My children were avid fans of the Land Before Time series when they were younger. As I’m four chapters into writing a sci-fi murder mystery, a line from one of the songs in the series keeps echoing through my mind: Beyond the mysterious beyond. After a writer pens the first sentence of a novel-in-progress, they wonder some version of that question. What does lie beyond the mysterious beyond? What words will fill the next page and the page after that and the page after that? That sense of exploration is something that unites writers and those who delve into the unknowns of space. There is a passion in both for finding out what lies beyond the mysterious beyond – writer and astronaut alike will do whatever it takes to unearth the answer to that all-consuming question.