SF & Fantasy

Greg Bear Talks Curiosity and the Red Planet


Hull Three Zero by Greg BearI love being surprised by science.

And I love being surprised by fiction.

So there should be no surprise when I love science fiction.

Perusing the internet(s) a few minutes ago, I came across a CNN article written by none other than Greg Bear. Greg is a New York Times best-selling author whose work has garnered praise, awards, and a large fan base. He is also one of the more entertaining writers while on tour. He’s just a fantastic speaker, cares about his readers, and loves talking about making the impossible possible with science.

When the Mars rover Curiosity sat down a few nights ago, Greg was actually the first person I thought of, someone whose love of science fiction is only surpassed by his knowledge of that genre’s history.

So it should be no surprise when Greg was approached by CNN to write an article about the importance of Mars—and the Curiosity landing there.

Here is a quick snippet:

Every now and then, I spend time on Mars. I dig my naked toes into the fine, red-orange soil, watch how it clings to my skin — and feel an incipient itch. The iron-rich dust is pretty alkaline. The air — or lack of it — also makes me itch. Pretty soon, I’ll break out in what the locals call “vacuum rose,” as the blood boils in capillaries beneath my skin, because the air on Mars is pretty nearly a vacuum.

That doesn’t mean the atmosphere can’t kick up a planet-girdling storm when the weather is just right. Right now, as evening approaches, the sky is a dusty pink, tending to brown-black in the east. The sun is a brilliant disk in the west, one-third smaller than I’m used to on Earth and not nearly as warming. Feathery layers of dust fan out around the lowering sun, and a few smeared-out ice-crystal clouds glint silvery gray, but the rest of the sky is clear, and the stars above stand out brighter and sharper than night on Mauna Kea.

You definitely want to read this article. Click HERE to do so!

And when you are done and you want to read great science fiction, pick up Darwin’s Radio and/or The City at the End of Time. Or maybe Eon, Hull Zero Three, or Moving Mars. Great stuff!

What I love about science fiction is watching it come true…

Curiosity is making science fiction become reality.

Now where’s Marvin?


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