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A city on Mars : can we settle space, should we settle space, and have we really thought this through?  Cover Image Book Book

A city on Mars : can we settle space, should we settle space, and have we really thought this through? / Kelly and Zach Weinersmith.


The authors of the best-selling popular science book Soonish discuss the future of space settlements, explore what would be needed to have space kids, build space farms and create nations, ultimately questioning whether or not it's actually a good idea.
"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? Critically acclaimed, bestselling authors Kelly and Zach Weinersmith set out to write the essential guide to a glorious future of space settlements, but after years of research, they aren't so sure it's a good idea. Space technologies and space business are progressing fast, but we lack the 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 nightmares, both for settlers and the people they leave behind. In the process, the Weinersmiths answer every question about space you've ever wondered about, and many you've never considered: Can you make babies in space? Should corporations govern space settlements? What about space war? Are we headed for a housing crisis on the Moon's Peaks of Eternal Light--and what happens if you're left in the Craters of Eternal Darkness? Why do astronauts love taco sauce? Speaking of meals, what's the legal status of space cannibalism? With deep expertise, a winning sense of humor, 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. Get in, we're going to Mars"-- Provided by publisher.

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  • ISBN: 9781984881724
  • ISBN: 1984881728
  • Physical Description: 436 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2023.

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes notes, bibliographical references and index.
Subject: Extraterrestrial anthropology > Popular works.
Space colonies > Popular works.
Interplanetary voyages > Popular works.
Outer space > Exploration > Popular works.
Mars (Planet) > Exploration > Popular works.
Genre: Informational works.

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  • 14 of 15 copies available at Missouri Evergreen. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at North Kansas City.


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North Kansas City Public Library 629.4 WEINERSMITH 2023 (Text) 0001012530655 Nonfiction Available -

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