Tuesday, August 30, 2016

To Explore?


At the heart of much speculative fiction (and fiction in general) is a question. What if? On Tuesdays I like to throw one out there and see what you make of it. Do with it as you please. If a for-instance is not specified, feel free to interpret that instance as you wish. And if you find this becomes a novel-length answer, I'd appreciate a thank you in the acknowledgements ;)

Imagine that you've met an extraterrestrial race. The how or why isn't important, only that you now know there's a whole universe of planets to explore. Now, you have been given a choice. You can return to Earth and remain, or you can find a place amongst the star-faring races. Which would you choose?

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  1. I'd have to stay here because of my family and friends. Some of whom owe me money.

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  2. I would want to be among family and friends and familiarity so I would stay on earth :)

    betty

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  3. Unless I could take my wife and my guitars, I'd stay.

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  4. Family & friends win out over exploring...now if I had a terminal disease and I would not die if i went with them, i may be tempted. Also if i was in my 80's and everyone i knew was gone, I may go

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  5. Do the other planets have wifi?

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    1. Assuming they're more advanced than us (the space travel thing), I'd assume they have something better. And probably a way to tap into our communications if necessary.

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  6. I'd be tempted to explore lol! But then what happens if there isn't breathable air or all that stuff @_@

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    1. You were taken to visit there already by alien species. It was habitable. And safe.

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  7. I will return to Earth and stay. I am not a very adventurous sort at my age!

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  8. I think I'd stay here. I like this planet. I'm not much of a wanderer, though!

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  9. I like to stay where i am. It is difficult to go to one planet and get used to it...

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  10. I'm a home body, and I don't reckon the frequent flier points would be all usable, but I might be being cynical.

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    1. I guess it would have to be something special to tempt you...

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  11. I get air sick, I'm claustrophobic and am afraid of heights, so I guess I'll stay home :)

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  12. At this point in time, I would stay. If I was elderly, with my spouse and my friends gone onward, I would be tempted. Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

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    1. Ah, so you'd rather make the trip later. Interesting.

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  13. I'd probably stay. I love travel and all, but the great thing about travel is being able to return home. Essentially, that means stay. :) Besides, no one else is leaving. ;)

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    1. Well, I suppose if you went into space once, you could go back later...

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  14. LOL well me right this second I'm way too lazy. I just want to hang around the house and read and nap. But in general I'd be game for maybe exploring a little bit. I wouldn't want to stay out there permanently, though.

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