Buckle the seatbelt of your mind: we’re blasting off.
Nod to Charles Stross
Physical encryption in linguistic
code—books and the like—obsolesced within
six millennia. Pressings of music
took a century and a half between
becoming and becoming extrinsic.
A microgram of matter may contain
the complete recorded works of Mozart.
We send our abstract designs in advance
of ourselves: when more matter is made smart,
we will be data; and protoplasmic
expression can recycle as an art.
Physical selves will be irrelevant,
but we—our biomass long discarded—
can stretch out in a spacious petabyte,
recombining to the edge of finite,
expanding the boundaries of “the present,”
surviving our sun’s fated extinction.