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|13th July 2012, 12:15 PM||#1 (permalink)|
Join Date: Jul 2012
Short story I can't remember
Any help on trying to remember the name of the short story, author, or book it was in would be helpful
The story was set in the future told from the stand point of alien explorers who found earth and a major catastrophe (sun blowing up I think) was about to befall the earth. When the explorers arrive they find they earth abandoned and completely empty of all people. They do some exploring and get stuck in an intercontinental subway system on accident. They are going to be stuck inside when the catastrophe happens but some how winkle out of the situation, get back in their space ship, and high tail it out of the solar system before they get caught up too. They follow some kind of trail and discover the occupants of earth had built a huge fleet of rocket/space ships and were headed at sunlight speeds to the nearest stars. The aliens discover them and help them get to their destination faster. The aliens marvel at the earthlings enginuity and state how lucky there's only xx number of them and enjoy a good laugh. The last line of the story was something to the effect that 50 years later they weren't laughing anymore (basically the earthlings got their **** together and took over the galaxy)
Again this was a short story, read in a compilation book around 1998. Was pretty good any help would be appreciated.
|14th July 2012, 04:20 AM||#2 (permalink)|
Join Date: Oct 2010
Re: Short story I can't remember
...and one of them gets stuck on the subway and the ship tracks him from orbit.
Everything is neat and tidy and everything looks like everyone just packed up their stuff and left. He/They discover what appears to be the place where the last of the inhabitants was working-- the only place with things out of place and slightly messy. And he/they discover a bunch of radio dishes pointing to the sky, tracking 'something.' The something is the fleet of Earthlings heading out.
I remember reading what might have been the same story-- I want to say it was a Niven/Pournelle short story...
--Paul E Musselman
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