Nights of Passion welcomes my favorite science fiction writer Chet Gottfried, author of the hiliarious SF novel Into the Horsebutt Nebula.
Perhaps it’s the easiest concept in existence: garbage. Everyone knows what
garbage is and what one does with it. Garbage is thrown out.
But is it always that simple? The answer is yes in the case of broken devices,
cracked glass, empty ice cream containers, politicians’ promises, and so forth. Easily, in
the majority of cases, garbage is truly garbage and it’s best discarded.
There is also the situation in which the idea of garbage becomes questionable. For
instance, what about that ancient book on something or another that might be wasting
valuable space on a shelf crying out for new books? I suppose that could be called
Passing the borderline can include something that is both rare and valuable. That occurs in my SF novel Into the Horsebutt Nebula when Captain Baines and crew enter
“black space,” one of the dead places described in my novel:
Within these galactic currents float the debris that comes along with a galaxy. As with any current, there are dead places, in which two or more currents may meet
and come to a halt, the galactic version of an alluvial plain or delta. . . .
Civilizations come and go, their garbage lives on forever.
While in the dead place, the captain makes a remarkable discovery, and his
companion explains the reasoning.
Baines stared at the darkened windshield. Something white bounced off it. “Was
that a jawbone of a diplodocus? Sauropod skulls are supposed to be fragile and
valuable—I mean, rare. Who’d throw one away?”
“You know how it goes. Someone somewhere builds a priceless collection, and one day kicks the bucket. The cleaning people don’t know a dinosaur skull from
an empty whiskey bottle, and it all gets chucked out.”
Although a humorous novel, Into the Horsebutt Nebula has its philosophical
moments, such as the realization that at times garbage may not be garbage.
Chet’s books can be found in many places including Amazon in Kindle and Print.
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