Selmar Returns

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A exploration robot returns to earth after two hundred years, only to find the people have vanished.

Submitted: August 10, 2016

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Submitted: August 10, 2016



The earth date is 03/11/2312 and this, I suppose, will be one of the last entries into this ships log.

I am Selmar Dahlow, A-763, a space exploration robot that has recently returned to earth. There was 200 of my kind sent into space to explore other solar systems, and in search of other human inhabitable planets.

I found six, but the creatures on them, or the whether challenges would be beyond our capability to exist for extended periods of time. None the less, my mission was complete and I returned to earth for debriefing and file downloads.

When I arrived I could not obtain ground control assistance so I had to rely on onboard computers to land. Do to many past repairs to my craft, it is having substantial landing problems even under the mildest gravitational fields. This landing was survivable, but not without permanent damage to the hull.

I have deployed and used the ships surface exploration vehicle to try to find some signs of human life, but I have found none so far.

There are no broadcasts of any kind and as I noted upon my arrival into earth's orbit, not one satellite is still circling the earth.

All manner of creatures that were registered in the ships earth Archives are still on the earth, according to my scanners. And there are 17 noted that did not exist in the archives when I departed.

The cities, there are a few that are still physically noticeable, and many of the others have turned to un-recognizable rubble, or have been overgrown with vegetation. If not for on-board maps of earth, I never would have known where many of the cities were supposed to be.

Washing ton, DC, is still visible and many of the buildings still stand, so tomorrow I will attempt to gain access to information that may shed some light into what has happened here.

My thought processes tell me that other Dahlow Robots may have returned to earth and the earth's population departed for the planets that they found inhabitable; but that would have taken much time to organize and implement. Even then, there should be some humans who stayed behind.

None the less, I may have answers tomorrow.


Personal log, earth date, 03/13/2312.

I arrived at the United States & Nations Democratic Republic Pentagon building; it was The United States Pentagon when I departed earth 200 years ago.

I was able to start one of the building's emergency generators, which gave me access to historical and military archives. I quickly downloaded them for fear that the fragile power system would fail at any moment; and it did soon afterward.

Upon returning to my craft with some needed materials and spare parts from the Smithsonian Museums, I set about reviewing the materials that I downloaded.

The information was not what I had expected.

It seems that after all the Dahlow Robots had departed there was another world war. When all was finished, 12 nations survived and bonded under one government, The United States & Nations Democratic Republic.

Then came the surprise that I was not able to calculate.

A young woman named Nina Sowalski was doing tests on a device a-kin to a Tesla Coil when an accident occurred.

After the accident, Nina was taken to a hospital. Everyone thought that she was brain-dead and all tests came to the same conclusions, but her body still maintained vital signs without assistance. Then something astounding happened, after three days she woke up, very hungry, but perfectly healthy.

She explained that she was outside her body and could see and hear everything that was being done and said. She said that she could move about the nearby rooms by shear will. She was afraid to lose sight of her body because she thought that she might not be able to return to it. She was sure that she was not dead, but she didn't know why.

As days passed by she grew very tired, as if she had not eaten for days; that is when she decided to try returning to her body and had no problem doing so.

For years Nina tried to duplicated what she had done, but with no luck; or so she said. She died while working in her lab at a ripe old age of 94.


One of Nina's sons, Jordan Sowalski, worked alongside his mother for 17 years, after finishing years of studies in the same field.

He did not share his mother's obsession, instead working on ways to transport electricity in the same manner Tesla had hoped to.

His goal was to provide free energy to those living in far off regions, mainly the poorest of the earth's people. He thought that if he could do so then they could become a vital part of the earth's free market system and prosper with the rest.

While working late one evening he made the same mistake his mother did, or so he thought, and ended with the same result. But this time his mother was there to greet him.

Through a type of mental telepathy she instructed him on the manner to move between the realms, physical and pure energy.

Once in this energy realm one had to recharge, from time to time, by tapping into the earth's electrically charged field, a sort of food and drink for those without a body.

Unknown to him and most of the world, his mother had been teaching and helping terminally ill people transition into this new living arrangement, the state of being energy. They had not died at all, only their bodies had.

The particulars are fuzzy and some data is conjecture, but it appears that all the people that were living on the earth now lives as bodies of energy.

There were records left behind by those who called themselves Jumpers, a group of scientists that wanted to document the benefits and drawbacks to this alternate living experience. According to those records, they live in a realm where they can interact with each other and with the physical realm, to some extent.

There is nothing to own in that realm, so there is nothing to steal. There is no alcohol, no drugs, and no harm can be inflected on anyone by anyone else.

They can reside in a jungle surrounded by animals, or enjoy the solitude on an ice crusted mountain. They can explore the depths of the oceans, or just hover above the waves on a Polynesian beach. And if they play their instincts right, they can enjoy some time taking in the sights from the moon.

There is just so many possibilities for a fully charged Spirits.

Yet I am not a human, but with my newly acquired parts from the Smithsonian, there is so many possibilities for this refurbished robot.


D. Thurmond / JEF  ---  08-09-2016

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