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Matthew Thrush By genk01 Updated Jan 19, 2017

I was in Biology 101 when the sirens went off.

We were herded in single file to the buses that escorted us to the loading docks twenty miles away. Once there, I got dislocated from my group and watched as they boarded the space pod I was meant to be on. Several minutes later, airborne and on their way to space, the white pod exploded into a ball of flame and ash.

Lost in the whims of guilt and relief, I joined another group on a separate pod. Ten minutes later, I looked down upon the Blue Planet for what could very well be the last time. It was not sorrow that I felt for her, but fear.

De-ac-ti-vated tells the story of how Earth perished and its inhabitants were forced to flee into the black unknown of space. But leaving Earth was only the beginning. No one could have fathomed what the deep black of the cosmos held for them.

Highest Ranking: #62 Sci-fi (02/11/2017)

I want to thank @kario12 for a great cover design. Your skill is breathtaking and I love working with you. I would also like to thank Tobias Roetsch for the lovely artwork we were allowed to use. Your talent is superb!!! You can find more of his stuff here:

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kabrina14 kabrina14 Jun 19, 2017
If you could, would you mind putting pictures of the pods and then a picture of the inside one of the pods.
kabrina14 kabrina14 Jun 19, 2017
I'm guessing that they are in college and that something horrible has happened
DarylLee5 DarylLee5 Apr 08, 2017
Seems quite good. I wish you the best of luck in writing the rest of it!
Marianluvstar1 Marianluvstar1 May 02, 2016
Is Thai for the science fiction contest. I forgot to write about it. School got in the way
Sparkee0213 Sparkee0213 May 04, 2016
This is awesome Matthew! You're going to win a high place in the contest! Earth Lost has nothing on this :p
dhsIII dhsIII Aug 04, 2016
Very chilling. I would definitely consider taking my chances with the aliens.