Planning for the Final Frontier

on June 23, 2014 in Misc


My friend Linda is figuring out what she wants be in her next life.

See, she’s Buddhist and reincarnation is part of her beliefs.   Which is intriguing when you consider that her father had been a Christian chaplain in Patton’s army in WWII.

Anyway, she told me that in Buddhism a person has some control over what his or her next life might be like, at least if said person is spiritually aware.  Since she’s a kind and compassionate lady, I bet she qualifies.

Her planning got me thinking:  what if I had a next life too? What would I really want to be?  Happy, of course, and a decent person who’s surrounded by a bunch of wonderful people.  Also I meet the love of my life early on, which hasn’t happened in this life.  But instead of being a writer or novelist, even a bestselling one, I want to be a legendary archeologist-slash-historian-slash adventurer.  Which is almost what Layla Daltry is, except that she’s more of a shady antiquities dealer-slash-scholar on the edge of the law.

That’s my plan for my next life, at least if I’m reborn within the next hundred years.  And assuming we idiot humans haven’t destroyed our planet with climate change, war and pollution.  But what if I’m reborn about two centuries in the future?

Then I am so going to Starfleet Academy.


I am also definitely signing up to serve on the Starship Enterprise, which will certainly exist because we’ve already got an Enterprise in NASA’s fleet because a lot of NASA scientists grew up hooked on Star Trek.  In a recent post about Material X and space travel, Michael Offut (SLC Kismet) takes it for granted that there’s a Starfleet Academy in our future.  This gives me hope because Mike is so smart and understands physics, which I don’t.  But in my next life I will.

So tell me please, if you could plan a life for yourself in the future, what would you do and be?  Sure, it’s just speculation, but that’s how we can get ideas for our stories.



8 Responses to “Planning for the Final Frontier”

  1. I’m with you – Starfleet Academy! Only no science. I don’t care how it works, I just want to know it does.

  2. Helena says:

    Alex – If Scotty is on board, he can take care of the science stuff for us.

  3. LOL thank you for the compliment. I wish I could get on board with religion and reincarnation, but it all just sounds like malarkey to me. For the record, I don’t believe in leprechauns and unicorns and fairies either. There’s as much evidence that those exist as there is an afterlife. In my opinion, this is the only life any of us got and when we die, it’s over and we’re all just dirt.

  4. If we have a next life, I would like mine to be much like yours on the personal side. On the professional side, I’m not sure. Possibly a successful author – and know that I want to write much earlier than I did in this life. Something creative – and something that will earn me enough to support myself in the process. Probably not Starfleet Academy – unless I’ll be designing and/or decorating things.

  5. Helena says:

    Mike – And on that cheerful note… Anyway, my point was that if we could imagine a future life, what would we dream up? Gene Roddenberry was a non-believer but he imagined a really positive future in which we humans stopped being violent thugs, gave peace a chance, and learned to get along. But in storytelling there has to be conflict, hence he invented the Klingons and Romulans and other hostile, unenlightened aliens. And really, I could see you as kinda like Scotty or Mr. Spock because you’re a smart science guy.

  6. Helena says:

    Carol – I can so see you as being creative and fun-loving and irreverent. And yes, supporting ourselves by being creative and doing what we really want sounds ideal.

  7. I’ve always appreciated Roddenberry’s optimistic vision of the future. So much SF is negative these days. If I could return after death, I’d like to be an eagle. I’m already going bald.

  8. Helena says:

    Milo – Hey, a soaring bald eagle would be cool. And for me Roddenberry’s optimism is one reason why Star Trek has lasted all these years.