The Land of Endless Summer

The sun and the moon were fixed in the heavens
The whole world grew weary as summer stood still
Heather Dale, White Rose

Legend says that many years ago there were different seasons. Once there was a time when the sun disappeared for half the day. The temperature varied every day. There was even a thing called "snow".

No one truly believes those stories. It's been summer for longer than anyone can remember. There can never have been a time when things were different.


The first year of summer was the result of long experiments. A group of people who thought themselves very important held a meeting. Wouldn't it be wonderful, they asked, if they could eradicate pesky inconveniences like cold weather and changing seasons? If they could make it eternally summer and never again have to deal with ice and fallen leaves?

They planned for many years. At last they put their plans to the test. They pacified the public with excuses.

"We may see some unusual weather patterns. Don't worry; this is perfectly natural," they said. They said it so many times that people believed them.

Summer lasted for eight months that year. Most of the public accepted it without question. Only a few people complained.

"Our crops aren't growing properly!" the farmers protested.

"I'm sick of this endless sunshine," some people grumbled.

But they were ignored or shouted down by the majority. This weather was perfectly natural, after all. What did they think they would change by complaining?


The second year of summer seemed like it would never end. Harvests failed. Water grew scarce. More people complained this time. The group behind it all made up new excuses and invented ways to silence the angry murmurs. They developed new indoor methods of farming. They dug new wells and began searching for a way to make artificial water.


No one knew when the second year ended and the third year of summer began. Time began to lose its meaning. With the new methods of growing food there was no longer any risk of famine. People who had once complained now shrugged and accepted the strange new world.


By the fifth year, scientists who were in on the plan came up with explanations that sounded reasonable. Scientists who weren't could only scratch their heads and go along with the majority.

The voices that had once been loud in opposition were now silent. There was barely a whisper against the eternal summer.


By the tenth year the group who invented the whole thing congratulated themselves on how successful they'd been. Now they came up with a new plan: get rid of night. It was such an infernal nuisance to have the days continue to lengthen and shorten as they always had.


By the twentieth year the artificial sun shone down on the country as soon as the real sun sank below the horizon.


By the twenty-second year the artificial sun was more popular than the real one. It kept the entire country the same temperature, and it was never blocked out by clouds. The group didn't have to think of excuses to blot out the real sun. The public begged them to do it.


By the fortieth year things like seasons and night were only dim ideas, more dreams than memories.


By the fiftieth year they were quietly removed from the history books. No one noticed they were gone. By now the surviving members of the group and their successors didn't bother with excuses at all. No one objected to any idea they came up with, no matter what it was.


By the hundredth year no one remembered how the world had once been. There was eternal summer and eternal daylight. There had never been anything else.


Legend says that many years ago there were different seasons. Once there was a time when the sun disappeared for half the day. The temperature varied every day. There was even a thing called "snow".

No one truly believes those stories. It's been summer for longer than anyone can remember. There can never have been a time when things were different.