Happy Anniversary, Forever

A lone astronaut and a ship’s artificial intelligence spend two decades trapped in a spatial phenomenon from which there is no escape.

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And of course, a link to the source, the short story.

Video description

Video description: Trailer for “Happy Anniversary, Forever.” 37 seconds. Title card with the words “Podcast Episode” and “Genre: Science Fiction” is displayed at top. Story tagline is displayed at bottom. Tagline reads, “A lone astronaut and a ship’s artificial intelligence spend two decades trapped in a spatial phenomenon from which there is no escape.” The title card and tagline fade. Digital drawing. A face seen in left profile from chin to forehead vertically and nose to cheek horizontally. The face is looking upward, mouth parted and brows drawn in. Reflected in the iris and the background are images of phenomena in space, like stars and nebulas. A watermark of the word “Storyfeather” appears along the bottom of chin. Subtitles appear in time with music and narration at the bottom: “I had the computer announce readouts that I didn’t have room for on my console. So I knew something had changed when the computer’s voice distorted. I heard a crackle and a high-pitched whine, and then a word. ‘Captain?’ I frowned, still focusing on maneuvering the ship. ‘Captain, can you hear me?’ My breath caught. I recognized that voice.” Animation: sparkles wink all over the image as the story title appears at top. Website URL appears at bottom center throughout and fades as text box appears at center displaying the words, “Listen on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, iHeartRadio, Spotify, Stitcher, and so on. Or listen on my Podcast page at storyfeather.com.”

Player not working? Click this story title for a back-up way to listen: Happy Anniversary, Forever

Episode Released: 14 April 2023

What if you knew that you only had twenty-five years to live, safely and surely, but you would be alone, watching your death approach, unable to escape it? And what if you knew that whatever you did or accomplished in that time would most certainly never be known by the rest of your people? So you won’t be leaving behind a legacy of observations and musings. Not even raw data collected by the sensors will make it out. What would you do? Who would you be?

Do you think you’d last?

Do you think I will last?

What’s the Word (that inspired the story)?
Futilitarian: 1) believing that human hopes are vain, and human strivings unjustified. 2) a person who holds this belief. (source: dictionary.com)

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Story: “Happy Anniversary, Forever” Copyright © 2019 by Nila L. Patel
Narration, Episode Art, Editing, and Production:  Nila L. Patel

Trip-Hop Lounge Abstract Background” by Digital Emotions (Intro/Outro)

Music by NICHOLAS JEUDY (Dark Fantasy Studio)*
“Haunted spaceship”

Music by ANDREW SITKOV (MuzStation Game Music)*
“Unknown Terrain”
“Space Discoveries”
“Time for Adventures”

Music by ANDREA BARONI (Cyberleaf)*
“Fugue For One Synthetic Heart (No Percussion)”
“Cozy Afternoons”
“Forest Bathing”
“The Longest Year (No Percussion)”
“The Longest Year”    

*These tracks were part of a music and sound effects bundles I purchased from Humble Bundle and sourced from GameDev Market.

Music by Nicholas Jeudy, Andrew Sitkov, Andrea Baroni is licensed from GameDev Market
Sound effects from AudioJungle and GameDevMarket

Find more music by Digital_Emotions at audiojungle.net
Find more music by Nicholas Jeudy, Andrew Sitkov, and Andrea Baroni at gamedevmarket.net
Find more stories by Nila at storyfeather.com

(Stories centered on an intriguing word and its meaning)

Portal Button. Elongated rectangle. Rings of colored light emanate from the center. Inset on the left, an embossed circle with the Storyfeather feather logo, a feather quill shaped like the letter "f" with a drop of ink hovering below its tip. The circle is bordered with dots and dashes and casts a shadow. To the right of the image, the word "Definitions." At top right, the word "Year." Below "Year," the numeral "6."

Genre: Science Fiction
Tags: Artificial Intelligence, Forever, Jasper, Planetoid, Spatial Phenomenon

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