“Wanderers Tormented with an Everlasting Itch for Things Remote”

By: | December 6th, 2014

With the successful launch and splashdown yesterday of the Orion Spacecraft, the first step toward an eventual trip to Mars, a new space age has begun filled with hope and promise and so it is fitting to take a peak into what may lie ahead.

A Short Science Fiction Film

The quote in the title is from Herman Melville who wrote in Moby Dick about wanderers with an interest in undiscovered lands and new worlds and an attraction to “sailing in forbidden seas.”

The accompanying video “Wanderers, A Galactic Tour” is narrated by the late Carl Sagan, one of history’s greatest astrophysicists and futurists. The short movie shows what future of space exploration and the discovery of new worlds might look like. It includes a number of interesting spaceship designs, asteroids, planets, flying humans and more.

The audio track is originally from Sagan’s famous “Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space” documentary with new graphics created by noted digital artist Erik Wernquist based on our solar system.

According to Wernquist excerpts were taken from Pale Blue Dot’s “Wanderers” chapter. He edited together the audio from the audio-book, and added the video from:

  • Carl Sagan’s Cosmos
  • BBC’s Wonders of the Solar System with Brian Cox
  • BBC’s Walking with Cavemen
  • Discovery’s Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking
  • Discovery’s Super Structures
  • History’s Failure is not an Option
  • Schindler’s List (film)
  • Select pictures from Boston.com’s The Big Picture
  • The music is derived from three songs on the Lost soundtrack: Hollywood and Vines, Locke’d Out Again, and Oceanic 815.

According to Wernquist, Wanderers is Part III or his 3 part tribute to Carl Sagan. The other two are:

Again, here is Part I:


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David Russell Schilling

David enjoys writing about high technology and its potential to make life better for all who inhabit planet earth.

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