Life on Mars

This has fueled silly, half-baked science fiction tangents all afternoon. Among the questionable things I’ve said:

  1. “See, humans used to live on Mars, until we destroyed the environment there and had to move to a new planet, Earth. It’s so obvious! This is why humans are (apparently) the only intelligent life on this world. Earth is at an earlier stage than Mars. Don’t you see? When we came here we lost our old technology due to being unable to refine metal with the equipment we had, and now our extraterrestrial life lives on only in myths and legends that have become severely warped over time!”
  2. “Hey, I could write a novel about my crazy speculations in (1)!”

Don’t worry, though…I don’t have it in me to write a novel. At least not yet :P

1 comment

  1. Original comments from Livejournal

    mattgunterman – 2004-03-03 01:57 am UTC

    Battlestar Galactica
    Yeah … sad … here’s a relative anecdote that happened to me yesterday … we were having “visitation” day for prospective History of Science & Medicine Ph.D. students. One of the students, a physicist undergrad at M.I.T. told me that he was interested in Mars and in response I asked him, “So, are you interested in the history of Mars in culture (as in its symbolism in war & popular culture) … a girl standing nearby, another one of the prospectives, said, “Of course not, there’s no Martian culture because there aren’t any people on Mars.” She did her undergrad at Stanford, btw.

    cosleia – 2004-03-03 02:17 am UTC

    Re: Battlestar Galactica
    LOL! Wow.

    shias – 2004-03-03 01:57 am UTC

    Wait, isn’t that the idea behind half of Ray Bradbury’s short stories? And novels? And that anime E.Y.E.S. of Mars? Seems hardly original to me. ;p

    cosleia – 2004-03-03 02:18 am UTC

    Would you believe I haven’t read any Bradbury?

    If I ever do decide that I should write a science fiction novel, I damn well better have read up first. I’m sorely behind when it comes to my scifi “research”.

    shias – 2004-03-03 02:42 am UTC

    Bradbury is…. well… Bradbury. A lot of his stories end up bleak. I’m pretty sure he was tripping on something when he wrote most of it.

    jameskirk – 2004-03-03 07:22 pm UTC

    hey, it is possible …

    cosleia – 2004-03-03 08:13 pm UTC

    I love you, Kirkie. Yay for imaginations! :D

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