“Resources” / A Memorable Fancy #168

Exploring-machines attacked the newfound planet. They probed, dug, measured, imaged, sent their findings importantly back to Earth. Return commands told the machines to probe more, dig more, measure more, image more. The machines did, transmitting their findings again.

Now the commands became impatient. The machines worked faster, probed deeper. Tearing deeper beneath the surface, the planet’s exploitable resources were finally exposed to view, their soft fur, the rise and fall of their terrified breathing.


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