Tuesday, December 13, 2016

A Long Vacation


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 ;)

I kind of did a similar question last week. I haven't had any jolts of inspiration this week, so I went back to my file of ideas, and I found this question, which isn't quite but is almost like last week's:

What if our world was a tourist destination for travelers from another dimension? And, what if that "trip" was a lifetime (our lifetime) commitment (that is, the traveler has to be born here and can't leave until that body dies)?

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  1. I would have hoped that the traveler researched his destination carefully before making such a commitment. But it does always make you wonder, how would they be born here? Surrogate people from their dimension? Perplexing dilemma this could all be I think.

    betty

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  2. Then some of those people would need to demand a refund...

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  3. Haha! Alex's comment. Perfect. :P

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  4. This is just too perplexing for me to try to figure out. I am just going to stay home and not travel. Will that work?

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    1. Yeah, well, some questions are better than others...

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  5. I would be sad if they all congregate at Walmart. I would really worry about the Alien race then.

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  6. I'd wonder how often they'd revisit then. I'd assume they'd retain memories.

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  7. Let's try this one. There is a race of immortals. After a while, life is boring and repetitious. So, for kicks, you spend time living from birth to death in a danger planet resort. Anything can and will happen. Then, at death, your spirit goes back home and you treasure those memories of sensations and feelings. After all, eternity stretches out for you - what is 50 or 75 or even 100 Earth years? I can see that. Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

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    1. Yep, pretty much what I envisioned.

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  8. I hope they've booked excellent health insurance. Have a super Christmas Liz. When does school finish? Take care.

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  9. Maybe the idea is not so far-fetched (cue Twilight Zone music). I've been going down the rabbit hole a lot with these theories on the Internet lately. I love a good weird conspiracy theory.

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    1. Sure, why not? Why are you reading conspiracy theories on the internet? Spending a lot of time with 13-year-olds? (They tend to buy these things more than most.)

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  10. This sounds like a creepy science fiction story someone ought to write!

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    1. And you've just hit on the whole purpose of my Tuesday questions ;)

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  11. Hmm but if they were born here they aren't really travelers are they? Or did I read that wrong? It's about bedtime here and whew I'm tired. lol

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