After the Earth year 2012 Common Era (CE) scientists hit a major technological breakthrough, a breakthrough that changed the Earth forever. Space travel was now a simple matter and was used to travel to other planets, solar systems and even galaxies a million times faster then the speed of light. The Human Race spanned out all across the Universe, finding new planets to inhabit and forming new Races as they went, leaving the Earth behind to rot.
Humans seemingly no longer wished to live on the planet once known as Earth and a new age was born. People restarted their ‘clocks’ and every year hence became known as ‘After Technology’ (AT) or ‘Universal Time’ (UT).
A funny thing happened to the Earth after the Humans left… a colossal Ice Age hit. In the year sixteen AT (about 2028 CE) once most of the Earth’s inhabitants had left, the Polar Ice Caps started to refreeze, thought to be a miracle to those who still remained on the planet. But the freezing didn’t stop there, it fanned out and the Continental Glaciers reformed and destroyed everything in their paths. It took an additional hundred years or so until the entire planet was completely encased in ice, land and water alike. An entire planet left uninhabitable. Scientists believe that the Earth froze over due to the enormous increase in Global Warming, which caused the planet’s core to stop rotating. No one knows for certain what exactly happened.
Around 11 600 AT (c. 13 600 CE) the star Sol, known by Humans as the ‘Sun’, Super Nova’d completely destroying every planet in that Solar System. A Super Nova which wasn’t expected for another million or so years. It is believed that the Zaphid government had given the order to destroy the system because it could hold no life. Surprisingly, no one objected to this action and thus an entire civilization’s heritage was destroyed with out so much of a whisper of protest.
It wasn’t until the year 13 046 AT (15 058 CE) that people started to wonder if the Zaphid’s had had ulterior motives for causing the star Sol to Super Nova. But, unfortunately, by this time the Zaphid planet had been likewise destroyed by the Super Nova of the star Anophied Gamma, so once again we’ll never know.
Although all life on Earth (including the indestructible cockroach) was wiped out, some of the Earth’s creatures managed to survive, the domesticated canine and feline species were taken by the Humans aboard their ships and introduced in to new environments. Some of the smaller species of fish were also taken, mainly any species that Humans bred as pets were the only Earth animals to survive the Ice Age that rendered the planet uninhabitable.
The Race of Humans was eventually bred out and the species of pure Homo-sapiens has become extinct. Many of the civilizations of Homo-sapien descendants still use or adopted the ‘After Technology’ year system, as have many of the non-human civilizations but they have adjusted it to the ‘Universal Time’ system for political correctness.
Alright just as a teaser, I don’t think I’ll actually post the rest of this Novella here…
This is the one I’m Entering in the Ramdom house Comp in December, let me know what you think!