Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Heinlein's Mars may come to pass

Now I am not by any means a Heinlein expert. But I remember reading a book where he talks that the inhabitants of Mars had died out (?) before we had arrived on the planet. It looks like there is some biological activity on Mars and that alot of the methane must have been produced by decomposing material. In general just interesting.

4 comments:

andy said...

I'm actually in the camp that hopes we do not find any life on Mars.

It's difficult to explain, because I'm fanatic about space exporation and nothing would create excitement like extra-terrestrial life, even in microbe form. But, I see leaving Earth as the salvation of humanity (I said I was fanatic) and colonizing Mars as Step 2 in doing that. Frankly, if there were life forms already on Mars, that would create an enormous moral, scientific, and political hurdle to human colonization and evenual terraforming of the fourth planet.

For those wishing to become more versed than they ever thought possible in the social, political, scientific, and philosophical issues involved in the theoretical terraforming of a neighboring planet I recommend some non-Heinlein sci-fi: Red Mars, Green Mars, Blue Mars, and The Martians, all by Kim Stanley Robinson. Warning: very hard core. Also, while Green and Blue Mars are amazingly well written and inspiring books, Red Mars isn't that great, but it's book one so you have to read it.

Princess Blogonoke said...

Book one in almost any series almost always turns out not to be the greatest book in said series. I've been reading the Sword of Truth novels lately. Long, but definitely worth it (after #1 of course.)

andy said...

AHH! Terry Goodkind! I read the first two and thought they were just too damn contrived for my tastes. Then the whole Robert Jordan morass put me off fantasy completely. Of course, now there's a new set of Donadlson books coming out...

Princess Blogonoke said...

You have to tough it out (if you want to) and I think it gets much better. I'm waiting for book nine (whatever its' name is) to reach the bargain bin at Walden Books.