"Nothing happened in my childhood — no trauma or anything. I just had a genetic disposition toward things that were horrible."
"In the absence of Galactic operations, the only passengers who have lifted off from Spaceport America are the cremated remains of people whose families have paid UP Aerospace to launch their dead loved ones on a final joyride.
"… UP Aerospace’s first operation, the first launch from Spaceport America in 2006, malfunctioned well before it got suborbital, crashed, and spilled the ashes of a veterinarian in the desert. Celestis is the company handling sales of space burials for clients like James Doohan (‘that old guy from Star Trek’) and Gordon Cooper (the last of America’s Right Stuff astronauts to orbit Earth in Project Mercury). About its burials the company says, "Celestis missions are environmentally friendly in that no cremated remains are released into space.’"
—A few months old, but this article on the Spaceport in New Mexico is fascinating. Also: Ashes of a Veterinarian would make a really stately novel title.
Random thought about a college friend’s story about when his mom was on ‘Family Feud,’ and she was asked to name “a yellow citrus fruit” and she said “orange.”
(I have been both people in this story.)