In the year 2513, archeologists uncovered huge propellers on metal posts. There were more than 100 in just one are. They set about carefully digging up the propellors and towers, all the while speculating about how the propellers ended up buried.

Duane: Anyone here have any ideas on where these came from? Why would anyone put a bunch of propellers together in one place? And those towers—and concrete everywhere.

Glen: Maybe there were some kind of “raised village”. The propellers drove away the enemy?

Joe: Carl and Dennis found some huge metal boxes with wires and stuff at another site. Maybe the people lived in the boxes?

Glen: Another guy found similar boxes offshore in Old Europe. Said the boxes were full of furniture from the 21 century. Very creepy—living in a tiny metal box. Must have been a fearsome enemy.

Duane: There must be a hundred propellers here. Maybe we can find boxes here. Keep digging.

Mark: There are a bunch of small square boxes with all kinds of wires.

Duane: You mean like electrical wires?

Mark: Yeah.

Duane: This was around the time the Dark Period began. If there are wires and stuff, that might mean there was still electricity.

Al: We know the earlier years of the 21st century had electricity. They had lights, planes, phones, computers. A group in New Canada found some relics of this. All were very primitive by today’s standards.

Duane: Did anyone ever decipher the disks or drives?

Felix: Not yet. They have a crack team in Washington working on it.

Mark: Wires, propellers and towers—anyone think this might have been used to generate power?

Duane: Really, Mark, it was the 21st century. Why would they be using such primitive 19th century methods of making power?

Curt: We can’t really know due to the Dark Period.  It does seem very odd such an advanced society would use such primitive methods of making electricity, though.  I’m going with an enemy and the propellers repelled them.


Glen: Morning. I looked up some information last night.

Joe: On?

Glen: Those propellors and boxes. They were found in New Canada, Reunited Europe and a few places in Industrial China, but not in United Korea. There were few in the southern hemisphere.

Felix: Any more ideas on what these are?

Glen: It was the Dark Period. Society had seemed to advance to space satellites, moon shots, space station. We’ve found archaic computer devices, hand-held mostly. Towers made of steel. There is speculation the towers were creating a communication network. Town sites we’ve excavated show violent conflict–burned out buildings, bodies not buried. Destruction everywhere. No one found any power sources for the homes or electronics.

Mark: None?

Glen: New Japan once excavated around the shoreline and found high radioactivity in one area. Some said it was nuclear power.

Felix: Fission?

Glen: Yes, there’s no evidence society had achieved fusion. Then, further excavating turned up buried radioactive rods from fusion. What’s curious is even with just fusion, there should have been plenty of power. Yet the dark ages fell and society disappeared.

Mark: Surely these propellers and boxes had nothing to do with power. I’m thinking Glen is right–they were to guard against intruders. Maybe some kind of EMT emitter.

Joe: We’ve found no evidence there ever were EMTs–that’s just a theory with little evidence.

Al: I know. However, with all the coils and magnets,you have to consider the possibility.

Curt: Okay, EMT is possible I suppose. Could explain the Dark Period.

Al: Look, we’ve unearthed power lines or what look like power lines. This is the Dark Period level. There should be no power lines. How can this be?

Glen: We need to do more research before we come up with an hypothesis on what these items are.


Glen: The Dark Period began around 2050. Leading up to the Dark period, society seemed to be advancing at a phenomenal rate. Evidence of space travel, massive computer networks, auto mobiles, sky scrapers, air travel. The, nothing. Much like the Mayans or the Incas, societies just that just vanished. This was worldwide, however, not justs a single empire as in the past.

Many theories had been put forth on how the advance societies just vanished. Sun spots somehow destroyed the electronics and the world went dark. Yet evidence was never found to support the theory. It is theorized that such an event would have triggered a global war as people fought for supplies. All the evidence shows widespread skirmishes, not global war.

Then there was the EMT theory. Scientists postulate this was not possible as an explanation for the worldwide Dark Period. Something more serious and widespread had to have occurred. The mystery was as complex as what became of the Mayans and Aztecs.

Joe: Freddy Mallory has a theory–he thinks some crazy theory caused humans to wipe themselves out.

Felix: What? How would that happen? Do you really think a world can be talked into destroying itself? Okay, I can see nuclear holocaust, but there was none. That is just the craziest thing I’ve ever heard.

Glen: It may be the craziest thing you’ve ever heard, but what else explains it?

Curt: Why would an advance society drive itself back into the stone age? What possible reason could there be? Insane theory sold to the masses is the only thing that fits.

Glen: I don’t know and I have no idea what those propellers and steel hollow tubes are. Up north, there were copper wires, magnet, puddles of fluid. We analyzed it–something synthetic. Nothing in the database on any of this.

Maybe we’ll unearth more clues.


Wandering Words


“We do not believe any group of men adequate enough or wise enough to operate without scrutiny or without criticism. We know that the only way to avoid error is to detect it, that the only way to detect it is to be free to inquire. We know that in secrecy error undetected will flourish and subvert”. - J Robert Oppenheimer.

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