We live in a postmodern world. With the growth of technology, it’ll soon be impossible to distinguish fact from fiction. But then again, what is reality? Is it a construct of the mind that we believe to be infallible logic? Or is as cold as the marble floor we walk on? All this philosophizing or faux-philosophizing often leads to an addled mind, which is why we take to nature. There’s nothing like the green, green grass of home.
Tom Jones talks about a prisoner wanting to escape to this very promised land in his hit song. And aren’t we all prisoners? Hasn’t circumstance and madness chained us all? I too long for the minty air, the mist slowly weaving its web over the walls of the cottages in the mountains. I long for petrichor and solace. I yearn for the sweetness of dew, and the richness of the damp earth. But what do the Tyrannians want?
David says that they want the blue, blue grass of home. And bluegrass music by Béla Fleck makes them sadly miss their home. David talks with acute despair about his planet. It’s headed for extinction because gravitational forces are both pulling the three suns together, and closer to Tyrannus Titania. The Tyrannians (or Titanians) are also now vegans because they hunted every other species on their planet to extinction. They do eat plastic though. Imagine that! What we use and discard is their food.
While I ponder on all this, David gets up from the park bench because he sees a street performer playing Bluegrass. Tears well up in his eyes, and he then starts sobbing bitterly. I feel sorry for him. But he accidentally drops a small notebook. I pick it up and flip through the pages because I’m curious about the way he writes in English. I’m shocked by what I read.
It says that it takes twenty thousand years to get to earth from Titania, and by that logic, the Tyrannians have been here for a long time. These aliens are using us! They’ve been Tyrannaforming (his words) earth. They want to transform the atmosphere and make us extinct! All the nuclear disasters were a result of their plans! I don’t know what to say! Heaven help us!
We only think we’re free, but it’s the Titanians who’ve been plotting the course of humanity all along. I’m shivering! Here is the exact replica of the transcript from David Redpath’s notebook:
You humans see what we want you to see.
We have been busy Tyrannaforming this planet,
with your assistance, to make it more habitable
for us. Our home planet has an atmosphere
of carbon dioxide and methane. And is highly
radioactive, due to the large deposits of the
heavy metal, Tyranium. As a result, we
require a radioactive environment to breed. The Chernobyl was no accident.
And Fukushima … even better.
Bikini Atoll was past its use by date.
So now we have plenty of privacy for our highly
elaborate mating rituals. And hatching grounds
for our young.
© Nitin Lalit Murali & David Redpath (2019)