Director Mobry parked on the modest street where Thomas J. Bird worked in Manchester. Mobry couldn’t understand why Bird insisted on working at his humble neighborhood flat, but the Supra-Genius worked that way, so he got his way.
Mobry walked in and said, “What are you working on, Bird?”
“A new battery technology. It could revolutionize cars and industry storage worldwide.”
“You were working on a time machine!”
“Oh that’s done,” he said as if the news were trivial.
“It’s done? You invent Humanity’s greatest creation and don’t say anything?”
Bird sighed. “While testing I sent a robot 20 years then 50 years into the future. I asked it to return with the most evolved life form each time.”
“It returned with a writer then a blacksmith.”
“Blacksmith? So low tech!”
“Chilling isn’t it?”
“I did ask for evolved creatures.”
Bird led him to cage. “I then sent it 200 years forward. It brought back this.”
In the cage was a meter-long roach.
“Apparently, the oil supply never ran out, but World War III began as a fight over oil and energy.”
“Right then,” choked Mobry. “Stop dawdling Bird. Get to work on that battery.”
Written for Sunday Photo Fiction: https://sundayphotofictioner.wordpress.com/2018/01/07/sunday-photo-fiction-january-7th-2018/
Battery technology stalled for decades. Lead-acid batteries were good enough for internal combustion cars. Now with electric cars on the rise and a growing need to store power gathered by alternative energy sources, battery tech is developing apace.