The Wordsmoker Colony – Planet Helene
November 27, 2009 in Wordsmoker Colonization
(Space – it’s the final frontier, unless you include really good hallucinogenics. It’s where we – humanity – will be colonizing one day, perhaps a Tuesday – in the future. Yes – “future Tuesdays” – they already sound magical and fantastic, as opposed to “Wednesdays”, which will always be shit no matter how cool you think you look in your silver jumpsuit. The collection of words below here form Wordsmoker Helene’s choices – if you’re still confused, here’s the original post. Beam them up – INTO YOUR BRAINS – and send your choices into the usual futuristic email address. Ed)
An Audio Track: How much space do we have here? One track? One album? I’m going for Yo-Yo Ma’s Bach Concertos because they play me to sleep on the worst of insomniac nights. If I can only have one track, Movement 4, please.
A Video Track: Faraway, So Close seems appropriate both for theme and the fact that the sequence of the trapeze artists tossing crates of munitions or porn over a flooded Berlin bunker is one of my favorite ever anywhere.
A Visual Image: A map of the earth-that-was with as many place names as possible.
A Book: See, now this is hard and really, just mean. If we have everything ever preserved, why not give everyone a kindle with the library of their choice? But okay if we get one physical paper book, I would like a large blank book. I plan to paste in my favorite bits of everything else as well as the products of my own fevered mind.
A “Memory Box” Are our normal memories going to stop working? Will we all get Alzheimer’s? I’m not ready to give up! Is this going to be available on video and sense-o-gram? I’m going for schmaltzy sentimental/ partially sensual: the taste of the first cherries of summer, freshly rinsed in my grandmother’s kitchen.
A Treat: Thank god ChillbearLatrigue already pointed out that we, as resourceful humans, will be able to distill alcohol from whatever other supplies we have. I need to know what’s included in the rations, but for my once-weekly treat I would like some very dark chocolate.
Another Sentient Being: A dog? A cat? A parrot? I’m afraid anything in the ape family, while possibly fun, will be too unpredictable, and possibly murderous. Please send one very intelligent dog, something in the border collie or Australian shepherd family, who will be able to dig for water, gather supplies and defend me if necessary, also respond to differently pitched whistles. Alternatively, I am open to fostering the secondary or tertiary pets of other colonists.
A Partner For Procreation: Is procreation required? I may just take birth-control as my treat. Nonetheless, I would like Roger Federer as my human treat. I do realize that he has a lovely young wife and twin babies, and I regret breaking up a family, so a clone is acceptable. I have theory that he tastes like marzipan.
A SmokieBot™: If procreation is required, the bot should be equipped for childcare. If I need to chose one task of childcare, let’s make it diaper changing. Otherwise, the bot may be equipped for dusting.
What Were You Before You Left?: I have been a sometime historian, archivist and teacher. I offer to gather and archive the logs and records of other planets.