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Samizdata, derived from Samizdat /n. - a system of clandestine publication of banned literature in the USSR [Russ.,= self-publishing house]

Alternative samizdata quote of the day

“I would like to die on Mars… Just not on impact.

– Elon Musk

13 comments to Alternative samizdata quote of the day

  • If I died on impact, that would still be pretty good, actually.

  • the other rob

    There have been arguments that the first manned Mars mission might be a one-way affair, crewed by the terminally ill yet still vigorous.

    Dale may be hinting at that – if so, I apologise for my obtuseness.

  • 'Nuke' Gray

    Be sure to include an atomic bomb as part of the spaceship, so if you do die on impact, your body parts don’t spread bacteria or terran life-forms onto the pristine Mars-scape! They’re worried that Curiosity may not be clean enough, if it meets Martian life- imagine how damaging a whole human might be!
    Could be a whole new way to ban any and all space travel- lefties might claim the possible dangers to other life is too risky!

  • veryretired

    Gully Foyle is my name

    and Terra is my nation

    Deep space my final resting place

    The stars my destination

  • Schrodinger's Dog

    “If you agree to do this mission, you’ll be the first man on Mars. There’s a catch, though: the trip would be one way. We cannot bring you back.”

    If someone offered me a deal like that, I’d have to think about it.

  • Laird

    I’d have to think about it, too.

  • Alisa, thanks for that, very nice.

    Everybody get that the plot of “Space Cowboys” is Heinlein’s “Requiem”?

  • Alisa

    I didn’t know that, Mike – but I bet Eastwood read it.

  • Dale Amon

    Ah, yes. “The Stars My Destination”. The burning man, the blind jumps into the unknown. I read it when I was 14, in the two volume collection “The Best of Fantasy and Science Fiction” as I remember. Along with the “Wapon Shops of Isher” and other memorable stories.

  • veryretired

    Dale wins a cookie. Actually it was first published with the title “By His Bootstraps” and I read it, then saw a book called “Stars My Destination” a few years later and bought that one.

    At first I was torqued about the duplication, but I enjoyed the book again so much I didn’t care.

    That little jingle has stuck in my mind for over 50 years, perhaps because it sums up my own feelings so neatly.

    If they ever advertised for a fat, old retired guy to to Mars, or anyplace else, I’d be happy to go whether there was a return ticket or not.

    Alas, it’s not very likely.

  • veryretired AFAIK “The Stars My Destination” was published as “Tiger, Tiger”. “By His Bootstraps” is a story by one Anson MacDonald aka Robert A Heinlein which pretty much defined the time travel paradox idea.

  • veryretired

    Thank you for the clarification. Obviously my memory failed me in this instance. It must have been the tiger title I read it under the first time.