Treasure Island

Diane Hine

(25 July 1956)

A sci-fi sonnet


The human was immortal; problem solved.
He siphoned power from a black hole rim.
Gazillions of years lay ahead of him.
He’d need them as the Universe devolved.
He’d need to leave, before it got too cold
and find some other Multiversal limb
where time perhaps, flowed sideways on a whim.
The challenge was to cross a spacetime fold.

Thanks to his father’s pioneering work,
he’d live until this universe expired.
He revelled at the lifting of the curse
yet lately felt ambivalent desire.
The challenge was impossibly absurd.
At times, he almost wished he could retire.

Submitted: Friday, May 24, 2013
Edited: Friday, May 24, 2013

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  • Stephen Katona (8/7/2014 3:52:00 AM)

    Thank you, you inspired me to try writing a sci-fi poem. Perhaps you might like it. It's called 'To teleport or not to teleport.' (Report) Reply

  • Stephen Katona (8/7/2014 1:24:00 AM)

    What a great idea to write a sci-fi poem. I've always loved sci-fi and it's great to read such an imaginative work. (Report) Reply

  • Daniel Brick (4/20/2014 11:21:00 AM)

    Your Sci-Fi Sonnet deals with the future in two ways, as all decent SF does 1) the technological breakthrough - in this case, virtual immortality for humanity, and 2) the moral consequences of that technology. And it appears there will be profound ambiguity regarding such impossibly extended life. Could the individual human psyche bear the weight of experiences accumulated over thousands and thousands of years? Wouldn't that be crushing - unless the psyche itself were transformed and then the human being would no longer be human or humane. (Report) Reply

  • Stephen W (2/22/2014 2:29:00 PM)

    Interesting stuff. A sonnet? I'm writing SF myself these days, though not poetry. (Report) Reply

  • Danny Draper (6/1/2013 4:44:00 AM)

    A compact journey as a sonnet is and yet its spans all time and space. The Dr would be proud. (Report) Reply

  • Chandra Thiagarajan (5/26/2013 12:04:00 PM)

    A beautiful Sci-fi sonnet, Diane Hine! The last para' exactly tunes to the situation prevailing! Wonderful imagination and beautiful rendition! (Report) Reply

  • Valerie Dohren (5/25/2013 4:27:00 AM)

    Doubt if mankind will survive until the universe expires - I'm sure we will have blown ourselves up well before then.
    Fascinating read though, very sci-fi. (Report) Reply

  • Captain Cur (5/24/2013 9:08:00 AM)

    Reading this I imagined Einstein and Steven Hawkins thoughtful endeavors,
    though not immortal, their ideas, concepts and theories will live forever.
    The poem flowed smooth as time through a black hole's multiversal mind. (Report) Reply

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