Escape Pod 880: A Cosmonaut’s Guide to Talking to Your Parents
A Cosmonaut’s Guide to Talking to Your Parents
By Adriana C. Grigore
You have (3) unopened voicemails on your personal line. Last received 31 minutes ago, Aurea Minor Time.
> No. Switch to broadcast.
> Engage deep space satellite?
> Yes. On, say…a five-sector perimeter.
> Live transmission upon connection?
“… and when I said that no, I didn’t order the pie, I made it myself, they said—they said, oh, you shouldn’t have made such a mess! And I, well, I, I cried.”
“It’s… it’s like the mess was all they saw, you know?”
“And you wanted them to see you.”
“Yeah… I mean, doesn’t everyone?”
Sam looked at the canopy of stars past the asteroid belt he was supposed to be mapping. None of them would’ve been visible from any of the planets he’d grown up on, but they felt familiar anyway. Distant and still, as his spacesuit ebbed and flowed. (Continue Reading…)