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Friday Fictioneers – G-Force

9 October, 2015

Firstly, I must apologise for my FriFicin’ failure last week. Life was just too full – both social and professional – and there wasn’t enough time for me to write even 100 words. What do you mean you didn’t even notice I was missing?

Anyway, this week I was determined that when Rochelle‘s email arrived with its prompt pic:


nothing would stop me joining the four hundred million other writers who join in with this WP institution. And as the pic was taken by ex-Fiction Relayer, legendary photoblogger and my occasional life-coach Ted Strutz, well just try and stop me writing!

You can read everyone else’s FriFics by clicking here and entering the world of the Blue Frog. But please come back and read mine too! Leave a comment aswell if you want. Okay here is my effort…


Yesterday was Day One – Orientation. Meeting tutors and fellow science graduates, comparing Distinctions. But no campus tour. As Professor Aldrin explained, if we can’t plot our own course to the cafeteria, how would we navigate an emergency unpowered lunar slingshot with Comms down?

Today, a field lecture; An Introduction to Multiple-G-Force Acclimatisation. The bus parked, we disembarked via its one small step and entered the complex. ‘One day,’ Aldrin said, ‘that lunar slingshot will rip your body through the unimaginable strain of 7-G, but we start you a little lower down the scale. We call this bad boy “The Carousel”.’



  1. micklively permalink

    G-force acclimitisation sounds like a bummer.
    Good piece.

  2. ohh, carousels are pretty useful !! liked it.

  3. You were missed. I often have too much life going on to join the FF fun. I really like your narrative. We recently discussed acclimatization in class with regard to population migrations. It is funny how a word will show up in seemingly random ways, making sure we take notice.

    • Life just gets in the way sometimes doesn’t it? It’s weird the way these things coincide isn’t it? Like when you buy a new car and suddenly notice everyone on the road is driving the same model

  4. I think I could take the introduction at least.. A close friend of mine spent a few years on an astronaut program, but I don’t know how far she got,,

  5. I love the line about plotting our way to the cafeteria – or not. Glad you’re back. And, yes, I did miss your 100 words last week. May life slow down for you or remain dizzily fun, whichever is best.

  6. I love this, from Professor Aldring, to the plotting of the cafeteria path right to the acceleration training. Wonderful.

    • Thank you, that’s very kind 🙂 i was very lucky with this one, other than a bit of tidying for word count it was written in about 2o minutes.

  7. Great take! I have a new appreciation for space endeavors after seeing “The Martian” movie. It wouldn’t surprise me if they had something called “Carousel” in their training.

    • I really enjoyed The Martian too. The carousel is only the first step to taking off in a rocket with just a tarpaulin where the windows used to be!

  8. I read stories about that carousel training. Not for me. Good story RG. Sounded very realistic. Well done. 🙂 — Suzanne

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