The Consolations of Cosmology


By Laurence Raphael Brothers

Emanating outward from your body, your personal fields of gravitational and electromagnetic force recede at the speed of light, growing steadily weaker, but never entirely fading away. Whenever you move, or even think, you change the shape of your personal field. Every year this wavefront extends another light-year into space, steadily increasing your sphere of influence over all creation. Even after your passing, this effect will continue indefinitely. When at last comes that inconceivably far-off day when all particles decay, all motion ceases, and the universe slides gently into heat-death, your actions will have influenced the entire cosmos. Some consolation!

Laurence Raphael Brothers has recently published short stories in Nature, the New Haven Review, PodCastle, and Galaxy’s Edge, among other magazines.

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