May 20, 2003

Memories of Space

- So, this morning I was watching a second season episode of SPACE:1999 while I was working out and something occurred to me.

When I was a kid and we would play "space exploration" or whatever (within the context of Star Trek or whatever) we would always say thing like "Scan that planet... it can support life? Land the ship." etc. From an adult perspective, we had simplified the trouble of landing a ship on a planet to childish simplicity. Either you just swooped down and landed, or there was a problem and you crash-landed.

I used to assume we'd simplified the process because we were children. But, watching this episode of SPACE:1999, I saw that... it was that simple on the damn TV show. The show I remember so fondly is laughable in its simplicity. I can't believe my parents even let me watch that crap! But now it's nostalgic.

On a slightly related subject, Patti sent along a link to Jeff Russell's STARSHIP DIMENSIONS. It's a site which compares the size and shape of various elements of different sci-fi universes. A lot of work went into this. Impressive, interesting to peruse, and worth a couple of moments of nostalgia.

Posted by James at May 20, 2003 11:46 AM
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