Jarn’s Journal Year 10 Day 211 #SFFSAT

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Year 10, Day 211

Blue Marble N Asia

I’ve added my observations of the shore of the northern ocean and its floating ice cap to the world map I’m building up in the computer. I find I’ve mapped more that a third of the way around this world. The eastern coast of the ice-covered mountains is a good 55° west of the lake where I live; the spot where I decided it was too cold to continue this year is nearly 105° east. Close to halfway, and while there were a number of river mouths and deep inlets, the only though connection to the ocean so far is the relatively narrow strait broken by the volcanic island. Perhaps the isolation of this northern ocean is the answer.

The proof will have to wait for next year. For right now, Rainbow is hinting she would like another of the wild pigs from the northern continent, not to mention the nuts I found last year as well as dates and figs. The fruit and nuts are no problem. The pig ….

They’re mostly eating acorns now—I checked. If they taste like what they eat, as the warthogs do, they should be quite tasty. But I will kill one only in self-defense, like the first time, or if it is badly injured. Perhaps I could rob a predator of its kill?

Jarn is a human-like alien, stranded in Africa 125,000 years ago. Most recently he has been trying to understand how a floating ice cap is possible. His Journal to day is on my author site.

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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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4 Responses to Jarn’s Journal Year 10 Day 211 #SFFSAT

  1. Peter Vialls says:

    I like Jarn’s outlook (and I went back to read last week’s snippet – I loved his decision to teleport to watch the sun “roll round the horizon”). He calmly plans long-term, and he also thinks about the practicalities, like the taste of the pig. It’s a pleasure to encounter a thoroughly decent alien.

    • I started out with the premise that to achieve space flight, cooperation is necessary. Hence the rule (which Jarn is breaking) on contact with any planet-bound intelligent species. So the really nasty aliens weed themselves out before they reach interstellar flight. And the sun does appear to roll around the horizon at the poles at the equinoxes.

  2. T. M. Hunter says:

    An interesting tidbit…hopefully he gets a chance to use that self-defense plan against the pig, though…

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