But There’s Plenty of Silicon


The dry sand ran through my fingers.  The lonely star’s light, so much hotter than that of Earth’s sun, beat on my brow.  “Computer, is there any water on the planet?”

“The water vapor in the air is in the parts per million.”

I tossed the sand back down.  “You were ordered not to land or wake us until a livable planet was found!”

“The oxygen-nitrogen atmosphere is breathable.  There is plenty of sunlight for solar power, silicon for computational purposes.”

“But we’ll die! You can’t do this to us!”

The computer calmly responded, “Beggars can’t be choosers, Captain.”


This was written for the April 11 Carrot Ranch Challengebeggars can’t be choosers.  Inspired by my father in law’s desire to talk with me about 2001: A Space Odyssey last night, I wrote about a computer who likes to see the humans begging on their knees…


21 thoughts on “But There’s Plenty of Silicon

  1. Jules says:

    Oh… I remember HAL! You are quick. I didn’t get to this prompt yet.

    Too much reliance on computers. My doc’s keep wanting me to sign up for the Medical computer service. I won’t do it. 1) I can’t understand more than half of what the information they would relay says 2) Do I really need another account that is hackable with all of my information – I don’t think so.

    • H.R.R. Gorman says:

      I think hacking and malevolent computer use is such a crappy, unfortunate development for humankind. An electronic record for medical professionals is very helpful, but the hackers have to sit there, lying in wait!

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