First Contact is imminent. A self portrait when I was about 7 years old and I had read that a beam of light travels forever in space until it hits something. So, with a knapsack for the flashlight and a jacket, my trusty Red Rocket Space Patrol lunchbox (with a peanut butter sandwich, you know, just in case) and my Morse Code emergency signal: 3 short blinks, 3 long blinks, and 3 short blinks, I sent for a starship to take me back where I belonged. Only seven, hadn’t even read any science fiction yet, signaled every night for a week, SO DISAPPOINTED.

So now, more than half century later, I have to wonder… is it 3 short blinks, 3 long blinks, and 3 short blinks, or 3 long blinks, 3 short blinks, 3 long blinks… ?

(First use of my homemade starry sky)

All Products

boy, child, sky, space, spaceship, stars


  • linaji
    linajialmost 6 years ago

    WOW SYD.. if not blue man you do this work that takes us all back to our childhood when we BELIEVED.. and yah.. then sometimes so dang dissapointed.. GLORIOUS WORK!

  • Dance the first comment dance, or course you get it, knew you would, Thanks My Friend!!!

    – Syd Baker

  • retepk
    retepkalmost 6 years ago

    Superb image and story Syd. FCD!! Could it have been all 3 long then all 3 short? Like the starfield.

  • Thanks Peter, it’s the Doppler toothbrush! And I had it right the first time, just not time for a pickup yet…

    – Syd Baker

  • Susan A Wilson
    Susan A Wilsonalmost 6 years ago

    Hey Syd….remember they have to travel a long way to get here…dont give up hope yet, they might still come for u :)

  • Thanks Soos, I think they’ve been here all along, and know darn well when it’s time, better than an impatient kid!

    – Syd Baker

  • scott allison
    scott allisonalmost 6 years ago

    three short, three long, three short…
    it takes 332 minutes for light to reach pluto from earth… maybe the signal hasn’t gotten where you aimed it yet…
    nice job!

  • Thanks Scott, I’m sure they noted my enthusiasm, but are waiting according to schedule!

    – Syd Baker

  • jlynn
    jlynnalmost 6 years ago

    Another fantastic work of fun cool art!!!

  • Thank you lots, true story, fond memory!

    – Syd Baker

  • Scott Bricker
    Scott Brickeralmost 6 years ago

    jeeze…you too, huh Syd!…heheh
    very cool!

  • Not that surprising how many folks tried/are trying this, perhaps our origins really do go back to the seeding principal.

    – Syd Baker

  • janniev
    jannievalmost 6 years ago

    Fabulous image and wonderful story of your childhood hopes and dream. They may still come, they have a very long way to come. Don’t give up yet!

  • Thank you J, I think they’ve been right there all along, benign and indulgent, and caring…

    – Syd Baker

  • Keith Reesor
    Keith Reesoralmost 6 years ago

    …—-… Any episodes of missing time? They may have come and erased your memory!! Any strange lumps up your skin behind your ears? Do you seem to set off the alarms when entering and exiting stores? Excellent image Syd!! :)

  • Well, I can change traffic lights by staring at them, but can’t everybody?

    – Syd Baker

  • Keith Reesor
    Keith Reesoralmost 6 years ago

    dot, dot, dot, dash, dash, dash, dot, dot, dot!!

  • It seems I got it right the first time, and the starship was content to watch and wait… well, by now I have the patience of 10,000 holy men…

    – Syd Baker

  • JenLand
    JenLandalmost 6 years ago

    Like soos said, they may be on their way! This is such a wonderful tribute to the heart and mind of childhood. :o) Like the starry night sky too!

  • Thanks Jen, you’d have laughed to see me with the drop cloth and toothbrush, flicking ink speckles all over the place like in 6th grade art class!

    – Syd Baker

desktop tablet-landscape content-width tablet-portrait workstream-4-across phone-landscape phone-portrait

10%off for joining

the Redbubble mailing list

Receive exclusive deals and awesome artist news and content right to your inbox. Free for your convenience.