Partial solar eclipse“Lovely partial eclipse of the Sun, Jane,” said Mark as the skies brightened into a beautiful sunny day.

“Damn it, Frank. How many times have I told you not to block the light?”

“Sorry, boss. I was just trying to get a closer look at the cute couple.”

“Okay, relax. We’re almost done with this experiment anyway. One hundred million years is long enough; it’s time to shut it down.”

“Okay, flipping the light off now, what’s for lunch?”

In the blink of an eye, the Sun went out and the world as we knew it ceased to exist.


David J. Kent is a science traveler and the author of Lincoln: The Man Who Saved America, in Barnes and Noble stores now. His previous books include Tesla: The Wizard of Electricity (2013) and Edison: The Inventor of the Modern World (2016) and two e-books: Nikola Tesla: Renewable Energy Ahead of Its Time and Abraham Lincoln and Nikola Tesla: Connected by Fate.

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[Originally a response to a Microfiction Madness Prompt: “It’s the end of the world as we know it.” Tell me about the apocalypse in 100 words or less. The catch: no climate disaster, man-made disaster, plague or zombies.]