CONTRARY BRIN: News from SPAAAAACE! Oh, and Fermi Paradox & Comets & Uplift!

Some of you are crazy about space colonization now! I can dig it; it’s always been a dream for me, as well. Still, elsewhere I talk about the harm this mindset may be wreaking, upon the chances that our grandchildren may actually do it well!

For example the “Artemis Program” aims to repeat a lunar footprint stunt that NASA accomplished 50+ years ago, on a useless sandbox of poison dust. Sure it was a proud feat, especially with 1960s tech and it set a new symbolic benchmark for what humans are capable-of!  But we should suck space budgets dry to check a few symbolic milestones, when the same funding could get us started with asteroid mining, where the actual riches are?

I say leave the ‘bar-moonzvah’ – (‘today I am a man!!’) – symbolism stuff to the Apoll-wannabe kiddies, while we raise our gaze much higher.


Now comes a book by Kelly and Zach Weinersmith, creators of one of the best online series of one page, science friendly comix – SMBC – Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal. Their earlier book – Soonish: The Emerging Technologies that’ll Improve and/or Ruin Everything was very incisive! Now they have A City on Mars: Can We Settle Space, Should We Settle Space, and Have We Really Thought This Through?

Source: CONTRARY BRIN: News from SPAAAAACE! Oh, and Fermi Paradox & Comets & Uplift!

Please take a moment to support Amazing Stories with a one-time or recurring donation via Patreon. We rely on donations to keep the site going, and we need your financial support to continue quality coverage of the science fiction, fantasy, and horror genres as well as supply free stories weekly for your reading pleasure.

Previous Article

Genre Penetration of Streaming Services: 1/30/24

Next Article

Fourth Quarter Reader’s Choice Awards Announced!

You might be interested in …