Imagine you’re sitting on a train. Suburbs whisk by and your eyes are glued to your phone. There’s some humanitarian crisis happening on the other side of the world. You live too far away to be a part of it but you can follow along, expressing your support for those who are there. Fave this, retweet that. It’s easy to call this sensation of living vicariously through social media weird – but it’s hard to call in uncommon.
Let’s take this hypothesis interstellar. Instead of a train, you’re now on a spaceship cruising towards your new life on a distant star. It’s a long journey but your ability to keep tabs on everyone back home helps to kill the time. However, the further your journey takes you, the faster the passage of time back home becomes. Minutes become hours, hours become days and days become years.
That, in essence, is the idea behind Gritfish’s Killing Time at Lightspeed.