Jarn’s Journal #sffsat

This is a segment from Jarn’s Journal, the journal kept by a fictitious alien who was stranded in Africa roughly 125,000 years ago. The end of his story is the foundation of the Jarnian Confederation, the interstellar civilization in which my science fiction books are set–but that’s quite a ways in Jarn’s future. Here he has been on Earth a bit more than two years, and he has just found the group of primitive humans he had met with before. His journal is being added to my author website as it is written; a longer version of this excerpt is on my main blog.

I found them! And they do not look nearly as hungry as Lion’s group, though they have piled thorny branches higher around their camp than I ever saw when they were near my shelter. Storm Cloud seemed delighted to see me, as was Songbird.

“Have you seen water near?” Storm Cloud asked me at once.

I looked at the water hole near their camp. Once it had been a deep scour in a river – I could see the dry bed stretching out in either direction. Now it was little more than a long pool, and from the cracked mud surrounding it, that pool was drying up. There were fish, trapped by the shrinking of the river, but they could not feed this group for much longer.

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Sue Ann Bowling earned a bachelor’s degree in physics at Radcliffe/Harvard and a Ph.D. in geophysics from the University of Alaska. After thirty years of teaching, she retired to focus on writing. Bowling has lived in Alaska for fifty years. Visit her Web site on canine color genetics at http://bowlingsite.mcf.com/Genetics/Genetics.html.
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22 Responses to Jarn’s Journal #sffsat

  1. gayleramage says:

    So the group have (had?) plenty of food but are need of water. Hope Jarn can help them out!

  2. Aston West says:

    Doesn’t look good for them at all…

  3. T.K. Toppin says:

    Hope they find water soon…

    • These people are long-distance migrants. This year they tried to get back to Jarn’s area and misjudged–perhaps they took a short cut instead of following the herds. But Jarn’s area is close to the edge of the annual swing of the intertropical convergence zone, and some years (as now) the rains just don’t get that far.

  4. Not a good sign. Where did the rains go?

  5. what a great premise!! Advise them to move to Cumbria! water, water, water, that’s all there ever is! Oh, and my fish and chips! lol

  6. I wonder how far Jarn could jump them…

  7. Oh dear. Hope he’s able to help them find water.

  8. Now I have to go find out if Jarn can save the day. Tease!

  9. yes, i run a fish and chip takeaway/cafe.

  10. pippajay says:

    Out of water…and in danger from desperate predators?

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