I will admit right now that I have an obsession with space. I have had it for years. I mean, come on, every little kid dreams of being an astronaut at least once. Fueled by movies like Close Encounters, ET and Explorers, I was ready to fly off to space and see some aliens. Maybe not the Aliens aliens, but something cool. In my college years I read Parable of the Sower and listened to The Martian Chronicles. Star Trek, Farscape…
This is a huge part of my mental landscape.
So, why am I thinking about Starship Libraries?
Duh, So I can be a Starship Librarian!
I mean, surely there are going to be information control needs relevant to interplanetary travel. Especially long term journeys like going to Mars. Going to Mars is going to be a trip of years at a stretch, and that’s going to require all sorts of skills. I think I may be able to help provide something useful to a mission.
Plus, I’ve been thinking about how I could get myself in shape, and having a big goal is a great way to do that. I know, that’s shallow and kind of insane. But seriously. People can just apply to become an astronaut on USA Jobs like any government job. I never imagined it could be so close. Having useful skills, being intelligent, and having the physical conditioning are surely all part of the package.
So, that’s my dream. Being a librarian in space.
Let’s see if I can make that happen.