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?
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?
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: