21st July 2010
To Whom It May Concern:
If you have found this letter, congratulations. I am writing this in the year 2010 and hopefully, nuclear war permitting, it will have reached you in the year 2110. The language I am writing in is English which, while I assume will still be a dominant language in one hundred years time, may have been killed off by the Chinese.
2110 sounds so futuristic, but once upon a time 2010 sounded like that, yet here I am. It's weird to think that this year is now history to you, the way we look back at 1910 and think they were a bit backwards. You probably think that about us.
It's 41 years since humans first landed on the moon (unless that has since proved to be a hoax) and we've currently no signs of heading into space again. They keep talking about it, but there's nothing happening. I hope we're on the moon by the time you read this. Hopefully you've got to Mars by now. Maybe you're reading this on Mars!
Are there aliens yet? The closest we get is Doctor Who, which hopefully you still have in the future, but I imagine it's pretty outdated by now. It was good though, I promise. I suppose all of your entertainment is done via virtual reality. We've only just made 3D mainstream and we have to wear silly glasses to watch it. I wonder if there is a way round that, or if it's just a silly fad. Our televisions don't have 3D capabilities. I heard that in the future, there wouldn't be televisions, just computers, so I don't know if you understand that.
Televisions, just in case, were screens that showed programs at scheduled times of the day. That probably sounds ludicrous to you now. Actually, I'm assuming you still watch things. Has there been a nuclear war? Did the oil run out? We leaked a lot this year, sorry.
There's a lot of talk about global warming, and suggestions that humans are speeding up the process. I'm what they call a global warming sceptic yes, the Earth is getting hotter but I don't think humans are really doing much to help it. It's a natural process. If the media is to be believed, then lots of our current big cities are underwater by the time you read this.
I don't really know what else to tell you about our days. If this has worked properly, there are masses of scientists and historians hoping to find out great big secrets about 2010, but maybe I'm not the best person to be sharing information. I'm assuming the Internet is still in existence, which means you should be able to find out just about anything.
Hopefully Lady Gaga has phased completely out of public consciousness. No, that is not a hint that you should go and find her again. Don't do it. Look up Frank Turner though, he was very good.
Oh, I've just thought. If you really are reading this then it means that the 2012-end-of-the-world business didn't happen. Were there mass suicides? I guess I'll find out in two years. You don't know what it's like to be told the end of the world might come in your lifetime. Well, maybe you do. Any meteors on their way?
I'm assuming that there isn't time travel or if there is, you can't get to anywhere before it was invented, which is fair enough I suppose. Doctor Who was about time travel. You really should find it again if you can, especially the episodes with David Tennant and Matt Smith.
I hope that hardcopy books still exist too I'll cry if they got banished. Should the need come in my lifetime, I will dedicate much to my time to making sure that books remain made of paper and they don't all get moved onto a screen. Bookshops really have the most amazing smell.
The United Kingdom still has a royal family in 2010, and indeed, is still united. I don't know if either of those things will last a hundred years. Also, there are fifty states in the United States is that still the case? Did Europe unite? We've just had a financial meltdown and it looked like Greece was about to be kicked out of the EU and Germany was ready to leave of its own accord since it was still so rich.
I hope Microsoft won out over Apple.
I don't know what else to say now, so I'll sign off and wish you well for the future. Our future. Come on humanity, you can do it.
A past well-wisher
I like how light this is despite the nuclear war scenarios, and your own personal hopes. Do not worry, we may not have colonized the Moon, but I am pushing for the development of habitation pods there, to experiment with growing crops/oxygen resources.
I doubt televisions are gunna go the way of the zoetrope