InterStellar Travel?

Would I Want to Travel in Outer Space?
By Jeff Salter

That’s our question this week and I can no longer say — as I would have in my youth — “Sure, show me the launch pad.”  No, folks, these days the Hound is loathe to travel to Lexington. And if I were to book a space flight, I’m sure TSA would frustrate me with their delays, inspections, and body scans.

No, there’s no particular planet that I wish to visit, because most of them seem so barren of “life” (at least as we know it).  They all seem like nobody’s been there and nobody wants to be.

But what I WOULD enjoy, I think, is to be an alien visitor (from another planet) exploring EARTH.
Many years ago, I saw a Jerry Lewis film called, “Visit to a Small Planet” in which he “runs away” from his home planet and decides to spend some time down here.  I don’t recall much about the movie, but I recall loving the concept.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0054446/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

Another story, considerably less comedic, but quite interesting, was a novel by Walter Tevis,  “The Man Who Fell to Earth”.  It’s a fascinating glimpse of what happens when (among other developments) the human government folks get hold of aliens.  There are at least two film versions but I have seen neither.
http://www.amazon.com/Man-Who-Fell-Earth/dp/0899683746/ref=la_B000AQ1VKC_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1394082565&sr=1-2

Of course, as others have mentioned, I cut my teeth on 1950s Sci Fic movies and stories, and was later a devotee of Star Trek, etc. But the TV shows which really fascinated me were those, again, with other-worldly creatures coming to earth.  For example: “My Favorite Martian” and “Third Rock From the Sun.”

I guess this is a long way of saying, I think Earth is the place to be, but I think it would be cool to explore it with fresh eyes — alien eyes.

What heavenly bodies would YOU like to visit? How long would you wish to stay?

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About jeff7salter

Currently writing romantic comedy and romantic suspense. Nine completed novels. "Scratching the Seven-Month Itch" -- a screwball comedy -- was released by Dingbat Publishing in Sept. 2014. "Hid Wounded Reb" -- part of the Somerset Series -- was released by Astraea Press in Aug. 2014. "Curing the Uncommon Man-Cold -- a screwball comedy -- was released in Dec. 2013 by Dingbat Publishing. "Called To Arms Again" -- (a tribute to the greatest generation) -- was published in May 2013 by Astraea Press. "Rescued By That New Guy in Town" (comedic romance) -- was published in Oct. 2012 by Astraea Press. "The Overnighter's Secrets" (romantic suspense) -- was published in May 2012 by Astraea Press. Two novellas published so far (both by Astraea Press): "Don't Bet On It" -- April 2014 "Echo Taps" -- June 2013 Co-authored two non-fiction books about librarianship (with a royalty publisher), a chapter in another book, and an article in a specialty encyclopedia. Plus several library-related articles and reviews. Also published some 120 poems, about 150 bylined newspaper articles, and some 100 bylined photos. Worked about 30 years in librarianship. Formerly newspaper editor and photo-journalist. Decorated veteran of U.S. Air Force (including a remote ‘tour’ of duty in the Arctic … at Thule AB in N.W. Greenland). Married; father of two; grandfather of six.
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9 Responses to InterStellar Travel?

  1. jbrayweber says:

    Beam me up, Scotty. Well, no, not really. I’ll stay here with my feet firmly planted on Earth. It’s such a lovely place. ;-)

    • jeff7salter says:

      LOL, Jenn. Thanks for visiting. Yeah, your comment reminds me: if I WERE to travel in outer space, I would want Scotty’s transporter. I’m not one to sit in a capsule for a month … or be in a deep freeze for a light-year.

  2. Since mine is also a resounding no,Jeff,I may borrow your concept for my post tomorrow..Although I LOVED “My Favorite Martian” when I was a kid, space invader movies scared me.

  3. Iris B says:

    I’m surprised I haven’t heard of the Jerry Lewis movie, cos I thought I knew them all. As for other tv shows … pass. Aliens, SciFi and all that is just not my thing. Friends were surprised when I watched ET ;-)

    • jeff7salter says:

      LOL. I’m not sure I’ve even seen the whole movie ET. But I have seen bits and pieces. Frankly I was not impressed.

      • Iris B says:

        I think it was one of those movies which was good at the time because of good marketing and the novelty of it. It took me years to have a look at it, I wouldn’t like to watch it again :-)

  4. pjharjo says:

    Thanks for the ideas you gave me for my Netflix queue, but I was unable to find the Jerry Lewis flick. DARN!

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