From the southern tip of Africa comes the sound of a thousand horns, as Africa celebrates as world cup host.
To forever capture the vibrant mood of Africans everywhere, especially on the streets of South Africa as the country swings into full gear to welcome the world to her bosom, I have written this short short story.
W00t, guys check this out, I hacked a holo, a snatch of a conversation between two distant lab rats getting all emo about an old ship.
"The immense ship lit up the night sky, dwarfing the moon.
It was an incredible spectacle. The Stadium was clearly visible, we could see the playing field.
I was in Soweto when the ship arrived, it was the 11th of June 2310, I'll never forget how it glinted in the sky.
The excitement and feeling of expectation was feverish, all over the planet people gathered outside, looking up at the sky, waiting to get a glimpse of the most beautiful star ship we had ever seen, The Madiba Paladin."
"Eish Siphokazi, that's a while ago, which Planets were playing ?"
"It was Earth versus Mars, but The Madiba Paladin had come all the way from the outer solar system from Titan. She was the most elegant star ship ever built at the time, in a class of her own.
She stretched across the sky With a length of 65 kilometers, and the Transparent Stadium Dome was fixed to her spine like a shield to a spear.
The Dome itself was beyond imagination, The Stadium sat in the center of a green oasis, surrounded by parks, lakes, hotels, whole neighbourhoods and entertainment and administration villages."
Nkosana laughs heartily, "That sounds like the standard public transport we use around Outer Titan these days all right !
The Titan shipyards are impressive, but our AI's are far more impressive than anything I can think of, Seventeen AI's have manifested in The Cradle over the last 200 years, and without their help, we would never have managed to thrive out there in the Outer."
"Well, Earth won the game, and the celebrations lasted a long time, apparently there's a scorch mark visible from earth on the moon, where some Martian fans dug an artificial crater, and attached a huge gas filled disposable stick-on dome and lit it, the thing went off, scaring the shit out of all of us, moon and earthlings, eish, heady days those."
"Anyway listen, reason why I holo'd was to invite you to the opening of the Vuvuzela Stargate end of this decade, if you can make it in person, there's something interesting I'd like to show you, here in the lab."
"Okie Dokie, will do, Tembi just waved and said I must give regards, sik."
Terran citizen : science fiction reader since 1972
- Cape Town, Stellenbosch, MyBB Forum, ZA, South Africa
- Science fiction reader. I read to relax and because I am curious. I like data. I buy books in book stores and I download to my kindle, as well as read on my pc screen, I also write for fun. You won't believe the things authors have me imagining !
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- ► 2007 (9)