Life begins as the ending meets #poem

Life begins as the ending meets

Long forgotten stories of Earth’s bosom,

Clouds roll over abandoned streets


Burned sunlight refracts and the crust overheats

Gone beyond the last season, descendants of the issam

Life begins as the ending meets


Overhead atmospheric trap door to the planet’s oubliettes

Ghost gardens fill the sidewalks with forgotten alyssum

Clouds roll over abandoned streets

Extinct currency, forgotten in digital decomposed spreadsheets

Greed the downfall, possessions the blissom

Life begins as the ending meets

The planet resets the cosmic scales and ends those who mistreats

Too late humanity abandoned the acquisitiveness hymn

Clouds roll over abandoned streets  

Fires burn and oxygen depletes

Dreams abruptly stopped by cataclysm

Life begins as the ending meets

Clouds roll over abandoned streets.


#FinalisFinibusTractus – #scifi – #Cryogenics #Pets

My little Pug spends more time in his kennel than I want to admit, however, he also runs along a bike at full speed, chases cows when he is out in the field with D and licks us silly when he is out and about…

When humanity finally leaves the planet I would hope that we would bring out cats, dogs, gerbils, lizards and other fur babies along with us. On Generation

On Generation ships, I imagine that mice and rats would have probably stowed away… just like on the wooden ships of old. Cats would definitely come along too. Dogs are companions I would hope would come, but realistically pets would fare best in cryo.

If a dog spent years in cryo I wonder if they would become more sentient due to all the time in REM… Or if they would still sit where they are today. It might be cool to have a dog that can be as cognitive as a teenager… then again they might become incredibly big tricksters.

#FinalisFinibusTractus – #scifi – #amwriting

I need to go back and count how many prompts this makes…

“The textiles will be gone and most if not all of the buildings will have succumb to the elements.  Sadly so much of the last few societies…  everything was decomposable. Many scholars believe it had to do with that global climate epidemic of the early part of the Aquarian Age. Nothing like the barren wasteland we will soon be descending on. As you know,” The professor of astroarchaeology from the Sirius System continued, “The planet has been abandoned for at least a thousand years. You each have your atmospheric suits. Here is the list of what you will be looking for. ”

A list appeared on the vid screens of each persons atmo-suit.

  • stones that appear to be shaped by man.
  • metallic objects
  • headstones
  • “Time capsules” – GPS coordinates included in your com system
  • plants of any kind
  • bones – (note surroundings and look for others (time limit 2 days)
  • any objects within Historical sites – GPS coordinates included in your com system
  • anything looking man made
  • buckets filled with seeds
  • anything interesting

“You have your assignments and collection locations. See you in 10 days.”

#FinalisFinibusTractus – #scifi – #poetry #TheEntrusted


on the oil-soaked beach,

a monk,

in bright orange robes.


a respirator

watched as thousands of streams of steam


in the red smog-choked sky.



The job had been described as a death sentence.


She volunteered.


Along with 10,000 machines,

eight hundred monks


four hundred scientists

together they

would bring back the garden







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How Much Space Does an Individual Need on a Ship? Why?

So if you look at this question from a sociological and cultural perspective, as well as practical perspectives, this is a question that will take some exploring.  For the sake of keeping this a decent length, I will save my perspective on working for another post.

We can safely assume that every person will need a location to sleep, a location to eat, a location to store their possessions, communal entertainment space, a location to exercise and a location for bodily waste. When you take into consideration that each person will need both private/semi-private space as well as public space and storage space, the question becomes even more complex.

Proxemics varies from culture to culture.  A native of New York City has a different personal bubble than a native from rural Texas. In general, Texans have Huge personal bubbles and New Yorkers have much smaller bubbles. This is due to cultural differences based on the available space of their environment. If you want more info on the cultural aspects of personal space read this article from NPR.

The ISS (International Space Station) has the cubic volume of a Bowing 747 and holds hundreds of experiments and 6 crew members. In this case, space is relative because the experiments and equipment take up a lot of volume. Also remember that the majority of space is shared space. From the video I looked at each astronaut gets what looks like a sleeping bag and a small space for personal possessions… plus a few small areas around the ship for food and waste storage.

Toiletting can be consolidated for multiple people, people already share bathrooms in office buildings and homes. There are a few options in regards to actual toilet facilities, dry toilets AKA composting toilets and wet toilets, AKA conventional western shitters. Personally, I think that composting toilets that incinerate the waste will be the best solution because the matter that is left can be safely added to the soil in the food production area or added to the soil production for colonies.  Liquid waste can be processed for mineral separation and refiltered into plant production.

Greywater from bathing can also be used for washing clothes and growing food, provided it is treated. Showers are a necessity, and baths would be a luxurious communal affair. If ship inhabitants were to adopt the Japanese and Scandinavian bathing policies of steam and scrape, short shower then soaking, water consumption would be greatly reduced.

Options in regards to sleeping arrangements are endless, consider the crew cabins in any of the Star Trek series, many are spacious and could potentially hold whole families. The bunk rooms in Battle Star Galactica also offer a cramped but viable option. I have to question if communal bunks are a good idea or if pods like the Japanese pod hotels make the most sense. A major point to consider is; if part of the crew is in cryo,  if they are strictly a generation ship or if the ship is capable of rapid travel. If the crew is in cryo then they would only need enough space for the cryo unit, a small space for personal belongings and then the space for the skeleton crew, and a location to house the crew as awoken.

When it comes to food consumption it would be wise to only have food in certain areas. I believe that any ship needs a galley and a communal mess hall as well as a captains dining room for formal and planning events. This being said the space required for a mess hall will be determined by crew size, shifts, and duration of travel. Communal eating has an added bonus of reducing food waste, increasing moral and minimizing consumption in gluttons. If artificial gravity is produced on the ship I  would think an open salad bar and a school cafeteria style set up would work well, given much higher quality food. Or the tray setup that was seen in the Doris Day film,  That Touch Of Mink.

Considering that majority of the objects on the ship will be for public and communal use, I can see each person carrying two 30 quart tubs for their personal possessions. These could be housed in personal quarters or in storage facilities that are set up like warehouses.

In regards to entertainment and exercise, I feel that both are vital to psychosocial stability. Considering the recently release virtual reality headsets entertainment and exercise can be intermingled. I would still recommend movie nights and socials for people to congregate but VR marathons can be done on exercise bikes and treadmills (Check out this ISS astronaut attending a marathon from space).

Taking these points into consideration picking a number arbitrarily is silly. This is a design problem best left to the engineers. However, hypothetically 500 square feet (46.45 sq meters) is a good number for personal space if each family unit is given their own quarters, must cook for themselves and have personal Toiletting spaces. If the individuals are in strictly communal spaces then each person would need a minimum of 38 square feet of floor space and exceptionally well-designed storage space. Arbitrarily the space needed would be somewhere between 38 square feet and 500 square feet.


Talk to you again soon,




#FinalisFinibusTractus #writingprompt #scifi #spacetalk #DrWho

This question draws me into the concepts of  Satellite 5 (featured in three Doctor Who episodes.).

An orbital space-based media would need to focus on both Earth and all of the highlights of what is going on in the atmosphere. I am going to assume that journalistic integrity has been restored and there is a ton of construction going on in space.

Idealistically social issues, climate issues, technology, and philanthropic issues will be at the forefront of every media outlet, print or video. With the way climate change is bounding forward, social issues will become more intense.

Technology will most likely be a huge focus of journalists. As quickly as technology changes today I can only imagine how quickly it will change in the future. We can only hope that trash and recycling have been dealt with via tech and behavior and won’t be in the media frequently… But then again strikes might be big news.

Realistically “Entertainment” issues will most likely be up front. Who’s getting a divorce and who is getting married, or whatever the equivalent is will still be there. Who got in a fight and who is on what new fangled drug? Who is sleeping with who will probably still be highlighted in some of the media… sadly I don’t see this sales pitch going away. Sports will still be big… though there may be new sports covered (Zero G Quidditch anyone?)



#FinalisFinibusTractus #spacetalk #scifi #writingprompt #HumanRights

Honestly I think that both are vital to survival once we leave the planet. Air can be created in space, as can water. If you look at the first link you will see how breathable air is created on the ISS and the reclamation system in the last link talks about how the ISS gets its water.

In The Expanse(TV), a speculative fiction currently on Syfy, water is mined from the asteroid belt in the form of ice. It claims that water is more precious than air… In a way this is correct. On the ISS air is created by Electrolysis of water. I would be interested to see if any of the international space organizations or one of the commercial space companies can find a way to safely use the jettisoned hydrogen as part of a propulsion system. Also if there was a way to harness the methane that is produced by vegetation and human waste that could also be conceivable if used as a propulsion system.



Pondering #SpeculativeFiction – #scifi #writingtips @steffimcknight

From what I have read in school and since exiting the public education system, Speculative fiction falls into two broad spectrums. The first being social commentary and the second being what ifs. The social commentary bits are based on both conscious and unconscious pattern recognition twisted over a framework of fantasy. While the “what ifs” fill in the framework around the social commentary.

Over the Christmas season, I was inundated by commercials for Google Home and Amazon Echo, which brought back vivid memories of a story I read as a freshman in high school. The short story focused on a smart house. The name of the story is lost in the back of my mind and if I found it again I would probably cry. An autonomous house and time act as the main characters of the short story. The antagonist, a disaster, left only shadows of the family burned into brick walls.


The story was written at the height of the cold war and was a work of both speculative fiction and warning to humanity about warfare. Specifically, it warned of the dangers of any arms race and the story reminded us of our mortality in a “safe” world.

From a social commentary perspective, the story speculated on “keeping up with the Jones’s” while ignoring the greater world around you. Sounds a bit like America today. How wrapped up in yourself do you have to be to not know that there are people around you that hate your culture enough to kill so many people in one go?

 The what if in the story was pretty evident, “What if a bomb hit and the people were outside, what happens to the house?” Inside the house, a pet is slowly dying from radiation poisoning and starvation. The house ran baths, cooked meals, did dishes and burned to the ground because no one refilled the water tank.

What if the house is completely autonomous? We are well on the way to an autonomous house: blinds on timers, coffee pots that brew before the alarm clock goes off, locks that don’t need keys, machines that talk back and control the lights, it goes on and on.


#SpaceTalk and #scifi

Speculative fiction in regards to space exploration…

 We have tricorders… They are called Cellphones.

We have been to the moon… Chack out sci-fi novellas from the early 20th century. LibriVox and Youtube are great resources for public domain sci-fi audiobooks.

Speculative fiction of today…

Mars! So many people want to go to Mars and/or go mine the asteroid belt.

TV is filled with scifi and speculative fiction… I don’t watch much TV, mostly I walk through the room and hear tidbits that inspire me.

What kind of engine will we need? What shape hull would give us the ability to travel farther?

Are people willing to be Guinee pigs for cryo chambers?



How badly do you want your children to know peace?

Will we forget to listen to what is going on around us?

Will we forget to talk to our neighbors, both locally and across the ocean or borders?

What kind of activism can you participate in to make positive changes today for a better future?

What actions today will make your  life more wholistic?

#FinalisFinibusTractus – #scifi – Invasion of the cats

Two creatures that looked an awful lot like house cats sat conversing in what appeared to be meows and purrs. The flicks of tails, the twitches of ears and whiskers seems to be some kind of advanced communication.

The only reason Candance Lee knew that there was more to the two felines was that they ha walked on two feet out of a… well a space ship. Candance was desperately trying to decipher what the aliens were saying when suddenly she realized that she had seen them both before.

She pulled out her phone and hunted down a cat video she had shared six months earlier on FaceBook. Sure enough, the same two cats were sitting in a room using the same communication techniques that were being exhibited at the moment behind the glass.

Off in the corner of the glass cage was a third cat. One born and raised and presumably one that evolved on earth. It’s fur on end back arched in obvious fear. The two aliens looked almost

The two aliens looked at the cat almost as if it was both n insult and a pity. How Candice could tell was beyond her, yet she knew.


#FinalisFinibusTractus – Grub Time

Food? Hum. Well I guess that depends on the type of ship we take and the amount of space we have to produce our own food.

As a space ship is an indoor self-contained facility without the benefit of a star at the correct distance, I imagine that the majority of our food will be grown using grow lights. Currently, there are lights that have a wide color spectrum which is vital for indoor plant growth.

What about growing mediums?

Hell we can grow green beans in an old boot with some dirt here on Earth but what will we use in space?

Soil is heavy so an aeroponic system might be the most efficient system but some plants have to have soil and will not thrive in any type of hydroponics. Their root structures are too fragile or complex to survive without a sub straight. If we want to have fish of any kind aquaponics might be a good solution.

I imagine variety might be an issue but then again, with enough space and ingenuity, seed wouldn’t be a huge problem. Between the seed vault in Norway, the National Center for Genetic Resources Preservation and the thirteen other seed vaults I think we might have a decent chance of bio diversity.

Now if we can manage to build ships like the one with an ocean in it or one with a whole forest growing in it then we are talking a whole new ballpark. We could create an entire biome that housed not only humans but animals as well.

However, I would think that after a long time in space on a generation ship people would probably have evolved away from the current state of being omnivorous. Cryo-chamber people… I would guess still crave bacon to a large degree… unless the need to eat meat had been eliminated prior to travel. In which case I would wonder how and if humanity evolved to a point where they did not consume meat.

Back to the food forest. Insects would play a large role in the fertility of said forest unless you had an army of people to hand pollinate the biome. Personally, I would love to pack a hive of bees, a legion of grasshoppers, an army of caterpillars and a kaleidoscope of butterflies in the ship.

Honestly we will have to look at food production and consumption from a wholistic perspective.