The Perseus Incident

This is my entry for September’s Blog Battle – the theme or word for this month is Shield.

Rogan looked over a panel, checking the readout he looked up the manual. Flicking though a few pages he finally stopped.

“Panel E7.” He looked around, found panel E7 and flicked several of the switches. He looked back at the readout.

“That I think seems to have done it!” He announced to himself. He stood on the spot thinking for a moment. The acrid smell of burned electrics was still in the air, the air processors were sorting it but they we’re no longer working well.

“I need to be careful or I’m going to end up talking to myself! God, Esme would laugh if she saw me now. Mr I don’t need anyone, well right now I would give anything to have them back!”

Rogan slumped down into one of the large command chairs. The control deck wasn’t usually spacious with five people in it, but now. Now there was more than enough room. Now there was just Rogan. His head slumped into his hands and for a moment he as silent, his head raised and his face was wet, wiping it dry with his sleeve.

“Esme, Garad, Jess and even that annoying idiot Anton. I would have them all back right now.”

Rogan waited, as if longing for once of them to suddenlt appear or even all of them as if they had played some cruel joke. But all there was, was the sound of the ship, the air processing, the whirring of machinery and the clicking of relays and controls. The ship was hurt, sounds of tortured metal and staringin bulkheads reverberated as if it was the cries of a huge wounded metallic animal.

A screen flashed red on the master console, Rogan’s face was illuminated by the glow. For some minutes he sat in silence. The alarm unnoticed until the audiable alarm started.

“Oh what now?” Rogan started, looking at what the screen was trying to tell him. “Oh crap, 20,000 millirems! Not good! Looks like the radiation shield has failed!” Looking around the control deck he found a manual and began looking through it frantically.
“Dammit!” He threw the manual into a corner. Sitting down for a moment to think Rogan went back to the manual. Finding what he wanted he flicked a switch and silenced the audiable alarm.

Following through his idea he reached a section titled seperation of command vessel. Even in manuals for spacecraft there was lot’s of useless knowledge, as if some kid of idiot or child was going to perform the operation. Being the onboard technician rather than the flight officer he knew he was no expert. But neither was he an idiot.

“Perseus – this is commander Catherine Lewis of the Hercules, we are responding to your distress call. Please respond if you are receiving this message.”

In shock Rogan dropped the manual – someone heard him out here? Scrabbling around he looked for a headset. Placing it over his head, sweat dripping down his face.

“H-Hello Hercules this is Perseus. I’m Jack Rogan the ship’s technician.”

“I understand and read you Jack Rogan” the cracked reply came. “Where is commander Garad?”

“He’s dead.” Rogan cried. “They’re all dead!” The ship’s structure groaned and creaked, Roagan knew that the ship was drifting out of control towards the suface of Titan below. “I’m trying to seperate the command ship from the rest of the vessel! Can you help me!”

“Undersooood Persu- Sttttand byyyy to” the radio went silent. Not sure if the radiation had shut it down, if he was out of range or just simply broken he had to somehow seperate the command ship. Looking back at the manual again there were all kinds of release this unbilical, unclamp that docking lever. It would take him hours to work it out and he knew one thing. He didn’t have hours, the radiation levels were so high and still increasing.

He was going to die.

“Hello Rogan.”

Rogan spun round. “Esme!” He cried. “Thanks God you’re here! I need to…”

“Shhh… I know Rogan. I know, just stay calm. I’m here now.” Esme took the seat next to Rogan, he fingers working the panels. The groaning from the ship was so loud now, the Persus might not make it anywhere near the surface – it would break up long before.

“Are you ok Esme?” What happened?

“You know what happened Rogan, you saw the mid section destroyed by the impact.”

“I know but….”

“Shhh…” Esme sat round and faced him. “Soon everything will be ok, trust me.” Esme wrapped her arms around him and held Rogan. Rogan unsure of what to do help Esme back, she then released Rogan, kissing him gently. Suddenly feeling very fuzzy Rogan flopped into the seat just as Esme released the command section, for amoment they were free and floating and then engines fired. Rogan felt the force on his body as the Perseus powered ahead, he looked round at Esme and she smiled back at him. Heavier than the G forces on his frame Rogan’s eyes shut.


Dazed and confused, a suited person pushed a mask on his face “Rogan! Rogan! Breathe Rogan! was all he could hear. Two others lifted him from the seat and dragged him. He trid to lift his weight but his legs gave out under him. Dragged through an airlock he was vaguely aware of people around him, the frantic activity as he was placed onto a bed.

“Esme, Esme…” He tried to cry as he pushed the mask away.

“Is there anyone else in there?” Lewis demanded.

“No one!” One of the men replied as he pulled his helmet off. “It’s just him!”

“Sedate him and treat him for radiation sickness!” Rogan struggled as much as he could, then fell flat as the drug took hold. Several peple pushed him away to be treated.

The suited man turned to commander Lewis “There’s no one else in there I swear!”

“I know, I know” Lewis calmly reassured him. “But someone brought that ship here to dock so perfectly and it wasn’t him.”

© Simon Farnell 2020



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Top Five Technologies Needed for a Spacecraft to Survive Deep Space | NASA

When a spacecraft built for humans ventures into deep space, it requires an array of features to keep it and a crew inside safe. Both distance and duration demand that spacecraft must have systems that can reliably operate far from home, be capable of keeping astronauts alive in case of emergencies and still be light enough that a rocket can launch it.

Artemis Missions near the Moon will start when NASA’s Orion spacecraft leaves Earth atop the world’s most powerful rocket, NASA’s Space Launch System. After launch from the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, Orion will travel beyond the Moon to a distance more than 1,000 times farther than where the International Space Station flies in low-Earth orbit, and farther than any spacecraft built for humans has ever ventured. To accomplish this feat, Orion has built-in technologies that enable the crew and spacecraft to explore far into the solar system.

Systems to Live and Breathe
Proper Propulsion
The Ability to Hold Off the Heat
Radiation Protection
Constant Communication and Navigation

Read more in the full article here:
https://www.nasa.gov/feature/top-five-technologies-needed-for-a-spacecraft-to-survive-deep-space

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Hubble’s 5 Weirdest Black Hole Discoveries

From absorbing whole dwarf galaxies to containing the mass of a billion stars – black holes are a cosmic force to be reckoned with. This #BlackHoleWeek NASA is bringing us Hubble Space Telescope’s 5 weirdest black hole discoveries

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Sci-Fi Moments – Paradoxes

Paradoxes are not exclusively (See Groundhog day) but pretty much normally only found in Sci-Fi where someone is playing around with time. I thought I would share a few classic examples that came to mind.

Interstellar Wormhole Scene

The wormhole scene in Interstellar is kinda weird, as something reaches out to Dr Brand as they pass through you’re left wondering what it is. Forgetting what it was until the end when it’s Cooper passing back through.


Dr Who – Heaven Sent

Heaven sent was one of those great episodes that stuck with me, caught in this time loop the Dr has to find his way out to find Gallifrey while avoiding the Veil, a creature that will kill him with a touch.

The most powerful part is this, the ending where over billions of years he hammers his way through a solid diamond wall before being killed over and over.


Back to the Future – or the Past

Back to the Future – three films about time and consequences of messing with the timeline is a simple and now argued view. But despite the entertainment value of these films they were full of paradoxes… It was hard to pick a clip but this is pretty good.

When Biff from the future goes back to the past to bring him fortune he messes up everyone’s present and the Doc and MAry need to find a way to put it right. They can’t go back to the future but back to the past instead and stop the Biff from the future going back to the past to mess things up – Did you get that?


What do you think of these? Are there better ones I should have thought of? I’ve realised there’s a few films I need to watch that expand on this so maybe there’s a future post.



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I’ve Been Doing a Bit of Doodling

Hello everyone, as you might have guessed from the title I’ve been doing some doodling. I’ve not been able to dedicate much time to big designs so I’ve been having a play with what I can do in about an hour or less.

These are what I’ve come up with:

This came straight out of my mind, the kind of small spacecraft that might be in my Blog Battle story Blue Siren.

I need to work on this kind of doodle a bit, it didn’t quite turn out how I wanted it.

I quite liked this idea, I might try again at it and see how much better it can be.

I find eyes are hard to draw, so I’ve been learning close up and this was the result. Not bad eh?

What about you guys? Any doodles or little sketches you’ve done recently? Why not show them off?

© Simon Farnell 2020


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Real Neat Blog Award

I’ve been nominated for the Real Neat Blog Award by the Huntress… Thanks for nominating me, it’s appreciated!

The Rules of this Award are:

  • Put the award logo on your blog.
  • Answer the 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.
  • Thank the person who nominated you and add a link to their blog.
  • Nominate any number of people linking to their blogs and let them know you nominated them by commenting on their blogs.
  • Come up with 7 questions for the people you nominated.

The Questions I will Answer:

  1. If you could make one wish, to help someone else out, what would it be?
    I have so many. But I know someone who can’t walk and I would wish them to be able to walk again.
  2. What little known fact would you tell people about yourself?
    I can sail a boat.
  3. If you could meet any historical figure, who would it be?
    I would like to meet Einstein and ask him what it’s all about.
  4. Kindle or actual book, and why?
    Actual book, it’s just better. It engages more of your senses.
  5. If you had a soul-superhero, who would it be?
    I have no idea… what is that?
  6. Tea and Crumpets or Chocolate Cake and Budweiser?
    Tea and crumpets…
  7. Led Zepplin or The Who?
    The Who! Who else?!?

My Nominees are:

The Irresponsible Blogger

The Lit Biwi

My Colourful Life

A Geeky Gal

My Dang Blog


Here are my questions (they’re more or less similar lol):

  1. If you could make one wish, to help someone else out, what would it be?
  2. What little known fact would you tell people about yourself?
  3. If you could meet any historical figure, who would it be?
  4. Kindle or actual book, and why?
  5. Favourite super hero?
  6. Crumpets or Chocolate Cake?
  7. Pink Floyd or The Who?

Thanks for reading – those on my list I hope you take part. But no worries if you don’t want to.

Keep blogging!

© Simon Farnell 2020


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Sci-Fi Moments – The Unexpected

Science fiction is full of shocking moments, moments where either out loud or in your head and asking “What’s going on? No way!” So this is a post filled with some of those shock moments – enjoy and chip in if you can think of some.

Star Wars – I am your Father!

This is perhaps one of the most iconic scenes from any of the Star Wars films and it paves the way as the setting for not only the rest of the original trilogy but the entire epic saga.

Darth Vader’s murderous voice telling Luke “I – am your father!”


Captain Lorca – Star Trek Discovery

Star Trek Discovery – great series and in season 1 captain Lorca’s devisive character seems out of place in starfleet. The reason why becomes apparent towards the end of season 1.

He’s from the Terran dimension.


Interstellar – Ranger 2 Detach

This amazing film deals plenty of surprises, the biggest one that no one saw coming, not even Dr Brand was Cooper’s sacrifice to shed weight from Endurance so it could escape the gravity well of Gargantua.


Death of Gamora

One of the most powerful scenes in Infinity War (at least for me) was the sacrifice of Gamora by Thanos so he could gain the soul stone. Just when you thought that he had failed, just when you thought there was hope he couldn’t succeed.


Star Wars Solo – Darth Maul

This one got me. Right at the end of Solo – Darth Maul appears with robotic legs. Chopped in half by Obi Wan some years before it obviously wasn’t enough to kill him. Not sure how that works, but hey. That’s Sci-Fi for you.


What do you think of these? Are there better ones I should have thought of? Maybe I’ll include them in a later post?



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Science Fiction Concepts – The Curse of Impatience

As usual and in no surprise to anyone how things happen in Sci-Fi films bears no resemblance (I hope) to how things would happen in a real mission.

Picture the scene, long journey, excitable explorers wanting to get out and see what’s there. To wait and carry out a survey is boring I mean come on we’ve come so far and it’s taken so long another day or two and I’m going to get really bored and start beating up the ship’s android.

You can see it now can’t you. I can…

They land and jump out and in no time one thing leads to another and horrific things are happening. Every time you can see what’s going to happen. The kind of thing that is going to go wrong.

Alien ship from the Alien films – No ownership claimed on image

Now I know science fiction is exactly that – fiction but let’s consider adding a little realism. If you’re winging it and things go balls up you get what you deserve but what happens if there’s a plan that’s executed, carried out and yet despite all the safeguards it all goes wrong.

What could be more terrifying than that?

A story I read once (I can’t remember what it was called or who it was from sorry) was about a human colonisation mission to another planet. They carried out surveys, landed the area was secured and the human colonisation started.

I local settlement warned them to go while they still could but of course they didn’t. The story ended with a really surprising twist. I was expecting there to be some kind of disease or other alien presence, but no. The robots, and all the other technology started failing, little by little it all went wrong until they were totally stranded. The metal of their ships and machines started to degrade (relatively) rapidly.

To me that’s terror, impatience is a costly thing and it’s the way a fool would do it. But when even the wise and intelligent can’t help themselves – then you’re really screwed.


© Simon Farnell 2020


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Blog Orbit – Blog Date September 2019

Hello bloggies, happy new month, happy Autumn and happy new blog orbit! As you can see blog orbits are going to come monthly from now on as I didn’t want my blog completely filled with blog orbits – it was kinda embarrassing.

So – what’s going on?

I’m playing that’s what – I’m still getting to grips with beyond the infinite and making it into the creative and thought provoking place that I want it to be. I would like to have more sketches, doodles and ideas that will inspire and maybe polarise some of my thinking. Keep watching this kind of stuff will come and I hope it’s going to be pretty cool.


Over the last week or two I’ve had posts about:
30 years since Voyager 2’s historic flyby of Neptune

I can’t remember where I got to with the last orbit but I Blue Siren was August’s Blog battle story and a pretty inventive and mind blowing post on what’s the energy with matter?

More good stuff is in the pipeline with an old series getting a reboot too!


I’m going to shoutout a blogger in this orbit, just becasue and all that. Goldie is a fairly recent addition to my followers and is pretty interactive and has some great content. Go and see.

Also make sure you look up my other blog Syborg’s Site. Thanks to two fellow bloggers for helping me with my name here! My randomness still exists there and I’ve lately been posting loads of picture that I’ve been taking and collecting!


I’m thinking that I need to find something that I can post about more frequently, any ideas on this are truly welcome as awesomeness takes time to create and I need to keep feeding nugget’s of awesomeness to the blogoshpere… any thoughts welcome.

Let me know how you guys are – what are you working on? How’s life?

Keep smiling and writing.



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