Would you really leave in a Starship?

Discussion in 'General Trek Discussion' started by ZapBrannigan, Apr 22, 2013.

  1. ZapBrannigan

    ZapBrannigan Commodore Commodore

    Jan 7, 2013
    New York State
    If we suddenly had a real starship, able to travel as far and fast as the ones on TV, and with no relativity "time dilation" problems, would you volunteer for a multi-year mission?

    You'd miss a lot of people and things back home, but you'd get out there and see the galaxy.

    It's hard to say what I'd decide. On the one hand, yeah, let's blow this pop stand. But on the other hand, the solar systems you'd explore might all be lifeless. And if you did find life finally, it might be some mold and bacteria on a slimy planet with nothing much to offer.

    And your life on a starship might be even more confining and limiting than the daily grind you have now. It might be like working in an office building you never get to step outside of.

    But I think there'd be no shortage of volunteers.
  2. Third Nacelle

    Third Nacelle Captain Captain

    Apr 4, 2013
    The Denorios Belt
    If somebody right now asked me to go out on a five-year mission in a starship, I'd say yes without a tenth-of-a-second's hesitation. I don't think there are many Trek fans who wouldn't.

    I've never been to space, but I have been to sea (not for five years, mind you - the longest I've been out is nine months), and yes: living on a ship is confining, repetitive, and boring after a while. But it's also great fun from time to time, and the fun stuff is what you remember.
  3. Pondwater

    Pondwater Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Jan 27, 2011
    The Backwoods
    I might go for a limited time.

    :scream: Although, with my luck it might turn out be similar to what happened in Alien.
  4. Metryq

    Metryq Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Jan 23, 2013
    You can throw a few more "negatives" into the scenario, such as time dilation, one-way trip and no subspace communication, and I think I might still say yes. If shipboard cats are allowed (for the bone density thing mentioned in another forum), and I'd definitely say yes.


    (Ellie cloaked)
  5. LoneDragon

    LoneDragon Lieutenant Red Shirt

    Mar 22, 2013
    Salem, VA
    I'd love to go if I could bring my animals and my games and stuff to play in my off time. Provided of course that a decent percent of the crew is female...I'd hate to be stuck in a ship for years with mostly men.
  6. Melakon

    Melakon Admiral Admiral

    Nov 22, 2012
    Melakon's grave
    Sure, I'd go. I have no close friends or family, as all my friends were from work, and I've not worked in over ten years. Might have to take a pet along though. And I assume Starfleet would cover medical expenses, as I need my eyes and teeth fixed. But not sure what sort of shipboard job I'd be qualified to do. Resident grouch, I suppose. When I was about 4, there was some mean old man on our block who used to holler at us kids when we walked on the sidewalk in front of his house. Now, 58 years later, I seem to be turning into that guy. :lol:
  7. -Brett-

    -Brett- Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Jun 22, 2001
    I think my only source of hesitation would be my dog. He probably won't last five years, so I'd have some trouble leaving knowing that I'll never see him again. If pets are allowed, then hell yeah. Everyone else I know or care about will last five years.
  8. T J

    T J Commodore Commodore

    Dec 1, 2004
    milky way... there abouts
    I'd go this second and never look back to the fracking earth, good riddens.
  9. scotpens

    scotpens Vice Admiral Premium Member

    Nov 29, 2009
    Los Angeles, CA
    I'd serve aboard a starship without hesitation. It would be the adventure of a lifetime. Wth all the gajillions of stars with planetary systems out there, you'd be almost certain to encounter some interesting life forms. Or maybe Wrigley's Pleasure Planet or the amusement park planet from "Shore Leave."

    You got something against men?

  10. Bry_Sinclair

    Bry_Sinclair Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Sep 28, 2009
    The glorious Shetland Isles!
    I would volunteer. No clue what I'd do though, as I'm not a scientist or an engineer. Might be stuck in the galley, but it'd be worth getting out on my current deadend job (at least on a starship I'd get to see wonderous things).

    Plus, I wouldn't mind being surrounded by lots of men :drool:
  11. 6079SmithW

    6079SmithW Vice Admiral Admiral

    Sep 18, 2009
    I probably wouldn't meet the scientific and technical requirements to serve on a star ship, so no.
  12. Third Nacelle

    Third Nacelle Captain Captain

    Apr 4, 2013
    The Denorios Belt
    I'd go even if I had to work in the galley or scrub plasma manifolds.

    I don't really think anything on a 23rd-century starship is that difficult to do by 20th century standards. They've gotten used to soft living.
  13. Gojira

    Gojira Commodore Commodore

    Oct 15, 2008
    Stompin' on Tokyo
    As long as I didn't have to wear a red shirt I would go! ;)
  14. R. Star

    R. Star Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Jun 15, 2012
    I'd definitely go. Too many pros to outweigh the cons in my book.
  15. Amaris

    Amaris Abiding Eos Premium Member

    Dec 25, 2002
    United States
    In a heartbeat.
  16. Mr. Laser Beam

    Mr. Laser Beam Fleet Admiral Admiral

    May 10, 2005
    The visitor's bullpen
  17. T'Girl

    T'Girl Vice Admiral Admiral

    Aug 20, 2009
    Mostly men? I'm there.

  18. Gary7

    Gary7 Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    If given the choice, you bet. I'd miss my family and friends... but I'm not married and not in a serious relationship right now. Yeah, I would do it.

    It's a fantasy, dude! You're being offered the chance, so just take it. Besides, think of the training possibilities--you could learn a boat load and work your way up. ;)
  19. Sector 7

    Sector 7 Vice Admiral Admiral

    Mar 27, 2008
    Rural North Carolina
    If the only position open was alien toilet scrubber, I would still go in a nanosecond!:techman: Sign me up!!:bolian:
  20. Captain McBain

    Captain McBain Captain Captain


    You could be Odo's or Worf's friend!