Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Immigrant


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.
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I've got a very sci fi question for this week...

What if you found out about a group organizing a journey to another world to colonize/settle it? (Assume the world is human-friendly but unpopulated.) Would you want to go? (This is a one-way trip. But you could go with family.)

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  1. You know I look forward to Tuesday and these questions...haha....I need a life! Anyway, would I go. My son keeps trying to get me to move to Calif and I can't do it, TN is my home, my family, my friends, my life, my history is here.....BUT, if this world was coming to an end, if this world has taken all it can, then yes, I would.

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    1. I did not specify that the world was coming to an end. If it was, I'm sure more of us would consider the journey.

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    2. Yes, but that is the thought that popped into my head. Mainly to make a point, I would stay where I am UNLESS our world was ending, then I would move on. My camera in hand in a new world could be interesting,don't you think?

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  2. hmmm...I'm really not very brave, I don't know if I could relocate without an option to come back

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    1. In this instance, I'm calling it a one-way trip. With relativistic factors, if you chose to return, it wouldn't be the world you left. (I'm assuming that the ship would travel near to the speed of light at some point, although I didn't specify that in the question.)

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  3. It would depend if the group organizing the journey were democrats or republicans lol!

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    1. I wonder if it would feel like flying, though. In space, it's more like floating. Although, this is just supposition.

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  5. Nope, I am only adventurous to a point. The only thing that would make me go is if this planet was dying and they need us to survive.

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    1. And I did not specify that was the case, so we can assume it isn't.

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  6. No I like this planet and want to save it.

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  7. Nope. I kind of like planet Earth and all its beauty. Perhaps when I was younger, I would have considered it. But now that my kids are grown up and I have roots here, I have no interest in leaving. I would only in case of emergency.

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    1. It would be easier if the kids were young and you could take them with you. But when they're grown, they'll have something to say about being dragged along.

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  8. No, I would miss planet Earth too much. But if I was in my 20's (I'm several decades removed) I suspect my answer may have been different.

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    1. Yes, this would depend on age. We change as we grow older.

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  9. I actually wrote a book series about a new world that the people from earth colonize. They bring over all of their bad ways. But in my series, there were people there. This is an interesting question. Considering I’d be terrified of space travel and there’s places I’d like to see here, I’d stay.

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    1. People already being there would change the dynamic. And we would definitely bring our bad habits with us.

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  10. Definitely I'd go, if I made the cut. I'm not a "grow the population" young female, and I don't have colonization-related skills. BUT I could be a scribe/historian and document the process.

    I think it would be a grand adventure! All travel is. Moving is a pain, but exciting, too.

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    1. Moving is a pain, but it would be exciting.

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    2. And not just the "outer space" thing. I remember when I was nine and found out we'd be moving to the far side of the planet to a "3rd World Country" as they were referred to in the 80s. I was thrilled from the get-go, had no qualms or reservations.

      I see from your comments that I am in the minority!

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    3. Seeing as how you currently live in Vietnam, you already have that travel spirit that most of us do not have.

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  11. I'd never go - too much fear of the unknown, and we spent so many years planning and building our dream house, haha! We've only been here a few years, and every now and then move furniture around or replace pieces, still making it cosy :)

    Hope your week is going well :)

    Away From The Blue

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    1. Definitely don't want to leave your dream home :)

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  12. Good question, Liz. I am not someone who would get tied down to a place. So, I wouldn't actually mind going. But the one-way trip rider is a put-off. I will wait till the offer becomes two-way :-)

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  13. I would consider it if my kitties could come with me and my husband. :)

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