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Here is the freebie for the [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam, prompted by [personal profile] alexseanchai. It also fills the "curiosity" square in my 5-1-16 card for the Solo Celebration Bingo fest.


"Goldilocks and the Three Planets"


Once upon a time,
there was a little girl
with short blonde curls
who wanted to explore space.

So Goldilocks got into her spaceship,
and she traveled a long, long way
in search of planets to explore.

The first planet she found was too hot!
It snuggled up right next to its sun,
and even the rocks melted.

The next planet she found was too cold!
It was far, far away from its sun,
and even the air was frozen.

So Goldilocks went home to her library.
She turned on her computer and
took out her books and studied.
She read all about stars and planets
and something called physics.

Then next time Goldilocks
went exploring in her spaceship,
she looked for suns with planets that
were not too close and not too far.

These were much better planets.
Some were a little warm, or a little cold,
so she kept looking for more middle ones.

Soon Goldilocks found a planet that was just right!
It was not too hot or too cold, too big or too small,
and it had soft soil for growing yummy things.

Goldilocks got out of her starship
and put up a habitat dome and
began to plant a garden.

She was very happy in
her new home, and people
began to say that such planets
were in "The Goldilocks Zone."

And she's still there!

Eventually the aliens came home,
but that's another story.

* * *

Notes:

"Goldilocks and the Three Bears" is a fairytale about boundaries and moderation.  Read a version online, or enjoy a video.

"The Goldilocks Zone" is the area of space around a star where planets are likely to have liquid water on the surface, and therefore may be habitable for life as we know it.  (Life not as we know it may prefer other environments.)

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Lego is releasing 5 new minifigs of NASA women.  Things I noticed: 1 has white hair, 1 is black, 3 out of 5 are wearing glasses, 4 out of 5 have short hair, and only 1 seems to be wearing lipstick.  Used to be, the only distinctions of feminine gender were the lipstick and ponytail features on minifigs.  Yay, progress!
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This poem was written outside the regular prompt calls, inspired by the diving incident storyline from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer and a comment from [personal profile] siliconshaman. It also fills the "scientist" square in my 12-1-16 card for the iPod Shuffle Music Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] ng_moonmoth. It belongs to the Aquariana thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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... with the successful launch of 104 satellites from a single rocket.  That's almost three times the previous record, 37 from Russia.  Cluster rockets are fantastic tools.  \o/

Star Gears

Feb. 5th, 2017 04:39 pm
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Is it just me, or does this nebula really look like this timer piece we just built?  I mean, I've described the Universe as a clock before -- you wind it up, let it go, it winds down, you rewind it; Big Bang, Big Crunch -- but I wasn't expecting it to be this obvious.  I'm thinking of the two rubber bands, and thinking of entropy and syntropy, and now I'm imagining God leaning over this nebula and swearing because the laws of physics don't want to go in the holes quite right.  Not to mention the jumpgates in The Blueshift Troupers and how people argue over what powers them, like solar wind mills or subspace waterwheels, and it hadn't even occurred to me that we could be looking right at  some of the moving parts, and just never recognize them as technology. I never would've noticed this if I had not just been working on that part ten minutes ago.

Robonauts

Feb. 4th, 2017 05:30 pm
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Currently in development: robot astronauts.

Now all we need are astronauts comfortable with bilocation and we can have "manned" missions using a distal body. Cyborgs could probably handle a distal body just fine. Look for people who are blinging up their prosthetics. Hell, look at quadriplegics who need a whole prosthetic body. I wonder if we could get Stephen Hawking to drive one of these things.

Think about all the other jobs this could open up for people with flimsy bodies.  Search-and-rescue.  Deep-sea work.  Nuclear reactor repair.

Terramagne probably has some of this in place already, since their robotics are a couple decades ahead of ours.
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Astronaut Eugene Cernan has passed away. He was the last man to walk on the Moon.

"We leave as we came, and, God willing, we shall return, with peace and hope for all mankind." -- Cernan's closing words on leaving the moon at the end of Apollo 17

We haven't been back since, alas.  Perhaps he locked it.
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This poem is spillover from the January 3, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] kelkyag and [personal profile] ng_moonmoth. It also fills the "ingenuity" square in my 10-4-16 card for the Games and Sports Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] ng_moonmoth. It belongs to the series An Army of One.

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This poem came out of the July 7, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] chanter_greenie. It also fills the "quantum theory" square in my 3-16-15 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by EdorFaus and [livejournal.com profile] daisiesrockalot.

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This poem came out of the February 2016 [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] siliconshaman. It also fills the "asexual / demisexual species" square in my 1-23-16 Platonic card for the Valentine's Day Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [livejournal.com profile] daisiesrockalot. It belongs to The Blueshift Troupers shared world.

Warning: This poem contains some intense topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It features a botched first contact, intolerance of asexuality, sexual assault, and other challenges. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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As people travel, they take their stories with them, and those stories change slowly over time.  The evolution of mythology thus parallels the paths of migration. 
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Our nearest celestial neighbor, the Centauri system, used to be extremely popular in science fiction.  As astronomers learned more about space, it didn't seem as promising.  Surprise!  Classic SF writers may have been right after all.  It turns out that Proxima Centauri has at least one planet which is likely to resemble Earth in some key aspects. 

Aaaaaand now I want to go there.
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This poem is spillover from the August 2, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by Anthony Barrette.

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 Scientists are using models to explore how Europa might support life.  I reeeaaallly want to go there.  :D
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The following poems from the April 19, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl are currently available. Poems may be sponsored via PayPal -- there's a permanent donation button on my LiveJournal profile page -- or you can write to me and discuss other methods.

There are still verses left in the linkback poems "The Tornado Blew Away," "Knitting into Community," and "The Texture of Our Relationships." Linking to this page will reveal new verses in whichever poem you request.



"As Is"
A social prompt inspired the free-verse poem "As Is." It's a look at a mixed family and the challenges that a neurotypical person faces moving into the Lacuna. Armelle is just generally having a hard time anyhow.
386 lines, Buy It Now = $193
[Available for posting after "New Wine in Old Bottles" has been sponsored and published.]

Armelle struggled to put together
a new life on Sargasso Base.

She scrounged up a dresser,
table and chairs for her room
.


"Flying in Freefall"
A Dreamwidth prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Flying in Freefall." A life support malfunction in a secret lab brings a scientist and her livestock to Supply Base Bounty 3D3N.
120 lines, Buy It Now = $60 SOLD

Router had understood the principle
of turning Supply Base Bounty 3D3N
into a farming station, but he had not
expected to receive livestock.


"Fortifications of the Future"
From this I got the free-verse poem "Fortifications of the Future." Backup finds some makeshift games, which inspire him to think about the position of the Lacuna between the Arms. Together with his crewmates, he works on new ideas to secure their future.
204 lines, Buy It Now = $102 SOLD

Sam the Gardener was busy
digging, digging, making dirt and
planting things in it, playing with
his pet worms, running plastic pipes
everywhere and punching holes
in them to hold more plants.

Backup found the whole process
boring, although he liked the salads.


"New Wine in Old Bottles"
This contributed to the poem "New Wine in Old Bottles." Bottleneck is surprised when his past catches up to him. He doesn't really know how to respond, and he's not all that good with emotions, but he tries anyhow.
172 lines, Buy It Now = $86

"You have two visitors coming,"
the Minotaur informed Bottleneck.
"I just received the news from
Specialist Miles Cernan
and the OCS-397."

"Uh ... I'm not expecting
any visitors," said Bottleneck.


"No Measure of Health"
This contributed to the poem "No Measure of Health." A ship full of refugees comes to the Lacuna, all different people with the same reason for leaving a home that no longer felt safe to them.
176 lines, Buy It Now = $88 SOLD

They arrived all at once,
in a lifeboat meant to hold
twenty people for a few hours
that had held eleven for weeks,
towed behind Short John's ship.


"Thinking River Thoughts"
A DW prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Thinking River Thoughts." Sam's long-distance friend sends him wild iris and videos from her home.
56 lines, Buy It Now = $20

"Through Repetition of Thought"
A Dreamwidth teaching prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Through Repetition of Thought." It explores both the challenges of having children on a not-childproofed ex-military starbase, and the strengths of neurovariant people.
128 lines, Buy It Now = $64 SOLD
[Will be posted after "New Wine in Old Bottles" has been sponsored and published.]

When Embry slipped away
from her parents for 2.5 minutes
and in that time somehow managed
to get an airlock halfway open,

Armelle had a panic attack
and three more people moved
out of the "kiddie corridor."


"To See the Air"
Further discussion with DW user Kyleri inspired the free-verse poem "To See the Air." Dr. Syden Caermichael feels uneasy after her close brush with life support failure in her lab. So Case makes her some wind chimes and mobiles to show that the air vents are still working.
106 lines, Buy It Now = $53

Dr. Syden Caermichael
was not as happy as she
had expected over the news
that her lab had been repaired.

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