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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

One reply on “Life on Mars”

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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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