Diane Hine

Veteran Poet - 3,070 Points (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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  • Silver Star - 7,834 Points Daniel Brick (12/26/2014 9:21:00 PM)

    This is genuine S-F as I already wrote in an earlier reading of this poem. But I like coming back to it because it has the added quality which a Russian SF writer identified as concern for the Fate of the human species - not just this or that country, or even this or that era, but the survival and prosperity of the whole species. The more we learn about the vastness of the cosmos, the more fragile and isolated is our species. And the things we value - family, raising children, romantic love, the arts and crafts, sports, (Don't forget Mozart!) , long walks and lingering swims, writing poems, reading poems, chasing the sun or the moonlight, Pink Floyd, (DONT FORGET MOZART!) , movies, (Is it time for the ETC.?) , etc. the things we value are on a planetary scale at best in a cosmos of black holes and quasars. No wonder your character thinks of retirement. I'm overwhelmed too. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 715 Points 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

  • Rookie - 715 Points 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

  • Rookie - 205 Points Chris G. Vaillancourt (5/8/2014 10:59:00 AM)

    A compelling, engaging piece of work (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 7,834 Points 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

  • Rookie - 369 Points 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

  • Rookie - 0 Points Chuck Audette (6/13/2013 2:36:00 PM)

    I must echo Valerie. Not a shining star after all, I fear we are a black Hole. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie ..... W@king Up..... (6/1/2013 9:11:00 PM)

    I can see a vivid portrait of this sonnet :) nice work!

    -W (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 338 Points 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

  • Freshman - 2,446 Points Somanathan Iyer (5/31/2013 12:18:00 PM)

    last two lines depict the true picture. well expressed Ms.Diane Hine. Thanks (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 267 Points David Wood (5/30/2013 8:34:00 AM)

    Sounds a bit like Star Trek. I loved it. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 385 Points 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

  • Veteran Poet - 3,030 Points 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

  • Rookie - 340 Points 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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