Another World


”Daddy, what are those whirly things sticking up toward the sky?”

”Daniel, those are a new kind of antenna to listen for signs of life on other planets.”

”You mean like when you found life on Mars, Daddy?”

”Yes, Son.”

Daniel was twelve years old and his Daddy was an astronomer at the U.S. facility in Flagstaff, Arizona. It was 2030 and they had just finished transporting people to a facility they built on Mars after receiving permission from a small colony of Martians they discovered.

”Remember what I explained to you, Daniel? See the funny color of the sky? Our air will not be breathable very soon. We’re trying to transport the people of the Earth to other planets. Mars can’t hold them all. Here are the listening devices that go with the antennas. Do you want to listen?


Daniel placed a set of ear buds in his ears. He watched the display. He heard a screech and jerked the buds out as he called his Daddy over.

“I just heard a loud noise.”

Daniel’s dad grabbed the ear buds and started looking at the data. A planet was trying to contact them!

Rosemary Carlson

Business Consultant and Freelance Writer

14 thoughts on “Another World

  1. What I worry about is this will be a reality one day if we don’t get busy on cleaning the air. I hope it’s a friendly planet contacting them. Good writing, Rosemary. —- Suzanne

  2. Thank you for such a fine interpretation of my photo.
    With the vastness of space surely there is other life – that will like earthlings?

  3. The photo prompted me to think on the same lines. Our world is on a tipping point. What will happen when it “tips?” Looking to the stars and other planets? I love this piece!

  4. Interesting. This was more or less the same theme I chose, but I approached it from a radically different direction.

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