BILLION DOLLAR VIEW
by Chris Pyak
„You like the view? Stand right here – you can see my whole setup: The solar panels following the sun, the micro wind turbine and – at the far end of the property – the vertical farm and my little wooden cabin. I write most of my novels there.“
„Yes, I see that. I don’t get it. What’s the point?“
„I call it my „billionaires view“.
„I call it an LCD screen in a window frame.“
„I‘m very proud of it!“
„Why? I mean – really. WHY?!“
„See? That’s triple glass, R-value of eight – excellent insulation! It’s tilt and turn, like in Germany. And the LCD has 24k resolution! It’s more real than reality!!!“
„Yeah, awesome. I repeat: WHY?“
„It’s what all those billionaires use. It‘s Elon’s main promise: You won’t see the difference. Your past on Earth or your tunnel on Mars: Feels exactly the same!
„Oookay…. I see you are excited. I am happy for you. There are only three things I’d like to point out.“
„First: It’s not „the real thing“. If you stand close, you see the glimmer of the screen. Unnatural.“
„Second: You are NOT a billionaire!“
„I’m working on it!“
„Now to my last point.“
My guest grabbed the handle of my make-believe window. He turned it sideways and opened it wide. Solar panel, wind power, vertical farm, wooden cabin:The view behind the LCD display stayed exactly the same.
A gust of wind blew an autumn leaf into the room.
„You. are. not. on. Mars.“
The story behind this story
This story was exactly 250 words long. I was my contribution to a challenge posted by the wonderful Solarpunk Magazine. The magazine got more than 150 submissions the last time I checked. Only four could win the Micro Contest. And what can I tell you: Out of all those many stories – my story was one of those who got rejected.
I felt sad about that and still do. If you like to make me feel better and show your appreciation for my story – please make a small donation. It encourages me to keep writing.