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And then, the Earth being small, mankind will migrate into space, and will cross the airless Saharas which separate planet from planet and sun from sun. The Earth will become a Holy Land which will be visited by pilgrims from all the quarters of the Universe. Finally, men will master the forces of Nature; they will become themselves architects of systems, manufacturers of worlds. — Winwood Reade, The Martyrdom of Man, 1872 There are many orders of Infinity...It is like a hierarchy: of universal structures--and of ambitions...There is no rest. No limit. No end to the Beyond--no boundaries which Life, and Mind, cannot challenge, and breach. — Nebogipfel, in Stephen Baxter's The Time Ships, 1995....observe that in all the propaganda of the ecologists—amidst all their appeals to nature and pleas for 'harmony with nature'—there is no discussion of man's needs and the requirements of his survival. Man is treated as if he were an unnatural phenomenon. Man cannot survive in the kind of state of nature that the ecologists envision—i.e., on the level of sea urchins or polar bears... — Ayn Rand, The New Left: The Anti-Industrial Revolution, 1971 You have zero privacy anyway. Get over it. — Scott McNealy Your robot takes over the galleys. Soon it, or other robots, would take over the original writing, the searching of the sources, the checking and cross-checking of passages. What would that leave the scholar? One thing only--the barren decisions concerning what orders to give the robot next! I want to save the world of scholarship from such a final hell. — Simon Ninheimer, in Isaac Asimov's "Galley Slave", 1957 That the earth could maintain a thousand billions of people as easily as a thousand millions is a necessary deduction from the manifest truths that, at least so far as our agency is concerned, matter is eternal and force must forever continue to act. -- Henry George, Progress and Poverty, 1879 Human beings are not just more mouths to feed, but are productive and inventive minds that help find creative solutions to man's problems, thus leaving us better off over the long run. --Julian Simon The tragic truth is that America’s millennials are a bunch of phone-addicted, selfie-obsessed, hashtagging, snapchatting, kale-munching, twerking, lazy, whining, ill-informed, politically correct, cossetted narcissists who find absolutely everything mortally offensive and believe there are 165 ways to sexually identify. --Piers Morgan We stand at the birth of a new millennium, ready to unlock the mysteries of space, to free the earth from the miseries of disease and to harness the energies, industries and technologies of tomorrow --Donald Trump Oh, I can fake social niceties perfectly well, but it is just slave gogols moving my face, you understand. My emotions are outsourced. My private utility functions and pleasures are. . .quite different from yours. --Jean le Flambeur, in Hannu Rajaniemi's The Fractal Prince, 2012 My vision for America is one where gay married couples can defend their marijuana fields with fully automatic machine guns. --Austin Petersen We're going to advance! Advance! We'll stop at nothing to advance! --Thomas Wade, in Cixin Liu's Death's End,2016 I love the thought of a car drifting apparently endlessly through space and perhaps being discovered by an alien race millions of years in the future. -- St. Elon Musk, 2017
I liked it, but I disagree with his views on wormholes, post-biological intelligence, and ftl anything. It got me thinking about how future planetary architecture might change because of the possibility of bombarding the Earth with asteroids from space. What kind of cities would we have under such conditions? What kind of layout would there be on a planetary globe for living spaces and transportation?
LocationWherever Alien Observer by Grouper could be played.
I had a thread a while back about how humans may develop underground as debris from interplanetary warfare would become common. But asteroids with their predictable orbits should be easy to deflect with an AI controlled rocket.