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On Aging

a man in a uniform with very short thinning white hair and a white beard

A Mastodon writing prompt story. These are science fiction short stories (usually 480 characters or less), based on an image generated by EW Doc Parris using MidJourney.

The stories are originally posted on Mastodon via my personal account.

Originally published June 7, 2023.

Mining in space is hard. It takes years off your life. You age differently. Sure, everything floats around, and tons of rock can be easier to move. But momentum is momentum, and mass is still mass. Too many friends have been crushed because of a misdirected load.

Bad food. Bad air. Too much radiation exposure. Physical breakdown because of lack of gravity. Still, I look pretty good for a 35-year old miner.