A school teacher lifts her hand to the sky, and watches her fingers dissolve. It tingles, like a foot falling asleep, or standing up too fast. The crimson sun shines through her fingers. It is time to go to the regeneration facility, she thinks to herself, in an alien language, and she begins the short walk. She shudders at the thought of placing her hand under one of the re-gen lights—they burn—but what else is she to do? She cannot teach without fingers.

On a television some miles away, the news is showing people running, screaming, pulling at their dissolving fingers. An outbreak, they call it, and recommend going to the regeneration facility. A day later, the government collapses because the ‘outbreak’ is actually a sign of the world beginning to destroy itself.

“We have destroyed this world with our bombs and experiments. We will choose those who will escape to V3, and send them there in an escape shuttle, but the rest of us will have to play for our actions,” her voice is melodic, speaking in the same alien language. The world is falling apart, its inhabitants running ramped through the streets and screaming of the end.

The school teacher has been chosen, along with seven hundred others, to board the escape shuttle to V3. V3 is green and blue, unlike their own red planet, but it is apparently safe for their life forms. They come aboard the shuttle soon after waking, and it takes off not an hour later. Forty three of the chosen were left behind, two of which were too dissolved to walk. So, six hundred fifty seven people were strapped to seats with speeding hearts and anxiety bleeding through them like ink on white cloth.

The passengers were placed in suspended animation as they soared through space to V3, and did not wake until they had been on the planet for two weeks. The teacher rose, holding her head in her hands. She was in pain from her dissolved toes to her frizzy hair. When they excited the shuttle, they were shocked to find the previously green destination dark and burnt like their own. They rewound the security tapes, and watched their home planet explode. Fragments of their beautiful home fell upon V3, scorching it. The security tapes showed the strange animals of this planet running for their lives—dying.

“Our new home may be partially destroyed, but we will find a way. What shall we call this planet? V3 is not appropriate for a home.” A male of their species says in their language. The rest nod in agreement. They have no time to mourn for their home planet, they are too busy finding food and water. The teacher looks up at the sky. It is pale, pale blue, and she cannot look at the sun as she had on her home planet. She hopes for a better future. But what will they call this planet? They discuss it after the sun has set and they sit together in their shuttle, chilled. This beautiful planet deserves a beautiful name, and they mix parts of their language together to come up with a suitable one.

They called it Earth.


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Lightsabers Vs Phasers: The Ultimate Sci-Fi Battle

With Star Wars gaining rapid popularity with the release of “Rogue One” and 2015’s “The Force Awakens”, and Star Trek having just released “Beyond” last year, sci-fi fans are faced with the question of whether they are a member of Starfleet or a Jedi. Whether they fight with lightsabers or phasers. The feud between two of the world’s most popular franchises is only growing with time.

While speeding from one solar system to another in the Millennium Falcon sounds like a blast, one must remember that, in Star Wars, there is a dangerous war spreading to the far corners of the galaxy. The rebels may be fighting for a good cause—but they’re still fighting. War on Earth is horrible, but imagine it with ray guns, glowing swords that can split The Hulk in two, alien animals that would do anything to take a bite out of a humanoid; and, not to mention, giant space crafts that can destroy entire planets in one blast (ahem, we’re looking at you, Death Star). The Star Wars universe is anything but desirable, but it does make for incredible fiction.

On the other end of the spectrum, there is Star Trek. This universe has its evils, too. The various TV shows and movies are focused around a space exploration vessel, the Enterprise, as it speeds through space “to seek out new life and new civilizations,” and “to boldly go where no man has gone before”. Seems simple, but this does not take into account the dangerous alien races such as the Klingons and the Romulans, both of which have been known to attack for no apparent reason, regardless of the fact that the Enterprise is an innocent ship, not seeking battle. Of course, this ship is armed with various weapons and a shield. This is not a safe place to be, yet, the people on the ship tend to come aboard with their entire families (including the small children).

Both of these amazing science fiction universes have millions of fans that wish to actually be in their dangerous universes. Fans wish to be Jedi knights, wielding the force and a lightsaber. Fans wish to beam aboard a Federation vessel and explore the galaxy alongside Captain Kirk and Picard. So, the question stands, which would be more desirable? The answer: Star Wars may be more fun, but Star Trek is infinitely safer. Welcome aboard.


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The Trek for Star Trek

The Trek for Star Trek


Jules Verne is considered the father of science fiction. At a close second: H.G. Wells. There is an abundance of science fiction authors who are deserving of this title; however, Gene Roddenberry (who is rarely mentioned, surprisingly, in the world of sci fi) is by far the most influential of this time. His biggest hit, Star Trek, has changed the world in many outstanding ways.

Roddenberry was born in Texas on August 19th, 1921. Before Star Trek, he survived three plane crashes—most people in the United States have never been in one, let alone three. Shortly after, he began writing screenplays for movies and TV shows. Most of them did not end up making it, but he did not give up. When he came up with the idea for Star Trek, no studio would buy it except for Desilu Studios, which is famous mostly for “I Love Lucy”. At the time, Desilu was suffering greatly, for they had not had a big hit in a long time aside from the previously mentioned series. The first pilot of Star Trek did not go over well with the audience, so another one was made with an entirely different cast—a diverse group of men, women, and various races. This combated the racist and sexist views of the time, and it may have been a leading factor in getting to where America is now. On the bridge of the show’s set they had not only an Asian actor (George Takei, who played Lt. Sulu), but, shockingly, an African-American woman (Nichelle Nichols, who played Lt. Uhura).

The second pilot episode of Star Trek went much better, but that is not where Roddenberry’s problems with the show ended. Not only was the show gathering poor reviews, but the main character, Captain Kirk (played by William Shatner) wasn’t seen as the main character. Fans seemed to prefer Vulcan first officer Spock, played by Leonard Nimoy. The solution to this issue was recommended by Isaac Asimov, a fellow science fiction author, who suggested Kirk and Spock come in a pair to direct audience more towards the actual main character. The alien/human relationship, paired with the interracial couples on the show opened the minds of many.

Star Trek: The Original Series unfortunately did not make it as big as anyone hoped. They had a very inconvenient time slot that had ratings and views dropping like flies. The show was cancelled after three incredible seasons. It wasn’t until after its cancellation that it really began to pick up. Though it had a fairly large fan base, now it was growing exceptionally. Star Trek: The Next Generation debuted in September of 1987, followed by Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and then finally, Star Trek: Voyager. There were also 6 Original Series sequel movies, and four Next Gen films to follow. Clearly, Star Trek had exploded all over the world. Each series embraced ever race, gender, type of alien, etc. and showed the world that, in the end, life is a very precious thing—which ever form it may take. Millions upon millions of peoples’ lives were changed by this beautiful idea, and it continues to change more.



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The Strong Will of Mr. Wilson

Ask anyone in the Fruita 8/9 school who their favorite teacher is—what their favorite class is—and the answer will likely be Mr. Wilson’s literacy or mythology classes. He is widely known as one of the coolest teachers at the school, and one of the school’s favorite teachers. But do they know the man behind these amazing classes as well as they think they do? The answer is no; he has an incredible backstory that may go unspoken of.

Mr. Wilson was actually born in England, which is a bit of a surprise. His dad was in the military, which led to his family moving around a lot; living in Germany, and eventually Michigan in United States. Much like Fruita, the part of Michigan he lived in was rural (farms, corn fields, acres of distance in between houses is not uncommon). In other words, Wilson was a bit of a country boy when his family suddenly moved into the big city of Detroit. A city that is known for being tough to live in is even tougher for someone accustomed to quiet farm life.

“I developed some empathy, I think, for being the new kid, being the different kid, or things like that,” Wilson says. He was beat up and bullied, unfortunately, for being the new kid when he moved. Over 77% of students have been bullied in the United States, and it is a serious issue that is, hopefully, on its way to being resolved. It’s devastating that Mr. Wilson had to be one of those kids, but he would never have been who he is now if it hadn’t been for that.

It was not the switch in environments that led Mr. Wilson to become a teacher, though. When asked why he had decided to become a teacher, he explained that he was an ‘A’ and ‘B’ student until senior year of high school. He mentions that he had begun to slack, and his history teacher Mr. Cummins saved him from that hole he was digging himself into. Wilson began to come to class tardy almost every day. Mr. Cummins called Wilson out in front of the entire class once and chewed him out, which was likely a very embarrassing experience; however, later, the teacher talked to him about why he had called him out. He explained that he was upset with Wilson disrespecting his class, but that he cared and wanted him to succeed. Mr. Wilson says that he is the main reason he became a teacher.

Although he could not become a teacher right away (since he went into the air force straight out of high school), Mr. Wilson went to college to teach as soon as he could. He began teaching in a large school in Ohio before moving to Colorado to explore his hobby of mountain climbing, and continue teaching here, of course. Wilson says he really likes the Colorado lifestyle and the people here.

Mr. Wilson truly is an amazing teacher, and he proved that it is best to stay strong through life—and that one can do anything with grit. He is one of the most respectable teachers here, and one of the most respecting. He is a huge inspiration to the entire Fruita 8/9 school, and he deserves many thanks for his incredible teaching and his strong will.



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