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In the far future, humanity settles the stars, bioengineering its descendants to survive in a harsh universe. This is the first book in the science fiction series, The Backworlds. A space opera adventure.
After the war with the Foreworlders, Backworlders scatter across the remaining planets. Competition is fierce, and pickings are scant. Scant enough that Craze’s father decides to improve his fortunes by destroying his son. He tells his only boy their moon isn’t big enough for them both and gives Craze a ticket for the next transport leaving the space dock.
Cut off from everyone he knows with little money and no knowledge of the worlds beyond, Craze must find a way to forge a new life and make his father regret this day. First, he must survive.
What’s out there? To be Taught, if Fortunate by Becky Chambers explores four worlds. Exploring other worlds is one of my favorite parts of science fiction, and this story certainly delivered.
The worlds are experienced by the four crew members of a ship launched at the turn of the 22nd century. Ariadne O’Neill is physically and mentally transformed with the exploration of each planet.
Wanting to know what would be found next, I eagerly kept returning to this book. Very well written, it was easy to immerse myself in the story and see the worlds as Ariadne did. How she and the others reacted to their novel experiences seemed real. It was emotional and enjoyable to travel the galaxy with Ariadne and her three crewmates. I highly recommend this book.
At the turn of the twenty-second century, scientists make a breakthrough in human spaceflight. Through a revolutionary method known as somaforming, astronauts can survive in hostile environments off Earth using synthetic biological supplementations. They can produce antifreeze in subzero temperatures, absorb radiation and convert it for food, and conveniently adjust to the pull of different gravitational forces. With the fragility of the body no longer a limiting factor, human beings are at last able to journey to neighboring exoplanets long known to harbor life.
A team of these explorers, Ariadne O’Neill and her three crewmates, are hard at work in a planetary system fifteen light-years from Sol, on a mission to ecologically survey four habitable worlds. But as Ariadne shifts through both form and time, the culture back on Earth has also been transformed. Faced with the possibility of returning to a planet that has forgotten those who have left, Ariadne begins to chronicle the story of the wonders and dangers of her mission, in the hope that someone back home might still be listening.
Recently, I went on a ghost hunt at a cemetery near the Haystack Reservoir on Powell Butte (near Madras, Oregon).
For the most part, it was peaceful and serene, not scary at all, not even the howls of the nearby coyotes.
We strolled around the graves, stopping periodically to ask questions, letting our recorders pick up possible answers. Then we split up into smaller groups. That’s when things became more interesting. Husband Unit, Brian and I went to the back corner by this tree.
If everyone stood still, it was quiet enough to hear the Earth hum. Our planet does make a sound, a constant, soothing buzz.
Then I heard a thump like someone knocking on a gravestone, and very soft pings as if someone tread on tiptoes on the dirt road, disturbing only the smallest of pebbles. I also thought I saw a light move toward me on the ground. But was it? I could easily pass it off as my eyes playing tricks on me. Brian heard a growl. Husband Unit claimed something tugged softly on his shirt.
Ooo! Real ghost adventures.
The one gal is a medium and says she was scratched. She did have scratch marks on her shoulder.
At any rate, it was a fun night, and I’ll definitely go out with the crew again.
This is the most interesting photo I captured. Several think it’s two ghosts standing by the graves. I think it’s just the tree. It certainly does look like people standing there, though. What do you think?
Here’s a photo of the same tree taken a week later by the same camera (sans me – I was home working). The crew repeated their visit to debunk the above photo.
Finding any evidence is exciting. I wonder, are those who left us in a different dimension? Is that why we have such difficulty communicating? If they exist at a higher dimension than we do, we would only catch snippets and not see the whole picture.
Anyway, it fascinates me. Have you ever gone on a ghost hunt?