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The Hat Man

Specialties include comedy, robots, and precision strikes to your feelings. Hobbies include hat and watch collecting. May contain alcohol.


In the distant future, a probe arrives in the skies above Equestria after a journey of five thousand years.

Once discovered, a mare's voice tells of a lost colony on the galaxy's edge, and begs for rescue before speaking these mysterious last words: "I am sorry... I hope this was enough..."

Submitted for the Science Fiction Contest #3, 2024.

Cover by OutterBozak.

Chapters (11)
Comments ( 18 )

Why isn’t there a dark tag?

Good question! I'm not a huge fan of the Dark tag in general just because I think it's a poor descriptor. But when I think of "Dark," I think of something bleak and pessimistic in ways this story isn't.

Because, ultimately, it's about Rosie doing whatever she can, sacrificing everything for the one friend she ever had so he has a chance to be happy. I think that's enough to negate a "Dark" tag.

Still, I did add a few more tags to clarify the type of story, so I hope that will suffice.

Thanks for commenting! :twilightsmile:

...Oh yeah... You know, I write them so rarely that I forgot we had a "Tragedy" tag. And considering all the references to classical Greek tragedy, that's little embarrassing. :twilightblush:

Good note, thanks! Genre has been updated. :pinkiesmile:

Edit: Actually... on second thought, I'm pulling back on "Tragedy." Rosie's misfortune is tragic, as is her having to suffer the guilt of a real Trolly Problem type of decision... but ultimately she goes the distance and succeeds, and I think, if she saw the end result, she'd be overjoyed. So, yeah, sticking with just "Drama."

I. Am. Impressed.

Wonderful tale. I can but admire.

And so I shall.

Thank you, that's very kind of you to say! :twilightsmile:

(Also, nice to have a comment that's not about the f:yay:king tags, too. :rainbowlaugh:)

Damn that was beautiful.


Wait...Turing, is that you?


No YOU'RE a bitch, Jason!


So Rosie's dead?


And so she sacrifices even herself


Ah, 3-Body Problem aliens.


And so she dies.

No, but perhaps - in another world - her descendant.

Thanks for all these comments, by the way. It's nice to check on my story and see so many waiting to be read. :twilightsmile:

Where did the name Jason come from?
Was that a placeholder that got left, or was it intentional.
It doesn't seen a very pony name, and while the subject isn't a pony, the name seems out of left field a bit.

Also while I see the sci-fi trappings, I'm not sure of the Sci-Fi question - unless it's supposed to be the trolley problem.

Other than those nitpicks, it was decent story,
Good Luck in the contest!

Good questions!

The planet "Medea" is named after the title character in the Greek tragedy by Euripides. She was married to Jason, the leader of the Argonauts (hence the name of the space station in orbit).

The "trolley problem" I mentioned is that Rosie is in the same situation: she could do nothing and everyone would die, or try to save at least some of them by sacrificing others, but be personally responsible for killing them. It might seem logical from a robot's perspective, but as a sapient creature, it's a huge emotional burden to live with.

Thanks for reading and for the well-wishes! :twilightsmile:

God damn, what a beautiful story about the lengths we go through to provide a better future for the ones we love. Rosie gradually separating herself, sacrificing each bit at a time just to try to give Seed a better life...

God damn, dude. I hope you're proud of this.

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