THE RETURN TRIP – Episode 19

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THE RETURN TRIP – Episode 19

…May the name of Aldona Afridi hereby be erased from Talibanistan records, as if he never existed!…

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“He must be dead, Sheikh Nutkani. No one can survive in water that cold… what a fool!” Nae Tan-Dan assumed he would play by the rules, finding it hard to believe that Aldona Afridi would act so rashly.

Shaikh Nutkani

“If he is dead, we must act on our plan sooner than we wanted. If he isn’t dead, he will wish he were.” The former Taliban tribesman is outraged, appalled that this scientist would betray his duty. He is not however, without his wits. “You must find another source for the laser access codes. Surely there is a failsafe protocol built into the system.

May the name of Aldona Afridi hereby be erased from Talibanistan records, as if he never existed!

“The United Korea will honor its end of the bargain, Sheikh. Nae Tan-Dan has the loyalty of all his people.” Third person references denote self-importance.

The reprehensible twosome reassembles their entourage of cars and men, speeding off into the Near East dawn, each to his own clandestine objective.horizontal-line5

Fading automobile noises signal a reprieve for the severely exposed Aldona Afridi. He has spent the last hour clinging to the drive shaft of his ferry refuge, giving e tenuous lease on life. Bleeding from a flesh wound to his upper arm, due solely by regaining dry land, he needs to come with a more well thought out plan. There are signs that he has not been completely forgotten, the fresh siren sounds of activity, likely not from concerned ambulance medics, not mention the helicopters.

Where will he go, is the question of the moment? This nondescript and aptly unnamed tribal village has some 500,000 clansmen/women and not one would open their drafty homes to help a stranger, let alone a hunted one. The logical thing to do is to change his identity, but that is currently a longshot option.escape2-001

He decides that his best chance is on the other side of the river, bridges being few and far in-between, then take his chances from there. He needs to convince himself that lowering his body temperature once again is a good idea.

But that he does with a polar bear’s approach, so he tackles the fifty meter swim to provisional independence; independence not freedom, with freedom attained only with asylum status for him and his family at a rare Western Embassy.


THE RETURN TRIP

No Safe Haven by Larry Selman

No Safe Haven by Larry Selman

Episode 19


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THE RETURN TRIP – Episode 15b

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THE RETURN TRIP – Episode 15b

…Sampson McKinney found himself rooting for a better outcome for this “girl”, who has a name that he doesn’t know…

…“That doll is the bomb,” one other exclaims!…

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16 years ago, when a 20-something Sampson McKinney stands watching as fellow cadets at the singular Astronaut Preparation—Lovell Space Center, are subjected, in turn, to the dreaded Challenger Control Simulator. You know, just in case one loses control of what you are flying {gravity-less}.

Up until now he found the process mildly entertaining, until an unmistakably tall, blond and FEMALE steps up to take her turn. A Swede,’ he heard a guy in front of him say.

Sam found himself rooting for a better outcome for this “girl”, who has a name that he doesn’t know. “Olga” is the prototypical Scandinavian female name keeps popping into his uninformed mind.

She climbs into the booth, seemingly undaunted by the lack of previous successes. From the outside you do not know what is going on inside. It is supposed to be a un-rehearse-able surprise, which is the point, with varying degrees of achievement.

One thing is obvious, even to the most casual of observers; the simulator hums along as if it hadn’t been started. “What’s the deal,” Sampson utters aloud.

“That doll is the bomb,” one other exclaims!

Out she comes; standing tall and proud for a few short moments, but the young McKinney can tell her Image result for dizzy gifstability is in jeopardy. He artfully snatches her bobbly-wobbly body before it can reach the ramp floor, guiding her to the outer hallway.

Image result for boy meets girlSeconds later, with her body regaining some perceptive function, she tells her rescuer, “That is one wild ride,”

“It looked pretty smooth to me,” he admits.

In one of those “wow he is handsome” moments, she has to parse her words carefully; sometimes your hearContinuedt takes the lead. “I want to thank you…” her face turns green, words followed by the discharged contents of
her tender innards.

“You’re welcome Miss,” he tells her facetiously. He manages to look past the messy situation.


 THE RETURN TRIP

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Boy and Girl by mykitty jasper deviantart.com

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Science Fiction Coming to WIF

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THE RETURN TRIP

Science_Fiction

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.

science fiction from Gwendolyn Hoff

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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The NULL Solution = Episode 187

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The NULL Solution = Episode 187

… like a doting parent, the glistening orb from Neverland reminds one & all, that he/she/it/they remains dynamic in what goes on in the Milky Way…

The McKinney departure was treated like a holiday, on a planet where cyclical celebrations are nil, until that time in a cycle when those wacky stowaways from a distant planet arrived on their doorstep. If they had drunk-uncles on Eridanus, the McKinneys would be considered such.

While the general population rejoices then and now, Skaldic commiserates with Ekcello. Whether he will ever rid himself of his emotional ties to Deimostra is questionable. He has been spotted with Ekcello in those off-hour circadian rhythm hours practiced by the off-worlders. His mechanical expertise is essential to Ekcello’s doings.

Any elder who is anybody is sure to be on hand to watch NEWFOUNDLANDER whoosh away into the pinkish skies. Regular air travel is mandated to just above the height of the many towers. The piercing of the outer atmosphere is not to be missed or likely repeated anytime soon.

The Null contingent continues to be deliriously happy to roam freely anywhere. Some have ranged far. Others choose to cohabit nearer the action of Eupepsia.

The creativity and resourcefulness of the Null is inspiring. The notion of gift giving had been buried so deep, by the Gifted, that it took individuals like Offingga to compile a crate of mementos for the emigrants to take back to Earth. It will serve as proof that their post-Space Colony 1 adventure really did happen and has not been staged by a NASA conspiracy.

Offingga may be pleased to see Deimostra leave, but she is guilty of nothing more than understanding that the McKinneys are leaving behind a long chapter in their book of life.

As not to be excluded from this seminal moment, ⃝    makes an unexpected appearance. There, like a doting parent, the glistening orb from Neverland reminds one & all, that he/she/it/they remains dynamic in what goes on in the Milky Way.

Of course, any given reflection off by Lorgan is as different as the rare snow-fog-flakes that fall once in a pink moon. Some see faces, others the past and others something unknown.

As NEWFOUDLANDER zooms away, and the occupants look back and forward, they witness what is to be their outbound outcome, had any of them possessed the skill to interpret it?


The NULL Solution =

Episode 187


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The NULL Solution = Episode 184

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The NULL Solution = Episode 184

…”you are out of your cotton picking mind!” Sampson elucidates. The connection between clothing fiber and one’s mind is incongruent…

 

CHAPTER NINETEEN

Outbound Outcome

In the closest vote in the history of Eridanus {the only one so far}, 45,340,206 to 303, the matter of Princess Cerella leaving Eridanus with the rest of the McKinneys is decided.

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The inside scoop: The 303 dissenting votes were rumored to be the following, Fortan, Ekcello, Skaldic … the remaining 300 were Eridanians who were confused by the question, “Should a native of Eridanus be allowed to permanently leave the planet? {Roughly translated}” or knew they would not be found out. After all, questions are for the ignorant and who would want to leave anyway?

Does your vote matter? Not so much in the case of doting parents and a Null who is not devoid of selfish motives. The aforementioned Skaldic is not giving up hope when it comes to the fair Deimostra. He is irrationally confident that she will decide to stay with him, no matter the outcome.

“If you think we are going to leave our daughter behind Skaldy, you are out of your cotton picking mind!” Sampson elucidates.

The connection between clothing fiber and one’s mind is incongruent, but he gets the point.

“Would Deimostra vote to stay?”

“She is not the issue. It’s about Cerella and my grandson and the people have spoken. The McKinneys belong on Earth, right down to the youngest!”

And so preparations begin for the return trip to the Terran system. Compared to what they are used to, the voyage in the NEWFOUNDLANDER will be painfully slow. Chasonn’s buggy was snappy. Hyperphysical transmigration is an instantaneous hit. But even at 2x faster than when it left Mars, with Sam and a pregnant Celeste stowed away, it will be more than two years before Deimostra will set foot on Earth for the first time.


The NULL Solution =

Episode 184


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The NULL Solution = Episode 168

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The NULL Solution = Episode 168

…maybe we should hold a raffle, with Deimostra as the prize…

“Are you sure about the sincerity of Skaldic and Chasonn? Don’t you think they gaze at fair maidens with dubious intentions?”

“Yeah, maybe we should hold a raffle, with you as the prize. Natural selection is overrated and maybe we could use the capital to buy our way back to Earth.”

Deke’s last blurb serves to highlight the elephant in the room. Just where do the individual McKinneys stand on making a return trip to Earth?

“And leave me behind, no way,” the “prize” is not too keen on being separated from her family by an arranged marriage.

“Who said we are going back to Earth. And who knows what bad things have gone on there since we left home.” It comes down to what you know, as opposed to what you do not, for Celeste.

“I have a brother and an entire planet that I’ve never met or seen. As much as I adore the drama between the Null and the Gifted, I personally cannot wait to meet Gus… and that Roy Crippen sounds like the greatest human on two feet.”

“Yeah Mom, I bet if you took a vote right this minute, Earth would be the overwhelming choice,” declares Deke.

“Your father isn’t here, the vote would be invalid.”

“And just how do you think he would vote? Ekcello has basically had him hogtied to Eupepsia for years now, come on.”

“Why this sudden change of heart Deke? You have an Eridanian mate, who is a local princess I might add. What does she think?”

“She’s been to Earth, remember? Joyner probably has a Texas birth certificate. And the Gifted hierarchy does not exist anymore… and then there is the matter of hyperphysical transmigration… if she can regain it, she can come back whenever she wants to visit.”Image result for roll gif

Celeste is allowing all the possible options to roll around her brain. For her, the notion of Harmonia has intrigued her since the issue of Lorgan first surfaced; that a superior entity of such magnitude exists. At one time, Eridanus seemed like the ultimate challenge, but no more.


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Hopes and Options 1971 by Jean Dubuffet

Episode 168


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From The Desk of Gwendolyn Hoff

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From The Desk of

Gwendolyn Hoff

…If you are reading this post and you are one of the hundreds who have also been reading THE RETURN TRIP, I want to personally thank you for the privilege of sharing my very 1st book…  originally written in 1986…

And truth be told, I had to do mucho updating to make the book currently relevant. As I edited and posted and posted and edited, it was an absolute GAS adding in graphics, music and others’ photography and art into each & every Episode.

If you would bother to take the time and click thru the Episode Catalog – from 1 to The End – what a transformation from 100,000 words into a picture-book-potpourri-experience.

When I envisioned posting one of my books in this fashion (original & my way), I thought it would be a convenient way for readers to take in approx. 400 words/day and be entertained along the way… 10 minutes/day and off you go with life. Finding & keeping a repeatable format from episode to episode was important to me… every day it has that consistent, comfortable comportment.

It is also important that I properly credit each artist or photographer if I use their works to enhance the theme of the day’s post. So, if you click the link to the painting or photo, it may take you to THEIR or another website.

Like many of my “original” creations, it probably will not catch on. I am either to far ahead of my time OR better off doing this 30 years ago … or whenever the Internet hit town.

So as THE RETURN TRIP is in the can, so-to-speak, I proceed undaunted by dubious success. The NULL Solution will begin tomorrow 9/20/2017, virtually where the last book ended, as the saga of the Space Family McKinney soldiers on.

I hope that Sampson, Celeste & Co. have the depth of character necessary to make you want to care ABOUT them, as well as what happens TO them. They have been a part of my life for 30+ years and I am writing a 3rd book in the series (Chariot of Chaos) as I am penning this love letter to all of you.

-Gwenny


From The Desk

of Gwendolyn Hoff


 

Sequel to THE RETURN TRIP Coming to WIF

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Sequel to THE RETURN TRIP

Coming to WIF

Beginning on or about September 20th.


The Sci Fi – Family Saga of the Space Family McKinney continues, as the connection between Eridanus and Earth 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 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.

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.


Sequel to THE RETURN TRIP

Coming to WIF

Sequel to THE RETURN TRIP Coming to WIF

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Sequel to THE RETURN TRIP

Coming to WIF

Beginning on or about September 20th.


The Sci Fi – Family Saga of the Space Family McKinney continues, as the connection between Eridanus and Earth 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 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.

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.


Sequel to THE RETURN TRIP

 

Coming to WIF