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?
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.