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"What do you want to be when you grow up?"
As a child I never had a sensible answer to that question (I still don't ... ), but astronaut was at the top of the list for years. Sadly I had to make do with vicarious experiences, and alongside following the real advances in space exploration and science I adventured through space in Fireball XL5, with Thunderbirds, in the the Tardis, and a suspiciously clean and shiny white ship called the Enterprise.
Later I voyaged with Adama, Aeryn Sun, Reynolds, Ivanova, Kryten (and Crichten) , was scared out of my socks on the Nostromo, bemused along with Bowman, and sad for days after JMS finally turned out the lights.
The sense of wonder has never left me.
"I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I've watched c-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate.
All those ... moments will be lost in time, like tears... in rain.
Time to die.".