by Richard Fowler
Continuing Richard Fowler's 6-part science fiction story based on the truth. Please read Richard's personal story first. Enjoy...
About Richard Fowler
Born and raised in Virginia but no stranger to South Carolina with roots in the upstate going back to the 18th century, Richard has been homeless practically since he hit the streets of Charleston. He is now hard at work getting some kind of an act together and hopes to take it on the road in the very near future.
Corwin’s article was not immediately picked up by other mainstream newspapers and those evacuees who went on talk shows spoke only of their fear as they were threatened by menacing storm troopers in black. But even this suppression was short-lived and a couple of weeks later, around the time the pundits were easing off the jingoist talk, Alice Corwin found herself being publicly lauded for her journalism.
The aliens were as great a mystery as ever but now there was a lively and more honest debate about their intentions.
Return of the Nebruans. Three months later, the airwaves of every television and radio frequency throughout the world were taken over to present a very special program. The aliens were back --- this time to reveal the mystery of the fate of the missing executives and to tell their own side of the story.
A surprisingly human creature in a purple uniform much like a jumpsuit with silver trimmings, appeared on all television screens and introduced himself as Nirkal of the planet Nebru. He appeared to be in his thirties and had a short goatee. His dark hair was slicked back in a style akin to what was sported by the upper crust in the 1920s, except for the sides of his head being shaved well above the ears.
“Greetings to all citizens of the Earth from us of Nebru. We have observed your world for more than eighty of your years, ever since the reception of your first television signal in the year you know as 1936. Many on our world have been greatly intrigued from the beginning by your multicultural civilization, finding much beauty and nobility. Sadly, we have also witnessed much that is not so admirable.
“We of Nebru are very familiar with the corruption and deceit common among ambitious and greedy individuals. We are as humanoid as you, for we too knew a time when the wealthiest of our wealthy grew restive and disgruntled. Not content to have more of everything, they desired to own all. They too used their wealth to seduce and corrupt weak and selfish leaders to gain more power for themselves until they could finally arrange Nebruan society to suit their own needs and desires, which ---not coincidentally--- became a slavish burden for all others not fortunate enough to be born among the rich. The abuses of the Merchant Masters of Nebru are legendary and the world they recreated in their own image was a nightmare for all; all but the few who presumed to rule them. This tyrannical oligarchy lasted for more than three centuries before the people rose up and finally threw off the yoke of their masters.
To be continued...