Jarn’s Journal Year 8 Day 113 #SFFSAT

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Year 8, Day 113

By the time I got a good look at the surface of the water ahead – and it was water – it was clear that it was farther below sea level than the hills were above it. Certainly it was not connected with the tideless sea!

It had to be a salt lake, and one with no signs of life within it. There were a few freshwater springs in the slopes bordering the rift, and these provided a few pockets of greenery on the shores, but there were no fish visible in the lake itself, no tracks except near the springs, and hardly even any insects.

I managed to find a dry branch near one of the springs, and tossed it into the water. It floated high, confirming my suspicion that the water must be very salty. If I had any doubts, they were rapidly erased by the discovery of a beach of translucent pebbles. I assumed at first they were quartz, but a mental probe found salt – the pebbles were almost pure halite. I dropped a handful in my collecting bag to show Rainbow.

I was tempted to try a swim, as it was getting very hot.

Jarn’s Journal is the journal of a human-like alien stranded in Africa some 125,000 years ago. He has befriended a group of our ancestors and is exploring the world on which he finds himself. This post is much shortened from a longer version on my main blog. For the entire Journal to date, see my author site. Jarn’s story is part of the back story of the world in which my science fiction is set.


About sueannbowlingauthor

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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16 Responses to Jarn’s Journal Year 8 Day 113 #SFFSAT

  1. Always great to start my day with a bit of Jarn.

  2. Peter Vialls says:

    Jarn, as always, uses his cool, analytical mind to study the world around him – good snippet!

  3. T. M. Hunter says:

    Too bad Jarn didn’t bring Rainbow along with him…might have been a romantic getaway. 🙂

    • 1. Rainbow’s first mate left her VERY disinclined for anything “romantic.” I visualize her as about 45, scarred physically and mentally, and more than happy for a relationship that is strictly platonic but gives her the necessities of life.
      2. He can’t teleport her without invading her mind to an extent that would probably leave her insane.

  4. Bad idea, Jarn… bad idea!

  5. tktoppin says:

    Great snippet as always!!

  6. Tara Quan says:

    I lend my support for a romantic getaway by the Dead Sea. Or may be just a getaway, I’m sure Rainbow needs a day off.

  7. I always enjoy reading about Jarn’s adventures. His observations of our world are refreshing to read.

  8. The trick is figuring out (and finding photos) of what our world was like 125,000 years ago. Luckily that period was about like ours in climate and sea level, but finding photos without evidence of humans is a chore. And the orbital eccentricity was much greater.

  9. I always feel like I’m on this journey with Jarn. Fun adventuring!

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