Our friends from Tycho Crater

“Civilization is nothing else but the attempt to reduce force to being the last resort.”

-Jose Ortega y Gasset

Chronicler 2112

This is not the first fall of humanity. Records from before the current age are scarce. Virtually non-existent. The scant little we do know exists only in fragments of information. The ruins of age-old civilizations or the fossil records of times long forgotten. Ancient scars indelibly cut into our collective consciousness.

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There’s a flash of light. Then the brief strobe of muzzle flash somewhere in the distance. Seconds later the audible report of small arms fire reaches our ears. I figure that whatever is happening is happening less than two miles away.

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Needle Stacker

The kid drops a copper coin into the tin cup in front of me. I take a deep breath and stand up slowly. Something cracks in my knee. The kid is grinning. All cocky and confident. I stare into his eyes briefly before kneeling in front of him and placing the first needle, point down, onto the dusty concrete.

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