In my upcoming book, Knights of Ariadne, humanity has colonised a world outside of our solar system for the first time. I’m currently writing Journey to Ariadne, the web serial that sets up this world. Part of that story is the journey to the new planet. I also recently watched the movie Passengers, where they are doing the very same thing, traveling to another planet to colonise it. One of my favourite novels is Red Mars, by Kim Stanley Robinson. It’s all about colonising Mars. This whole concept has me intrigued.
Reading about it is fun. I love reading books about people traveling to a new world to colonize it. But would I do it myself? It depends on my circumstances. If my life were totally different, and I had few to no attachments here on Earth, I absolutely would.
Some of the reasons I would do this are:
- It’s an adventure.
- A chance to make a difference in society.
- The ability to establish a new society.
- Exploring a completely new world.
- Discovering new life.
- Building a home and making a new life for myself.
- The feeling of being one of the first people to experience this world.
Of course, it’s not going to be easy. The early years would likely be difficult. Food would be an issue. Would our crops grow on this world? Would this world provide food we could eat? Would there be any dangers from animals or plants on this planet? There’d be no help if there were a major emergency.
But the challenge would be worth it. Just the chance to experience a new world around another star and see previously unknown life would be incredible.
How about you? Would you do it? Let me know in the comments section.
Just a few minutes ago, I was asked an interesting question on my 200 Subscriber Q & A video:
If you had to pick 2 bookish villains to go on a road trip together, who would you pick and what would the title of their adventures be?
My answer, copied directly from the comments section is this:
Interesting question. I think I’d like Darken Rahl from Wizard’s First Rule and Saruman from Lord of the Rings to go on a road trip together. They’re both completely merciless and without any moral compass. So, their adventure would be called “Path to Conquest Without a Compass.”
Best I could do in 2 minutes 🙂
Maybe not the best answer, but I really only did think about it for a couple minutes. So, I’d like you to answer the same question in the comments section below. Let’s see who has the most interesting idea.
I’ve talked about this game before. No Man’s Sky is a massive game consisting of billions of unique planets with billions of unique plants and animals, and you can travel all around the galaxy discovering and exploring. There’s piracy, battles, trading, or just plain exploring. Here’s a video I saw on Cobra TV’s YouTube channel.
There are more videos on their channel about No Man’s Sky.
What we didn’t know about last time I talked about this game is that there’s now a release date. It’ll be available in June 2016 for Sony Playstation 4 and PC. I think I may be exploring a galaxy next summer. I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited about a game before. I’ll probably post about it again sometime next year.
Anyone interested in this game?
Reality shows are addictive. We all know they’re not reality, just tasks set up for people to do and situations people have to try to get through. I admit I watched them with curiosity about human nature. More often than not, they showed a side of human nature that we’d normally like to forget about. They become vindictive, backstabbing, and incredibly selfish.
Survivor is probably the most famous. Put a group of people in a remote location, give them tasks to do and watch the relationships form, grow, and break. It’s fascinating at times. I was interested in this show because we did a similar activity in junior high school, but without actually going to a deserted island. And we later read Lord of the Flies, which I found quite interesting. But would I be on Survivor? No way!
Big Brother is Survivor, but like everyone is under house arrest. It’s pure drama. No thanks.
Fear Factor is more like a game show. Three tasks related to common fears are set up and you have to pass one to go to the next. There were disgusting tasks, like sitting in a tub of cockroaches, tasks related to the fear of heights, and one forced the contestants to walk on a catwalk fully nude. I would not do this show.
The Amazing Race is a race with tasks you have to pass before going on to the next one. It’s a race around the world. Now this is something I really enjoyed watching. I love fantasy stories, and these often involve traveling and exploring. That’s what this is like. Would I do it? Maybe, if I had an adventurous partner.
Would you go on a reality show? Which would you choose? Let me know in the comments below.
When I was in junior high school, I read The Hobbit, and I was absolutely fascinated by the map. The map aided in the journey that Bilbo went through, and it made it quite exciting. I kept thinking about all the places I would be able to see through the eyes of the characters. That is when epic journeys became one of the biggest reasons I fell in love with fantasy.
Since then, I’ve read many fantasy novels with maps, such as Terry Brooks’ Shannara series, Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time, and the rest of J. R. R. Tolkien’s books, The Lord of the Rings. Some others, such as Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels didn’t really do much in the way of travel, opting to stay put in many of them.
What are some great epic journey fantasy novels you’ve read and would recommend? Maps are essential! Let me know in the comments.
One reason I love reading fantasy and science fiction is the possibility of exploration in remote or unknown places. So the thought of being in a remote place is appealing.
I haven’t really been anywhere remote. Maybe the most remote is North Dakota. The towns and cities are small, and the nearest large city is quite a distance away. But that’s not exactly remote, is it?
Or how about the top of Mt Fuji? It’s too near Tokyo to be remote, but on the top of the mountain, the feeling of being on the frontier was there. Except it was crowded. And I was next to three cell phone antennas.
How about you? What’s the most remote place you’ve been? A place where few people live, and signs of civilisation are limited. Let me know in the comments.