Poles Apart – Friday Fictioneers

Here is my latest entry into the weekly challenge brought to us by the lovely Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.

Here are the rules: Use the photo as inspiration, write a hundred(ish) words – and share! Here goes my offering for this week – and I welcome your comments again!

This week, as we learned of the death of the celebrated UK planetary scientist, Professor Colin Pillinger CBE, I decided to write this little piece in his honour. This isn’t a serious piece, but he was in my thoughts as I wrote.


Copyright – BW Beacham

– Poles Apart –

“This river used to be tidal, decades ago. Then they found that other moon. That’s when all the trouble started.”

“Trouble?” I looked at the old man who had eased himself on to the bench next to me. He was surprisingly articulate and well-spoken, for someone who looked like a vagrant.

“Yes. They wouldn’t listen to me. I told them not to go meddling. But no, they knew best.”

“What happened?”

“They decided to harness it, bring it closer to Earth, which cancelled out the magnetic pull of the proper moon. So, no more tides. And they say my Beagle 2 Project was a failure!”


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35 thoughts on “Poles Apart – Friday Fictioneers

  1. Two moons! That’s an intriguing idea, Freya. I can think of lots of examples of our meddling with the natural world that created bigger problems than they solved.

  2. Dear Freya,

    Now wouldn’t that change all the romantic songs about the moon? “Shine on Shine on Harvest moons…” Might work at that. Clever story. Why not pay homage with humor. I’d like to think that’s how people will remember me. 😉



    1. Yes, i could make the songs more interesting! Thank you, Rochelle. I understand the Professor had a sense of humour, so hopefully he would like it! I’d like to think people thought that of me, too. 🙂

  3. What an interesting and “fun” piece – although I mean no disrespect to the person in which this was “dedicated.”

    I am always intrigued when people write about the idea of affecting the planets as they naturally exist in the solar system – so many possibilities for affected earthly change.

      1. Absolutely. Since I’m really new to flash fiction – writing it – but having been reading quite a bit of it for some time now, I’m always amazed at the possibilities that avail themselves from such short pieces. Really good “launching piers” if one wanted to develop further.

  4. Much food for thought. Many intelligent people have been looked upon as fools. Well played !

  5. What a brilliantly original take!
    I was sad to hear of his passing, he seemed like a genuinely honest man with a passion for knowledge and discovery.

  6. Your story could be the result of one of those creative thinking activities–think about what would happen if there were two moons or something like that. Good job.


  7. (decades ago ago. You have ago twice in the first sentence, Did you mean to?)

    Great story about a future that’s been meddled with. It’s frustrating when you KNOW you’re right and no one listens – especially when the consequences are so greet.

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