Put on your non-conductive space helmets--it's time for the Electric Didact!
The other day, I was listening to a great (as usual) podcast on Clarkesworld of a story by Julie Novakova called "The Symphony of Ice and Dust," (listen to it here) which features a married couple traveling through deep space by themselves on missions of exploration.
It got me thinking about married couples and if being in a relationship or being married would help you or not on a long term deep space mission--you know, the kind that lasts years and years with little or no communication from home. I started writing a story that I hope will explore this question a bit with a working title of "Till Death Do We Part."
Here's the rough draft opening that introduces the back story:
Starlight trickles down invisible icicles of time, down the shafts of billions of collective unconscious years to coalesce at this very moment in order to illuminate a dead, spherical rock. From here, we cannot see the sun, but at this distance, the earth is ringed by its orange light from behind. For a moment, our vacant eyes hope to the observant stars that we are mistaken. But as we grow closer, we do not need the light of the sun to show us that there is no mistake. Earth is dead, and we are alone on the Ithaca just like we have been for so long already.
But to understand this moment, you must know what has come before...
I enjoy listening to podcasts of This American Life, an NPR show that always has really interesting stories about seemingly mundane (and often not-so-mundane) people and situations. They occasionally feature short fiction too, and this episode has several short spec-fic stories in its latter half (though Act One is really great too).
Take a listen below and tell me what your favorite story was in the comments!
Jedd Cole is a professional writer and author of short speculative fiction. He resides in Ohio where he is completing a degree in Rhetoric & Professional Writing, crafting short stories in every time-nook he can find, all while frequenting the pages of imaginary worlds with his wonderful wife, Heather, and no pets. None.