A Child’s Dream

Since childhood I’ve had one overarching dream: to return to space.

I know that sounds odd. How can I return to a place I’d never been? Even so, each time I looked into the jet-black night skies of the Oregon Coast, the densely-packed stars of the Milky Way called to me.

I was six when Sputnik launched, and though I didn’t understand much about the adult world, the furor that simple device caused made one thing perfectly clear: I wasn’t the only one longing to return.

But growing up comes with its own share of accomplishments and disappointments. Weak eyes and poor circulation kept me out of the Vietnam War, but it also meant I’d never be a pilot. At that time, only pilots made it into space. Even today, considering NASA’s funding problems, many who qualify won’t be going either.

My return to space, at least in this lifetime, will only be in my imagination…and in the stories I create. According to what my readers tell me, that’s not such a bad thing.

Clifford M. Scovell
Author of the Prison Earth series
www.prison-earth.com

The wonders of space. Wouldn't it be great to view them first hand.

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