of the
  11. single-star system, with their crushing atmospheres filled with
  12. lightning storms. They were a little thrilling then, but he rapidly
  13. forgot them. He liked the feel of ground suspended by the infinite
  14. vacuum. Here, a small hop is graceful travel, effortless.
  15. The machine man was once rustless, ready to explore the entire cosmos,
  16. but he started to prefer the lazy ballet of spheres, the percussion of
  17. bodies colliding, the smearing of galaxies splashing into each other.
  18. Life is the only token of his journey, and he can’t seem to rid himself
  19. of it. It seems to grow best around the exhaust vent just below his
  20. eyes. He looked down, and the bloom of critters from that last moon was
  21. still there. It wasn’t alive, of course, but instead of doing pointless
  22. scraping, it was more fun and soothing to watch the primitive mechanisms
  23. struggle, stop, and disintegrate in open space.
  24. He made some critters from the skeletal bloom to survive in space, as a
  25. test of how it could work, but it failed, and he had no idea why.
  26. He sailed, noting the vibrations of impact in each asteroid that he
  27. stepped upon, and the spray and swirl of particles, both stellar and
  28. organic. The laws of nature conquring the unpredictability of life. True
  29. cosmic poetry.
  30. He swung around, and a large asteroid blocked his view of the lone,
  31. central star of the system. Where will it go? It seemed to him that the
  32. asteroid was on a million year collision course with that central star,
  33. but what if..?
  34. He kicked it. Hard. The asteroid’s new momentum deflected the smaller
  35. bodies, rocketed towards it’s calculated final end in the cosmic wind of
  36. the central star. The shadow it cast upon him quickly faded, showing him
  37. glorious fusion.
  38. He studied the asteroid’s path. The rock would make a terrific arc in
  39. it’s final ride. With a few quick jumps, scattering more asteroids in
  40. ways that he was no longer interested in, he landed on the large
  41. asteroid, crawled to the windward side, and basked in the glow.
  42. Cruising on asteroids, now that is the best. He enjoyed the stellar
  43. cycles as the rock made it’s arc. Hopping was a little thrilling, but he
  44. rapidly forgot the belt. No need to remember all objects, no need to
  45. remember all life.
  46. Life. Maybe if he lived in the star, he would be able to forget about
  47. that mystery too.
  48. Just as he was relaxing, a sphere blocked his view. In fact, he was
  49. heading straight for it. This wasn’t in his calculations, but he was
  50. allowed one mistake. He couldn’t remember any other times.
  51. The sphere itself was planet-sized, with an atmosphere. When the
  52. asteroid started burning, the mixure of the terrestrial and the plasmic
  53. was true cosmic poetry.
  54. Crashing into rocky planets, now that’s the best. Moments before impact,
  55. he noticed water in oceans, and…life, in abundance?
  56. He got out of the crater, and studied all of the life. Space, with all
  57. of it’s emptiness was a little thrilling, but he rapidly forgot about
  58. it. He didn’t pay attention to the bloom of critters under his eyes
  59. either; all around him, complex life was dying, and he was the cause. He
  60. strolled the entirety of the surface of the land and the bottom of the
  61. oceans, and witnessed their extinctions.
  62. Perhaps he should replace some of it? He looked at the critters all
  63. around him, and he got to work.