Cast of Characters – THE NULL SOLUTION

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THE NULL SOLUTION

 Cast of Characters

…Let’s meet the people and visit the places you will be reading about in:

 – Primary Characters:

  • Sampson McKinney is the Commander of the expedition to establish a colony on Mars
  • Celeste McKinney is the wife of Sampson and the LT. Commander of the Space Colony 1 mission
  • Deke McKinney – the elder son of Sampson & Celeste
  • Gus McKinney – younger brother to Deke
  • Deimostra Samantha McKinney – sister of Deke & Gus, conceived on the way to Mars and named after Mras’ larger moon Deimos
  • Joyner McKinney – child of Deke and Cerella, heir to Eupepsia
  • ALL THE ABOVEThe Space Family McKinney

  • Braden King – family friend to the McKinneys and voice of Mission Control
  • Roy Crippen – Director of NASA and the SPACE COLONY 1 project
  • Rick Stanley – Commander of the New Mayflower rescue
  • Francine Bouchette – Houston USA television anchor who lands squarely in the middle of everything
  • Aldona Alfridia Talibanistani (see below) scientist who is asked to conspire against SPACE COLONY but refuses — Fletcher Fitch – name given Aldona when he defected to the United States to help with the SOL Project. Fatima – his wife (and 2 unnamed daughters)
  • Nae Tan-DanUnited Korean operative who is cahoots with Talibanistan
  • Shaikh Kamran Khan-Nutkani – Talibanistan leader determined to undermine an otherwise global effort
  • Ekcello – The Supreme Leader of the High Counsel of Eridanus
  • Cerella – daughter of Ekcello and heiress to the High Counsel
  • Fortan – Mate to Ekcello, Mother of Cerella

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  • Chasonn – Leader of the Seljuk
  • Skaldic the Null – Leader of the non-“gifted” class on Eridanus
  • Harper Lea Bassett – 50th President of the United States of America
  • Zupzio the Last – Ruler of the Ÿ€Ð
  • Offinga – condfidant to Skaldic
  • Dr. Jean-Luc Picard – Cerella’s brain surgeon from Switzerland
  • The Keeper – of knowledge on Eridanus
  • XAT – banished Eridanian space-travel guru
  • Alf(red) Quigby – President/Founder Space Family McKinney Fan Club

– Supporting cast:

Fredrick C. Cabell – Human Resources NASA, deceased

Phil Jansky – NASA Spatial Debris specialist, deceased

Mike Judge – Okaloosa County Florida Sheriff

Geraldo Franco – Okaloosa County Coroner

Miles Scheffeldink – Space Colony Mission Physician

Abdullah Ashtaar – the key to Istanbul

Mehmet Ali Erim – Turkish taxi driver

Elliot Deming – Consulate General – US Turkish Embassy

Senator Broyles – Texas legislator

“Larry” – Francine Bouchette’s fiancee & KHST director, VP

Randi Gilbert – NASA test pilot & news source for Francine Bouchette

Steven Sharkey – Francine’s co-anchor at KHST

Karl – NASA Chief Engineer

Grandma Savta Bergestrom – Celeste’s Mother from Sweden

Aunt Sassy McKinney – Sampson’s crazy Scottish/Irish sister

Jimmy D – Silver Seas Bartender

Roger Rodrigues – Roy & Francines’s Jamaican tour guide

Kim Jong-un – United Korea’s Supreme Leader

Silvia Freelove – Bud Cauley – Pres/vice pres candidates 2032

Skip Chandler – Freelove’s campaign strategist

Hector Grisbaum – Susannah Grisbaum – New Mexico Congressman & daughter (who sets up Deke M.)


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Dane Shriver – Bassett’s Chief of Staff

Carlotta – McKinney housekeeper at King Ranch

Charlize – Dr. Picard’s receptionist

Fadl Badi Farook – New York parade bomber


– The Interstellar Transportation

  • Space Colony 1 the orbiting portion of the Mars Colony
  • The Chronicle – the deep-space shuttle that carries the McKinneys to Mars
  • Tycho – the Mars lander where Sam & Celeste are stranded when the orbiting colony blows up
  • The New Mayflower – the mission to rescue the McKinneys on Mars
  • Newfoundlander – the Eridani spacecraft that hijacks the McKinneys (Sam, Celeste, Deimostra)
  • Stellar Explorer {SEx} – the speed-of-light cruiser that takes Deke & Gus on a detour to Orion’s Belt
  • Defender – TSF enabled Eridanian craft used to contact the Seljuk
  • TSF – Time-Space-Fold propulsion/space travel
  • Collapsar AxisŸ€Ð  mobile homeworld

– The many and varied locales in both THE RETURN TRIP and The NULL Solution:

  • 2030 Earth
  • Talibanistan – the very large country that absorbs all the rest of the “-stans” and is a haven for global mischief
  • United Korean Peninsula – the combined country formerly North & South where the South is consumed by the evil & secretive North
  • Istanbul/Constantinople Turkey
  • Sultan Ahmet Mosque
  • Mars the Red Planet – the fourth planet from the sun
  • KHST Television Houston Texas
  • Jamaica
  • Silver Seas Resort/Hotel
  • Epsilon EridaniA star in Orion’s Belt and where Sampson & Celeste are hijacked to
  • EridanusA planet in the Epsilon star system
  • Eupepsia – The home tower/city of Ekcello and Cerella and THE SPACEFLIGHT EXPOSITORY
  • Triangulum Galaxy
  • Galaxy Sexta A
  • Ÿ€Ð – Have a sketchy history with Eridanus
  • The Seljuk –  An  alien race located in the Triangulum Galaxy. They are previously “known” the Eridanians
  • SCIFI – Suisse Conjoined Institute of Fetal Integrity {Switzerland}

 Cast of Characters

 The NULL Solution

THE NULL SOLUTION = Prelude/ TRT Recap

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The NULL Solution = Prelude/ TRT Recap

…Background scenes from the last book/Where THE RETURN TRIP leaves off…

…and where we join THE NULL SOLUTION

Book One – THE RETURN TRIP – Excerpts

 The Space Family McKinney has been splintered into fragments, flung here and there by forces, some that they control and others they do not.

Back on 2051 Earth

January 9 2051 ending of book one – THE RETURN TRIP

“President Crippen! Stellar Explorer is back on our screens. It made the Pluto turnaround!” The crew of the SLAV revises their previous report. “There is no way they could have made that turn at Sol x3, but they did, Crip!”

Roy Crippen crumples in a heap, relieved beyond measure at this turn of events. He could not bear the loss of more family, adopted or otherwise. “Thank you my dear Lord,” is all he can say.

The entire SOL Project Mission Control, led by Braden King erupts in applause when they hear the voice of Gus McKinney, “Lovell Space Center, this is Stellar Explorer… we’re heading back to Earth!”

Francine Bouchette-Crippen and Mindy McDonald melt into an embrace, as women who love test pilots do.

At that declaration of success, Gus McKinney glances over from the co-pilot seat, to check on how brother Deke McKinney came through the intense G-Forces of the turn screaming, “We did it man!!!!”

The pilot seat is empty ______________

Back on 2030 Mars – History of THE RETURN TRIP

Sampson and Celeste discover another spacecraft

January 2030

The very mound they had originally detoured to investigate has been cleared of its dust-cover, swept clean by ill-fated winds of change. It would seem that they are not alone on Mars, as one would assume, as a large spacecraft has appeared alongside and it is not of Earth. For all to see: 50 meters of shiny out-of-this-world metal.

And judging by what is left behind, of the soil/dirt that is, it was like it had been covered in mud; Mud? It sits in a dry creek bed, for what has probably been thousands of years maybe more.

Celeste has already donned an infrared magnification enhancement and focuses in on what are markings, to the left of what is most likely an entrance. The insignia are not decipherable, but judging by the size of the entry, there is a strong possibility that the creators of this presumably interstellar ship were not midgets. It looks like Sampson could pass in without so much as stooping.

There are vertical slits, perhaps windows, placed at various points along its angular lines. Using his naked eye, Sampson swears he sees blinking lights through the largest such window, which Celeste dismisses as a silly notion, that it can only be the reflection of the midday sun.

“I wonder which one of us would be considered the UFO,” Celeste muses.

They find the dead crew of a failed Eridanian expedition

After traversing 2/3 of the rectangular vehicle’s exterior, they find themselves at what appears to be the threshold of the apparent entrance, if it has such a thing. Assuming that nobody is home and the door is locked, gaining access should prove to be futile, with no knife to jimmy the door. The 4 foot wide notch in the ship’s wall runs several feet into its 150 foot expanse. It is away from the sunlight, which does not make all things bright in these parts, as dark as Celeste’s native Sweden during its sunless winter swoon.

“Damn,” Sam galumphs into spread-eagle prostrations. “Maybe we should be using the helmet lights,” he taps the side of his head to do so, to light their way and expose the upright-cancelling offender.

“Whooaa,” he springs to his feet like a wrestler scoring 2 points on a lightning-quick reversal {and low gravity}.

Celeste would have laughed had she not popped her light on, fearfully recognizing the cause of Sam’s fall, “That is a body!”

They discover what the Eridanians were doing on Earth

“Does this remind you of museum storage room, where incomplete dinosaur skeletons wait for missing pieces?”

At the precise moment they near some items, mostly likely activated by a motion sensor, pre-focused shafts of light appear.

“Fourth Dynasty Egyptian.”

“Are you serious?” Sam asks.

His versatile wife numbers Egyptology as an educational pursuit during her college career. “Khufu,” she single out a solid gold bust!

“God bless you.”

“Cheops to you Sam.” He was not making fun, merely his lack of similar expertise. “There are references to this bust, but no one has ever seen it… 4500 year old solid gold.”

Another shaft of light is cast upon, “And what is this?”

“Another piece of the Palermo Stone, I don’t think this one has been catalogued. Do you see the similarities between Egyptian writing and the newfoundlian scrpit?”

“English grammar is confusing enough.”

“That is the Code of Hammurabi,” she points to the writing on a Diorite stone tablet, nearby, “Cuneiform writing for damn sure!!!!!!”

And though he is not as versed in Egyptian antiquity, in the manner and scope of his encyclopedic partner, he is not completely devoid of ancient historical knowledge. “The Code of Hammurabi is from 21st Century B.C. Babylon, kind of a wage scale and social

ranking for old-time Near East lawmakers.”

“Very good Sammy Mac and here I thought that space had vacated your unrelated memories; there is more than SOL and time travel up in that brain of yours.”

He is used to her deriding his seeming lack of culture, not that she is entirely wrong.

“The pristine state of this stuff leads me to believe that they are the originals, not poached from a crypt. Whether Egypt or Mesopotamia, these have not seen the harsh exposure of the centuries since.”

“I guess that this explains which direction they were heading?”

“Perhaps, but it seems that they have been going forth and back for a minimum of 5000 years.”

The 1st Earth-child-of-space is Born

Deimostra Samantha McKinney was born almost two weeks premature, paradoxically so on April 1st 2030. Deimostra {Deimos} is certainly an uncommon name for such a cute blond-haired blue-eyed baby girl, so named for one of Mars’ reliable, if not fickle moons; Phoebe {Phobos} would have been too easy. As one would guess, her middle name is the feminine form of father Sam, an everyday tag she will carry as “Sammy”, the affectionate term she has already responded positively to.

Tomorrow – Episode 1 THE NULL SOLUTION


THE NULL SOLUTION

Prelude/Recap


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That’s a Wrap – THE RETURN TRIP Retrospective

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That’s a Wrap

THE RETURN TRIP Retrospective

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“That’s a Wrap!”

After THE RETURN TRIP

…You can still read the entire story of the Space Family McKinney with the help of two tools:

  1. The Episode Catalog is compilation post of all 279 “episodes” of the 250 page book. The “episode” format is comprised of approx. 400 words/per, YouTube music enhancements + 3 or 4 of Gwen’s Graphics, pictures, original art or memes that help bring the page(s) to life for the reader.
  2. The Cast of Characters is a reference post that makes keeping track of the story an easier task; People, places & things in our Solar System and beyond.

Every Post features the Table of Contents, so you won’t get (TOO) lost.

The Episode Catalog is posted throughout as well…

Make sure to check out the next book:

NULL SOLUTION with all the same features as THE RETURN TRIP


That’s a Wrap

THE RETURN TRIP Retrospective


 

Cast of Characters — THE RETURN TRIP

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 Cast of Characters

Let’s meet the people and visit the places you will be reading about in:

THE RETURN TRIP

 Primary CharactersTHE RETURN TRIP

  • Sampson McKinney is the Commander of the expedition to establish a colony on Mars
  • Celeste McKinney is the wife of Sampson and the LT. Commander of the Space Colony 1 mission
  • Deke McKinney – the elder son of Sampson & Celeste
  • Gus McKinney – younger brother to Deke
  • Deimostra Samantha McKinney – sister of Deke & Gus, conceived on the way to Mars and named after Mras’ larger moon Deimos
  • Joyner McKinney – child of Deke and Cerella, heir to Eupepsia
  • ALL THE ABOVEThe Space Family McKinney

  • Braden King – family friend to the McKinneys and voice of Mission Control
  • Roy Crippen – Director of NASA and the SPACE COLONY 1 project
  • Rick Stanley – Commander of the New Mayflower rescue
  • Francine Bouchette – Houston USA television anchor who lands squarely in the middle of everything
  • Aldona Alfridia Talibanistani (see below) scientist who is asked to conspire against SPACE COLONY but refuses — Fletcher Fitch – name given Aldona when he defected to the United States to help with the SOL Project. Fatima – his wife (and 2 unnamed daughters)
  • Nae Tan-DanUnited Korean operative who is cahoots with Talibanistan
  • Shaikh Kamran Khan-Nutkani – Talibanistan leader determined to undermine an otherwise global effort
  • Ekcello – The Supreme Leader of the High Counsel of Eridanus
  • Cerella – daughter of Ekcello and heiress to the High Counsel
  • Fortan – Mate to Ekcello, Mother of Cerella

Supporting cast

Fredrick C. Cabell – Human Resources NASA, deceased

Phil Jansky – NASA Spatial Debris specialist, deceased

Mike Judge – Okaloosa County Florida Sheriff

Geraldo Franco – Okaloosa County Coroner

Miles Scheffeldink – Space Colony Mission Physician

Abdullah Ashtaar – the key to Istanbul

Mehmet Ali Erim – Turkish taxi driver

Elliot Deming – Consulate General – US Turkish Embassy

Senator Broyles – Texas legislator

“Larry” – Francine Bouchette’s fiancee & KHST director, VP

Randi Gilbert – NASA test pilot & news source for Francine Bouchette

Steven Sharkey – Francine’s co-anchor at KHST

Karl – NASA Chief Engineer

Grandma Savta Bergestrom – Celeste’s Mother from Sweden

Aunt Sassy McKinney – Sampson’s crazy Scottish/Irish sister

Jimmy D – Silver Seas Bartender

Roger Rodrigues – Roy & Francines’s Jamaican tour guide

Kim Jong-un – United Korea’s Supreme Leader

Silvia Freelove – Bud Cauley – Pres/vice pres candidates 2032

Skip Chandler – Freelove’s campaign strategist

Hector Grisbaum – Susannah Grisbaum – New Mexico Congressman & daughter (who sets up Deke M.)

The Interstellar Transportation

  • Space Colony 1 the orbiting portion of the Mars Colony
  • The Chronicle – the deep-space shuttle that carries the McKinneys to Mars
  • Tycho – the Mars lander where Sam & Celeste are stranded when the orbiting colony blows up
  • The New Mayflower the mission to rescue the McKinneys on Mars
  • Newfoundlander – the Eridani spacecraft that hijacks the McKinneys (Sam, Celeste, Deimostra)
  • Stellar Explorer the speed-of-light cruiser that takes Deke & Gus on a detour to Orion’s Belt

The many and varied locales in THE RETURN TRIP

  • 2030 Earth
  • Talibanistan – the very large country that absorbs all the rest of the “-stans” and is a haven for global mischief
  • United Korean Peninsula – the combined country formerly North & South where the South is consumed by the evil & secretive North
  • Istanbul/Constantinople Turkey
  • Sultan Ahmet Mosque
  • Mars the Red Planet – the fourth planet from the sun
  • KHST Television Houston Texas
  • Jamaica
  • Silver Seas Resort/Hotel
  • Sunset Hill – Roy Crippen’s hacienda at King Ranch
  • Epsilon EridaniA star in Orion’s Belt and where Sampson & Celeste are hijacked to
  • EridanusA planet in the Epsilon star system
  • Eupepsia – The home tower/city of Ekcello and Cerella and THE SPACEFLIGHT EXPOSITORY
  • The Seljuk –  An tele-transport alien race located in the Triangulum Galaxy. Has a “history” with the Eridanians

 Cast of Characters

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— THE RETURN TRIP

THE RETURN TRIP – Complete Episode Catalog

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The one-stop shop for the ongoing post library of

(scroll down for episodes)

THE RETURN TRIP

 “The Space Family McKinney”

Episode 1    https://wp.me/p2MBwN-6xV      Chapter 1   The Red Planet

Episode 2    https://wp.me/p2MBwN-6yu

Episode 3    https://wp.me/p2MBwN-6yD

Episode 4    https://wp.me/p2MBwN-6yS

Episode 5    https://wp.me/p2MBwN-6zh

Episode 6    https://wp.me/p2MBwN-6A2

Episode 7    https://wp.me/p2MBwN-6Ad

Episode 8    https://wp.me/p2MBwN-6Au

Episode 9    https://wp.me/p2MBwN-6AP

Episode 10  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-6B0

Episode 11  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-6Bb

Episode 12  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-6Bn

Episode 13  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-6By

Episode 14  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-6BK

Episode 15a  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-6Cc    Chapter 2   Complications

Episode 15b  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-6Cs

Episode 16  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-6CB

Episode 17  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-6CQ

Episode 18  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-6D1

Episode 19  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-6De

Episode 20  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-6Dy

Episode 21  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-6DD

Episode 22  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-6DQ

Episode 23  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-6E3

Episode 24  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-6Eh

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Episode 27  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-6Fa

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Episode 32  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-6Gm

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Episode 38  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-6HR

Episode 39  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-6HZ

Episode 40  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-6I8

Episode 41  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-6Ii

Episode 42  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-6Is

Episode 43  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-6IB

Episode 44  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-6IZ

Episode 45  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-6Ja

Episode 46  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-6Jj      Chapter 3   Up a Creek

Episode 47  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-6Ju

Episode 48  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-6JD

Episode 49  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-6JL

Episode 50  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-6Kc

Episode 51  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-6Kl

Episode 52  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-6Ks

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Episode 55  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-6L7

Episode 56  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-6Lw

Episode 57  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-6LB      Chapter 4   Space Family Confidential

Episode 58  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-6LK

Episode 59  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-6LS

Episode 60  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-6M4

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Episode 63  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-6MH

Episode 64  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-6MW

Episode 65  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-6N4

Episode 66  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-6Nc

Episode 67  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-6Nm

Episode 68  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-6NS

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Episode 72  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-6OG

Episode 73  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-6OT

Episode 74  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-6Pk

Episode 75  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-6Pp      Chapter 5   Change-up

Episode 76  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-6PC

Episode 77  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-6PK

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Episode 105  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-6VQ

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Episode 107  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-6Wi    Chapter 6   Timeout

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Episode 110  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-6X8

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Episode 124  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-70M

Episode 125  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-70X

Episode 126  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-715

Episode 127  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-71f

Episode 128  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-71H

Episode 129  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-71S

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Episode 132  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-72o

Episode 133  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-72B

Episode 134  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-733

Episode 135  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-739

Episode 136  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-73o

Episode 137  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-73B

Episode 138  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-73J

Episode 139  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-73X

Episode 140  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-74C    Chapter 7   Pick a Pew

Episode 141  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-74H

Episode 142  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-74R

Episode 143  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-752

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Episode 145  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-75y

Episode 146  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-760

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Episode 148  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-76t

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Episode 154  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-77R

Episode 155  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-786

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Episode 158  https://wp.me/p2MBwN-78W      Chapter 8   Going Somewhere? (very far)

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“Get to know the people, places and things.”

Thank you for reading and keep an eye out for the sequel – THE NULL SOLUTION

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THE RETURN TRIP

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Grab some caffeine, open your trusty and ubiquitous computing device and take 5 (or 10) minutes to read THE RETURN TRIP – every day – except Saturdays at WIF.

THE RETURN TRIP

Space Colony 1 is a stepping-stone, Earth’s best chance to leave the Solar System – There is a family of space explorers named McKinney. Join them as they colonize the planet Mars…..and are hijacked to the stars.

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Earth attempts to colonize Mars, but the McKinneys get an unexpected trip to Orion’s Belt instead.

BACKGROUND: THE RETURN TRIP is a book that I wrote in the mid-1980s. In the face of current events concerning the privatization of space exploration and specifically recruiting a married couple to start a colony on Mars, I decided to reach back to my unpublished 1st draft and update my original work. The Challenger shuttle disaster took away my steam at the time, having already included some Space Shuttle trouble in the book.

This is Book One of a three book series about the Space Family McKinney. The Null Solution will be next, followed by Alternity. Every chapter is good, clean Science Fiction.


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Chapter Twenty

CLOSURE

…From the desk of Gwendolyn Kim Hoff…

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A personal guide: to deciphering the fact and fiction behind THE LIFE AND TIMES OF A BLACK SOUTHERN DOCTOR; genre of Historical Fiction.

          Well readers, here we find ourselves, at the end of a book that may have:

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  2.  Dismayed
  3. Confused
  4. Confounded
  5. Conflicted

Not on the list, ‘6.. Pleased’ is my wish, but there is quite a twist from where you thought things were headed. Was not A.O. Campbell tried and convicted, in a court of law, of the things we read of in Chapter One? In real life, sadly he was, pretty much the way ALPHA AND OMEGA was laid out.

I myself met the granddaughter of the doctor, in the 1990’s. She found out that I was writer and as many of us who set words to page are told, ‘I have a great story that needs to be told.’  I happened to be between projects and thus began a journey that has led me to this point.

In my files are pictures, articles and memorabilia from the life of this Southern Black Doctor. Legendary is the word that can describe what I have accumulated, in fact strewn around my office at this moment. So much of what I have written is flat-out true; real people, places and things littered from 1896 to 1955. In fact, had I been true to the facts, we would have continued on from Chapter One to 1959.

arrow-down But, and it is a big BUT, as I came to Chapter Eighteen, LOOKING DOWN, I knew I arrow-upcould not bring myself to play it out the way it really did. I began to plot an amended beginning, which morphed into the last chapter, TRIALS AND TRIUMPH. All along, #19 was going to be about the trial, of which I have the majority of the original transcript here as well. 

Depressing, is the only way I can portray the trial of a 67 year old. Did he do wrong things, sure, but he was of ill health and did not deserve the ending that ultimately came to pass. And yes, his wife really did die 1 1/2 years into his incarceration.

What actually did happen during that sad time? I don’t have anything to go on and that is where ‘historical fiction’ comes to bear; the word fiction, look it up. Creation, vision, fable, fantasy, tale are all used as synonyms. I prefer the latter. LATOBSD is a tale of epic dimension.

LATOBSD covers roughly 60 years, more than enough trips around the sun to both meet and say goodbye to too many fine people; From the spring of youth, to the winter of maturity – from the dawn of unrighteousness, to the sunset of discontentment.

In the interest of accuracy, I will sort through the most flagrant fracturing of history perpetrated by little ol’ me. Remember “The Rocky and Bullwinkle” feature: Fractured Fairytales? If you are too young… click on the FFTales picture or get over it.

So… here we go, hop-scotching from through the pages of The Life and Times of a Black Southern Doctor, sifting from front to back. Feel free to leaf back to the earlier pages, to refresh your memory. And I will try not to rush.

If you want to leave well enough alone and believe that all things I penned are true, thank you investing your time  to read LATOBSD… a real roller coaster ride…

Tune in tomorrow


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…The changes in Sara may be more obvious, but Lyn’s metamorphism manifests itself right where she lives and cannot be avoided…

Conspiracy in the Cactus-001“Some-one or some-thing did something to you during those six years and I intend to find out exactly what it was and how to correct it.”

“That’s swell, Lyn, but while you and Captain Ford do that, you and I are drifting apart. Sure, we’re friends, that’ll never change, but we used to be lovers, Lyn. I may not remember what I did yesterday, but I do recall sleeping in the same bed.”

Lyn knew that this subject would come up sooner or later, preferably the latter. Her feelings for Sara had changed, somewhere between 1941 and forever. What happens when you think a person is dead? There is the process of grieving, which is basically saying goodbye. Is goodbye a one-way switch?  Or was it the six-year separation that put out the fire? The changes in Sara may be more obvious, but Lyn’s metamorphism manifests itself right where she lives and cannot be avoided.

“I can’t put my finger on it, Sare, but neither of us is the same person. It’s like the Pacific Clipper changed our lives forever.”

Mercifully, the telephone rings. Ironically, the Clipper strikes again.

roswell debris “Lyn, meet me at the airport. I got a call from the owner of the ranch where the debris field is in Roswell. The government moved him to Texas, gave him ten thousand bloomin’ acres. No wonder we couldn’t find him. Can you believe it? He heard about us poking around town. I told you that leaving my business card at the barber shop would pay off.  This guy went back for a trim and bingo! He needs to talk to somebody who won’t treat him like a loony or a criminal like the military. He has his own landing strip!” Ford is so excited that Carolyn did not have the chance to say hello.

“I’m sorry, you must have the wrong number; this is Connie’s Bakery – head crumb speaking.” She has her usual fun with him.

          “Get moving, wiseacre. We have head wind at 5,000 feet.”

          “You really know how to treat a girl, Ford, but I’ll be there in an hour anyway.”

          “Sorry, Lyn, but this is so big. I’ll have her all warmed up and ready to go.”

          “I love your enthusiasm, Bob. See you there. Bye.”

She turns to tell Sara where she is going. The back screen door is swinging closed.


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…Sara Fenwick wonders if there is any romance between that clever private eye and the dashing flyer…

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Now, she has been replaced by Ace Bannion, for God’s sake. What a corny name! Even makes the name Fanny sound good. The only problem is that Ace lives on and Fanny is finished, at least in the pages of The Hawaiian Spy.

“Lyn?”

“Yes, hon.”

“You have been with Ford (Ace) so much lately, we never have time to talk, you know, the way we used to. And you are hardly ever at home. I’m starting to feel like a fifth wheel.”

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Lyn has to measure her words carefully. Sara was returned to Earth not completely intact, missing this and that, with one exception. Her phenomenal sensitivity, the kind that knows when people need encouragement, has been somehow magnified, turning into hypersensitivity. Gone are the days when you could joke with Sara, say just about anything to her and move on. She was sweet that way.

But not anymore.

  Little things become huge, mostly because she does not understand the things she used to. And now she thinks she understands something about Lyn and Bob Ford. They have been working on that flying disk story ever since New Mexico. Whatever happens in their quest to uncover strange truths makes its way to Lyn’s typewriter. She wonders if there is any romance between the clever private eye and the dashing flyer. She has stopped reading for fear of just that.

Normally, Lyn would have shot back, ‘What’s the matter, Sare, you jealous?’ Not this time. “Robert is as obsessed with this spaceman thing as I am, and I’m the one writing the book!”

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Image result for flying disc“I’ve known you long enough to know that you like to work alone. Suddenly, Bob, oh — I mean, Robert, is with you as much as humanly possible. I don’t understand how he keeps his business going.”

          “He’s hired a friend to make his cross country trips, that’s why we bought a small plane together.”

          “You what?” Sara is stunned. She shouldn’t be.

          “I told you that I have been flying more, did you think I meant flapping my arms real hard?” Lyn mocks a bird in flight, like it was chased by a bigger, hungry bird.

          “That’s not funny! You know how I forget things!” She feels like the half-person everybody thinks she is and is mourning it. “I wish things would go back the way they used to be. I wish I could feel whole again.”

          “Some-one or some-thing did something to you during those six years and I intend to find out exactly what it was and how to correct it.”


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…That’s not all he wants to rub,” she pats her bottom, “you let ‘em do it once and they think they can do it all the time…

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We get letters“We’re getting a hundred letters a week, Lyn. The test audience wants to know why Constance Caraway is working without a partner. What about a dashing tall, dark and handsome type, you know the FBI or even better, the CIA that would give it an international flavor.”

Stanley Rogers – Editor

“Christ almighty, Stanley. The day Constance teams up with some damned government freak will be a cold day in hell.” Carolyn Hanes has had it with editors, not that Stanley Rogers is a bad one, but he one of the new breed editors who are what she considers as, overly concerned and influenced by the readers. “The last time I listened to you, and it may have been the last time I do, you talked me… I mean her, into marrying that sleazy politician.”

“You didn’t have to make him sleazy,” the editor reminds her.

“If it walks like a politician, somewhat upright, with two legs and a male brain, he has to be sleazy.”

“Fine, but did you have to have him sleeping with everything wearing a skirt?”

“Everything is right,” Lyn gloats. “Remember, you don’t have to be a lady to wear a skirt.” Stanley blushes. “What about you, Stan? I can lend you one of mine.”

“All right, enough of this silly talk. What are you doing tonight? Old man Harper wants to rub elbows with his star writer.”

That’s not all he wants to rub,” she pats her bottom. “You let ‘em do it once and they think they can do it all the time.

Fanny-001  “He is the publisher and that was three books ago – before he found out about your ‘friend’.”

Sara/Fanny.

 There isn’t a day that goes by without some memory of her or the character she inspired. The true essences of fictional Fanny and so-real Sara have always been interchangeable, to the point that Lyn would mentally confuse the dressmaking housemate with the picture taking investigative partner. Sara would bristle when she was called Fanny. Likewise, Sara’s name used to occasionally appear in the same paragraph with Constance Caraway. That is what editors are for.

“I’m sorry, Lyn, I keep forgetting she’s gone.”


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