Rule of Three (Part 2 of 3)
By Lawrence M. Schoen
“I have been exploring your solar system for most of a century,” Foom said.
“Cataloging.” Foom led me down to the riverbank. A giant pearl sat in the water not ten meters away. “You would call me a completist. Visiting each and every one of Jupiter’s moons alone took more than a decade. Some were truly majestic. Which is not to say your own moon is not interesting, but I am still processing what I learned there. It was my penultimate destination in this system. I saved your world for last.”
We stepped into the river and were quickly engulfed above our waists. The water was cold but the current not especially swift.
“Did you find life anywhere else in our solar system?”
“Life, yes, but nothing alive that was also self-aware and sapient as you are. And I found death, too. But only on your world is there unlife. Your pardon, can you swim?”
“Excuse me?” (Continue Reading…)