What Would It Take to Actually Settle an Alien World?

David Gerold is the author of dozens of science fiction books, including The martian child And The Man Who Folded Himself. His new novel HellaWas inspired by the 2011 TV series about a low-gravity planet inhabited by aliens that look like dinosaurs Terra Nova.

He said, “The production they did was very interesting, very exciting, but because I was disappointed that they hadn’t gone in the direction I wanted to go, I was thinking, ‘Let me do a story where I I can really deal with the problems of world building, ”Garold said in episode 454 Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy Podcast.

Hella A foreign world is known in great detail about the logistics of settling, and grapples with questions such as: would it be safe for us to eat foreign protein? Will it be safe for us to breathe foreign germs? What effect will plants and animals have on an alien ecology from Earth? It is far from many science fiction stories that believe alien planets will be very much like Earth. “My theory is that there are no Earth-like planets, lazy writers,” Jerrold says.

Hella Said from the point of view of Kyle Martin, a neurodeveloper young man who struggles with social nuances, but has a wide curiosity for technical details. Jerrold says that from Kyle’s point of view storytelling meant creating worldliness. Hella Especially rich.

“I think it’s a synergistic phenomenon,” Gerrold says. “I wanted to explore the world, Kyle was the right character to explore, and the more I climbed into Kyle’s head, the more I wanted to explore the world with his words. There are entire chapters about how poachers stung megafuna herds just because Kyle was interested in it. “

Jerrold hopes Hella Let readers think more carefully about the impact that our actions can have on the Earth’s ecosystems. “I’ve seen articles that suggest fast-to-light travel around other stars and colonizing planets are simply beyond our technical capabilities,” he says. “I hope they are wrong.” As a thought experiment, going to another world and knowing what is different is a chance to consider that things are on this planet as well. “

Listen to the full interview with David Jerrold in Episode 454 Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy (up). And check out some highlights from the discussion below.

On David Gerold Tunnel in the sky:

“I think what [Heinlein] At some point realized that you really need to partner with other humans to survive, that individualism is an illusion. That’s why Tunnel in the sky, All humans on the planet, all the children there, have to live together and protect each other and work together to survive. And I think this is a very important point that a lot of imagination misses. A lot of fiction is about, ‘the hero goes in and solves the problem himself. He is a very powerful warrior. ‘And while it is very exciting, what we see in real life is that teamwork and partnerships solve a lot of problems. “

David Gerold on ecology:

“When you go and colonize a planet, you don’t come together Martian war machines And burn the cities. You arrive with your perfect ecology, because if you intend to live on a planet, you need your complete ecology. You need your microbes at a lower level, because it handles germs that run into the soil so that the plants you are going to bring – your corn and your beets and your turnips and everything else – feed their roots in the soil. Microbes do in And then you need all the insects that pollinate your plants, and then you need the things that keep your pests in check. If you are going to bring chickens, you need things for the chickens to eat. So you bring your whole ecology. “

David Gerold on Sex:

John verley Really made [characters changing sex] Do better than anyone in his eight world series – most of his books are in that environment. He would turn the characters into sex, and be sexist and bisexual, and he did it carelessly — he didn’t explain how it was done. Nobody paid any attention to it, it was just part of the story. And I thought, ‘Oh, I could do that. Let me try that. ‘So I didn’t explain how the characters change on Hela. I had an idea in my head, but I didn’t bother to put it out, because I didn’t want to bring it into biology. But I thought it would be like John Worley’s world- once you have the technology, people are going to use it. “

On David Gerold Harlan Ellison:

“I think at the time I was having a bit of fun creating a character that was a bit like Harlan – because Harlan can also be an agent of chaos – but as I developed Harley’s character, she became Harlan. There is nothing like it. Bob balloch Nebula was the toastmaster at one of the banquets, and he was making a lot of fun, and I was actually one of his jokes. He said, ‘This is a new book When harley was one. Of course, Harlee claims he is not one. ‘We got a good laugh out of that, and I thought,’ Wow. Bob Baloch saw me. He looked at my book. how cool.’ So there was a certain amount of reference to Harlan, but nothing serious. “


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