Lost in Space

The Extent of My Extra-Terrestrial Travel

By Jeff Salter

This week we’re asked whether we’d travel in space (assuming we could safely return). The question focused on Mars and the Moon, though I don’t think they’re necessarily the most charming of the possible destinations. I mean, according to many of the 1950s Sci-Fic movies (I saw as a kid), the place with all the hot chicks was Venus!

Anyway… as I said in reply to one of the columns by a colleague Fox this week, I wouldn’t so much dislike VISITING another planet… but I’d hate the tediously long voyage to get there.

But before we leave the topic of Mars, let me say that one of my very first stories – written at some point during elementary school years – was titled “Trip to Mars.” It was terribly lame, terribly juvenile, and terribly derivative of those goofy 1950s Sci-Fic films mentioned above. But apparently it represented some innate desire of mine to SEE something other-worldly.

Starbase 03

Uh, I don’t believe they’ve actually BUILT this one yet, but this is the Space Station I’d want to visit. Sorta like Nashville’s Opry Mills Mall in Space.

Actually, however, if I had the money, health, and inclination to do any Extra-Terrestrial Travel, I think my first choice would be to visit the orbiting space station. [Is there more than one?] I won’t want the one with all the Russians, because I can’t be bothered to learn a new language. And I wouldn’t want a lot of oppressive rules (or tasks) while on-board. I’d just want to wander about the station, peer out the windows, visit the snack bar, see what the earth and moon look like from those distances. And then, when my time is up – let’s call it a long weekend – I’d like to come back home and write about my experience.

The launches to and from the space station have been reasonably successful and predictable – other than two major catastrophes of the Space Shuttle program. I’d definitely feel a lot safer with this type of Extra-Terrestrial Travel than I would with some endless voyage through the cold darkness of outer space… to some distant planet that would take years to reach.

There and back — get the t-shirt, take a few selfies, gaze out the portholes, and then come back home. Terra Firma.

Question:

What about YOU? Would you like to travel in space? To where? For how long?

[JLS # 353]

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About jeff7salter

Currently writing romantic comedy, screwball comedy, and romantic suspense. Twelve completed novels and five completed novellas. Working with three royalty publishers: Clean Reads, Dingbat Publishing, & TouchPoint Press/Romance. "Size Matters" -- Oct. 2016 "The Duchess of Earl" -- Jul. 2016 "Stuck on Cloud Eight" -- Nov. 2015, "Pleased to Meet Me" (novella) -- Oct. 2015, "One Simple Favor" (novella) -- May 2015, "The Ghostess & MISTER Muir" -- Oct. 2014, "Scratching the Seven-Month Itch" -- Sept. 2014, "Hid Wounded Reb" -- Aug. 2014, "Don't Bet On It" (novella) -- April 2014, "Curing the Uncommon Man-Cold -- Dec. 2013, "Echo Taps" (novella) -- June 2013, "Called To Arms Again" -- (a tribute to the greatest generation) -- May 2013, "Rescued By That New Guy in Town" -- Oct. 2012, "The Overnighter's Secrets" -- May 2012. 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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15 Responses to Lost in Space

  1. jbrayweber says:

    HAHA! Yes…peer out the windows and visit the snack bar. I’m with you there. I would love, love to be able to witness the earth from the space station. I’d love to be able to see the stars from that perspective, too. It might be cool to bounce along the moon, but I currently would have no desire to travel to another planet unless it was for the sole purpose of survival. And only then, scientists would have had to come up with the technology that allows the human body to hibernate (and not age) for the duration of the trip.

    Geat post, Jeff!

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    • jeff7salter says:

      Right, Jenn. The hibernation would be essential for those long trips.
      However, that itself opens another complete set of horrors… because I’ve seen too many movies where those hibernation capsules went haywire or had some other glitch about waking you too early or too late.
      Nope. I wouldn’t sleep a wink.

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  2. Patricia Kiyono says:

    The space station would be a nice compromise, I think. It wouldn’t take quite as long to get there (3 days as opposed to months to get to Mars). And I’d still be able to see earth, so I wouldn’t feel quite as anxious. But I don’t think I’d need to stay long before the novelty wore off.

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  3. The space station would be a nice place to visit. With that experience alone you could write several stories!

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    • jeff7salter says:

      definitely. the possibilities are endless: zombies take over the station, the Russkies take over the station, Male astronaut falls in love with female astronaut, YA female astronaut takes her puppy and suddenly cannot find him…

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  4. Take it from someone who took Russian lessons, you are making a good choice! (It is not and easy language.) Now I have to revamp my post for tomorrow, since I used “terra firma”.

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  5. Joselyn says:

    The space station would be interesting but it would get old after a few days.

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