Lea Kirk, What is Your Favorite Space Toy/Weapon/Aircraft & Why? and Pets in Space

Pets In Space 600x900I am thrilled to be one of nine authors in the anthology, Pets in Space, combining two of my big loves, space and pets. A portion of proceeds are being donated to hero-dogs.org who raise and train service dogs for US veterans.

I am delighted that each author in Pets in Space has agreed to share with us an insight into their story in the anthology and a little bit about why they decided to write for the anthology. Today’s guest is Lea Kirk:

“Everyone aboard,” Gryf ordered. “Time to strap in.”

“Will you double check my seatbelt, Uncle Graig, please?”

Maggie smile sweetly.

“Of course, little bird.”

Juan grasped the handle of his gear bag. “I’ll stow your bag, Uncle Graig.” The six-year-old bounded up the ramp and disappeared into the craft.

There wasn’t much in the bag, just a couple of changes of civilian clothes he’d taken from the stores of Camp One.

Everything he’d owned had been left behind aboard the Atlantis when the Anferthians had boarded the ship.

There are so many cool devices out there in sci-filandia it’s hard to choose just one. So, here’s my top three favorite sci-fi “gadgets”.

The transporter from Star Trek. I mean, could you imagine having that at your beck-and-call? No more saving to purchase over-priced airplane tickets. And who wouldn’t be happy if they didn’t have to sit next to Patient Zero on an airplane as they hacked and sneezed all the way across the country? Think of all the travel time you’d save. Unlike Dr. McCoy, I’d have no issues having my molecules disassembled and reassembled if it meant getting from one place to another in seconds. Sign me up for the frequent beamer mileage award program, now!

The Noisy Cricket from Men in Black. As far as weapons go, this is the badest of the bad. Astronomical power in a convenient, pocket-sized package. Let’s face it, you pull this baby out and alien miscreants are going to bolt for the first ship off planet. The only improvement I can think of making is adding an airbag that deploys behind you when you shoot. Although, watching Agent Jay flying backward and butt first into the taxi’s windshield never gets old.

The Heart of Gold from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. This is one sleek space ship that I’d love to steal from Zaphod Beeblebrox. Everything about this ship redefines cool. The all-white design, the happy talking doors, Marvin the Paranoid Android. Admittedly, the starkness of an all-white interior might get to me after a while, but cheerful doors who are so pleased to open and close for you might off-set that. Marvin, in my humble opinion, is the greatest robot in the history of sci-fi robots. Love that little, depressed guy. But my most favorite thing on the ship, the one thing I really want, is the Infinite Improbability Drive.


Is it surprising that we’ve circled back to travel? Not really. I love traveling, and any of the fantastical worlds featured in the Pets in Space Anthology would make ideal destinations. The Infinite Improbability Drive would be the perfect means of getting there, or anywhere. I’m always looking to the future and dreaming of how we can travel from Point A to Point B, C,…Z faster and with the least amount of fuss.

The only problem with the IID is that you never know where you’ll end up, or what you’ll be when you get there. But, hey, life’s an exciting adventure, right?

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  1. Lea Kirk says:

    I’m a little behind on this, but thank you for having me on our blog, Susan! 🙂

    1. S.E. Smith says:

      Happy to have you, Lea! You’ve been super busy!! <3 Feel the love.

  2. I somehow missed this post! Sorry about that! Very fun! I love cool tech! Many thanks for being part of our grand adventure and sharing your fun story!

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