Forget the bungalow, retire to Mars (Times of India, 4 Jan 2009)
"The goal is to make it affordable enough and reliable enough to move life from Earth to other planets," according to Elon Musk of rocket company SpaceX that's mulling a supersonic spacecraft to ferry people to Mars.
Not to say you oughtn't...but before you decide to retire to Mars you really ought to read Dr. Robert Zubrin's informative and very funny new book, How to Live on Mars. Written from the perspective of a Robert Zubrin who was born on Mars in 2071, it's a chatty, snarky sort of pamphlet, that's equal parts encouragement for new settlers, score-settling with various technologies and strategies that Mr. Zubrin disfavors, space science made comprehensible for laymen, and patriotic boosterism for the socio-econo-political system that the author envisions arising on Mars--nakedly capitalistic and generally libertarian.
Had I realized just how scatalogical the humor is I might not have let him, but our 11-year old grabbed the book as soon as it came into the house and read it cover to cover. He's now eager to move to the Red Planet, if for no other reason than, "to get as far away from you as possible." At any rate, it'll encourage many to want to make the move, but ensure that they're making an informed decision. That it amuses in the meantime makes it worth anyone's time and attention.
Mr. Zubrin's Middle East satire, Holy Land is also, unfortunately, timely at the moment.
-Mars Direct: Headquarters for the Mars Direct Manned Mars Mission
-ESSAY: The Significance of the Martian Frontier (Robert Zubrin)
-ESSAY: The Economic Viability of Mars Colonization (Robert Zubrin)
-Robert Zubrin (Wikipedia)
-Transportation Testimony of Dr. Robert Zubrin at Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee Hearings: "Future of NASA". (October 29, 2003, Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation)
-PROFILE: Mars or Bust (Eric Benson and Justin Nobel, January 2010, Guernica)
-INTERVIEW: with Robert Zubrin (Ann Online)
-INTERVIEW: Q & A With Robert Zubrin, President, International Mars Society (Space.com, 28 February 2000)
-INTERVIEW: The Case for Mars Revisited: Speaking of the Future with Robert Zubrin (The Speculist, August 27, 2003)
-INTERVIEW: with Robert Zubrin (Ted Chamberlain, September/October 2000, National Geographic Adventure)
-PROFILE: Defender of the dream of colonizing Mars (CAROL SMITH, August 21, 2003, SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER)
-ESSAY: On to Mars!: While NASA fiddles with robots, a grass-roots movement burns to put human beings on the Red Planet -- soon. (REBECCA BRYANT, January 1999, Salon)
-ESSAY: A Critique of Robert Zubrin’s Martian Calendar (Thomas Gangale and Marilyn Dudley-Rowley)
-ESSAY: The Case for Colonizing Mars (Robert Zubrin, July/August 1996, Ad Astra)
-INTERVIEW: A Conversation With Robert Zubrin: Popular Science talks to the author of How to Live on Mars about the prospects for a move to the red planet (Laurie J. Schmidt, 12.02.2008, Popular Science)
-INTERVIEW: Zubrin on Terraforming Mars (Fraser Cain, 7/12/04, Universe Today)
Why did you write How to Live on Mars and why now?
-INTERIEW: Q&A: Robert Zubrin, Mars Pathfinder (National Geographic Adventure)
-PROFILE: Mars Explorers Call for Opening the 'New World' (Leonard David, 24 August 2001, Space.com)
-ARTICLE: Sign Up for a Mission to 'Mars' (Robert Lemos, 09.08.06 , Wired)
-ARCHIVES: Contributing Editor, Robert Zubrin (The New Atlantis)
-REVIEW: of How to Live on Mars by Robert Zubrin (Brian L. Enke, Mars Society)
I'm not even sure if one should call How To Live On Mars a "novel," a "satire," or a "reference manual." To be safe, I'll continue to call it simply a "book." No doubt, this small dose of common sense and simplicity would appeal to Zubrin's protagonist, a desert-smart 22nd century Mars settler who happens to also be named Robert Zubrin.
-REVIEW: A New Land of Opportunity: One way to recapture the frontier spirit and relearn the value of hard work, self-reliance and risk-taking: a review of How to Live on Mars (GLENN HARLAN REYNOLDS, Wall Street Journal)
If "How to Live on Mars" is in the vein of 19th- century guides to the New World, it is also in the tradition of futuristic fiction -- using a hypothetical future society as a way of pointing up trends and problems in our own. There seems little question that Mr. Zubrin views the values of a frontier as superior to those of a closed civilization. He begins with a quotation from the historian Frederick Jackson Turner: "To the frontier the American intellect owes its striking characteristics. That coarseness of strength combined with acuteness and inquisitiveness; that practical, inventive turn of mind, quick to find expedients; that masterful grasp of material things." Mr. Zubrin has written elsewhere that he believes the outlet and example of a frontier is necessary for the long-term survival of freedom for those who remain behind.
-REVIEW: of How to Live on Mars (Taylor Dinerman, The Space Review)
-REVIEW: of Benedict Arnold: A Drama of the American Revolution in Five Acts by Robert Zubrin (Thomas Lindaman, Common Conservative)
-REVIEW: of The Holy Land by Robert Zubrin (Aaron Hughes, Fantastic Reviews)
-REVIEW: of The Holy Land (Wayne Lutz, The Tocquevillean)
-REVIEW: of The Holy Land (Rochelle Caviness , The Jewish Eye)
-REVIEW: of The Holy Land (Timothy E. McMahon, NorthEast Book Reviews)
-REVIEW: of The Holy Land (Heather Preston, American Mensa Ltd. Bulletin)
-REVIEW: of Holy Land (Beth Goodtree, Israel Insider)
-REVIEW: of First Landing by Robert Zubrin (Wil Owen, Rambles)
-REVIEW: of The Adventures of Space Pioneers in the High Arctic by Robert Zubrin (Adam Keiper, Weekly Standard)
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-ESSAY: Mars: An Adventurer's Guide: The discovery that there may be water on Mars gives us more reason than ever to go. And NASA's got plans for doing just that. It all begs the question: What are we waiting for? (Laurence Gonzales, National Geographic Adventure)
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