IS RIGHT TO GO TO MARS
While I am no fan of politicians, I applaud the recent
announcement by George W Bush that men will go to Mars. While
the signs of life there are few, theories persist that the Martians
may live deep underground, shielding themselves from the hostile
planet surface and from the gaze of spacecraft from Earth. The
mysterious disappearance of the probe Beagle 2 serves only to
confirm NASA rumours that it may have been captured by Martians.
If so, we must contact our brothers and sisters from across the
inky blackness of space and extend the hand of friendship and
say "Don't worry about the probe".
With an ever growing population which is growing ever more obese,
earthlings will eventually run out of space and food. Whither
shall we go if not to Mars ? Yes, future peoples may live under
the oceans of the Earth in vast transparent pods. Yes, the Martians
may be a shy yet warlike people. But yet..it is almost within
our grasp to make another "giant step" and send deep
frozen humans hurtling through space to make contact with the
underground citizens of another planet. And that, surely, is preferable
to houses beneath the waves.
The editor speaks
John Crow (above) speaks eloquently of how it is almost within our
grasp to send deep frozen humans hurtling through space to make
contact with the underground citizens of another planet. However,
none of this should distract us from the essential first step of
putting our own house in order before going to live on other worlds.
If alien races are indeed aware of us they must surely regard us
as ignorant, destructive and dangerous fools. Our recent deep space
probes must fill them with alarm. We have just about managed to
break our own planet and now we've started firing lumps of metal
at Mars. Given the environmental dustbin we've created here in only
a few short years, Earth is probably known throughout alien worlds
as the anti-social neighbour of the galaxy. If aliens ever do come
down and land, it'll probably be to serve us with an eviction notice.
Perhaps that has already happened. Perhaps the proposed Moonbase
and the manned trip to Mars marks the start of the process. Perhaps
George W Bush knows something we don't.
Last month's poll result.
Issue 9 of wreckered asked the
question "Is Scotland Full of A****holes?" The majority
of respondents voted Yes, with one reader from Paisley reckoning
it was a split vote. Thanks to all who took part in the survey.