It seems like there just isn't enough time to do everything that needs to be done. Whenever I finish one task, five more pop up demanding my attention. And they all want to be done now! (Grin) How can I schedule everything that I need to do? Easy, I can't. I'll just have to do as much as I can and hope I run out of projects before I run out of time. Time is a non-renewable resource, unlike money. I can't just make more, earn more.
Scheduling time just to sit down and write has become a hassle. But I know I need to raise the priority on this item. I seem to spend an hour every day just dealing with e-mail and spam, then another hour catching up on the Aphelion Lettercol and the other few websites I check out regularly. Then I try to write something, anything, just to be writing. Eventually, I get things done. Its the offline tasks that keep eating away at my time. Some things will just have to go in order for me to make time for more important things.
Sort of like what NASA says it wants to do in order to go back to the Moon and then on to Mars. I absolutely hate the idea of allowing the Hubble telescope to die, to back out of the ISS, and to let the remaining shuttles turn to rust. I know that going to the Moon and Mars is going to take boatloads of money, and that corners are going to have to be cut to do it, but that still doesn't make the reality any more palatable. I'm hoping someone can come up with some alternatives before we lose anything irreplaceable.
I'm a firm believer that exploring space should be a world-wide project. We humans need the resources and we're going to need the room. And I also believe that new technological advances are going to come from all over the globe. The US is not going to be able to manage it alone. Besides, invention knows no national boundaries. (For instance; Tesla was Serbo-Croatian, Einstein was German- even though they worked in the US it is still a valid point. No country holds the patent on genius.) Someone needs to start looking at everything everyone is doing now, so we can eventually piece together the breakthroughs that will make the colonization of the Moon, the asteroids, Mars, orbital habitats, deep space probes, and everything that we've been reading about for years. Humanity has the need- not any one country on the planet, but all of us. We're going to have to learn to work together. Or we're just not going to be able to do the job. That's the bottom line from my personal point of view. Everyone is going to contribute a piece of the puzzle. Everyone will have to work together. I don't delude myself that the task of international cooperation will be easy, but if we humans want space exploration to remain more than the subject of entertainment then we're going to have to work together.
There really is no other way.
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Flight of the Starhawk --Part Three--
As a teenager, Josh had wanted to fly to the stars. As an adult, he
ended up with an oilfield job and a portfolio of hopeless dreams
away on his PC's hard drive. Alcoholism and depression ate away at
and drove him to spend lonely nights pondering his existence. Then he
an alien on the riverbank one night. An alien with a machine that
objects out of raw matter and energy. Even complex objects like
components for starships!
Profile Drawing of the Starhawk
By William Henry
Centuries of pain leads immortal sorcerer Catherine to Paris in the
fall of 1773 seeking revenge, only to find something else.
To some, the Nightwatch Institute for Strategic and Economic Studies was an adviser to governments and major corporations. To others, it provided expertise and equipment to help build -- or rebuild -- vital services in every corner of the world. But Nightwatch did its most important work in the shadows ...
For Dr. Simon Litchfield, engineer, linguist, and -- other things, the discovery of a mysterious object in Afghanistan was just another day at the office.
Aphelion is proud to announce the beginning of A new shared universe series: Nightwatch, under the direction of Jeff Williams.
Trial by Intimacy
By Claude Hopper
When real people wind up in a very strange place, can anything be what it seems? And if reality is as easily manipulated as all that, wouldn't everyone rather spend a day at the beach instead of playing God? Me? I'd rather visit the Mare Inebrium. Fortunately, I know how to get there from here. First, you drive north on Highway 441...
By Joel Doonan
When Ava saw a rough looking man stealing bullets in a sporting goods store, she didn't report him. The next time she saw him was on a darkened street.
First Time Starter
By Mark Stanley
Valley Princess was destined to be a champion before she was ridden by Lottman, and he knew it.
By E.S. Strout
The greatest dangers come unbidden, unheralded, and unseen.
Institute of the Dead
By Susan Wigget
When Margot's late father appeared to her in a dream, he seemed to be trying to tell her something that she could not understand. The solution to the mystery could only be found at the Institute of the Dead.
A Matter of Faith
By Robert Moriyama
The College Masters used powerful magic to conjure up the ultimate
weapon against the undead demi-god Morgenstern. But now they need Al
Majius to save them from their own cleverness ...
By George J. Condon
One day each year we pause to remember them. The rest of the year, we turn our faces away.
But perhaps on one our tomorrows, their day will come.
The Things We Remember
By Peter L. Johnson
"Wouldn't it be just great, if life were on videotape?" -- Steve Goodman, lyricist.
by Jim Parnell The collected wisdom of Bubba WARNING: Contains Language.
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A Challenge to
Writers... --8\8\2000-- Not a contest, but a series of ideas to spark off a story.
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collection of narrative hooks composed by Dan Hollifield.
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