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Obsessed with and Fascinated by Outer Space
October 6, 2015, 6:14 pm
Filed under: Books, Literature, News, Science Fiction | Tags: , , , , , ,

Warning: Slightly sentimental talk ahead.

When I was in high school, I would sit on the back patio to stare at the moon. (Okay, staring at the moon was a secondary reason…the main reason was to sneak cigarettes.)

moon in dark blue sky

And at some point, I realized something very serious about myself…

if i were all alone

(…except that’s just not the way NASA does things…)

In college, I fell in love with Elton John (his music and his sparkles). And guess what one of my favorite songs was and is?

And, of course, there are the movies–all the wonderful movies about space! Ah. I won’t get into it. Let’s skip to…

Outer Space in Literature

I haven’t read a ton of books involving space, other planets, and the like, outside of Ray Bradbury and astronomy textbooks. And then I read Andy Weir’s The MartianWhat a freaking completely amazing novel. I might be slightly obsessed.

If you liked physics in high school or college, you love sci-fi, and you haven’t read this book, what the hell are you waiting for? It’s seriously awesome. In the actual meaning of the word – it inspires awe.

And now there’s a movie:

I don’t have high hopes (okay, maybe I do), but I am looking forward to seeing it.

Space is neat.

Space is neat.

And now, with all the talk about water on Mars, outer space is at the forefront of my mind once again. I’m always looking to watch a sci-fi movie, and this quiz about Mars in literature made me realize I have a lot of reading to do.

How do you feel about science fiction? Building colonies on Mars? Total Recall (the original – always the original)? Share in the comments section below.

Extra Stuff for Shits and Giggles

Whatever you take away from this post, remember this:

And I think it’s gonna be a long, long time
‘Til touchdown brings me ’round again to find
I’m not the man they think I am at home
Oh, no, no, no
I’m a rocket man


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Rocket man was great but I really prefer Ziggy Stardust.😜

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Comment by hilb1002

Building a colony on Mars is a complete waste of human resources (and life). Have you heard of the Mars One project? They are trying to train people to endure the Martian environment and the lucky winner gets to blastoff and never come back.

Total Recall kicks ass!

(Nice image of the Westerlund 2 star cluster!)

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Comment by FlyTrapMan

Yes! I’ve totally heard of that project. And yes, Total Recall DOES kick ass. And afraid I can’t take credit for the image–it’s a royalty-free one from a site I use. 😉

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Comment by Katrina

I think all images taken with the Hubble Space Telescope are royalty-free (and any other NASA photograph).

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Comment by FlyTrapMan

HA! I’m tempted to delete our conversation since I’m obviously working with dumb-brain today.

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