From an early age, being a supportive parent matters

You may or may not have seen that a few weeks ago my parents moved out of their house (of 25 years) where I spent most of my childhood. Actually, even as an adult, my wife and I spent even a couple years there as we moved back and forth from Seattle, WA (my heart). Amidst the move from this place of infinite nostalgia, I uncovered a treasure trove of memories. This is one such memory.

Circa ’94 I entered the science fair at my school. For one of the few times in my life I actually won. I never win anything. I mean NEVER. I try my damnedest to win competitions or contests but I’m never the winner. Given that I’m now a science fiction writer I find it fascinating that I started at a very early age. Too bad my skills at drawing haven’t improved all that much.

My science fair project was on interstellar travel and the concept of a close environment generational ship (my report is at the bottom if you want to read it). I realized finding this, that I wouldn’t have the broad interests that I do today without my supportive parents. As a kid I was totally into space. It was my lifeblood. Then I hit the teen years, and it wasn’t yet cool to be a nerd. I moved away from space, became a DJ and music producer, and try to impress the ladies with mixed success.

But then a magical thing happened. I got married. Had a kid. Grew up. And the world shifted. I realized that my nerdish freak flag wasn’t a bad thing. And once I did let it fly my entire life changed. I love what I’m doing now, and these sorts of things laid the foundation. I’d like to say the idea for this project was 100% mine, but my dad, an avid scifi reader at the time, had mentioned this concept when I talked about making an interstellar vessel.

He helped me do the research. I have no idea where I came up with some of these numbers so don’t pick too hard. I was like 12 years old. Cut me some slack.

For fans of the expanse, this does kinda look like the Nauvoo. Funny huh?

IMG_8139 IMG_8140 Generational Ship Generational ShipI ask myself now, where the hell is the hab? Details details… But we got some NOC mixed gas covered. Covered AF.
Space Craft Design IMG_8145 IMG_8146

So, who the hell was this kid? Holy crap! I guess I kinda got my wish. Might not being going into space (yet), but my mind spends so much of its time in the Great Black Sea.

-fitzpatrick

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