Observing the change of seasons…
Dispatch from Sol 179, P3, NW Quadrant:
Solar collectors still falling from cellulose life forms
perhaps due to decreased photoperiodicity
(intensity and duration) caused by planetary axial
misalignment earlier reported by survey team.
Computer simulations predict
a period of decreased photon bombardment
leading to (there is a lot of noise in the data
and two competing scenarios have been generated)
either prolonged dormancy or mass extinction
depending on adaptive modifications.
I won’t beat around the asteroid, Jim 31158.
Frankly I am quite worried, scared, in fact.
I don’t know if we’ll be able to maintain food stores
until resupply. The others seem not to notice.
They collect the fallen solar units, which are,
in a peculiar way, beautiful in their range
of electromagnetic spectrum reflectivities.
They invoke a curious emotional response,
alien and yet somehow familiar, like the taste
of certain Andromeda 3 intoxicants, bittersweet.