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[if you’re new to the Journey, read this to see what we’re all about!]


by John Boston

Space! Mankind’s dream! Well, some people’s dream. A lot of us seem to be more concerned with making a living, taking care of families, trying to keep a straight face at school, and other highly terrestrial activities. But even in this small town in the boondocks, people mostly seem to take pride in the first human ventures off the planet, though you do hear the occasional grumble that all that money could be better spent right here on Earth.

I wasn’t so confident a couple of years ago, when I witnessed the second most remarkable thing I have seen here. (First place is claimed by the man I saw walking a raccoon on a leash. Raccoons do tend to have their own agendas.) I was downtown on a Saturday morning, which is when the farmers come into town to take care of their business. The banks are open then, which I am told is not the case in larger cities. The farmers come in their cars, their pickup trucks, and in some cases their horse-drawn wagons, all parked around the courthouse square. On this Saturday, a man was preaching from the back of one of the wagons . . . against the evils of space travel. “If Man reaches out to touch the face of God’s Moon,” he thundered, “God will BLAST HIM FROM THE EARTH!” But no one paid any attention, and I’ve heard nothing further about his prophecy.



I was reminded of this episode by the cover story of the October Amazing, Poul Anderson’s Escape from Orbit...

(see the rest at Galactic Journey!)

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