Fire in the Sky

Note: This flash fiction piece was inspired by articles I have read in the news about new planets being discovered that scientists always say are inhospitable to "life as we know it," which always seems like an egocentric thing to say...

The puzzled scientists discovered a small rocky planet around a distant yellow dwarf star.

“That planet can’t support life,” they argued. “It’s too far from its puny host star. It would be too cold with liquid oceans of fused hydrogen and oxygen.”

“It has hardly any of the essential ingredients for life - gamma rays, heavy metals, uranium, and magma,” they said. “You would expire and freeze in the 80% inert nitrogen atmosphere.”

“With only a single sun, any inhabitants would be plunged into total darkness half the time,” they said. “It is hard to imagine even simple life surviving such extremes of light and dark. Obviously…”

The scientists congratulated themselves on their advances in glass cooling technology that allowed them to refract and observe distant light from space, then turned their attention to more interesting worlds - familiar hot blue giants, binary neutron stars, and spinning black holes they said had a better chance of supporting life as we know it.

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