Beta

Kolikrát se už mluvilo o konci světa, kolikrát “vědmy” předpovídaly zkázu, kolikrát lidé začali ztrácet hlavu a panikařit, že se nedožijí dalších Vánoc… Co když ale ten den opravdu nastane? Co se pak bude dít?

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Beta was almost at zenith, its ruddy light flooding the landscape to an unusual orange as the brilliant rays of setting Gamma died. Beta was at aphelion. It was small; smaller than Theremon had ever seen it before, and for the moment it was undisputed ruler of Lagash’s sky.

 

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Lagash’s own sun. Alpha, the one about which it revolved, was at the antipodes, as were the two distant companion pairs. The red dwarf Beta — Alpha’s immediate companion — was alone, grimly alone.

 

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Aton’s upturned face flushed redly in the sunlight. “In just under four hours,” he said, “civilization, as we know it, comes to an end. It will do so because, as you see. Beta is the only sun in the sky.” He smiled grimly. “Print that! There’ll be no one to read it.”

 

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počítačová animace: Aleks Hue (víc na jeho TUMBLR)
text: Isaac Asimov – Nightfall
edit: Jitka Halířová

 

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