Must Spaceships Have Sonic Showers?

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In the Future, Showers are Still Wet

I remember a Star Trek  character once referencing a sonic shower. Because, you know, in the FUTURE you cannot use plain old water. Come on, that is positively ancient. But even if you could invent a “sonic shower,” would anyone want to use it?

Just because you can do something, does not mean you should. There are many things that could be invented today, but they are not because of impracticality, cost, or just lack of market. We could invent food pills that could sustain us, but would we want to live that way? Would we not miss the the taste and pleasure of eating and sharing meals?

Water is the most abundant staple for life. Our bodies are mostly water. We drink it, clean with it, and enjoy the feeling of it running warm against our skin. I do not think mankind will so radically change in a few hundred years that they eschew it. Not unless robot bodies become all the rage…

In the Tethered Worlds future, like in Star Trek, space travel has become somewhat routine. Spaceships have more than enough space for water and provisions, and bags of energy to run recycling and purification systems. There is no reason to not have a shower. Of course, in sci-fi, there is no reason to just leave a shower a shower either.

Tethered Worlds puts a fun little twist to today’s commonplace experience, and also adds functionality that is beginning to enter the marketplace. So in a future where clothing can keep people clean, and the need to constantly cleanse is reduced, there is still room for sensation, relaxation, and thought.

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Tethered Worlds is a series with no sonic showers. They use just plain old water. But they do have a twist…

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One thought on “Must Spaceships Have Sonic Showers?

  1. I like articles like these, where you compare current reality to a fictional (and possible) future reality. It’s a very interactive way to grab the reader and connect them to a fictional universe. Now that you have me thinking about it, I wonder what improvements could be made to future habits and tasks (like cleansing, brushing our teeth, etc) to keep them functional in a world where we rely on less for more. I certainly do not feel the need to streamline everything into one pill! *gulp* No thanks. I like the fun of interacting with the world and tools around me. I personally would miss the tools we use every day. I favor personality, even in inanimate objects.

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