Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Science Fiction Story

2041 AD.

Tarek sighed as he gazed across the harsh terrain that was once California.

It was seventeen years since the end of the Great War. Seventeen years without the warmth and light of the sun had stripped the land bare of all vegetation. Even if there was light, nothing would grow in this soil polluted by the ashes of a thousand atomic bombs. Humanity was all but extinct, with a few thousand scattered around the globe. But without food, without knowledge, the end of the human race was inevitable.

Mankind's only hope was The Book.

The Book, prophecy told, contained all the knowledge of mankind. With it, mankind could start rebuilding what the War had torn apart. It would lead mankind once again to great heights of civilization.

Tarek was the leader of a small band of wanderers who had been searching for The Book. After months of hard marching, tempers were now at a tipping point in the group. Rations were also running low. Tarek knew that they had to find The Book soon.

As Tarek trudged along, he began to ask himself: How can one book contain all the knowledge of mankind? Maybe there never was such a book. Maybe they were on a wild goose chase.

"TAREK!". Ebonil's shout broke Tarek out of his revere. "Take a look at this!". Excitement bubbled in Tarek as Ebonil pointed towards a mark on the rock. "Isn't this the one mentioned in the prophecy?". Ebonil was right! It was. "There should be an entrance to a cave nearby". "There it is!".

Tarek rushed into the cave. As his eyes adjusted to the darkness, a sense of destiny washed over him. In front of him lay the salvation of all mankind. He started to vaguely make out ... a pedestal, on which there was a black slab. The Book.

As he took it in his hands, Tarek realized: The Book was not a book: It was magic. At his touch, The Book began to glow, a glow not seen on Earth for seventeen years. Tarek was overcome with wonder. He began to explore the hidden magic of The Book.

Tarek studied The Book for many hours. It began to dawn on him that it held no knowledge. The prophecy was a lie. There was no wisdom in The Book, it was merely a curiosity. Disappointment washed over him as the hopes and dreams of the human race crumbled before him.

Tarek closed his eyes. He wept.

2011 AD.

Steve Jobs bans the Wikipedia app from the iPad.


Bit Hawk said...

Good one!!

Electron said...

Logical fallacies:

* Where did iPad get the power all the time?
* Which ISP survived to be able to browse internet?

The God Of Tall Things said...


* No logic, only Steve Jobs Magic.
* This is California, free Google WiFi :D

samy said...

Wow! The climax was really unexpected.
Nice Character build-up,story progression, Key Moment and the Final twist.
You should write 4 panel Manga :P

Raghuram (AJ) said...

LOL. I wept after watching the Book of Eli...for the 2 hours that would never return!

What's with iPad & Wikipedia?

The God Of Tall Things said...


'The Book' is an iPad. With the wikipedia app ('all human knowledge'), it would have saved mankind from extinction.

Devadutta D Ghat said...


wanderlust said...

that's why we have wikihow :P

Kiran said...

Haha .. that was a brilliant piece of story-telling and Apple-bashing comcined into one. Easily the best post of the month.

Waiting for a post from you which enlightens us about the antenna problem in iPhone 4 :)