Where Did They Go?

Where Did They Go?

Status: Finished

Genre: Science Fiction



Status: Finished

Genre: Science Fiction



What happened to an entire planet's intelligent life form? Actually, what happened to any evidence that they were ever there?
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What happened to an entire planet's intelligent life form? Actually, what happened to any evidence that they were ever there?


Submitted: February 17, 2017

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Submitted: February 17, 2017



A circular craft hovered over the surface of what should have been an expansive steel and concrete city; but during this visit nothing was there.

The craft's size alone was more than impressive, covering the entire area with a shadow.

Inside the spacecraft and at the control center a voice is heard,

"Again Bonn, our scanners detect no signs of intelligent life. This result is the same as with all the other locations on this planet that we have scanned on this visit," said a creature that one might think was a large rock.

The creature that was speaking had no legs; it seemed to use a vibratory process to move about. It's lower body vibrated and then the upper body leaned in the direction that it wanted to go; the speed that it traveled seemed to be determined by the angle that it leaned.

As far as a body goes, like I said, it resembled a rock in looks and texture; the color was a dull red with light gray streaks running in every direction.


Bonn replied, "Well Datum, it seems that the inhabitants either fled this planet, or died out in some mass extinction of some kind, but that doesn't explain where all the cities and other structures have gone to. Our past visit to this planet leads me to believe that everything must have disappeared very quickly."

"That is very odd that the cities and their entire infrastructure disappeared too. It is almost as if something uprooted everything on the surface and took it away," Datum said; then returned to its duties at a control screen.



This vessel is not an invasion ship, no; it is a scientific research vessel.

In that vessel is a team tasked with the duties of charting and documenting intelligent life forms in the galaxies. But on this trip they have returned to this planet to try to find out what happened to an entire society; a society that they surveyed and documented once before.


"Bonn, we just passed over a desert area when our sensors detected signal transmissions from deep under the surface, but they are very weak. We are about to transport to the surface of the planet to investigate," said a student researcher named Kros. "Do you wish to participate in this exercise?"

Bonn replied, "Yes, I think I might, the oxygen levels might invigorate my membranes."


Once on the surface the team of scientist, all much different in appearance than one another, stood around a large red circle.

The red circle was a light projection from their ship and designated where the mysterious signal was be coming from.

Suddenly a vibratory sound came from the ship and the ground surface within the circle flowed up and out. The material from the circle formed into a funnel and then bent slightly as it was transported to another location, then released. This material removal went on for some time until the sound changed in tone. And just a fast as the vibrations began, they stopped.

There, within the circle was the entrance to what looked like a natural cave; except for the steel-like doors that blocked the entrance.

"Ah, a mystery to solve," bellowed Bonn, "I love solving mysteries!"

some programming instructions from Kros, the steel-like doors became dust and fell to the ground.

"Shall we see what we can see?" Kros said as they all entered the cave.


Down into the cavernous passageway the beings traveled. The twisting passage was without the slightest light until they came to a great expanse, a huge room of sorts. And at the far side of the room was a massive computer that glowed intently. The computer seemed to be connected by various cables directly into the surfaces of the earth around it.


"What is it?" Kros questioned, without any expectation that any of the team would know.

Bonn began examining the computer with odd looking devises, the rest of the team was scanning and sending digital transmissions to their ship, presumably for diagnosis.

After some time passed, a message came back from the ship saying, "Cave's computer's signal analyzed and other stronger signals have been detected in 143,999 additional locations around this planet's surface. All computers are self contained and are holographic devises with other unknown abilities, purpose unknown. This computer is in sleep mode and the signal it is emitting may be a distress call.

The power source is this planet's electrical field and magnetic pulses. All 144,000 computers work as one unit, but power is disconnected at this source."


Bonn looked around for awhile and said, "I think I found the problem, something has eaten away at this electrical cable and it is nearly severed."

Another scientist, Walin, replied, "Let us repair the cord and see what the purpose of the computer array is, if they still function. It could not hurt anything, after all, it is obvious that no-one intended for the computers to disconnect. Maybe then we will have the answers that we are looking for."

Everyone was in agreement, at least as much as any group of scientists can agree on anything.

So with a little ingenuity they were able to repair the cord, good as new.


Well, the group of scientist found out most of what they wanted to know. They now know what the computers do and where this planet's seemingly humanoid societies went.

There is still a big puzzle left unanswered, and a question from Bonn, "Who were the builder's of these computers, what purpose did they serve the builders, and why did they leave the computers without supervision."

Scientists love questions, but for now the pressing questions have been answered and the computers are up and running. And because they are, all the humans that suddenly disappeared, and everything else that was on this replica of the planet earth, well, they are back. They are, again, living their computer generated holographic assisted lives.


(But Why? --- Because scientists love questions, or there may be a follow-up story. Who knows?)


D. Thurmond / JEF---02-16-2017

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