Just Another Day at the Museum

A short story describing how humans may become artifacts on display in the future.

A Note Confiscated from Amid Arturius: Gravitational Physicist, Inventor of Gravitational Fusion Reactor; Born: 2113, Death: 2358

….. Without leading my providers to suspect otherwise, over the course of 5 years I am slowly learning their language. I have heard mention of the names Socrates, Albert Einstein, Stephen Hawkings, Carl Sagan, Siddhartha Gautama, Jesus, and Mohammad through eavesdropping on those who feed me and provide me various materials; I think those historical figures may be nearby beyond this library. If only I could meet them in person!

Through listening to the providers’ conversations, as they rarely speak, I believe this setting to be some sort of museum based off a few keen observations. I am always provided with ample resources including food, fluids, reading material, and supplies for writing. Somehow I am meant to continue on, free to pursue philosophical, scientific, or religious endeavors; however, I suspect that just beyond the broadest wall I am being observed- by whom or what, I have no idea. Perhaps I am being watched like an ape in a zoo? It is difficult to determine who may be watching…

I have tried to remember how I came to be here but it is very difficult. The last thing I remember was meeting a strikingly beautiful woman shortly after submitting my theory of Gravitational Fusion to the Interplanetary Intelligence Community. I remember having a meal with this gorgeous creature who claimed to be an avid follower of my work. The last words I remember her saying, even after all these years, were that she “traveled a vast distance to meet me”.
After the strange meeting I experienced, my memories are almost impossible to recall between the meal and this present moment of time. I can only wonder what has been done to me.

The last conversation I heard mentioned something about Siddhartha being the most difficult person to pacify. The providers mentioned having to recreate him 12 times now due to a recurring, total recall of his present existence.

End Note; Arturius made a vain attempt to hide the note in a book which was confiscated, as well.

NOW HIRING:
2 IMMEDIATE POSITIONS AVAILABLE FOR
MUSEUM COLLECTOR-CURATOR NEARBY QUASAR APM 08279+5255

Statement of Work entails the following duties:

-During the first 90 Days after hire the employee will be required to conduct 75% travel into the past up to 20 million years in order to find requested persons or entities of interest.
-Upon meeting with the historical figures the employee will extract a minute DNA sample from the subject. Employee will also conduct a scan of the brain in order to extract all electrical data (memories); this data will later be used in the recreation process of the historical figure.
-Employee will return to present date and initiate genetic recreation procedure of the historical figure with an average completion rate of 24 hours. Following genetic recreation the employee will reinstall the collected electrical data into the vacant brain in order to minimize memory loss.
-Employee will care for the well being of their respective historical figures to include basic necessities; necessities may vary upon historical figure’s background.

-UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES ARE THE HISTORICAL FIGURES TO BE TOLD OF THIS CURRENT TIME AND SETTING! SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE SUGGESTS THEIR PRIMITIVE LOGIC CANNOT RATIONALLY COMPREHEND OR ADJUST TO THE REALITY OF THEIR SETTING.

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About Manny Garza

After serving 8 years in the U.S. Army as an Intelligence Analyst, Manny departed the military in order to pursue his B.A. in Philosophy from American Military University. Aside from college, he writes short stories and essays in the realm of philosophy and science fiction. Manny's short stories are heavily influenced by who he refers to as The Trinity: Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, and Jack Williamson. He is married to his lovely wife, Melissa, and has two dogs named Koopa and Goomba. Aside from being an editor and contributor of Nerd Trek articles, his hobbies include playing guitar, singing, and both tabletop and video game RPGs. Manny currently lives in Charlottesville, VA.