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Superhuman World 2009 is a work of fiction. The characters herein and the commentary about them should not be considered "real".
SUPERHUMAN WORLD 2023
Beyond the End
The World Journal Monthly says, one of its psychics transcribed this account of the future. From what I've seen of the future, this story is at least as real as everything else they publish. And it has some personal significance to me.
(signed) Wyatt Ferguson, 24 February 2009.
Beyond the End. Commentator: Jennifer Brock, World Journal Monthly.
I know I should start this diary with some attention-grabbing opening statement. But I don't know who will ever read it.
My name is Jennifer Brock. I used to be on camera for The Weather Network - the Canadian one. I was an intern in 2007 when the weird weather started and the U.S. Weather Channel satellite went down. Canada had started using polar-stationary "statites" as part of its advanced aeronautic programs, so we weren't affected. In 2011 our coverage of the radioactive snowstorms in England was world famous. But the weather only got worse, and humanity didn't help it. In 2022 we lost contact with the last human survivors. That's last year, I think. There's not much point to keeping track of time now.
I'm here in an ice cave with a god, an alien, and a bunch of mutant apes. Along with the swarms of radioactive locusts, we're the last survivors of Earth. The locusts eat radiation and the apes eat locusts, so they're all set. The god has some food for me and the alien. He fed the apes too; he gave them some kind of magic potion mixed with the blood of dead superheroes. Ick. But the apes liked it.
The god says he's Thor. I thought Thor's worshippers were dead a thousand years ago. But he says, secret wizards kept him and his pantheon alive. He's keeping me and the alien alive now, with god power.
The alien is one of those space lizards; we called their species the Gronites. We call him Seker. He's like a snake with arms. He got bioengineered by the saucer aliens, so he has kind of a horse face - with big sharp teeth. The apes like him, though. They like me too. Thor says we're the new trinity for the apes. He's taught them to make fire. They burn their feces to keep warm. Ick. But it's all they have.
Thor seems kind of like a nerd to me. It's like he's Dudley Do-Right, only with longer hair. He says he's the king of the Norse gods - but most of those are dead, along with the last humans. Thor's following orders from his own Higher Power before he dies too. He calls that power "Those Above Darkness"; he doesn't mean the aliens up beyond the dark clouds.
The apes have a kind of king too. They call him Gorko. Apes used to not have names other than "Me" and "Him" and "Her", but then they met humans and learned sign language. And then they met aliens and got recognized as a culture. The apes are almost as smart as some of the alien species that come to Earth. The aliens don't always think that "smart" is a survival trait, at least not the same way humans used to. The "Greens" who drive the flying saucers are supposed to be pretty smart, but they're not physical or magic at all, so they need the other species to help them.
Thor says Gorko's descendants will breed quickly and repopulate the Earth. We just have to make sure they live that long.
We went topside today. We saw tornadoes reaching all the way up into space. It looks like aliens are stealing the Earth's ice. Taking some of it will only help warm up the Earth. But we have to go into space to make them not take it all, or else the apes die.
Whether we make them stop, Thor says this is the legendary final battle of the Norse gods. The Earth has died by fire and ice, and now the gods die too. Including me and Seker.
... Well, gotta go.
Response by Wyatt Ferguson.
This article seems real.
I've enquired; the Weather Network does have a Jennifer Brock now on payroll, working in an audio lab. I'm happy for your career prospects, Ms. Brock, but somehow I feel congratulations are not in order.
I hate to segue from the end of humanity to my own life... but I've done it before, because I've been there. So this story is right on schedule. Today when I came across this new sign of the end of the world, I was making wedding plans - again.
The last time I saw the end of the world, I thought I'd stopped it. But of course that takes more than me.
What shall I do about the end of the world this time? I think since I still have a lady in my life (for now), I'll ask her opinion (for once). Judy's bound to have a better idea than I have right now.
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