art by Jonathan Westbrook
Since You Seem to Need a Certain Amount of Guidance
by Alexander Jablokov
Thank you for your query. Violating the laws of physics in that way was quite enterprising, and we feel you deserve a reply.
Just don't do it again.
In the future our lives are way better than yours.
We are better looking than you are.
We are healthier.
Our senses are more acute.
Our teeth do not fall out.
We live longer.
We have better sex.
And, yes, we are happier than you are.
Our world is not a blasted ruin, with cannibal tribes wandering around in old station wagons powered by used cooking oil.
It is not crowded with mile-high towers.
There are no robots, though everything we own is pretty smart and amazingly helpful.
Our world is not frozen under ice or sunk under rising seas.
It's actually quite nice.