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Chapter 14


While floating in space, there is an inclination to "plug in."  Without bindings, there are no strings to strum and devices deliver music to our ears. 

Sealed in ship, pod, or the velvet silence of the space walk, humans desire a bit of entertainment.  With the click of a button, music flows into our ears.  It comes from artists across the galaxy, "superstars" mostly.  With a potential audience of billions, artists rise and fall with their country's economic and political tide.

Drifting in the void, with no fellow traveler, blaring the seductive tones of a superstar deep into our eardrums makes perfect sense.  Yet, even on the planet's surface, even when surrounded by buzzing strings and singing choirs, I sometimes "plug in."  For the space traveler, the voice of a distant star is comfort.