In general, I really like living in the future. Except for all the car-sized mosquitoes buzzing around. That is not as cool.
It all started with the super soldiers. Of course, here in the future “super soldier” has become a catchphrase for anything cool. “Hey, that was a real supersoldier movie last night.” “That girl is really supersoldiering.”
Except this time, it really had to do with super soldiers. The problem started with the drones. After drones became commonplace, every country had them and suddenly war became very easy and not that costly. One country’s robots fought another country’s robots and every else sat home and watched it on the evening news. The public began to feel that the government was making war too frivolous, now that they could have a war whenever they wanted to. The military just felt left out.
However, by that point war had progressed far beyond human capabilities, so they turned to super soldiers. Using cloning and genetic manipulation, they made a whole new type of soldier. They were egalitarian about it: there were super cooks, super MPs, super aircraft mechanics, every kind of soldier you could think of.
This was all well and good, but no one really knew what the effects of all this new cloning would be. Some thought that the super infantrymen would go rogue and start shooting up civilians, while the super cooks would take the Food Network by storm. Instead, one super soldier got bitten by a mosquito.
It turns out it wasn’t an ordinary mosquito. Its mother had bitten a cow that had been eating genetically modified corn and being pumped full of steroids, so the blood was a real stew of steroids, hormones and Franken-DNA. Then when the young mosquito took in that sweet super soldier blood, it started to get bigger. And bigger. The first time a monstrous mosquito swooped down and sucked all the blood out of a running back during the Super Bowl, it made quite an impression on people. Stocks in Raid and Amalgamated Swatters, Inc. went through the roof.
It hasn’t really affected daily life much. In the cities, there are anti-aircraft RAID guns set up, and most people have catapult-sized fly swatters on their cars.
What I really miss is hiking and camping. Now, if I want to go camping, I need to bring along a Kevlar tent and a dog I don’t really like, and just hope for the best.
July 14th, 2013 at 12:00 am
Wow. What a piece of work. Very creative. We have the worry again here in the states this summer of ‘West Nile Virus’ when an infected mosquito bites a human and causes severe symptoms that progresses and some die from it, particularly the elderly or children. A few years ago there was a terrible outbreak of West Nile. But, the super sized ones in your story would have all of us running for holes in the ground or places where we could hide from such creatures. 🙂
July 14th, 2013 at 5:59 am
Love how you made this funny with the camping anecdote. That blood concoction and the resultant super mosquitoes are just there at the realms of possibility.
July 14th, 2013 at 9:28 pm
I hope it’s not possible. People will start having to carry guns all the time.
July 16th, 2013 at 7:29 am
I’m sure a super soldier mosquito’s thorax will resist a bullet, or they’ll develop some defence mechanism. They seem the type.
July 15th, 2013 at 12:33 pm
Hahaha…As scary as it would be to see a super soldier mosquito, I’m so glad you didn’t go there with cockroaches. Imagine that!!
July 15th, 2013 at 4:05 pm
this will make a fantastic horror movie! woohoo! mosquitos of minuscule size are enough to drive us crazy I wonder what will happen if a mosquito of that size attacks us!
waiting for alone on a boat part III 😦
July 15th, 2013 at 4:57 pm
It will be up in an hour or so. Sorry; busy day. 🙂
July 16th, 2013 at 8:08 am
Very cool. I personally use to do a lot of animation for Disney and Pixar, and i find this blog to be very insightful!
July 17th, 2013 at 1:05 am
That was a fun romp, David. I loved the use of the word Supersoldier as a catchphrase. I often wonder where those come from — what exactly is a hollaback girl?
August 24th, 2013 at 10:38 am
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