Jarn’s Journal Year 3 Day 90 #SFFSat

Solar prominences (NASA)It’s Science Fiction and Fantasy Saturday again, and I’m sharing a little more of Jarn’s experiences in Africa of 125,000 years ago. For those new to the story, Jarn is a human-like alien, a R’il’nian, who was stranded on Earth when his experimental improved starship proved to have some serious flaws. He has been accepted as a god (in spite of his efforts to set the record straight) by the early humans who are his only company. His story is part of the remote back story of my two published science fiction novels, and may be found in its entirety to date on my author site. A somewhat longer version of this entry can be found at my main blog.

Once, a long time ago, a R’il’nian I knew was killed (carelessness in a chemical laboratory) and left her body behind. I knew her well enough to attend her funeral, where we took turns remembering things about her. Finally we spoke the ritual words together: “Take the goodness and joy of your life with you as you go before, and let all sorrow and evil be consumed with your body in the furnace from which it came.” Then we joined together in teleporting her body into the sun.

More often, of course, people just gradually disappeared, as I no doubt have to my friends. We grow tired of life, and careless, or we think too highly of our abilities to take care when care is needed, as I did. We leave no bodies behind. But we do not simply wear out, like objects and animals.

These people are not objects or animals.  But they wear out.

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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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12 Responses to Jarn’s Journal Year 3 Day 90 #SFFSat

  1. Aston West says:

    Interesting…teleporting to the sun, sort of like cremation, but without the ashes…

    • Actually R’il’nian funeral customs were covered in Homecoming, when Marna finds a mummified body of someone who died of the plague. I’ve used it as a reading a time or two, very effectively.

  2. That is certainly an expedient way of handling a lifeless body.

  3. jccassels says:

    I love your explanation of death and death rituals. So poignant!

    • Jarn’s difficulty in understanding is not death, but the inevitability of death. His people do not age. While death happens, mostly due to injury, they could live for thousands of years.

  4. A very somber snippet today, but like JC said, so poignant. It was a beautiful read. Very thoughtful selection.

    • One thing I might mention about Jarn’s Journal: it is not selections from something already written, but written as I go along. I know his story (it’s the back story for my whole civilization) but I’m writing it down and making up the details as I go along.

  5. Evokes much sadness. Good excerpt.

  6. very well written. everything else’s been covered by the above snippeteers. well done.

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