Photo curtsy of Dale Rogerson.

Photo curtsy of Dale Rogerson.

No one realised the significance of the big wheel. It was billed as offering a great experience. It truly did. As the wheel revolved a complex array of radio waves focused on those traveling within its cars. Radio waves broadcast deep from within the universe. Imprinting a message within those occupying the cars. “Enjoy the experience, go forth and be happy, whilst you await our call, we will be in touch and will ask your help to bring happyness to your race”. Slowly the big wheels appeared in all major cities on earth. The future looked rosy, but was it?



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  1. draliman

    We did both go in the same direction! And your last line implies that your aliens might be as unfriendly as mine…

    1. Michael Humphris

      Indeed they may well be.

  2. neilmacdon

    I think probably not. Induced happiness is flimsier stuff than the real thing. The moths get into it

    1. Michael Humphris

      Then we must keep the moths away using camphor balls

  3. Violet Lentz

    Somehow spreading happiness sounds very sinister in this context, Michael. Very well done!

    1. Michael Humphris

      Sinister indeed

  4. rochellewisoff

    Dear Michael,

    Interesting take on the prompt. I’m not sure that’s going to be a cheerful or welcome call when it comes.



    PS Please add a ? to your last sentence. It will clarify that you’re asking a question.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Definately not cheerful I think. ? on its way.

  5. Sandra

    Well it sounds as though it might be good… but on the other hand…

    1. Michael Humphris

      Bad or good, something does not feel right, me thinks.

  6. gahlearner

    Ooh, great take… and it could be the prequel to @draliman’s story.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you gahlearner. I enjoyed draliman take on the prompt

  7. pennygadd51

    It would be so nice to imagine that the aliens’ intention was benign…

    1. Michael Humphris

      Indeed it would, thank you penny

  8. granonine

    Chilling. And the more I look at that “universe” picture, the more I see in it. Kinda creepy.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Creepy but only fiction I hope, thank you granonine

  9. Dale

    Too much of a good thing sounds fishy to me.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Definately fishy, thank you Dale

  10. Jade Li

    I’ll never ride a ferris wheel again! Scary! They would make great antennas wouldn’t they…

    1. Michael Humphris

      Sorry to deny you the pleasure of a Ferris wheel ride. Thank you Jade

  11. Abhijit Ray

    Big wheel was nothing but an antenna to transmit signal?

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Abhijit

  12. Margaret

    I wouldn’t trust them. But they’ve sure figured us out – just keep us entertained and we’ll go along with any wacky idea that promises more of the same.

    1. Michael Humphris

      It is certainly true that any alien who figures out that the desire for entertainment is strong in humanity will do well.

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