He put another derelict toaster onto the conveyor belt. He didn’t know many people with a toaster anymore. They were relics, replaced now by the AUTONOM247, an Automated Nourishment Machine. It was a newfangled machine that had every appliance rolled into one and could make you anything you wanted with a single command.
Jake slid the highball glass along the bar, brushing aside the peanut shells as he went. The fruity cocktail stopped in front of Arielle and Jake turned away before he could get a glare of disapproval.
The planet had been sleeping for thousands of years. And now, it was awakening. A body stirred in it’s glass tube, a capsule to sustain life. The body opened it’s eyes.
“I found something out there,” he told me. I wasn’t sure what he was talking about. He pointed to the horizon, and I looked, but all I could see was a vast emptiness. The landscape stretched out to the horizon, a blue shimmering rock. Nothing grew on its surface. Everyone knew that. We came to this planet because we found water below the surface, so we all expected some familiar carbon-based life forms. But there were no plants, no trees, no animals when we arrived. Either the scientists were mistaken, or they hid the truth from us, and I didn’t know why.