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!”


…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


Sequel to THE RETURN TRIP – Coming to WIF

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Sequel to


Coming to WIF

Book #2 Beginning on or about February 19th

The Sci Fi – Family Saga of the Space Family McKinney continues, as the connection between Epsilon Eridani and the Terran System is inescapable…

BUT nothing is as easy as it seems.

Sampson, Celeste, Deke, Gus & Deimostra McKinney are spread out across the Milky Way, at the mercy of superior alien races and an omnipotent higher power Earth has named Lorgan.

In the middle of the 21st Century, the planet Mars has been restored to its former glory – with even greater enhancements as it becomes the unofficial/official headquarters {Harmonia} for Universal harmony…

… BUT before intergalactic harmony can be achieved, a puzzling riddle must be solved AND everyone has a crack at it.

Ultimately, the solution comes from an unlikeliest of sources.

The future of the Space Family McKinney, and their planned reunion, is at stake.

Day by day – 250+ Episodes w/art, music, graphics and more

“The McKinneys have become a daily part of hundreds of readers here at WIF. THE NULL SOLUTION picks up where THE RETURN TRIP leaves off… AND the third in a series, ALTERNITY follows that… ++ a fourth being written as I speak.

“I want to personally thank you being a part of my fiction.

“If you good wholesome Science Fiction, you have come to the right place.”


Coming to WIF

Cast of Characters – CONSTANCE CARAWAY ~ Forever Mastadon~

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Cast of Characters

CONSTANCE CARAWAY P.I. ~Forever Mastadon


  • Constance Caraway – private investigator from Tallahassee Florida
  • Fanny Renwick – partner to Constance, a seamstress by day
  • Martin David Kamen – a Chicago professor who hires Constance Caraway & Associates to find a friend and colleague
  • William Blank – piano teaching roommate at 6137 Kimbark of Martin Kamen
  • Willard Libby – scientist from the University of Chicago who is kidnapped
  • Eddie Dombroski – Chicago taxi driver who picks up the girls at O’Hare Field
  • Edie Dombroski – Eddie’s wife
  • Sam Rubin – Libby/Kamen associate from UC-Berkley
  • Agent Daniels – CIA operative who is assigned to investigate The Libby Affair
  • Ace Bannion (Ajax Bannion) – airplane pilot and old friend of Constance
  • Billy Graham – as himself
  • Pentateuch – Satan the Prince of Darkness
  • L Dick Cannon (Langston Richard Cannon) – founder of The Church of Spiritual Engineering
  • P. Joseph Winters – Businessman disguise for Pentateuch
  • R. Worth Moore – Tallahassee attorney who hires Fanny (falls in love)
  • World Agnostica Unlimited – Satan’s corporation
  • Samuel Goldwyn Jr. Budding filmmaker (wife Jennifer)


  • 6137 KIMBARK
  • 5046 GREENWOOD


  • Pope Pius XII – (Eugenio Pacelli)
  • Herman Weinstein – Telephone company Tech
  • Ernesto Pacelli – emissary & brother of Pope Pius XII
  • Cardinal Stritch – participant at Tolentine Summit
  • Enrico Fermi – Italian atomic physicist
  • McGraw-Hill – textbook publishers
  • Vincent Wolfgram (Canisso) – associate of Pentateuch
  • Eddie’s Cousins and stories
  • Frank Herman – truck driver for Schneider Trucking
  • D. Louis Steinberg – the Superintendent of Elgin State Mental Hospital
  • Nurse Koch – mental hospital psychiatric nurse
  • President #33 Harry s Truman
  • Elvis & Kelly – Fanny’s abductors & Edie D.’s kidnappers
  • Betty Black – Downstairs neighbor to Connie & Fanny
  • Molly – family dog (Yellow Lab)
  • George Lewis – Lewis State Bank
  • Agatha & Angus Ambrose – clients of Attorney Moore defrauded out of money
  • Ross Malone – Deputy Attorney General (DOJ)
  • Gilbert Conroy – FBI Science/Technology – Ops Division
  • John Krass – Cub reporter for the Chicago Tribune
  • Polly Pabst – Proprietor of Blue Ribbon Diner, Eagle Wisconsin
  • Sarah Sauer – Head Librarian @ Oconomowoc Public Lbrary


  • Born: Jesse James – In Northfield, MN
  • Agent Daniels – CIA Agent investigating the organization Forever Mastadon
  • “Cephus”  – his alias as a “plant” inside FM
  • “The Rogue” – his CIA codename
  • Bernard Spencer – American electronic specialist / Vatican Communications Department

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  1. Wilfred – invented the Paddleboard
  2. Harold – owns White Castle stock
  3. Jimmy – from Berwyn – has many connections – plane got shot down in WWII
  4. Johnnie – son has polio
  5. Georgie – owns a place on S. Western Ave.
  6. Hilbert – crop-duster from Sandwich Illinois
  7. Rex – from Western Springs & horse-drawn carriage partner
  8. Elston – Concessionaire at Comisky Park


Willard Libby (makes sense)

Billy Graham (ditto)

Sister Mary Joseph (lucky charm)

Dr. Louis Steinberg (lucky doc)

Constance Caraway (fearless leader)

Fanny Renwick (right-hand gal)

Martin Kamen (faithful Libby friend)

Agent Daniels (man of many names)

Eddie Dombroski (taxi driver/storyteller)

Edie Dombroski (dedicated to Eddie)

Ajax Bannion (fearless flyer)

R Worth Moore (legal eagle)

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Cast of Characters –

CONSTANCE CARAWAY ~ Forever Mastadon~

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:


 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 – King Ranch
  • 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)
  • Kim Jung-Un – United Korean Peninsula
  • 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

Charlotte Walker – Roy’s VP candidate

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 {SEx} 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
  • King Ranch
  • Sunset Hill – @ King Ranch, Roy Crippen’s house
  • 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
  • The Seljuk –  An tele-transport alien race located in the Triangulum Galaxy. Has a “history” with the Eridanians

 Cast of Characters



Characters in Fiction

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Henry David Thoreau

“Dreams are the touchstones of our characters.”

― Henry David Thoreau

G.K. Chesterton

“I wish we could sometimes love the characters in real life as we love the characters in romances. There are a great many human souls whom we should accept more kindly, and even appreciate more clearly, if we simply thought of them as people in a story.”
― G.K. ChestertonWhat I Saw in America

John Green

“I don’t know where people got the idea that characters in books are supposed to be likable. Books are not in the business of creating merely likeable characters with whom you can have some simple identification with. Books are in the business of creating great stories that make you’re brain go ahhbdgbdmerhbergurhbudgerbudbaaarr.”
― John Green

Berkeley Breathed

“I will go to my grave in a state of abject endless fascination that we all have the capacity to become emotionally involved with a personality that doesn’t exist.”
― Berkeley Breathed

Shannon Hale

“But, how do you know if an ending is truly good for the characters unless you’ve traveled with them through every page?”

― Shannon HaleMidnight in Austenland

Ray Bradbury

“Plot is no more than footprints left in the snow after your characters have run by on their way to incredible destinations.”

― Ray BradburyZen in the Art of Writing

Characters in Fiction