I've been interviewed quite a few times in my life, but never have I been so stung and awakened as I had been when Michael Behar interviewed me for this Outside Magazine article back in 2006.
Sex in Space, definitely two of my favorite topics rolled into one, so you can imagine that I'd have enjoyed the conversation. I'm also a nerd (or geek, whatever) and I wanted to make sure I explained the science and engineering of the experience so this journalist could convey it properly to his readers. Problem is, my effort was for naught and the attributed quote was entirely made up.
The interior doesn't exactly ooze with romance: It's cavernous and cold, a long, hollow tube bathed in fluorescent light and padded with thick gym mats. One of our coaches, Matt Reyes, the 29-year-old director of technical operations for Zero Gravity, hands each of us a barf bag.
"Keep this handy," he commands.
For the record, I never said "keep this handy"! What I did say was something far more mundane and routine; something along the lines that the bag belongs in your front flight suit pocket, that he should keep the pocket unzipped for easy access in the low instance that he actually needed it.
It was important that I made this clear because at the time Zero-G was very intent on ensuring that our customers realized that the odds of getting sick--if preparations were followed--were actually quite low. While to us space-nerds a ride on NASA's Vomit Comet was a dream come true, the fact is not too many people were interested in paying hundreds or thousands of dollars to get motion sick.
That's why even after 12 years, this specific article burns me; I did not focus on the getting sick part! The author leveraged his creative license to set a scene and in turn missed out on more accurately describing what zero-gravity sex encounter would look and feel like.
Having flown for several hundred parabolas, I have my own ideas about what sex would be like in microgravity; the good, the bad, and the ugly (trust me, it's mostly good). Another time I'll get around to writing my thoughts on the subject because a lot of buzzworthy news articles I think are getting it mostly wrong.