We Possess, So It Seems, One Of Man’s Greatest Dreams: Author’s Notes

For those who didn’t catch the reference in the title of that last fic-a-day, the reference was to the chorus of the filk piece Home on Lagrange (The L5 Song), copyright 1978 by William S. Higgins and Barry D. Gehm.

The lyrics are as follows:

Oh, give me a locus where the gravitons focus
Where the three-body problem is solved,
Where the microwaves play down at three degrees K,
And the cold virus never evolved.

CHORUS:

Home, home on LaGrange,
Where the space debris always collects,
We possess, so it seems, two of Man’s greatest dreams:
Solar power and zero-gee sex.

We eat algae pie, our vacuum is high,
Our ball bearings are perfectly round.
Our horizon is curved, our warheads are MIRVed,
And a kilogram weighs half a pound.

(chorus)

If we run out of space for our burgeoning race
No more Lebensraum left for the Mensch
When we’re ready to start, we can take Mars apart,
If we just find a big enough wrench.

(chorus)

I’m sick of this place, it’s just McDonald’s in space,
And living up here is a bore.
Tell the shiggies, “Don’t cry,” they can kiss me goodbye
‘Cause I’m moving next week to L4!

(chorus)

2 thoughts on “We Possess, So It Seems, One Of Man’s Greatest Dreams: Author’s Notes

  1. It was fun to find this. Glad you liked the song. And that you created a story that sprang from it. And that you attributed it correctly.

    Please note that “Home on Lagrange” is copyright 1978 by William S. Higgins and Barry D. Gehm.

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    • Thank you kindly for your comment. (Please accept my assurance, also, that the lack of copyright statement was ignorance, rather than malice; the site from which I sourced the attribution was evidently incorrect on that point. I have updated the post accordingly.)

      If I might ask, also, I have some future plans to collect the ficlets (although not these author’s notes, etc.), and would like to footnote that one’s title with a reference to the song, with attribution, copyright, etc. Is there a particular place I should direct the curious reader to who wants to know more than that?

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