33-Valkyrie’s View: A Year Among the Stars

February 2nd, 2552 Redundant Redundancies

Pilot/Mechanic/Lab Rat – Katherine ‘Kat’ James Reporting

It’s fun sitting in on lectures about safety and caution when what they want you to do is touch down on alien planets, follow protocols that were designed to control the unknown based on the known. So we’re basically gathering samples following protocols for earth-based microbes and known, earth-based elements and we’re expecting them to work on places that have never even seen earth – not to mention not leaving any of our nasty ol’ earth germs where it might harm the environment or evolve into something that can kill us.

I may have said something to that effect, and the lecturer may have glowered at me – but I only said what was on everyone’s mind. We really aren’t going to know how well these things work until they are actually put into use.

On the bright side, they did decide to explore one planet at a time until we got a feel for the area, as opposed to the plan of ‘pick 8 likely planets and send one ship to investigate each.’ I see it as doing my part to try and survive as long as possible.

Reason number 237 why I’m making sure my Franken-ship is well designed and has redundancies on the redundancies – there’s too much space out there not to reinforce paranoia.

Mac has volunteered to make sure I don’t miss anything, and I’m only mildly paranoid about the offer.

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