Far Horizons: Tales of Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror. Issue #13 April 2015 - Page 118

Humans mistakenly think that late in the 20th Century they invented reality TV. Of course they are wrong, for each and every person ever born has been a star performer for the Gods who created them and have for eons watched them. For a long time it was amusing to see creatures of Earth walk, then fall; learn, run and then fall again. Always learning, always overcoming. The Gods marvelled in their own brilliance at what they had created. Of late the Gods have become frustrated with their creations. They despair at the stars of their show. Mistakes seem to be repeated over and over. Deciding to help a little the Gods arranged for signals to be sent; warnings about their charges own impending doom. The Gods noted in almost every recent episode, the humans’ obsession with computers and telephones. They saw that the talent were close to creating life themselves; artificial life. What did the humans do when their own creations were faulty? The Gods took inspiration, like a parent learns from their child, one final time. And so in the early part of the 21st century, as the humans knew it, the Gods decided to turn everything off, and then on again. It was time to reset. A new