Monday, January 16, 2012

Timed Writing: 1/16/2012


Time: 10 minutes
Prompt: Alienation was a consequence
Source: Ken MacLeod, Scots Poet, Not


Alienation was a consequence of our travels. We knew that before we left; we experienced it when we returned. It was not only that we had become alien in the eyes of our homeworlders, but that they were now aliens to us as well. What had been anticipated in principle was jarring in practice. The humans that we had left behind had looked, sounded, and acted like us -- or rather, we had looked, sounded, and acted like them. We were selected to be a representative sample of the entire human race of the mid-twenty-second century. No matter how careful the planners were in their subject selection methods, however, there was always bound to be some bias. That bias, over a period as long as that of our journey was bound to be amplified in a group as small as ours, such that upon our return, our little cohort was, in almost every way, incomparable to the source population.

Many of us sported the enhancements available in the era of our departure. All of us had fully incorporated the latest set of gene fixes and cellular milieu adjustments before leaving.

(about my timed writing exercises)


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