Hands-down the best part of this campaign has been hitting the pavement and talking to fellow Browncoats and others who want to see our descendants living off-world. We tend to fret the setup, but the people we meet make it all worth it. With only rare exceptions, people love the idea of naming the space shuttle’s replacement after Serenity, and our most common response that we receive is for the con attendee to take the Lord’s name in vain in some way and demand that we hand them a pen to sign on!
Every once in a while, though– maybe one out of one hundred– we encounter someone who reacts not with indifference nor apathy, but with something akin to actual hostility. We’re talking about dropping their “indoor voice” and taking a tone that can best be described as shrill as they loudly proclaim that they will not support “corporations exploiting space.” Continue Reading