The Devouring

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Saturn’s rings showed
how bad it would be,
curling,
hurling into the gaping maw,
consumed by powers beyond our ken.

By then,
Jupiter was gone,
the outer planets too.

The devourer continued,
erasing our stepping stones, our future.

Unexpectedly, messages arrived,
transcribed,
“Don’t worry. All will be well.”

Asked to explain, it replied,
“I need you,
on the event horizon’s anterior side.”

Hunger unabated,
it ate
the Kuiper Belt, then Mars, the Moon, and now Earth.

Our final conversation:
“You need us, you said.
Desist, or we’re soon all dead.”

“Clarification:
I need your planet’s mass
untainted by foolish radiation.”

 

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Author’s Note: Inspired by a quote attributed to Eliezer Yudkowsky: The AI does not hate you, nor does it love you, but you are made out of atoms, which it can use for something else.