SF Drabble #281 “Archeobot”

Inside the mangled case there was a hard disk: spindle-and-platter, ancient, but in good condition. He plucked it carefully from the wreckage and scanned the interface, finding one of the standard designs, one that he could configure his ports to accept.

Data came off of the thing at a crawl. Most of it was nonsense: system files, garbage data. It was minutes before he found the first photo: a human female, holding an infant. There were thousands of pictures, if he was interpreting the file system correctly. There would be video, too, somewhere. He settled in, crouched amidst the ruins.

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