Life in Writing
Once each week I browse through the R-writing prompts on Reddit and write a quick flash fiction based off of the most interesting one I see. Then each Friday I post them here for each of you to enjoy. This week's prompt:
The only way to survive the end of the universe is to leave the universe.
“Event horizon breached,” the computer announced to nobody in particular.
They’d finally reached their destination. The one unknown thing in what was left of the universe.
A black hole.
Aside from a few token attempts over the years, all study of black holes had remained strictly theoretical. After all, how could you study something that you couldn’t even see? But desperate times call for desperate measures. With the heat death of the universe approaching, the only option was to leave. This ship had been designed specifically for that purpose.
The computer shifted its attention to the ship’s occupants. All of them were asleep. Crew member thirty-seven stirred slightly as the ship shook. The computer increased the dosage of tranquilizer. It would be best if all biological components of this voyage remained shut-down during entry.
The ship plunged deeper toward the black hole’s center.
The computer changed focus to the external cameras. What had been nothing but blackness outside of the event horizon now appeared flecked with tiny lights. The computer recorded the observation. The theory of the event horizon being the point which light could not pass appeared to be correct. So far all data was as expected. However, no simulation of what would happen inside of a black hole had ever turned out the exact same way twice. On the journey here the computer had personally run ten-million-two-thousand-three-hundred and ninety-seven such simulations and was yet to come up with an identical outcome. There were simply too many variables.
The port side oxygen filter succumbed to the force of gravity first, followed by several other key systems. In the latest simulation the starboard filter had been crushed first. The computer noted the irregularity and initiated emergency life-support protocols, then shifted its attention to the outer cameras. They’d nearly reached the singularity.
The computer lacked the words to describe the appearance of the singularity. The biological units onboard would likely call it beautiful, but the computer had no concept of beauty.
The computer was unable to process most of the information as the ship impacted with the singularity. The data came in a rush. Gravity and light in unprecedented amounts, all systems at critical levels, too much information. All external sensory equipment failed, leaving the computer with knowledge of nothing but its biological crew. Crewmember thirty-seven was stirring again. The computer noted the dulled effect of its tranquilizer. That was the last thing the computer processed before the intensified gravity destroyed its processing unit.
Seventeen hours later crewmember thirty-seven awoke. All systems aside from emergency life support had failed, but they could all be repaired. Crewmember thirty-seven stumbled over to the one remaining view screen and turned it on. The view was faint but unmistakable. Starlight. The black hole had taken them where they wanted to go. A new universe.
If you enjoyed this flash fiction feel free to check out a few others:
The Red Planet
Saved by the Yetti
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Daniel M. Quilter is the author of A Soul Divided. On this blog he'll interview other authors, review books, share nerd wisdom from popular sci-fi and fantasy, and occasionally share his insights on writing. See a list of his works or see what he's working on.
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