Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1549
Author's Summary: The Earth will burn, but the story must survive. (Set prior to The Ark in Space.)
Characters: Della (from the Ark in Space)
Recc'ed because: The new series has gotten me thinking about Classic Sci-Fi, and this story really embodies it. It is a tale of minor characters that appear in the Fourth Doctor's second serial, "The Ark in Space", and it examines the history leading up to the time when the Earth was abandoned because of the solar flares. It honestly is a sci-fi short story that happens to take place in the Doctor Who continuum. I love the way that the author examines history and mythos and how they are what gives purpose to continuing on. It is the story of an era faced with dire apocalypse, going forth into the breach, and surviving.
Della knows what Lazar thinks of her and her stories. He does not believe them, her, to be of value. He doesn’t see the point, as dawn-timers might say.
She tries to share her stories. She tells him the ancient story of Noah’s Ark. It has become one of her favourites, now, with the sunspots looming large over her life. She can almost understand why their ancestors, in such a dangerous, bewildering world, tried to live their lives according to the lessons these legends teach. She tells him that she finds the stories of past catastrophe and recovery reassuring.
She does not say that the future he prizes so highly would be nothing without a past; that it is the history and knowledge and experience of the human race, built up through so many years, that they are protecting from the solar flares.