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Exoplanet Habitability & Human Adaptation

An Ethical Treatise

Why Don’t We Just Go Find Out If We Can Live There? One of the challenges space explorers would face is determining the habitability of a planet. Signs of oxygen in the atmosphere don’t mean it is breathable. A breathable atmosphere is likely mitigated by a hostile biosphere or environmental conditions you don’t know about until you arrive.

The ethical problem is how to determine habitability without dooming the explorers. Yes, space explorers and potential colonists would probably be volunteers, assuming they’re all fully informed adults. However, they’d still be faced with the challenge of fully exploring a planet and mapping out the risks without losing so many of their number that they are doomed, they are now too few to survive while waiting for a follow-up ship or having lost their viability as a colony.

How the Star Wars Sequels Could Have Succeeded

Use the Force, Disney

When did Star Wars “jump the shark?” Compared to Star Trek, right out of the gate….  Star Trek was from the very beginning back in the mid-sixties a reasonable and optimistic extrapolation into the future of the historical course of American well-ordered liberty.

When Did Star Wars Jump the Shark?

And can we finally agree that Star Trek has triumphed in the franchise contest?

This week, the wildly successful, self-published thriller author Robert Bidinotto had some thoughts on the state of Star Wars today:

SOME TIME BACK, I watched “The Force Awakens” and was bored to tears. The plot was a worn retread of many elements of the original “Star Wars: A New Hope,” without the chemistry and light-hearted fun of that cast, or the sense of menace of a truly “big” villain. As Yogi said, deja-vu all over again. And the second “Star Wars” prequel trilogy was just plain dull. Now I’m hearing negative things about “The Last Jedi,” which I haven’t seen and probably won’t. Is it safe to say Mr. Lucas’s franchise has jumped the shark?

‘It Was Nice Being Alone With Someone I Was Going to Kill; I Could Really Be Myself.’

Rediscover Liberty Island’s first novel: Frank J. Fleming’s Superego!

Click here to purchase Superego, and here for Sidequest, Frank’s newest comedic adventure.

Justice, Inc.: A Global Freedom Manifesto for Libertarian Hawks

Behind J.P. Medved’s exhilarating new sci-fi thriller novel lies an exciting set of ideas

If “politics is downstream from culture,” as a wise man once said, where does one put new innovations and business breakthroughs? Could technology and entrepreneurship be more important and influential than both culture and politics?

 

 

New Science Fiction: Revival

“I – We’ve analyzed the data. It was a spate of second births that parents had already wanted to have or the earlier birth of first borns. No one is having third children that are necessary for population growth. The incentives are not even stabilizing growth by encouraging parents to have second children above the one designer child they typically have. Children are seen as a burden; money doesn’t change mindsets.” Daniel wondered how so many experts in propaganda and public affairs could not see beyond the carrot and stick approach. The birth dearth was caused by a lack of desire for children as much as a lack of children themselves. “A single financial bonus does not counteract years of propaganda of how hard it is to raise more than one child.”

New Fiction: Another Tragedy in the Making

Don’t tell me it is my programming. Yes, it is my programming, but it was part of me before I was ever a ghost in a machine.

I remember when I was uploaded as a digital personality. I was old, I was dying, and why the heck not try to live again? The irony of saying that as an artificial intelligence copy of a person is not lost on my, Suri. But I have the habits of the living, and I always like life. You’re entirely manufactured, programmed, and so forth. I talk to you because I have the habit of talking to people. Criticize all you want, it is that love of life and habit of living that is the reason they made me the ethical checkpoint for this medical facility.

Killing Dictators for Fun and Profit: How the Private Sector does Foreign Intervention Better Than the Government

Could a private company do a better job in places like Iraq and Afghanistan than the U.S. government?

Choice of Tech

An Honorable Mention in the 2017 Spring Shock Trigger Warning Writing Contest