Explication of a Postcard


Hijack the Starship

For The Daily Create 614, we were to use images from or related to the Hubble Telescope found at http://www.spacetelescope.org/images/ to create a postcard. Not just any postcard, but “from an alien race.” Now, I don’t know about you, but when I think of aliens, I think of my fellow human beings who happen to be citizens of countries other than the one I’m a citizen of. And vice versa. And “race”? That is rather ambiguous, more so in our time of history than in the past. Though sometimes we refer collectively to the human race.

So, I wandered around in the corners of my mind to find how we could relate to space exploration, to beings from not just other countries but other planets or no planet at all.

Hijacking a starship is a meaningful phrase from the 1970 Blows Against the Empire record album. Created by musicians primarily from the Jefferson Airplane group as they morphed into Jefferson Starship, the sci-fi theme related to peace-loving hippies taking over a starship that the government has built, taking 7000 souls off to unknown places. Picture the folks at ds106 as the agents of change who are hijacking government institutions.

Universal freedom: I think of Richie Havens’ introduction to the Woodstock Festival. “Freedom! Freedom!” he sang, as he powerfully strummed his unique open chords on his guitar.

All your base are belong to us and variations on that phrase trace roots to a 1991 Sega video game called Zero Wing, and then becoming viral before that term was used as an animated GIF. Here the phrase may mean that the beings that the peaceniks encounter in space may not be all that peaceful. Yet, we conclude with a call for peace. Or a plea for mercy.

Calling Occupants of Interstellar Craft was a song written and performed by a Canadian band, Klaatu. Released in 1976, the song carried forward the band’s sci-fi mystery. Since the band was relatively unknown, yet with fully polished harmonies and musicality similar to a more famous band, many people thought they were The Beatles in cognito. The band name, of course, refers to the 1950s movie The Day the Earth Stood Still, in which a visiting alien is misunderstood.

The call to the interstellar craft is simply, “we want to make a contact with you. We are your friends.” They are also looked upon as interstellar police to enforce peace on earth. Warning: alien police actions aren’t friendly ways to act.

Will it work, can humans be friends with non-human aliens? Can humans be friends with human aliens? It’s your choice.

By the way, I flipped the image ninety degrees to show a more horizonal launch of the space shuttle. This is actually more like the real launch, since the Florida launch site is on the side of the earth, not the top. It’s all perspective, so this counts for Daily Create 606, Make a drawing that emphasizes perspective (e.g. angle of view).


One comment on “Explication of a Postcard

  1. Rockylou22 says:

    Hi Bill. I added a little detail to your photo that you somehow missed. http://flic.kr/p/fRYvB2

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