EXCERPT: You Only Live Once by Sylvia Spruck Wrigley

Sylvia Spruck Wrigley writes about aviation and science fiction (but never both at the same time). She splits her time between South Wales and the Costa del Sol, two coastal regions with almost nothing in common. She’s been nominated for a Nebula Award for her short story “Alive, Alive Oh,” which appeared in Lightspeed in 2013. You can find out more about her at intrigue.co.uk.

Project YOLO

Funded! This project was successfully funded on Jan 31.


Pledged of $750,000

seconds to go

This is your chance to experience the ultimate adventure. Join us on asteroid X635s and discover the future. You only live once.

Project Goals

Our goal: to convert a large cargo shuttle for passenger transport to asteroid X635s. And to put you on it.

Yes, we’re serious. We are zGen Mining Operations and this isn’t some pipe dream; we’re already supplying transport between Earth and X635s. Project YOLO is simply an extension of our current abilities. We have facilities in Miami and a dedicated team ready to hit the ground running. Our goal is only $750,000, which will allow us to reverse our P2F conversion program already in place to complete this project. We own a Boeing 979-4 Freighter, a long-range spacecraft which we estimate would carry 3,500 supporters to the stars. Most importantly of all, we are dedicated to changing the investment paradigm by including our supporters directly in the project.

Think You’re Hardcore?

Living off-world requires strong minds, brute strength and passion. We want the best to join us in space. Will you be one?

Visit the Stars

Travel via the latest cargo shuttle technology. Experience life on an asteroid. Sleep on NASA-designed bunks forged from residue metal from the mines. Survive one of the toughest day-to-day regimens you can imagine. See Earth from a new perspective: all your troubles just a pin-prick of light in the distance. See our distant sun rise over rocky vistas that your friends and family will never experience.

For the Good of Humanity

Not only will your pledge get you a ticket to the stars, but you will also help to fund better conditions on the asteroids and more efficient mining. And you’ll get the chance to prove that you can make it in some of the toughest conditions known to man.

Do You Live For the Moment?

We only want the best. Will you take this once-in-a-lifetime chance to test your stamina and mental grit?

For just $5,000, you are guaranteed transport and six months of rations. (Update: based on heavy demand, we’ve added additional pledges for creature comforts that you just can’t live without.)

Forge a New You!

This is no time for half-measures. You will need to have a strong mind, brute strength, and true passion to survive. By funding the cargo shuttle conversion and the travel to asteroid X635s at the outer reaches of our solar system, you can guarantee you will be on it! Simply pledge at Blast Off level or above to experience a whole new world!

Make Your Friends Turn Green With Envy

Your package will include admission for three to the launch. Bring your friends and family to see the incredible rocket launch into space—with you in it! There will also be photographers on site to commemorate the occasion, selling portrait posters, t-shirts and 24”x20” canvas prints with a solid wood frame.

We Love Gym Bunnies!

Are you fit? Are you a member of a gym? If you can lift your own body weight and keep up on the treadmill, we’ll offer you 25% off! That’s right! You can pledge only $3,750 and still get a seat on the cargo shuttle and experience the trip of a lifetime.

Total Kickstarter Fund Required: $750,000

zGen are putting up the bulk of the funding needed. Only 150 seats need to be pledged, for you to get this phenomenal chance to see space for yourself and experience life on an asteroid.


Nothing on Earth can prepare you for the experience of living in space. Don’t just dream it, do it.

Risks and Challenges

None. The mining operation already exists and is already turning a profit. There’s literally no way that we can lose.

Your reservation is guaranteed. We’ll ensure that you are able to take part in this trip of a lifetime.


All purchases are final. If this Kickstarter drive is successful, all rewards are 100% guaranteed to be claimed.



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