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Would You Move to Another Planet?

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.

Planet Hopping in Science Fiction

I grew up watching Star Trek and Star Trek: The Next Generation, so they have a special place in my mind. They’ve inspired me, and they’ve made me wish we were living in the future. But I also enjoy reading books with a similar theme, and that is interstellar travel.

Many science fiction novels I’ve read have interstellar space travel, including Revelation Space by Alastair Reynolds, Night’s Dawn trilogy by Peter F. Hamilton, Hyperion Cantos by Dan Simmons, and so on. There are many novels and series where the characters move from planet to planet.

I thought Hyperion Cantos did extremely well in making you feel like you were on the planets. They were so creative and unique. Night’s  Dawn makes it easy for people to travel between planets quickly, but we mostly see asteroids, habitats, and spacecraft.  Revelation Space has an interesting group of planets, but I need to read more.

What novel or series would you recommend that has interstellar space travel and many interesting planets?