Tuesday, June 5, 2012

The Journey of PLANET by January Bain


PLANET is going to be an exhilarating and difficult journey for this writer. Perhaps this is why I have put it off for some time, because Armageddon is a hard topic for humans to face. With an ice comet from the Kuiper belt, directly inline to destroy Earth, all human inhabitants have been told they have to vacate Earth by their World government. The need has unleashed von Neumann probes, those self-replicating robots that are “seeding” the galaxy with terraform, which is, changing the new chosen planet’s surface and climate to be like Earths.

Logistic questions have arisen:

How will all the billions of Earth’s inhabitants leave? Could they go in digital data streams? Or on ships?

Is the Kardashev scale for categorizing civilizations a good choice? A three level advancement or a five level advancement?

Okay, I admit, that’s a very interesting part to be thinking about, and one I truly relish. I hope you will find a little time to follow me on this journey as I report back what I learn and how it all unfolds. I will mainly discuss the scientific and philosophical questions that arise for me, rather than excerpts from the actual book.

1 comment:

  1. Are your students old enough to follow this?

    It's way over my head except for the philosophical portion.