I grew up near a small town. I went into town every day to go to school. I partied with the townsfolk and all the farm kids in the area. I don’t remember ever being alone as a kid. Yeah, my house was on a lake, and there weren’t any other houses within sight, and I liked that. But civilization was a few minutes away. I’ve gotten used to being a few days away from civilization now that I travel the star lanes, but that did not prepare me for leaving the very stars behind. Life outside the arms of the galaxy is…truly and completely isolating.