Story: "The Final Revelation" by Nathan James Norman Genre: Science Fiction, Apocalyptic Rating: PG-13
"The Final Revelation" travels 490,000 years into the future after humanity receives a message in the sky visible at all points on the earth.
The message appeared the day after the world declared God dead. Not that he ever existed, but humanity, finally united under one language, realized they had outgrown their need for the concept of God.
Then, all at once even though no one quite saw it happen, the message appeared in the sky . . . visible from nearly every point on the surface of the earth. The message repeated itself in thousands of locations. The blue text, several shades darker than the sky on a sunny day, became obscure during twilight, disappeared during the night and reappeared in the midst of dawn every day.
Several scientific inquires were launched, including a specially modified spacecraft that flew right through a message in attempt to gather material from the message’s makeup. When that proved inconclusive, the Rayleigh scattering phenomenon was reexamined. Tests continued to be confounded. Trillions of dollars spent in a mere half century yielded no results. Perhaps the message was a result of the rebuilding process of the ozone layer which began a decade before the appearance. Perhaps the nitrogen in the air had somehow changed its molecular structure slightly. Perhaps there was something wrong with the sun.
As generations died out, and new ones took their places, children stopped asking their parents, “Why is the sky blue?” and instead asked, “Why does the sky say ‘I AM HERE’?”
And when parents responded, “I don’t know,” it was not out of their own ignorance. It was out of the ignorance of the whole world.