11 months ago
John Barlow woke to the intermitten buzz of his alarm clock. He pressed the well worn snooze button by habit. He got out of bed. Feet on the carpeted floor, he rubbed the sleep from his eyes. The alarm clock read 8:00:14 AM. Up within 20 seconds of the first alarm, not bad he thought himself.
He got dressed as his Auto-Serv bot brought him his morning coffee. Black, just how he liked it. He levitated to his desk and sent a mental ping to his computer to wake. He would have set it to auto wake, but he didn’t log the same time every morning, and he just plain liked mental command.
The morning news flashed to life on the hollow-screen, and he began to read the news, while sipping his exact 60 degree Celsius coffee.
Looked like the UNS (United Nation of States) was still trying to negotiate peace with China. There was another story of a 3rd world country being absorbed by the UN. Basically, what it all boiled down to was the UN gathering most of the world into one government, and China, the rest. Another article mentioned the colony on Mars stating, “Communications Delayed Again”. No big deal. Average news for a United States/United Nation of States citizen.
The UNS was basically the what the US decided to call itself after giving more governmental control to the UN, back in the 60’s. That was before Johns time though, being born in 2092. The year was 2116 now, and John was 24.