Friday, June 23, 2006
You Have to Listen - Space Exploration is Not a Joke
It always surprises me then when people take space exploration as a joke, as a sci-fi thing, as children's and geeks' wild imagination.
Naturally I'm sure you know what brought this about. Stephen Hawking latest address that we need to colonize the moon and Mars.
It made the news nearly some time after my mom sent me the original article above. All of a sudden Cory Doctorow at Boing Boing and Fox News were talking about it. (Didn't mean to put Cory Doctorow and Fox News in the same sentence, suffice to say they reacted differently).
But my point: Just because something has whiff of sci-fi coming from it doesn't mean it should be treated as a joke!
Ever since I can remember, reading and watching sci-fi, the importance of social and political change was part and parcel with the genre. If by depicting future dystopian culture, or by having the perfect world Star Trek provides.
Another theme that was also prevalent, we need for this planet to come together in peace. For the sake of working together on saving this planet, going to the stars, improving our lives here on Earth, and for Pete's sake, not killing each other.
I already told you on numerous occasions that I expected us to have a colony, or at least a permanent base on the moon by now. In my opinion, space exploration is paramount to our evolution as a society, as humans.
But I know, this is all terribly funny. Why should anyone take this seriously?
Well, maybe if people did take it seriously, our world would have looked different today. But if Hawking is taken lightly, who am I to talk???
[I don't tend to rant here, but after watching the jokes about Hawking, I couldn't help myself.]Read the rest
Categories: science, space, non-fiction, science-fiction, writing, genre
Posted by Melly at 11:14 AM