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waybac-machineWayback in ancient times (the 1980’s), I sat down at my typewriter and fashioned myself a little story about an orbiting colony around the planet Mars.

I had been a huge fan of space ever since my membership in a Science Fiction Book Club, back in the day when hardcover books were what people read. In that club, which I shared with my 6th grade buddy, Scott Jacobs, I consumed The Foundation Trilogy by Isaac Asimov, Farnham’s Freehold by Robert Heinlein and the Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury.

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A few years later, the TV show Star Trek came along. God bless creator Gene Roddenberry. Before the star-trek-logo1advent of the DVR, or VCR for that matter, my teenage fanny was planted in my family’s basement anxiously awaiting the week’s next episode about the crew: Capt. Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Scotty, Sulu, Chekov and Uhura.

 THAT DID IT. I was a Sci-Fi devotee for life

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Before I could say, “Beam me up Scotty!”, I was a high school senior and launching my writing career. But this isn’t about a couple ignominious paperbacks. The is about THE RETURN TRIP and the Space Family McKinney.

The Space Family McKinney

We enter the story with the husband/wife team of Sampson and Celeste McKinney winging their way return-trip-3-16-001out to the Red Planet aboard the deep-space shuttle Chronicle. Their 1 year mission: to start up Space Colony 1, a World Space Consortium orbiting outpost, with the goal of building a manned colony on the surface of Mars. I can tell you that there are 2 countries that are not onboard with the WSA colony. Sadly, in the year 2030, jealousy and envy are entrenched human emotions.

Back on Earth, the historic astronaut’s 15 & 16 year old sons, Gus & cropped-stay-tuned-001.jpgDeke wait anxiously, along with the rest of a hopeful planet. I can guarantee that they plan to follow in their parent’s contrails.

There are plenty of surprises along the way, but I want you to read along, so I will not give anything else away…

… Sunday thru Friday, like the inevitable passage of time and space, you will be treated to one episode after the next until the exciting final episode.


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Gwen was born in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin in an unnamed year. She grew up with Mom, Dad and younger sister and lived there until going off to university.

At Oconomowoc High School, she would fall in love… with the written word and after graduating, Miss Hoff immediately began her writing career; Science Fiction being the unlikely genre of choice. Her studies in English and Meteorology at UW-Milwaukee are mere window dressing to the greater passion of fashioning phrases; original ways to arrange the English language.

A Trekkie (Star Trek NBC Television 1967-1969) to the core, Gwen would go on to complete three Sci Fi novels. In a pre-computer world, all but the third has survived the passage of time (THE RETURN TRIP 2030 – 2051) currently posted at www.writingisfun-damental.com. The newest novel concerning THE SPACE FAMILY MCKINNEY is The Null Solution (2051-    ).

She has 3 wonderful sons and a solid group of quality friends. The satisfaction of family and faith in the Living God are what drives this writer of both books and just about any other form; if it requires the right words, she can do it.

To this very day, Gwendolyn still loves Science Fiction, cries at  every new big-screen  STAR TREK movie and looks at the stars, with a fond and unique eye to the heavens.

But as the years wear on, Historical Fiction has become the comfortable literary vehicle of choice. Personal website: www.gwendolynhoff.com .

That brings us to the year 1994. In that year, she would meet the Granddaughter of the subject doctor of THE LIFE AND TIMES OF A BLACK SOUTHERN DOCTOR  1896 – 1959 (Alpha Omega M.D.). She entered into a partnership for the purpose of bringing the story of Alpha Omega Campbell to light. With informational trips to book’s setting of Tallahassee FL and a treasure trove of realized history, adding Washington DC to her bag of tricks, the epic story of a medical groundbreaker took form.

During the intervening 12+ years, the life & times of a fine southern physician and gentleman would be lovingly crafted into words; some fact, some fiction. The final result is a unique writing style and an unequaled perspective on history; an interesting blend of relevant characters and what was really happening around them, at that particular time.

And now it is on to a series of books concerning Constance Caraway P.I., a skilled private investigator from Tallahassee Florida. CONSTANCE CARAWAY & ASSOCIATES will transport the reader to a confoundingly wonderful combination of cases and places. The 1st installment is titled Constance Caraway ~ Forever Mastadon (1951 Chicago) and can be read in its entirety at Writing is Fun-damental.com.

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THE RETURN TRIP – The End

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THE RETURN TRIP – The End

…“President Crippen! Stellar Explorer is back on our screens, it made the Pluto turnaround…

#Gus McKinney travels in a vehicle of which there is no match. He will return to the 251.025 time-stem without knowing how the improvements came to be. He will experience strange dreams in the aftermath, dreams that will haunt him, taunt him, and cause him to search for their meaning.

#We on Eridanus will be watching and waiting#

 Those that Gus leaves behind, The Space Family McKinney on Eridanus stand together, bolstered by the wise Ekcello, pinning their hopes on Gus and his indomitable spirit of exploration.

 

Back on Earth

 January 9 2051

“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 __________________

 

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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:

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  • 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
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  • 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

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THE RETURN TRIP – Complete Episode Catalog

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The End

“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 Speed of Light – Facts & Figures

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The Speed of Light – Facts & Figures

 

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Speed of light
The distance from the Sun to the Earth is shown as 150 million kilometers, an approximate average. Sizes to scale.

Sunlight takes about 8 minutes 17 seconds to travel the average distance from the surface of the Sun to theEarth.
Exact values
metres per second 299792458
Planck length per Planck time
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Approximate values
kilometres per second 300,000
kilometres per hour 1,080 million
miles per second 186,000
miles per hour 671 million
astronomical units per day 173
Approximate light signal travel times
Distance Time
one foot 1.0 ns
one metre 3.3 ns
from geostationary orbit to Earth 119 ms
the length of Earth’s equator 134 ms
from Moon to Earth 1.3 s
from Sun to Earth (1 AU) 8.3 min
from nearest star to Sun (1.3 pc) 4.2 years
from the nearest galaxy (the Canis Major Dwarf Galaxy) to Earth 25,000 years
across the Milky Way 100,000 years
from the Andromeda Galaxy (the nearest spiral galaxy) to Earth 2.5 million years

 

The speed of light in vacuum, commonly denoted c

, is a universalphysical constant important in many areas of physics. Its value is exactly299,792,458 metres per second because the length of the metre is defined from this constant and the international standard for time.[1] This is, to three significant figures, 186,000 miles per second, or about 671 millionmiles per hour. According to special relativity, c is the maximum speed at which all matter and information in the universe can travel. It is the speed at which all massless particles and changes of the associated fields (includingelectromagnetic radiation such as light and gravitational waves) travel in vacuum. Such particles and waves travel at c regardless of the motion of the source or the inertial frame of reference of the observer. In the theory of relativity, c interrelates space and time, and also appears in the famous equation of mass–energy equivalence E = mc2.[2]

 

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THE RETURN TRIP – Contents

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From “The Red Planet” to the “Final Chapter”, you will travel from Earth to Mars to Orion & back, thus the title.

“Bookmark or print this post as a frame of reference.”

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The Space Family McKinney

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…

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