Saturday, October 1, 2011

#159- “The Last Message” from my English text book…

The other day, when I read my old English text book (New Horizon English Course for 3rd grade junior high school / for 15 year-old), I nearly fell off my chair.

The last chapter (Lesson 12) surprised me so much.

The reason #1: I don’t remember this chapter. Did I study about this chapter??? Is this my text book (or my brother’s)???

The reason #2: I am wondering this science fiction short story is good for children?

The reason #3: The story of atomic energy is too much for Japan now… but it’s good for everyone in this world for our future…

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The title of this story is “The Last Message”. (Sounds like “THE 2012 STORY”???)

The story starts, “It happened at the end of the 20th century. People on the earth were able to talk with people on another planet by radio. The name of that planet was Friend, and it was just like the earth.”

The girl from Friend sent the message to the boy on the earth, “We know that the earth is a beautiful planet. We can watch your television programs. Though they look like our old movies, they’re very interesting. They tell us a lot about your life.”

She talked about how people live on her planet. She said to the boy on the earth, “Our cars, trains, and planes are all driven by atomic energy.”

Ok…from here, it’s scary…

A few years later, the girl sent a message to the boy on the earth again.

She said, “We’ve been in great trouble since I sent you my first message.”

OMG…her story… They’ve built so many atomic power stations that the air and water are full of radioactivity. Sometimes they’ve had bad accidents. Almost everyone has become ill on her planet, Friend…

Her last message was, “Right now someone on television is talking about another accident at the power station near my city. Listen! Can you hear that big noise? Hold on, please. I’ll be back in a few minutes.”

Oh…No…She never came back…

A few years ago, she said, “We’ve been at peace for more than two hundred years.”

But a few years later she said, “This great energy (atomic energy) has changed our life a lot. But there was something we forgot. Though it was easy for us to think of peaceful uses of atomic energy, we didn’t know that we’d be at war with nature.”

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What do you think of this SF?

I hope this SF is not for us (for the earth)…we need to think carefully for our health and happiness…I am wishing happiness for everyone.

By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles
October 1, 2011
Copyright © 2011 Yoko Fujimoto