A City on Mars

Can We Settle Space, Should We Settle Space, and Have We Really Thought This Through?

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Pub Date 7 Nov 2023 | Archive Date 5 May 2024

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ONE OF THE TIMES BEST SCIENCE BOOKS OF THE YEAR

THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER

THE #2 MOST GIFTED BOOK IN THE SOLAR SYSTEM

From the bestselling authors of Soonish, a brilliant and hilarious off-world investigation into space settlement


Earth is not well. The promise of starting life anew somewhere far, far away - no climate change, no war, no Twitter - beckons, and settling the stars finally seems within our grasp. Or is it? Bestselling authors Kelly and Zach Weinersmith set out to write the essential guide to a glorious future of space settlements, but after years of original research, and interviews with leading space scientists, engineers and legal experts, they aren't so sure it's a good idea. Space tech and space business are progressing fast, but we lack the deep knowledge needed to have space-kids, build space-farms and create space nations in a way that doesn't spark conflict back home. In a world hurtling toward human expansion into space, A City on Mars investigates whether the dream of new worlds won't create a nightmare, both for settlers and the people they leave behind.

With deep expertise, a winning sense of humour and art from the beloved creator of Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal, the Weinersmiths investigate perhaps the biggest questions humanity will ever ask itself - whether and how to become multiplanetary.

ONE OF THE TIMES BEST SCIENCE BOOKS OF THE YEAR

THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER

THE #2 MOST GIFTED BOOK IN THE SOLAR SYSTEM

From the bestselling authors of Soonish, a brilliant and hilarious off-world...


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ISBN 9780241454930
PRICE £25.00 (GBP)
PAGES 448

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A planets worth of research went into this book. Its a deep dive into all things Mars, or planetary living generally. The book is a collabroative effort by husband and wife team Dr Kelly Weinersmith and Zach Weinersmith. Each topic explored and referenced to the edge of the orbit of professionals, scholars and enthusists. It's the politics of planets, the science of space and highights the crash landing of any attempts to live long term on another planet. The skills needed, the experiments on society, people and animals needed between now and a possible space faring civilisation which raises many red flags. Any chapter could be explored further into a post apocalyptic or dystopian novel. That section on childbirth in space - it will give you shivers, no matter how many 'sucky pants' we pack to take to our new 'spome' in the stars. Each chapter effectively shuts down the idea of living on mars long term, but they accept that we may find a way to navigate around each obstacle. You'll need more than optimism alone to concur space. The authors, and their imaginary character Astrid, explores the horrors that await us if we're to become a multi-planatary species. The future may be lightyears away, but if we're thinking that far away, on reflection of this book, I feel like I will need an excuse note.

This reviewer would like to be excused from space travel in the future.

A well rounded book. Highly reccomened for the space curiois and sci-fi authors looking for a starting point for the grim reality of spac.e

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A really fun and interesting overview of the barriers to space settlement in the near term. The science and legal wranglings are challenging knotty subjects made accessible and entertaining (really hard!). A really stand out piece of popular science writing that put me right off going into space!

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