First Starman by Eero Tarik
Approx. 7,230 words.
Published on May 6, 2012.
Xin was more alone than any human had ever been before, although there were some who would argue that he was no longer human at all.
This was a unique journey in many ways, the first time humankind had tried to go beyond the solar system and venture to another star system, and to make such a journey possible required a very special man, the First Starman.