Author: Noelle Campbell
Genre: Science Fiction
The sort stories in this collection take place on Mars, where frontier-men stake their claims for a new life. But some things are harder to get than others – and that includes women.
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Richard “Rock” Klein
Captains Log 14.10.2665
Patraeus Station, Outside Luna
Docking Bay 24
They say space is cold. But it’s not just cold. No one has ever really felt how cold it is and lived to tell about it. We know instinctively that anything so vast and so empty must be cold.
The irony is that all the things we spend time with while in space also make us feel cold and empty. We travel in cold metallic ships from cold empty space to cold empty space.
Machines have no disability like perception. Filled with Artificial Intelligence and hundreds of processors heating up their hard drives, they are still only metal and plastic. They don’t care if they sit in space or in a shipyard for twenty years. They do not desire warmth and companionship. They just exist.
If you have one of those new bioships it might feel a little more like a horse than a cold lifeless THING, but in the end, it’s still a machine. It gives out as much personality and intelligence as an animal and it only lives to fill its purpose. It knows exactly what it should be and do. There is no goal for a spaceship to one day become a station. It is what it is and will never be more.
We try to fill the spaces with ego or warm it with personality. Those of us who spend so much time in space hardly know what exaggerated bravado is. We believe the lies we tell ourselves. We believe all the fantasies we create about ourselves and the things… and people, we love – or maybe it’s just ‘want.’
I’ve given up trying to tell the difference between love and desire. I just want warmth.
For over ten years, Noelle Campbell has been involved in science media – she’s covered stories for the entertainment sections of syfy (when it was still scifichannel), space.com, and local media in Houston, Texas. She is an advocate for the disabled, and thinks that to prepare best for the future, we should imagine what it would be like. Noelle loves to imagine a life on Mars, which inspired her first published collection of short stories, Martian Goods & Other Stories.
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