Out of this World!

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The Science Fiction Romance Brigade’s annual midsummer blog hop

As a proud member of the SFR Brigade, Mr. Valentine is participating in this year’s midsummer blog hop.  The theme of the hop is Out of this World.

What is it REALLY like to got Out of this World?
Wales and Ireland from the International Space Station (taken by Chris Hadfield).

Wales and Ireland from the International Space Station (Chris Hadfield).

Well, unlike Justin Bieber, who has already booked a flight on Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShip Two, I’m not likely to ever know by personal experience. But I can dream.  And I can read.

For a gallery of pictures taken recently by Chris Hadfield, commander of the International Space Station, click here.

What does outer space smell like?


After a 2003 mission, astronaut Don Pettit attempted to describe the smell clinging to an astronaut after a space walk:

The best description I can come up with is metallic; a rather pleasant sweet metallic sensation. It reminded me of my college summers where I labored for many hours with an arc welding torch repairing heavy equipment for a small logging outfit. It reminded me of pleasant sweet smelling welding fumes. That is the smell of space.

What does it feel like to look down on the earth?

Earth from space

For most astronauts, it’s like a religious experience. The phenomenon is common enough that is has a name: The Overview Effect.

Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell described being completely engulfed by a profound sense of universal connectedness. Without warning, he says, a feeling of bliss, timelessness, and connectedness overwhelmed him. He became instantly and profoundly aware that each of his constituent atoms were connected to the fragile planet he saw in the window and to every other atom in the Universe.

Is there life on other planets?

In science fiction romance, yes, of course there is! Examples abound.  Mr. Valentine’s science fiction novel with romantic elements feature interaction with aliens on distant planets. The Trial of Tompa Lee has both friendly aliens (the Shons) and inimical aliens (the Klicks).  The aliens in The Midas Rush are in the midst of deciding whether to befriend or annihilate mankind.

Tell me about the SFR Midsummer Blog Hop

Lots of great and near-great authors of science fiction romance have created out-of-this-world posts.  On each page, you can enter a Rafflecopter giveaway.  Prizes include:

  • 1st Prize – $150 Amazon or B&N gift card (winner’s choice) and an ebook library.

Books include Ghost in the Machine, Bayne, Recast Book 1:Wither, Recast Book 2:Clash, Alien Adoration, Switched, Reckless Rescue, Wreck of the Nebula Dream, Keir, Terms & Conditions Apply, The Key, Marya, The Iron Admiral, Sashas Calling, Trouble at the Hotel Baba Ghanoush, Winter in Paradise, Once Upon a Time in Space, the Telomere trilogy, Winter Fusion, Blue Nebula, Demential, Wytchfire, Maven, Fires of Justice, Interface, Girl under Glass, and Breakout. Bonus books Ghost Planet, The Iron Admiral: Conspiracy and Deception, Games of Command, The Plan and Starburst.)

  • 2nd Prize – $50 Amazon or B&N gift card (winner’s choice)
  • 3rd Prizes – two $25 Amazon or B&N gift cards (given to separate winners and their choice)

Be sure to check out the other blogs by clicking the goofy blue alien below:



  1. Thanks so much for the opportunity!

  2. Thanks for the great giveaway!

    1. Thanks to both Misty and Tawania for stopping by.

  3. Hi! Thanks for participating. I’m going to check out your books on Amazon.

    doxisrcool at aol.com

    1. Why, thank you very much, Anna. I hope you find some new favorite authors during the blo hop.

  4. Hi Ed! Love the cover of The Midas Rush. That remains one of my favorite SF subjects, culture clashes with humanity. 🙂

    1. I hope you enjoy Midas Rush, then.

  5. evamillien · · Reply

    Thanks for the giveaway and the post. I love the cover of the Midas Rush and look forward to reading it. evamillien at gmail dot com

    1. Hope you enjoy The Midas Rush. Thanks for stopping by!

  6. Nice post, with lovely pictures, thank you for sharing and for participating in the blog hop.

    elewkf1 at yahoo dot com

    1. Thanks for the kind words. After a hard day of working with words all day long, I enjoy messing around with graphics and purdy pitchers.

  7. BookAttict · · Reply

    Thanks for the thought-provoking post and the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

    1. Glad you could stop by, Elizabeth.

      BTW, that’s a great name. In addition to Elizabeth Bennet, of course, it was my mother’s name (Rose Elizabeth, actually) and my daughter’s.

  8. I believe there has to be life in the universe. To believe we are the only planet with life is foolish arrogance.

  9. Wow I missed the interview with the description of the smell of space. Utterly amazing! How I wish we could all travel like that (if we so wanted.)

    Great post Ed!

    1. If Virgin has its way we can. Just make sure you sell lots and lots of books in order to pay for it.

  10. Ed, thanks for those little snippets of what it’s like to be in space. I never even thought of it having a smell. As for the Overview Effect – perhaps human beings would all be a little more respectful of their planet and each other if we all got the chance to experience that.

    1. I love the idea that space has transcendental effects on people. There’s got to be a story in there somewhere, right?

  11. Have the Midas Rush, really enjoyed the book.
    skpetal at hotmail dot com

    1. Jean, you’re my hero(ine)! Thanks for the feedback.

      I really hate to ask (which is one of the reasons I suck at marketing) but if you get the chance and feel comfortable, reviews on Amazon, Goodreads, Barnes and Noble, etc, are spectacularly appreciated.

  12. One day I hope I get to experience The Overview Effect (I never knew it had a name!) A girl can dream. Thanks for being a part of the blog hop!

    1. I’d love to get an Overview myself. Stuck in the rut of daily life, it would be fantastic to be able to transcend the ordinary.

  13. shadowluvs2read · · Reply

    Hi! Awesome post! Your book sounds great!! Loving this hop! So many awesome authors! 🙂 Thank you! Have a great day!

    1. Thanks very much, Shadow.

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