SF Drabble #283 “Terraforming”

I always knew I would set the world on fire, just like the song. I just didn’t figure it would be literally.

The Reyes-Michaelsson device worked perfectly at first. I’m Reyes, if it matters at all. I get top billing because the original theory was mine; Michaelsson just refined it. We used to joke about the original Manhattan Project, how they took bets on a cataclysmic runaway reaction. Maybe that was our way of voicing our fears that it might really happen with our thing.

We barely got the colonists away: another week and they’d have started disassembling the landers.

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