Story by Vlad Marsavin
Artwork by Denny Khurniawan
The Planet Air is inhabited by electrical appliances. Televisions, radios, toothbrushes, satellite navigators, and mobile phones of all ages coexist peacefully within an environment of a mechanized society, which is straightforward, comfortable and constant. No one knows that an event, which is about to take place, will turn everything topsy-turvy. A rehearsal for the Apocalypse, many will say. An event that will concern everyone, and will force even the most primitive device to contemplate the world order. What if we are not alone in the Universe? What if we have an almighty Creator? What if this Creator is evil?
Before the Great Blackout, Tevee was just a common television set of the 80’s generation. A standard cathode-ray tube, rabbit-ear antenna, no bells and whistles. He studied his own instructions, like all children, and disconnected himself behind the school on the sly, like all adolescents. He grew up, got himself a life partner and went out on Sundays to watch the Television Tower - just like old times, made plans to marry. The day the electricity was cut off made his life partner miserable.
Teevee begins to socialize with other representatives of his community. Many are demonstratively skeptical, but are ready to discuss otherworldly things privately. Some speak of their experiences, gained even before the Blackout. The more complex the world is becoming around him, the more "smart" devices surround him, the more often Teevee hears about attaining the creator. Discussions about the creator not being an abstraction, but something specific that can be seen and heard.