We are Kelly and Zach Weinersmith authors of A City on Mars, about the strange science, history, and law of Space Settlement - Ask Us Anything
Hello! You may know Zach from SMBC or BAHFest or Bea Wolf, or Kelly for co-discovering this super weird wasp, or both of us combined from a book called Soonish. After WAY too long, we have a new book, A City on Mars (click here for UK-based readers), on everything to do with space settlement.Six years ago we decided to write a book about how space settlement was cool and probably coming soon. A few years of research in, it became clear that space settlement probably won’t happen soon (for science/tech reasons), and probably shouldn’t happen soon (for ethical and legal reasons). Being sci fi geeks who write for a nerdy audience, you can imagine this was a distressing finding. This resulted in a nightmarishly large research project to try to make as comprehensive and detailed a response as possible, while also making it a fun book to read.Ask us anything at all, but our expertise right this second is about space settlement. Possible topics could be law, ethics, ecology, human reproduction, or whether space will save the biosphere. Popular topics could be toilets, sex, space-tampons, how human bodies respond to space, and whether space cannibalism is legal (it’s complicated).
We wish to note we got very nice blurbs from Mary Roach, Hank Green, Andy Weir, and the bottom half of James SA Corey.
We will hop on to answer questions from noon to 1PM eastern. Thanks!
EDIT: Thanks so much for the great questions! We've done our hour, but we'll try to pop in the next few days from time to time to answer a few more. Thanks again! :)