Tuesday, January 2, 2024
#2 / A Pretty Good One
On December 3, 2023, The New York Times Book Review alerted us to a new book that discusses the idea that our human future may include a relocation to A City On Mars. The picture above, captured from the Astronomy.com website, is one depiction of what such a city might look like (at least in its initial stages). Maybe, everything would turn out great, if we were to pursue that "City On Mars" vision for our human future. Maybe Mars could end up just like that "water wonderland" that has been built in the United Arab Emirates. What could go wrong?
A City On Mars - the book - has been authored by Kelly and Zach Weinersmith. Zach, as it turns out, is not a space scientist, nor is he a billionaire like Elon Musk, who is a prominent promoter of that "City On Mars" future.
According to Wikipedia, Zach Weinersmith is best known for his webcomic, "Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal." He has also worked on a sketch comedy series, a podcast, and multiple other webcomics. He has partnered with his wife, Kelly Weinersmith, to write A City On Mars.
Kelly Weinersmith actually does have some "science" background, and that background has clearly informed the book. I haven't read it yet (and may not need to). The review that appeared in The Times makes clear that "we shouldn't be so quick to give up on Earth."
That suggestion is certainly consistent with my own thinking, and it was the last lines of the recent Times' book review that caught my attention, and that stimulated this blog posting:
“Earth isn’t perfect,” the Weinersmiths write, “but as planets go it’s a pretty good one.”
My sentiments, exactly!
Let's keep it that way!